October 21, 2014

Cranberry Apple Strudel

Did you know that you don't need to use store-bought phyllo dough to make apple strudel? It's true! Authentic Viennese strudel uses a simple dough that you can easily make at home, with ingredients you probably already have in the pantry. Let me just say that, with few exceptions, it it makes me very happy to avoid making a special trip to the store to spend extra money on a "convenience" item.

October 15, 2014

Pear Chutney with Cranberries

Pears are the forgotten fruit of fall. This time of year, we see big piles of apples at every supermarket, and they turn up in so many of our favorite dishes - apple butter, apple strudel, caramel apples, candy apples, etc., etc. But what about that other fall fruit, the pear? They are equally as delicious as apples, and pricewise, they are often downright cheap this time of year. Today I found them for $.65 a pound at my local market! Naturally, I picked up several pounds (3 pounds, to be exact), because they are good in so many recipes, as well as just on their own as a snack. 

October 13, 2014

Mushroom and Leek Lasagna

Mushrooms and Leeks

"Wild is the music of autumnal winds
Amongst the faded woods."
~William Wordsworth

Mushrooms and leeks are essential, but often overlooked, fall flavors. There is something about mushrooms, with their woodsy, earthiness just seem to taste like fall. To be clear, I’m not talking about the bright, cheerful aspect of fall in all of its orange and gold flamboyancy. For me, mushrooms make me think of something more dark, mysterious and wild, like a fall day in a dark forest.

October 8, 2014

Kielbasa, Kale and Potato Skillet

Kielbasa has always been a favorite around our house. My husband is of Polish heritage, so he is a fan. Although I am not Polish, I was raised in an area of Western Pennsylvania that has a huge Eastern European population, and kielbasa (or kolbassy as I knew it as a kid) was common fare. These days, it is easily found at any market, and makes for a quick, affordable meal. Although we often have it paired with some type of cabbage and/or noodles, tonight I decided to change it up a bit and pair it with some kale and potatoes for an easy fall supper.