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Fall Food

The leaves are changing, the nights are cooling, and somehow…our menu changes, too.  There are apples in orchards–we’re visiting one this afternoon–and pumpkins to be picked and carved, and the last bit of summer goodness to eat.

I had the best tomato salad EVER on W.A. Frost’s patio on Thursday night.  I’ve always said this, and I’ll say it again.  If only we could get the freshest of fruits and vegetables, recently picked and plunked down on our plates, the desire for sugary and starchy things might just go away all together.  The juices!  The flavor!  So yummy good.  [This is only possible in MN if we’re CSA participants or Farmer’s Market frequenters, and many restaurants, like W.A. Frost, are keen on buying locally, which is fantastic.]

Here are a few websites you might enjoy, when it comes to planning your fall menus.  For your convenience, the blog names, as well as some of the recipes, are linked.

The World Foodie Guide (delicious recipes by Helen Yuet Ling Pang, of above photo credits).  Indonesian Crab CakesRoast Pumpkin, Butter, & Sage SpaghettiIndian Saag Aloo.  The only decision you have to make is where to begin.

Pia Jane Bijkerk’s Pea, Mint, and Feta Risotto.  [There are two different links there.]

Smitten Kitchen’s Lamb Kebabs + Tzatziki.

And if you’re a foodie, you definitely know Mark Bittman at The New York Times.  Here’s his explanation of how one man’s salad is another’s noodles…and here’s his recipe for Soba Salad with Spinach, Edamame, and Miso Dressing.

101 Cookbooks Roasted Corn Pudding in Acorn Squash.

Chocolate & Zucchini’s Cheese Thins.  Or the Gratin Dauphinois (Potato Gratin). Or the Simple Riz au Lait (Rice Pudding).

Eating is Art’s Tuscan Peasant Bread.

Are you salivating yet?

Have a lovely weekend, and I’ll see you on Monday!

[Post image: Bread by nadia_a at stock.xchng]

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