Button Haul and Hibernation Recipes
Yesterday, after we checked out the flea market (score on the button front) that was recommended to me by the lovely ladies of Bonnet, Barry and I headed to an Indian restaurant that we've been meaning to check out. It was the first really tasty and reasonably priced Indian food that we've had at a restaurant since we moved to Portland. Finally. Thinking about mentioning it here made me realize how little I've posted about food recently. I figured it was high time that I get to posting some links to recipes we've been enjoying because the eating has been good 'round these parts.
Last night for dinner, I made a fall favorite: stuffed squash. Depending on what's on-hand in our kitchen, the stuffing varies. Last night, it included apple, red onion, walnuts, currants, cinnamon, brown sugar, and bits of turkey bacon. I've been revisiting this braised lamb shank recipe, too, using inexpensive cuts of beef in place of lamb. Served over polenta, it's such a satisfying meal on a chilly autumn day.
But it's Barry who's really been rockin' the kitchen. First, there was his cornmeal and kale spoon bread. Then he made stuffed squash with a spicy flare. And a few weeks ago, I came home after a long day at work to find Barry preparing curry-dusted scallops served atop a green pea puree - a nice surprise he'd put together to celebrate the 13th anniversary of our first kiss. That guy. Finally, for my birthday dessert (I'm not a birthday cake kind of gal - but don't get me wrong, I'm totally down with flourless chocolate cake, cheesecake, and carrot cake) Barry made this amazing pear crisp with candied ginger. The boy is no joke.
It's time to start thinking about hibernation if you haven't already, folks. But don't worry - there's still plenty of time to fatten up for the winter. Do as the animals do, I say. Hopefully some of these recipes will help. Do you have any fall favorites to share?
Edited to add: How could I forget to mention Marissa's butternut squash soup recipe? We could live on that alone in the fall. It's on the table tonight. And since it's food related, check out this link from the New York Times via my father-in-law. I love the food scene in Portland, but the service at restaurants here frequently doesn't live up to my expectations. My biggest peeve? Breaking rule #17. I'm looking forward to the next 50.