Nov 29, 2014
I have to share this sweet potato soup with you because it was absolutely exquisite. I'm picky about how I like my sweet potatoes cooked and am officially convinced they are perfect in soup form. I made this dish for the NY Times a couple weeks ago and ate it twice a day for five days. The Belgian-style beer makes this dish, giving it that subtle hint of yeast. Florence Fabricant tops the soup with toasted mini marshmallows, giving a fun little nod to the classic sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows.
Get the recipe here
Nov 24, 2014
I photographed this delicious, vegetarian, Thanksgiving menu that the wonderful ladies at Oh My Veggies are sharing. The spread includes traditional sides with a twist, gravy and a main dish!
Click on the dish titles to get the full recipes and even more photos. We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 11, 2014
This time of year there is so much beautiful color outside, so sometimes it's nice to let that color be the star and work with neutrals on the inside. Meagan Camp styled this beautiful, non-traditional, autumnal tablescape keeping this in mind. Soft, creamy white linens, neutral serveware, warm woods, splashes of gold and a few outdoor elements like these branch clippings and pumpkin make for a sophisticated, fall setting. This is a dinner party I would love to be invited to!
Nov 7, 2014
Last week my images of this amazing tri-tip recipe were in the New York Times. The article is written by Kim Severson and hits on some interesting facts about cuts of meat and introduces the tri-tip to us east-coasters, as it seems to be quite rare out here. This California Beef Rub recipe that comes along with it made the meat, hands down. It is made up of coffee, salt, peppers, brown sugar, cloves, garlic and cinnamon. Such an interesting and bold mix of flavors- I loved it. You can roast this or grill it- if you can, I strongly recommend the grill.
California Beef Rub recipe
Santa Maria Tri-Tip recipe
Nov 3, 2014
My favorite thing about fall: apple picking.
Yes, I love the colors of this season but I'm not too fond of the weather getting colder and days getting shorter. At least to cope with this we get apple picking (and soup)! My favorite orchard in the Hudson Valley is DuBois Farms. They have peaches, plums, nectarines, apples by the truckload, grapes, pears, the most amazing tomatoes and pumpkins. I found myself at this orchard 3 times this year so needless to say I have an abundance of apples.
I picked so many apples that we couldn't eat them fast enough. These guys traveled back and forth from the city to the Hudson Valley with me at least 4 times- I didn't want to leave them behind to rot during my trips! I finally decided that it was time to turn them into sacue. I love this recipe for making sauce with the skins on because it cuts out all of that time and the tedious task of peeling the apples.
Makes: approximately 6 cups
12-14 medium sized apples (I used a variety of McIintosh, Gala and Golden Delicious)
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
Wash, core and quarter the apples (leaving skins on). Place them in a large, heavy bottomed saucepan. Add the water, sugar and lemon juice; stir to combine. Over high heat bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low, cook partially covered until apples are very soft, approximately 40 minutes. In batches, remove apples from the pot and place in a food mill, grind until skins and flesh are completely separated and apple sauce is smooth. Transfer sauce into jars and refrigerate for up to a week.