Recent Recipes – Oct. 5

I am so happy it’s fall, for a whole variety of reasons, but mostly because of the food. I love summer tomatoes and peaches, but there’s nothing like a nice bowl of soup and a chunk of bread. Speaking of which, I’m happy to be back in bread making mode. For now I’ve just been doing the standard loaves from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, but I’m looking forward to trying out some of the recipes in the Tassajara Bread Book, which a  lovely friend gave me for a birthday gift, and which I didn’t get around to making anything from before the summer, at which point my oven does not get turned on. (OK, the exception was that delicious peach cobbler.) Anyway, some recent noms:

Southwestern Stuffed Acorn Squash – From Eating Well magazine, via my GSLIS classmate Laura. This has been my dinner this week, and what a yummy, satisfying dinner it’s been. Overall it was easy to put together and the leftovers warm up quite well.

Curried Lentils with Sweet Potatoes and [Not Swiss Chard] – I used spinach instead of chard, since that’s what I happened to have on hand. This has been a nice yummy lunch this week, the only thing I would note is that you want to pay attention to this and not overcook it. I was only half paying attention and so I am eating a very mushy curry. But it’s yummy mush.

Thai Spiced [Squash] Soup – I made this last year and it was yummy. Still yummy this year. Also super fast if you’ve roasted the squash already — I do it with acorn squash.

Sweet Potato Soup with Miso and Ginger – I made this last year as well, and it was also yummy and continued the yumminess this year. However this time around I had some miso on hand, which added a nice background note.

Sweet Potato Rosemary Pizza – I did a little variation on this. I think I left out the rosemary, since I didn’t have any fresh. And I used fresh tomatoes, since they’re still around. I chopped them fairly fine and mixed in some fresh basil, salt and pepper, and I think a little garlic. The sweet potato I sliced as thin as possible with my mandolin, but I think next time I’d slice it a bit thicker and throw it in with the onions when they’re mostly done. This was just delicious, the combination of paprika, caramelized onions and sweet potatoes was delicious.

Curried Ground Turkey with Potatoes – Something was missing from this, and I’m not sure what. It was ok but overall my feeling was “should have just made turkey chili.”

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One thought on “Recent Recipes – Oct. 5

  1. I have been way out of the bread baking habit this summer, but now that it’s starting to get cool again, I need to start again. I saw a copy of the Tassajara Bread Book at Powell’s a few weekends ago, but decided against it; I’d love to hear about your experiences cooking from it. Maybe I should re-think that decision?

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