This morning we made a pilgrimage over the Oakland Bay Bridge to one of my favorite breakfast/lunch joints, Brown Sugar Kitchen.
2534 Mandela Parkway
Passion for food in all its incarnations
Fall reminds me of the final harvest from the garden before being laid to rest for the winter. We harvested all the fruits and veggies that reach their peak of flavor with the first kiss of frost. We grew a large variety of squash and pumpkins on the farm. There were Blue Hubbard, Acorn, Orange Hubbard, Pumpkin and the humble Butternut Squash.
You’ll love this fast and easy one pot recipe for Penne Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli di Rabe. You can make this meal for 10 in 30-40 minutes and there are so many alternatives depending on your taste and the availability of fresh greens.
Cinnamon Apple Steel Cut Oatmeal
Nothing quite says comfort like this hot Cinnamon Apple Steel Cut Oatmeal for breakfast. The combination of the hearty steel cut oats with cinnamon, dried or fresh apples, chopped pecans and a spiced apple cider syrup is the perfect way to begin a cold winter or fall day. Simply prepare the Oats and Cinnamon Apple Syrup the night before and you’ll have a quick hot nutritious breakfast that everyone will enjoy. You can find steel cut oats at your local bulk grain store or try McCann’s Steel Cut Oatmeal.
I had good fortune growing up in New England where cranberries grow wild and are harvested in the fall, just in time for the holidays. We pick wild cranberries near beaches where the low growing bushy plants grow in the sandy soil.
The concept of buying canned cranberry sauce never entered our minds. In preparation for the Thanksgiving, someone always cooked up a fresh pot of cranberry sauce just before the meal is served. Over the years, I’ve experimented with variations on the classic theme of cranberries boiled with water and sugar. Adding apples, pears or quince, mandarins, raspberries, blueberries, pomegranates and warm spices like cinnamon and cloves. This Cranberry Sauce recipe is a primer. By all means, customize this recipe to your personal tastes.