Thursday, September 27, 2018

Seasonal Eating - Friday Bliss



As the nights draw in and temperatures drop, all the salads and grilled dishes of summer lose their appeal and I long for the cozier foods of fall. 



Recently I made an apple crisp and served it, once again, with creme anglaise. I'm planning to make some Apple Pastry Bars soon, too, perhaps over the weekend. 



When my brother and sister-in-law were here in early September, I made Salted Caramel Pots de Creme from Laura Calder's Paris Express cookbook. Oh my. Rich and so good with that sprinkle of sea salt on top.


We're eating more soup again, hearty roasted vegetable soups like this Roasted Cauliflower Pear soup, and 



Roasted Tomato Soup. Oh how good the house smells! Do you save your chicken bones and carcasses to make broth? I make broth in my slow cooker, adding water to the roasted chicken carcass, plus a carrot, an onion, some celery leaves, parsley stems, peppercorns, a bay leaf, and salt. I leave it on low for 8 hours and a lovely clear broth results, which I freeze in quart jars (leaving a couple of inches of headspace).



Roasted Pear Cheesecake was popular on a recent weekend getaway with friends. Some asked for the recipe. I've linked to all of the recipes (except the Pots de Creme) on my recipe blog. 

What are you cooking or eating these days? Do you eat seasonally? Any good ideas to share?

Linking with Friday Bliss, hosted by Riitta of Floral Passions in Finland. Why don't you join us?


20 comments:

  1. That all looks deliciously Autumnal, Lorrie. A friend brought me a big jar of chicken vegeatble soup this week....to 'build up my strength', and I'm sure it will.

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  2. It all looks delicious. Perhaps it is also the beautiful photography that makes it looks so wonderful. One of my favorite things is tomato soup so I’ll go looking for that. I have made two large batches of chicken noodle soup...heavier on the chicken and lighter on the noodles. Yes, I made it with my own homemade broth, which I add nothing to except a couple of bay leaves and then later a good scoop of Better Than Broth for that added flavor. So rich and good. Happy weekend, Lorrie!

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  3. Your post is all too delicious, I would like to taste them all! Maybe the salted caramel pots de creme would inspire me the most. A recipe, please! Wishing you a sunny and tasty weekend!

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  4. A beautiful post, Lorrie. Each photo is worthy of being in a cookbook. I will be stopping back later to check out the recipes further. That cauliflower pear soup sounds very intriguing. I like to make a butternut squash with granny smith apple soup at this time of year. My method for making chicken broth is almost identical to yours. I have several jars in the freezer currently all made with the carcass from a recent rotisserie chicken.

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  5. What lovely photos of beautiful homemade goodness, Lorrie. Yes, I love making broth from chicken carcasses. Just last week I made tomato soup, but from the Tupelo Honey Cafe's cookbook. I'm sure your roasted one is better. I'm so in the mood for apple crisp, and yours was the creme anglaise sounds like the perfect Fall treat. Happy weekend, Lorrie!

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  6. I think it would be a privilege to sit at your table, Lorrie! Yes, I like to eat seasonally. "Summer food" is over now, even though summer weather lingers. I just want it to be cool enough for some soup!

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  7. These recipes all sound so wonderful for fall. I make a version of the caramel pots de crème from Bon Appetit magazine. I do save my carcasses to make broth!

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  8. Those are some real comfort foods. I made a crisp a week ago to use up the last of my frozen rhubarb, a few saved frozen strawberries and apples to fill it out. Crisps are so much easier than pie crust for me. - Margy

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  9. My mouth is watering seeing all that delicious food. We try to eat as seasonally as possible and yes I do use the slow cooker to make broth from the chicken carcass.

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  10. I want that creme anglaise sauce on cobbler. Oh my gosh. I had to look up the recipe. YES we cook for seasons for sure. I made dinner for another couple last night and we had chicken marsala with smashed potatoes. I want coffee in the afternoons instead of a cold drink of lemonade. Now that its chilly it is easy to change menus

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  11. I'm going to make your cauliflower soup with my daughter. We're going to do cooking for the week every other Sunday afternoon. We'll make a soup, a casserole and a stew/chilli
    to share.

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  12. Yum Yum Yum. It all looks so delicious and beautiful. I love creme anglaise sauce -- it looks so inviting on your apple crisp.

    I've got chicken stock simmering on the stove for several hours now. It smells so good. I think apple crisp with creme anglaise is going to the top of my menu list.

    Wishing you a beautiful weekend, Lorrie!

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  13. Beautiful food! There's nothing like apple crisp with vanilla bean ice cream to say Autumn is here!

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  14. Oh yes, definitely with you on thoughts of comfort foods, and that cauliflower/pear soup is grabbing my attention! I have both ingredients at hand so may try it tomorrow.
    I only make/use vegetable stock of course, but love soups and usually make one every day, especially once the weather cools. Bob thinks I make some great ones!

    Hope all those 'reply' comments I left on your reader comments on your former post are OK with you dear! Such nice people.

    Hope you and T have a great weekend.
    Mary x

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  15. I was about to reach out and pick an apple... but before I quite realized that it was only a photo, I got distracted by the pictures of crisp, soup, cheesecake -- oh my! I think I have just been inspired to get my roasted cherry tomatoes out of the freezer and make some soup for this drizzly fall day. Thank you!!

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  16. Your food images always make my mouth water!

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  17. Soups at this time of year are just so warming and tasty … love the look of your two soups here.

    Enjoy these Autumn days, and happy October Wishes.

    All the best Jan

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  18. Yes, yes, yes! Autumn definitely calls for a change in menu! Spousal Unit made a delightful Potato, Corn and Cheese Soup earlier this week. Yummy! Yesterday, at a church meeting, a volunteer was giving away plums and pears, so you can imagine we are going to come up with some dessert to put those to good use! Enjoy this special time before Winter hits!

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  19. We do eat seasonally. This time of year I’m craving curried pumpkin soup, chicken pot pie, English Apple Pie, etc.

    Your food always looks and sounds amazing. Thanking for sharing the recipes!

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  20. Apple Crisp is my favorite Autumn desert. Yumm, your picture makes me want to jump up and make some this minute (except that it is latish and by 7 p.m. my brain dies; I probably couldn't even put together this old familiar without making a mistake).... tomorrow is another day! Making broth in the crockpot is a great trick, one I hadn't thought of. We do save all our chicken carcasses...will try that next time!

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