I couldn't resist this pumpkin from the pile. I've never seen one so evenly covered! It's like someone crocheted a pumpkin cozy for it.
This creamy and delicious garlic and saffron soup with curried shrimp by my friend Aran Goyoaga in her gorgeous book Small Plates and Sweet Treats. I want to make almost everything in this book! I'm trying out a bit of a restrictive diet, so I made a couple of changes to the soup, subbing in cauliflower and white beans for the potato and celery root, and it was fantastic, despite the fact that my saffron didn't quite pump out the same vivid color as Aran's. (Those curried shrimp? I scarfed down a dozen.) I love that this book has such creative flavor combinations that are spot on… but also very easy to adjust for your own tastes (or diet restrictions).
I'm happy to say also, I have a copy of the book to give-away! (I pre-ordered mine many months ago, but the publisher sent me an earlier copy as well).
Want to win the copy? Leave a comment with some of your fall favorites and I'll pick one comment as the winner on Friday. The winnner has been announced! Thanks for your comments!(Fine Print: Sorry, US shipping only for this give-away).
This Vietnamese Curried Chicken and Squash Stew from Jess Thomson's Pike Place Market Cookbook, made miniature for a great little one pot, one person dinner. I subbed in carrots for the kabocha, since that's what I had in the fridge. Mmmm… fish sauce and lemongrass. Delicious.
If you haven't seen it yet, I do hope you check out this cookbook… Jess is one of the best food writers and recipe developers I know (and having worked with her on her upcoming book, Dishing Up Washington, I've tasted a LOT of her recipes), and this book is no exception.
So, what are your fall favorites?