Fall Issue

What is there not to love about autumn; the cooler temperatures, changing colors, fragrant spices with the smell of fireplaces. And, there is nothing like walking on a fall evening under a full moon or viewing a gorgeous sunset.

As the air changes to a crispy coolness I find myself flying into the kitchen on weekends to turn on the ovens to bake breads or test delicious treats to have for weekday meals [especially after a hectic week]. I must have pie-crust available for when the urge to bake an apple, sweet potato or pumpkin pie takes hold.

{Beignets from the Grand Lux in Las Vegas; photo taken by Tony}

All summer long I saw recipes for loaves of bread, beignets and cakes, but couldn’t turn on the oven with the severe heat and humidity outside. Here is one recipe I had to try:

Recipe for Beignets

  • Dissolve 2-1/4 tsps. of yeast in warm water, add  ½ cup of sugar, a tsps. salt, two eggs, one cup of evaporated milk, and blend well. Mix in 4 cups of the flour and beat until smooth. Add ¼ cup shortening, and then the remaining 3 cups of flour. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours.
  • Roll out dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 2 1/2 inch squares. Fry in hot oil. Drain onto paper towels. Shake confectioners’ sugar onto warm rolls and serve.

Bake stylishly,
K

Winter is Coming

img_6276 img_2478This weekend the mid-Atlantic transitioned from extreme warmth to severe cold in just a few hours. The high winds forced me to batten down Heath to keep the frigid air from blowing through the windows, doors and fireplace. Leaves blew in circling gust that were so fast and furious they looked like snow falling, while branches flew to the ground with earth-shaking intensity.

Stay warm,
K

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