November 24, 2016

Chai Spiced Apple Pie, Two Ways

Chai Spiced Apple Pie, Two Ways. With a braided lattice crust or an oat crumble topping. via | @forkknifeswoon

You’ve undoubtedly settled on your Thanksgiving menu by now, but I’m of the mind that there is always room for another pie, especially if it’s a sweet and complex, chai spiced apple pie in flaky, buttery pastry.

My Grandma Ruth would have celebrated her ninety-fifth birthday today. Firmly rooted in my memory is the image of her, with her big glasses, and yellow apron, at home in her cheerful kitchen, happily fussing about, prepping family Thanksgiving recipes. Candied yams, and oyster dressing, roast turkey and fluffy rolls, homemade cranberry sauce, and her stellar gravy…

She reigned over the kitchen all year round, but was the queen of Thanksgiving, and especially in her element preparing the family holiday dinner each year. She loved being in the thick of it.
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November 16, 2016

Raspberry Brioche Bread Pudding

Citrus and Raspberry Brioche Bread Pudding via | @forkknifeswoon

Vibrant pomegranate and winter citrus – tangerines and cara caras and Meyer lemons – are just beginning to fill the markets, their cheerful dimpled flesh bumping elbows with rosy apples, and speckled pears, and every color and shape of squash.

I’m such a fan of these overlapping seasons. Even as the days become ever shorter and decidedly chillier, our morning breath frosty, there’s still such a bounty of fruit and vegetable goodness to be had.

This raspberry brioche bread pudding forgoes the traditional rum and raisin treatment, and instead takes full advantage of the burgeoning citrus season. Combined with (frozen) raspberries leftover from Summer adventures, this berry-studded, orange-scented version channels warmer days.

The flavors here are fresh and light, and provide a nice balance to the otherwise inherently cozy and comforting – and often heavy – nature of bread pudding. We are talking sweet and buttery brioche baked in tangy custard, after all!
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November 14, 2016

Apple, Sausage & Cornbread Dressing (or Stuffing)

Apple Sausage and Cornbread Dressing/Stuffing via | @forkknifeswoon

This apple, sausage, and cornbread dressing/stuffing is without a doubt my all-time, very favorite, holiday side dish, and I’m so excited to share it with you.

My in-laws will be out of the country during both Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, so we celebrated this past weekend, complete with a (downsized) holiday meal, present exchange, and a sparkly house full of poinsettias, mercury glass, pine boughs, Santas, and a merry soundtrack to boot.

We may still have a week and a half to go until Turkey day, and I may still be baking a bevy of pumpkin and apple centered desserts, but Christmas carols are on in the background. It’s been a confusing season so far, to say the least.
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