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!
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.
… because we could all use a little comfort food today.
This cozy white bean and butternut squash soup is ultimate, soul-warming, nourishing goodness. The pot is full of garlic and herbs and Fall veggies and good stock, and it’s no wonder I keep going back to variations of this recipe, over and over again.
It’s the sort of cozy, cold-weather soup that I crave all season long, but especially need right now. And I’m guessing many of you do too.