Potato Chips, fruity and hard candies, twirly sugar sticks, chewy caramels, salty pretzels and raw nuts were not my childhood friends. Among the most offending taste were raw nuts. The taste of peanuts are what I image wood to taste like, but I love peanut butter. And, I will never understand people’s obsession with salted sunflower seeds as they spit speckled shells onto subway train floors. Then there’s the pecans. They’re a different nut.
The quince apple was hard. Immediately letting me know this isn’t a fruit to eat while running out the door to work or as a midday snack. It needed to be cooked down with a roast chicken, in a cobbler, pie or an apple skillet pancake. It had a beautiful floral and fruity fragrance, a scent that took my memory to perfumes and candles using quince in their blends. One large quince apple was purchased with a bag of organic tart Granny Smith Apples. Read more →
Like its winter cousins, acorn squash and pumpkins, butternut squash are naturally sweet. They’re the dessert of the dinner table. Since discovering butternut squash a few years ago, I’ve enjoyed them, because they’re easier to prep with their subtle ridges and smaller cavities. (Make sure to use a sharp knife.) Read more →
Fall’s squashes are oddly shaped vegetables with knobby textures and contrasting patterns. They’re placed on brownstone stoops, in front yard Halloween displays, or on kitchen tables as decorating pieces. The thought of preparing some varieties of squash is an idea that few people have attempted. After all, who wants to eat the centerpiece on the table? Sure, we’ve all carved faces out of pumpkins, in which the flesh is removed for the making of a pie, and the pumpkin seeds are roasted in a few spices. Besides pumpkin, there are additional varieties of squash, such as delicata, spaghetti, turks turban and acorn that few people try. Perhaps, they’re too beautiful to dissect? Did we forget it’s the inside that also counts? Read more →