Monday, October 28, 2013

Autumn Kitchen

It's fall here in Saluzzo. The leaves are changing color and falling from the trees. When it's a clear day, you can see snow topped peaks on the mountains. I love fall. I love the weather and the smell and I love the food! It's autumn in my kitchen and I've been cooking with all sorts of seasonal ingredients. We were gifted a crate of apples and I like to turn a few into apple pie or sauteed apples every so often. There's nothing like warm apple slices with cinnamon and sugar!

I can't walk by a good looking squash or some strong smelling leeks without imagining what I can do once I get them into my kitchen. The other day I made a favorite recipe for mushroom soup from Smitten Kitchen

Those are chestnuts being roasted on an open fire below. Does it make you feel like singing or like eating? 

Fall is fair and festival season as well. On Sunday we went to a fritter festival in a small town nearby. We bought a big bag of fritters from all over the world for 11euro. I really like the salty ones even more than the sweet. Our favorites including the vegetarian curry fritters from India, the meat and veggie fritters from Senegal and all the Italian ones including the sweet chocolate & apple fritters and the savory leek, corn, and pesto fritters. Speaking of pesto, I don't think I would consider it a fall food, but Giulio really loves it and I still have basil growing on the balcony...pesto fritters anyone?
 And of course fall means pumpkins! I was able to locate a Halloween pumpkin which you don't realize how important that is until you try to carve a pumpkin meant for pies. They have thick skin because you want all that flesh for your pie. Giulio loved sticking his hands in and getting messy. Afterward I roasted the seeds which are still a choking hazard for Giulio, but Fabri and I scarfed them down while watching movies for a couple nights in a row.

We're loving the weather (even if it's overcast and a bit damp, it hasn't been cold) and we're looking forward to our upcoming visit. Oh, one other great thing about fall, Fabri & Gaetano have started brewing again after taking a break for the summer. We haven't tasted the newest bitter from Palmotta brewery (the name they've decided on combines their last names) yet, but I have a feeling it's going to be even better than the last, which was awesome!


mom said...

That whole blog made me hungry and at the end thirsty! I love fall too.

Lauren said...

Sautéed apples are the best! What a cute little boy, I can't wait to see you guys in a couple weeks :-)

Carolyn said...

Looks like you guys are having an awesome autumn!