Fall has arrived and with it, the pumpkin season. There are always plenty of pumpkins to carve up around Halloween time and a great way to make use of the pumpkin seeds is to roast them for an easy, healthy snack.
I love to eat them shells and all. If they're properly toasted and are small to medium sized, they are wonderfully crunchy and easy to eat.
Did your father ever tell you that when "he was a kid, he walked 10 miles to school everyday, barefoot, in the snow"? My dad did, and I believed him for years. He was from Minnesota; they had snow there. We lived in LA—palm trees, no snow. How was I to know?
We grew up with hearty soups, even though in Los Angeles there was maybe one month a year when it really made sense to eat them.
Have you ever had sweet potato pie? It's the Landcruiser of holiday pies. Heavy, dense, feeds many. Similar in some respects to a pumpkin pie, but whereas pumpkin pie is all about the spices, sweet potato pie is all about the sweet potato.
You can actually taste the wonderful flavor of sweet potato in this pie, which is only enhanced, not supplanted by the additions of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and vanilla.
"London Broil" used to be a way of describing a method for cooking lean beef cuts such as flank or top round, which originally was to pan-fry it quickly on medium high to high heat, cook it only to medium rare, and then slice it thinly on the diagonal.
The term has since evolved to a method of marinating, and then either grilling or broiling the steak. Furthermore butchers now sell a cut of beef that is called a London Broil which is typically a couple inches thick and is top round.
Come fall, one of our favorite things to make with the apples and walnuts from our trees is a Waldorf salad. Here's a fresh take on this American classic—a kale version. In it we have subbed in kale for the lettuce, dried cranberries for the grapes, and hold everything together with a tangy mayo dressing.