We are in seasonal purgatory. That middle place between the crisp days of fall and the eagerly awaited birth of spring in Minnesota. During these arctic months John and I devote a fair amount of time to discussing our anticipation of warmer weather and the outdoor festivities that spring and summer will bring.
Fall is the time of year in Minnesota when the air turns cool, the leaves drop and we mourn the end of summer. I choose to think of it as the beginning of comfort food season. A period of time when we can give ourselves permission to enjoy dishes that are just a little sweeter, a little higher on the calorie scale and that during the spring and summer may give us pause. We’re still utilizing a variety of splendid fruits but now they are wrapped in delicate pastries, folded into beautiful harvest pies and added to rich bread puddings. I truly believe that our senses can perceive the shift in seasons and our palates are inspired accordingly.
I get really excited about composing a great meal spontaneously, using only what I have on hand. This recipe came together on a recent Sunday afternoon while I was perusing the pantry and mulling over what I could design for dinner in under 30 minutes. I liken that sort of culinary exploration to a fashionista who creates new clothing combinations with basic items that they already have in their closet. It may appear to have a unique flavor or appearance, but it’s assembled by challenging yourself to work with what you’ve got.
I am thrilled to be able to share my Eat Your Words Culinary Puzzle with readers of the Empty Nesters Kitchen blog. I created this themed activity several years ago for two reasons. The first was to further my own education in regards to the enormous culinary world that envelops us. The second was to formulate an avenue to publish what I learned in a fun and engaging way. You can look forward to the exploration of a multitude of appetizing topics. Including food, beverages, international ingredients, cultural dishes etc…
“Think Outside, No Box Required” ~ Author Unknown
DIY: Those three letters conjure up excitement in some and hesitation in others. John and I are in the former group. We enjoy taking on home improvement projects together and we have long discussed the desire to have an intimate outdoor area where we can host gatherings on our beautiful Summer/Fall evenings here in Minnesota.
“We all need to make time for a burger once in a while” ~ Erica Durance
In the past 2 years John and I have devoted a plethora of time to searching out as many mouth-watering Twin Cities burgers as possible. Sometimes we enjoy the company of friends and/or family on these outings, other times it’s the two of us.
“We see the beauty within and cannot say no” ~ Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Burrata cheese has a beautiful essence about it. It is a fresh Italian cheese made from water buffalo and/or cows milk mozzarella and has a center filled with a rich and silky cream. It is also my latest culinary obsession. It’s common knowledge among my family and friends that I love cheese, all types of cheese but Burrata has a metamorphic quality that I find very provocative. I cannot say no.