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.
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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.
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