Feels Like Fall Recipes

Crisp apples, sweet-and-mellow pears, vibrant peppers and more: Fall is officially here! As the weather starts to cool, the farmhouse kitchen is heating up as we incorporate this bounty of produce into dishes indicative of this culinary-friendly season. Tie on an apron and get started in your own kitchen this week with ingredients for a cozy autumn brunch: Certified-organic buckwheat flour for incredible crêpes, both Snohomish Bakery granola and cinnamon-raisin bread, smoky bacon and farm-fresh eggs, plus Italian prosecco and a quartet of locally-crafted cocktail shrubs—cheers to fall!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Buckwheat Crêpes
Once you perfect the technique here, start playing with your favorite fillings. This week we suggest a helping of cinnamon-kissed orchard fruit, quince-ginger compote or savory bacon!

Sautéed Fall Orchard Fruit
Kissed with fragrant cinnamon and brown sugar, these are sublime on waffles, pancakes or crêpes.

Quince-Ginger Compote
Another fantastic filling option for this week’s crêpes.

Roasted Potatoes, Peppers & Onions
These easy roasted veggies are a great brunch side dish. (Or, try topping a hearty serving with a poached egg for a satisfying entrée.)

Carrot & Apple Sauté with Rosemary
This beautiful combination sings with fresh flavor!

Slow-Roasted Celery
This unexpected side is sure to be a new favorite.

Quince-Ginger Compote

Another fantastic filling option for this week’s crêpes.

Ingredients:
3 cups off-dry white wine, such as Riesling
1½ cups water, plus more if needed
1½ cups sugar
12 thin slices peeled fresh ginger (from one 2-inch piece)
3 pounds just ripened quince (about 4), peeled, cored, and cut into ½ -inch wedges
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Method:
1. Bring wine, water, sugar, and ginger to a simmer in a medium saucepan over high heat. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Add quinces. (Add more water if needed to cover fruit.) Reduce heat, and simmer gently until quinces are tender, 25 to 45 minutes depending on ripeness of fruit.

2. Transfer quinces to a bowl using a slotted spoon. Bring liquid in saucepan to a simmer, and cook until slightly syrupy, about 5 minutes. Remove, and discard ginger. Stir in lemon juice. Pour syrup over quinces. Let stand until cool. Refrigerate if desired.

Slow-Roasted Ginger-Lime Carrots

These flavorful carrots from Jennifer Perillo’s Homemade with Love cookbook are wonderful served hot, at room temperature and even cold.

Ingredients:
1 bunch carrots, peeled and stems discarded
1 (1½ -inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon olive oil
Zest of 1 lime
Sea salt

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 300°.

2. Add the ginger, syrup, lime zest and salt to a small bowl. Adjust seasonings to taste. Beat with a fork or whisk to mix well.

3. Arrange the carrots in a roasting pan. Pour the ginger-oil mixture over them, tossing the carrots to coat them well. Bake until tender when pierced with a fork, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Wonderful served hot, at room temperature and even cold.

Garlic & Ginger Green Beans

This zingy preparation will soon be a new favorite.

Ingredients:
1 pound green beans
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh ginger root, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon water
Pinch of red pepper flakes

Method:
1. Blanch green beans in a large pot of boiling water for 5 minutes until just tender and then drain and cool the beans with a rinse of cold water.

2. In a large sauté pan heat the sesame and olive oils over medium heat until shimmering. Add the ginger root and garlic and sauté for 1 minute until both are soft and fragrant. Add in beans, soy sauce, water and red pepper flakes and cook until the liquid is dissolved. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

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