It's time for Sukkot - the holiday that best symbolizes the fall, the harvest, and the start of the rainy season!
This simple apple tart is both beautiful and tasty, and a great way to use some of fall's quintessential produce: the apple.
The apples are really the star of this dish, only sprinkled with a touch of sugar and cinnamon and some tiny dabs of butter (or margarine). This is one dish you'll be happy to serve to all the guests around your Sukkot table. That is - if you manage to save any for them.
I'm a big fan of one pot meals - throw everything in to a pot, simmer for a while and enjoy a steaming hot meal with little prep. The problem with dinners like this is that they can often require hours of cooking - but this flavorful, easy dish can be on the table in half an hour.
A friend and I were recently discussing some stereotypical 'health nut' foods - things like tofu, bean sprouts and quinoa (two out of three of which I've featured in this column. And another of the foods we mentioned was lentils. But lentils really get a bad rap. In truth, they're a cheap and seriously good-for-you food, chock full of protein, fiber and vitamins. Added with some antioxidant-laden spinach, this is one side dish that you can feel good about taking a second helping of over the holidays.
I'm seeing big beautiful eggplants everywhere I go these days, and while they're delicious as a side dish, they have a hearty, meaty feel to them that is perfect in a main dish. Pairing that flavor with ground turkey results in a wholesome dinner the whole family can enjoy.
When scraping out the eggplant 'innards' - make sure to leave a thick enough shell behind so that the skin can still hold all the mixture you put back in. If you have leftover mixture, you can always form them into 'meatballs' and bake them alongside the filled eggplants.
If there is anything that screams "adult cookie" it is the biscotti. But that doesn't mean they can't be delicious. This simple recipe will produce crisp, rich and flavorful cookies that you can enjoy on their own or dipped in a mug of steaming coffee or tea. The recipe calls for slivered almonds but just about any other nut would work as well - or even some white chocolate chips for a nice contrast.
Making your own bread can seem like a daunting task. And when bakeries seem to do it so well, it hardly seems worth the effort.
But let me tell you - it's really not that hard, and it is so worth the effort. Your friends and family will be impressed by your skills before they even cut in to a warm, fresh loaf of whole wheat bread. After that, well, expect some marriage proposals or professions of eternal love.