I (Mary Kate) am recycling this photo of my favorite fall tree – these are in the parking lot of my apartment complex. There used to be a whole row of them, but in the 8 years I’ve lived here, we’re losing them one by one. They are so gorgeous in October, though, that you totally forget the sap they dripped on your car.
I made pork chops this week using this method from The Kitchn blog. They turned out incredible, even if I didn’t get them quite seared to perfection. I did use the brine, and added whole star anise, cloves, and cardamom pods for a little chai-inspired flavor. I served them with applesauce, sweet potatoes, and broccoli. I can serve everything with applesauce, thanks to Denise’s apple trees (and my lack of imagination in apple processing!) (MK- There’s lots more apples where those came from if you want more – D)
And since it’s finally feeling like fall around here, and the only thing I really like “pumpkin-spiced” is baked goods, I think I can likely fix up this recipe for flourless pumpkin pie muffins to suit my needs. It contains a nut butter, eggs, and honey, which won’t work for everyone, but one egg is an easy substitute and it sounds like any nut or seed butter would work, so there would be options.
Next year if I (Denise) get more pears, I’d like to try this Pear Sorbet recipe. Maybe I’ll substitute apples and see how it goes.
Also, I’ve been looking around for what to do with a ton of sage, since it went nuts in my garden and there’s 7 trays of it in the dehydrator right now. Apparently you can use sage tea as a sore throat reliever. I’ll have to remember that the next time I get a bug.
Hope you all have a great weekend!