Fall

Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows

  • 6 medium sweet potatoes (more or less, depending on size) Skin-off or on per choice
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Marshmallows

Do-ahead option: pre-roast the sweet potatoes: Wrap them in foil and bake them whole for 1 hour at 400 degrees before slicing them - this provides a softer texture.

Alternatively, slice the raw potatoes thin and add them directly to the casserole; this method results in a firmer texture.

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Poblano Rice

Cribbed from Marcela.

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1/2 medium white onion, chopped
2-3 poblano chiles, stemmed, seeded and chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth, plus more if needed
1 cup long grain rice

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium, heavy nonstick skillet over medium heat.
Add the onions and saute until translucent, about 3 minutes.
Add the poblano chiles and saute, about 8 minutes.

Poblano Rice
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Menu for the week of Nov 16

Sun: sushiritos, cucumber salad, edamame
Mon: crispy rice salad with asian sausage
Tue: harvest grain bowls with green sauce, halloumi
Wed:  harvest salad (apples, bacon, cheddar, ...)
Thu: shakshuka with moroccan carrot salad, pita
Fri: Cocktails, smoked salmon with cheeses

Menu for the week of Nov 9

Sun: Steak, green salad, bread
Mon: Salad with cottage cheese, fruit
Tue: Salad with cottage cheese, fruit, egg
Wed... : SF

Frisco Sour

2 ounces rye whiskey
½ ounce Benedictine (see note above)
½ ounce fresh juice from 1 lemon

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add rye, Benedictine, and lemon juice. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into cocktail glass and serve.

Some history: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/29/dining/29tipsy.html

Frisco Sour
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Menu for the week of Nov 2

Hot Smoked Salmon

Based on this recipe.

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1-2 lbs Salmon

Wood chunks (~4) soaked and drained

Combine sugar and salt in bowl. Set salmon on wire rack set in rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle flesh side evenly with sugar mixture. Refrigerate, uncovered, for 1 hour. With paper towels, brush any excess salt and sugar from salmon and blot dry. Return fish on wire rack to refrigerator, uncovered, while preparing grill.

Smoked Salmon
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Pumpkin Curry

  • 2 lbs pumpkin
  • 14oz (1 package) Firm tofu, optional
  • 4 cups (2 cans) coconut milk (can use light milk, and/or sub in a cup of water)
  • 3-5 tablespoons Vegetarian Red Curry Paste
  • 8 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 chili peppers (fresh red thai, or 1 jalapeno)
  • 2" fresh galangal (peeled and thinly sliced), or 2 T galangal powder (or ½ equivalent ginger)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 sprigs Thai basil

We used a marina de chiogga pumpkin, but any firm, yellow-flesh, slightly sweet/nutty pumpkin will do.

Pumpkin Curry
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Cheesecake Brownies

Makes 16, 2-inch Brownies -- add food coloring (like yellow and red) to make it seasonal!

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into 8 pieces
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Brownie Batter

  • ⅔ cup (3 1/3 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine (Giaredehli or Hershey's)
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cheesecake brownies (halloween edition!)
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Butternut Squash Farrotto

  • ½ tablespoon cumin, divided
  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 2 tablespoona fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves; 1 minced, 2 thinly sliced
  • 2 cups 1/2-inch cubes peeled butternut squash
  • 1 cup semi-pearled farro (can add in barley and other whole grains)
  • 1 tablespoons chopped Fresno chile or red jalapeño chile with seeds, divided
  • ½ cup 1/2-inch cubes red onion plus 1/4 cup thinly sliced
  • ½ 15-ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

Yogurt Sauce

Butternut squash farrotto
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