Fall Into Deliciousness

 

It’s here! What you say? Only the best time of the year that’s what.  The time when leaves are crunching under your feet, the weather has cooled down and you spend the Saturday afternoons watching college football.  This is my favorite time of year but this year it’s a little different.  This Fall I am enjoying days with average temperatures of 89 degrees and trees with all their leaves.  That’s right I am living in Dallas and this is its fall.  I am embracing and enjoying the warmth but there is something about leaves not changing color that makes me miss good ole’ Michigan in the autumn.  With the first day of fall just having happened last Friday I thought what should I do to make it feel more like fall here?  Simple answer… make a fall meal.

When I started falling in love with food and cooking I of course learned all about Julia Child.  The dish that always makes me think of her is beef bourguignon.  This also makes me think of Ina Garten because she is the first person I ever saw make this recipe.  I figured a rich stew would take the chill off of the evening indoor air-conditioned air.  It was full of beautiful flavors, and I know that sounds cheesy but make it and you’ll know there is no other word to describe the flavors in this dish.  My other favorite part of Fall is the pumpkins.  So I made a pumpkin spice cake with pumpkin cream cheese frosting.  This cake is basically “fall in your mouth”.  That is how the cake earned its name of “Fall into Deliciousness”.  It is such a good cake because it taste like a pumpkin bread with frosting, how could that be wrong?  Seriously don’t be intimidated this cake is easy and will surely please and impress anyone.  Pair this cake with the beef bourguignon and you have a fall extravaganza meal!  Julia Child would definitely say Bon Appétit to this meal!  Now all I need is date night with Casper or Hocus Pocus!

The Beef Bourguignon Recipe

   Burning off the bourbon (I used bourbon because we didn’t have cognac in the house)

Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe               Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

  

Photo’s provided by John Tagle-Fall photos taken at Michigan State University

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Hot Potatoes!

 

I fell asleep on the plane dreaming of the food in Ireland.  I was being a stereotypical dreamer so I was dreaming of potatoes and cabbage. Once in Dublin I was eager to find out if the food was anything like my dreams.  Kylie and I went to the Temple Bar area for our first dinner and went to a typical Dublin pub and had pub food.  It was loud and crowded and just what we wanted.

We were pleasantly excited to find out that there was more than potatoes and cabbage on the menu, but it was the base for a lot of the dishes.  Coddle is a famous dish of the Irish people but the most famous and beloved is their stew.  It is delicious, hearty, full of lamb and vegetables and what else…potatoes.  But my favorite part of all the food, well I guess it’s tied with the stew, is the soda bread.  It is full of texture and flavor, doughy but crispy and just all around amazing.  Dunk that bread in an Irish stew and you’ll think you’ve died and went to Irish heaven. Another thing that goes well with Irish stew and soda bread is a nice cold Guinness.

 

Guinness is an Irish dry stout that originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness.  Guinness is directly descended from the porter style that originated in London.  I made Kylie taste her first Guinness and she had to chase it with her food so I think it is safe to say it’s growing on her. One of my favorite moments in Dublin wasn’t one I had while enjoying a Guinness but instead an oyster stout. There is a  bar called Porterhouse right by the Molly Malone statue that serves all different types of beer.  The oyster stout is a stout so not much different than a Guinness but they put fresh oysters shucked into the conditioning tank; so basically my dream beer.

 

 

The picture above and to the right is coddle in case you were wondering.

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