As you may have heard, the Dodgers didn’t become the National League Champions last night, so they won’t be going to the World Series this year. Yes, I’m bummed, but life does need to carryon. It was a difficult set of games to watch with injuries mounting, and players not living up to expectations, but what else is new, that’s baseball. I know my team will be a strong contender next year, and we did beat our rivals the San Francisco Giants and all. I look at it this way, it gives me more time to focus on fall and all that it brings, besides baseball playoffs.
The weather has been cooler and yes, I have actually put a sweater on. There’s 100% chance of rain tomorrow all over Southern California, and that rarely happens, especially these days being in a draught. I’m so excited. I never thought water could make me this happy. Well, it does and we all could use a big dose of it right now. Rainy days are perfect baking days, so I thought I would start the week off with a treat that’s rain-day worthy. Rustic tarts are one of my specialties, and I love how easily a piece of pie dough folds over freshly sliced fruit, like pears. I think you’ll really enjoy making this dessert because there’s no special rules or pans required to create it.
Tuesday’s are usually for tacos, but not this week. We’re making a skillet dinner that’s not only flavorful, but easy to prepare. Arroz con pollo is a Mexican meal worth making. We’re having meatballs on Wednesday and this week they’re turkey meatballs made in a vodka sauce. The vodka adds sweetness and rounds out the marinara is such a gentle way. Thursday we’re enjoying a vegan curry made with winter squash and tamarind paste. The flavors are rustically hardy and loaded with good-for-you ingredients. If you haven’t tried this version of my curry, this week’s the time. Crostini are the perfect meal with a glass of wine on a Friday night, and these are made with robiola cheese and roasted tomatoes. If you can’t find robiola, a good double crème cheese will work too. Saturday we’re making pudding for breakfast and these are made with pumpkin and ricotta cheese for a not-too-sweet treat. The flavors are definitely fall-like, so enjoy. Have a great week and appreciate the freshness in the air after a good day of rain.
Monday – Pear tarts are not only seasonal, but so fun to create free-form with your hands. It’s the perfect rainy day treat that will warm your kitchen up and fill it with the best fall aroma.
Tuesday – This quick and easy arroz con pollo is not only tasty, but scrumptious to eat. I know it’s not a taco, but it will definitely satisfy those same cravings.
Wednesday – Meatballs in a tomatoey vodka sauce, why not?! They taste so divine and the vodka gives the sauce a sweetness that’s hard to describe and balances out the acid in the tomatoes. I love the fact that they’re turkey too. It makes me feel like I’m eating a little healthier.
Thursday – This curry is so hardy because it’s made with winter squash. You won’t miss the meat and the leftovers reheat beautifully at lunchtime.
Friday – It’s Friday and all, so these little toasts can be a meal in themselves or served with a salad for a larger meal. I love roasting cherry tomatoes this time of the year because it brings out their natural sugars, and tastes like summertime all over again.
Saturday – Pudding for breakfast? Yes, that’s right. These individual puddings are made with pumpkin and ricotta cheese and are not too sweet. The perfect start to a great weekend.