If there’s one chef who has always really represented seasonal cooking to me, it’s Suzanne Goin, chef-owner of LA’s Lucques and A.O.C. The combo of persimmon and pomegranate shows up in both Sunday Suppers at Lucquesand A.O.C. Cookbook and that was the inspiration for this week’s FridayNightSlice — a Delicata squash flatbread topped with persimmon, pomegranate and a little blue cheese.
Been awhile since we’ve had a slice, hasn’t it? The good news is, I’m bringing pizza and beer. You can thank Andris and his beer crust experiments on the Baking Steel Facebook page last weekend. A day later, I had a batch of dough with Silver City Red Ale doing its thing in the fridge, just waiting to become a FridayNightSlice. The first beer dough pie was a simple pepperoni and mushroom. But for you, I’m fancying it up a little. This week’s FridayNightSlice features that beer dough with pancetta, swiss chard and criminis.
Apple Pie Spice, Pumpkin Spice, Chai Spice. They’re not all the same, yet at this time of year, people will slap any old label on a spice blend with a lot of cinnamon in it to make it sound new. We’re keeping it honest today — this is Apple Pie-spiced thanks to a Penzeys sample, but what makes this oatmeal so a-ha! is what’s mixed into it.
Coconut milk cut with vanilla almond milk is one of my faves in oatmeal, but if you can’t do with that much fat, head in this direction — vanilla almond milk and apple cider. On second thought, I don’t know if it’s so much an a-ha! as a duh! Go 50/50 for strong apple flavor, top with chopped Honeycrisps, toasted walnuts and a dash of Apple Pie spice. Done and done. Enjoy.
Popcorn is due for a comeback. An aluminum tub of slightly stale popcorn — plain, cheddar and caramel — was an ‘80s Christmas staple. Now, it just seems like a cheap office gift ordered from some terrible catalog. Long before kettle corn took over the popcorn scene, there were “gourmet” popcorn shops at the mall. After picking up some jeans at Miller’s Outpost, you could pick up popcorn dusted in flavors like Barbecue, Sour Cream and Onion, and Ranch. Ah, the good ol’ days.
With kettle corn overshadowing everything else in the popcorn universe, it’s been easy to forget about good ol’ caramel corn. The thing is you don’t have to go to the mall or wait for Christmas. Making caramel corn at home isn’t that hard and it’s just not that expensive. Let’s make some caramel corn with salty peanuts. It’s time.
Something about a bellini feels infinitely more luxurious than your usual mimosa. You can get pretty decent freshly squeezed orange juice almost year round, which makes a mimosa standard. But the bellini is something special, something summer, something more than, especially with your own peach syrup.
After this, you’ll never want a can of peach nectar again.