Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I would like to try to keep this open as a food discussion blog as well. Mike tells me to just start writing, as that's where everyone starts. No one starts off knowing where their niche is, but they work their way into it.

Lately I've been loving cooking with fall flavors - winter squashes, apples, pecans, thyme, hearty whole grains, the like. I adore this time of year as a vegetarian.

On the other hand, it's been difficult trying to balance the heartier foods and flavors with eating lighter - though the warm weather we've been having in Florida definitely helps. I've always had issues watching what I eat in the fall and winter.

On a happier note, I'm working on planning some vegetarian dishes for Thanksgiving at my in-laws and for a holiday potluck at my friends' house. I'm going to attempt a seitan "turkey" from Bryanna Clark Grogan for both - I've really only ever made the Seitan o' Greatness recipe before, so this should be a little new.

I'm going to wing a basic stuffing recipe - I'd like to make a base of whole grain bread cubes, and add a nut, a dried fruit, and an herb for the major players. Possibly even two different versions, one for Thanksgiving and one for the potluck. For nuts I'm considering pecans or hazelnuts; fruits, apricots, apples, pears, or cranberries; and herbs, sage, rosemary, thyme. Just which in which combination is my dilemma right now!