Baked Apples with Oats & Caramel Sauce

Baked Apples with Oats & Caramel Sauce

One of my favorite things about Autumn are the fall apples - there is nothing better! The crisp flavor & tartness is a whole different thing than an apple any other time of year. Since you can only eat so many, I am always searching for good recipes using fall apples. My last post was a Caramelized Apple Dutch Baby.  This one is a simple recipe for Baked Apples. They are really very easy and a warming alternative to a fresh apple.  They actually taste like apple pie without the fuss of a…
Rigatoni with Butternut Squash, Kale & Ricotta Cheese

Rigatoni with Butternut Squash, Kale & Ricotta Cheese

Autumn is in the air as the days are getting cooler and the beginning of color is appearing on the trees in Central Park. Squash and pumpkin are abundant at the green markets, so you begin to plan different kind of meals around these seasonal ingredients. Here is a dish that combines some of my favorite fall ingredients all on one plate! Rigatoni with Butternut Squash, Kale & Ricotta Cheese ingredients: 1 small butternut squash (sliced and cut into pieces) 1 small red onion (sliced) 2 - 3 cups of kale (chopped) 2…
Damson Plum & Berry Fruit Tarts

Damson Plum & Berry Fruit Tarts

Making a fresh fruit tart is so quick and easy if you keep a box of frozen Puff Pastry in your freezer. Then whenever you have some extra fruit you can just pull it out and let it thaw according to the instructions on the box. I found these beautiful Damson Plums at the farmer's market. (This type of plum ripens in the late summer through the fall). So I decided to make some fruit tarts with these seasonal plums, and I added some berries & pomegranate seeds for color and texture. All…
End of Summer Peach & Berry Crisp

End of Summer Peach & Berry Crisp

It is the last weekend of summer, Labor Day weekend...and I can hardly believe summer is over! My family is visiting us in the Hamptons and they should be here shortly, so I just made everyone's favorite dessert, Summer Fruit Crisp. I will warm it up in the oven right before we eat it, and serve it with some vanilla ice cream. It is the perfect way to get the last taste of the delicious summer fruits we all love...peaches, raspberries, blackberries & blueberries.  Soon we will be moving on to apple crisp…
Pasta Primavera Summer Style

Pasta Primavera Summer Style

Pasta Primavera is a dish that consists of pasta and fresh vegetables, usually served with a light cream sauce. It is associated with spring because primavera means "springtime" in Italian and so the dish often consists of spring vegetables like peas and carrots. For my Pasta Primavera "Summer Style" I used whatever vegetables looked fresh and delicious (in August) at the local farm stand. In my case we took a trip to Balsam Farms in Amagansett where they had an unbelievable array of every summer vegetable under the sun - literally!  I love…