The autumn holidays are here! Halloween has passed and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It is a special time to gather with families and friends around the table. With the blustery fall weather, there is nothing like the comforting aroma of a steamy pot of soup or stew braising on the stove, or meat and root vegetables roasting in the oven. I can still remember my dad's pork & shrimp wonton dumplings in a hot clear broth and how it took the chill out from the cold. Soups are great comfort foods.
This is my favorite season with the abundant variety of apples, pears, and pumpkins mirroring the colors of the leaves changing. It's time to warm the kitchen up as I pull out the rolling pin and pie pans to start baking my streusel crumb apple pie, pecan pumpkin pie, and glazed fruit tarts. I just love making pies! For those who prefer baking breads, muffins, and coffee cakes, there are some newly published cookbooks that make baking easy and creative. I hope you will find inspiring ideas from these cookbooks to make your Thanksgiving a fun and memorable one. The best part is "giving thanks"!
Rose's Heavenly Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum (2009)
The Dumpling: A Seasonal Guide by Wai Hon Chu and Connie Lovatt (2009)
The Craft of Baking: Cakes, Cookies & Other Sweets with Ideas for Inventing Your Own by Karen DeMasco and Mindy Fox (2009)
My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method by Jim Lahey (2009)
Peter Reinhart's Artisan Bread Every Day: Fast and Easy Recipes for World-Class Bread by Peter Reinhart (2009)
Williams-Sonoma Thanksgiving Entertaining by Lou Seibert Pappas (2005)
Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking by Paula Wolfert (2009)