Fall, Through and Through
September 19, 2008
When I first discovered food blogs last fall (Where had I been! Oh, the years and years I lost), I felt like I’d found an entire long-lost limb of my family tree. My people. And they were out there in the Internets, just waiting for me. I promptly started devouring a few favorites, voraciously working my way through archives and eagerly awaiting the arrival of new posts in my Google Reader. Best of all, I felt inspired to cook and bake the recipes I was reading about—even more inspired than I am by magazine articles, cookbooks and TV shows (which is really saying something). One of the first blog recipes I made was this one: a Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion Galette, created by Smitten Kitchen‘s Deb (who happened to be on Martha Stewart this week!).
I made the galette last fall when my parents were in Chicago to visit my sister, Kevin and me. It was a perfect fall weekend—brilliant blue skies, a warm breeze, sunlight twinkling off the trees’ golden, orange-y fronds. Best of all my family was all together and they were indulging me by letting me cook for them one of the nights. I made this tart as our appetizer. The recipe was so easy to follow, so fun to make, so gorgeous to gaze at, and so completely delicious to eat, I immediately declared it a keeper and myself an official Smitten Kitchen fan. And it’s around that time that I started toying around with the idea of creating a food blog myself.
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But then the new recipes continued to dance into my Google Reader, across my computer screen and onto our kitchen table. And, sadly, this galette recipe lay dormant for the rest of the fall and winter. And, the next thing I knew, asparagus and fava beans hit the scene and butternut squash was simply unthinkable. So, as the sun was setting on this summer, I couldn’t wait to break this recipe out again. Really, this recipe is fall through and through: the autumnal colors peeking out of the rustic pastry that’s hugging it, the earthy and comforting flavors, the warmth (both from the oven and from the mouth-tingling twinge of cayenne pepper), the Thanksgiving-ish aroma.
Just like my family last fall, our guests on Tuesday night adored this tart. And I hope you will too. Because, I am telling you, you cannot let fall slip by without making it. Even just once. (But, for the record, I will be making it more than once. Mom: I’m thinking Thanksgiving appetizer? Call me!)