As we are now a little over a month into the fall season, I am all about trying to make comfort food recipes. To me, one of the best sweet comfort foods is a cookie. As I am trying to make a new recipe every week to challenge my cooking skills, I made the very popular snickerdoodle cookie. I got the recipe from the blog Averie Cooks, which by the way is an awesome blog with a lot of recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth. Super easy recipe to make, I would say this is probably the easiest cookie recipe I have made other than the traditional chocolate chip cookie. The secret ingredient in this is cream of tartar, something I never would have guessed you used in these cookies. This is a great snickerdoodle cookie recipe, I highly recommend it. Recipe here
The quintessential fall activity in my mind is apple picking. I didn’t get into this until moving up to New England, but now it is a must for every fall. The one bad thing is that you either get a relatively small bag (think this is what little children can carry around) or an extremely large bag. So that usually leaves me with a lot of apples. This year I wanted to try something different, so I made applesauce. One mistake I did make though was not peeling all of the apples beforehand. So word to the wise, peel the apples or it will create a less smooth applesauce. Hope you all are enjoying fall and are creating some wonderful fall recipes of your own. I will post a few more apple recipes and my attempts to make them before the end of the fall. If you want to check out an awesome orchard, you should go to Honey Pot Hill Orchard in Stow, MA.
As the summer season has officially come to a close, I have been using up the last of those ripe peaches and nectarines. One recipe that I completely loved was this Summer Nectarine Salad by Honestly Yum, recipe here. This was by far one of my favorite salads of the summer, it had an incredible balance of sweet and savory. Packed into the salad was Prosciutto, Buffalo Mozzarella, and Heirloom Tomatoes. Just a simple mix of Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil to top if off made this a delicious salad. Now transitioning to fall recipes, but this was one last awesome taste of summer. Frankly the weather in Boston this weekend was warm enough for it to still feel like summer, so it works for right now.
I went on a recent trip to the San Francisco Bay area and luckily was able to head north to Muir Woods. A lot of people had advised to get there very early in the morning to avoid the crowd and get the best views, incredibly useful advice. For anyone who has yet to see the beauty of redwood trees, it truly is something to behold. Here’s a few photos I took while there: