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Posted at 3:10 PM on November 18, 2008 by Autumn Long (3 Comments)
There's snow on the ground and fire in the woodstove: Now is the time for baking! We've been celebrating the return of baked goods with excitement and glee. Our wood-fired oven makes for very seasonal eating in our household: In hot weather we cook on a propane stove, which is great for all types of stovetop cooking as well as canning and preserving; and on long, sunny summer days we use a solar oven for tasks such as roasting meat, heating water, and drying herbs. But warm weather provides no inclination to fire up the woodstove, and therefore no baking.
Once the mercury starts dropping, though, it's a different story. Since cooler weather has arrived this fall, we've enjoyed the return of Dan's mouth-watering pizzas as well as baked desserts. It was a windfall year for pears, and a friend gave me a big box of tasty little pears last week. I used some of them to make a pear/cranberry custard pie (the cranberries were handpicked by our cousin). I also created a really simple and delicious roasted root vegetable dish that likely will become a new winter favorite.
First, I browned some of our homemade country sausage in a skillet. Then I cut half a butternut squash, several potatoes and sweet potatoes, a large onion, and a couple of apples into bite-sized chunks. I tossed the veggies together in a baking dish with the sausage, several whole garlic cloves, salt & pepper, and lots of fresh thyme, rosemary, and oregano. I covered the dish and baked it in a 350-degree oven until the veggies were soft but not too soft. It's pure comfort food, and 100% local, babies!
I'm looking forward to contributing some yummy baked goods to my family's Thanksgiving feast next week. I love Thanksgiving! You know what else I love? I love the fact that Dan is making pizzas for dinner tonight. What a man!
It sounds so cheerful and homey, as well as delicious......Yum.
You are totally awesome.
Best regards, Vera
Posted by vera schabicki | November 18, 2008 11:47 PM
Aww, thanks Vera. I think you're pretty fabulous too.
Posted by Autumn Long | November 19, 2008 3:07 PM
Wow, cold weather is so appealing under the right conditions. Those pizzas and desserts sound wonderful
I love squash and sweet potatoes. I am going to try to make that roasted vegetable dish.
I too am looking forward to Thanksgiving.
Paulette in Seattle
Posted by P. Thompson | November 21, 2008 6:58 PM