Can someone please explain to me how we’re almost halfway through November?! Time has been flying and Thanksgiving has completely crept up on me this year. It’s my absolute favorite holiday and I am counting down the days until lots of fam time and pumpkin pie!
Speaking of pumpkin, I’m popping in real quick with a non-traditional idea for your Thanskgiving (or Friendsgiving) feast: spicy roasted pumpkin with feta. This recipe is a tribute to one of my favorite unexpected things about Australia that we discovered on our honeymoon last year – all of the savory pumpkin! Here in the U.S., I pretty much exclusively see pumpkin in sweet dishes, but in Australia, it was on menus everywhere roasted as a delicious side dish and I completely fell in love. It was summer when we were there, so it definitely felt a little weird eating so much pumpkin, but I loved it and couldn’t resist ordering it pretty much whenever I saw it on the menu. It’s really just a less sweet squash, perfect for a cozy seasonal side that’s packed with flavor and a little unexpected.
How is it that summer is almost over?! I feel like summer always flies by, but this year has taken the cake for me – between lots of friend visits, quick jaunts north to wine country and south to LA, and an extra-hectic work schedule, I feel like I’ve barely blinked and September is almost upon us.
“Summer” in the Bay Area pretty much means nothing in terms of weather, but I absolutely still use the season to take advantage of the extra-special produce: corn, tomatoes, basil, peaches, berries, oh my! When I was thinking about just the right recipe to celebrate the quickly fading summer months, this elote farro salad struck me as just the thing.
Hi friends! I think I’ve just about recovered from our action-packed (and completely amazing) trip to Hawaii last month. Since I just did a travel post about our trip to Australia, I figured this time I’d pay tribute to our vacay by bringing a piece of our trip back via the kitchen. One of my absolute favorite things about Hawaii (besides the poke, the hiking, and the incredible views) is the abundance of amazing fresh fruit. I could never get sick of all the fresh mango and pineapple and guava juice! I think I started pretty much every day of our trip with either yogurt and granola and fresh fruit, or my new favorite discovery – pitaya breakfast bowls.
Whew. What a week, huh?
I never talk about politics, or anything too heavy really, in this space because I truly don’t think that’s what it’s for. This is supposed to be a happy place, where we can all come together and celebrate the amazingness that is butter and sugar and bread and bacon. I would never want a single person to come to my blog to check out a recipe or learn a new food trick, and find themselves feeling uncomfortable or alienated by anything I write here. But I think we can safely say this week was hard, disappointing, and aggressively eye opening, no matter what side of the aisle we’re on, right?
So while I won’t ever get overly political, I also don’t believe in pretending everything is happy-go-lucky when there are really serious, devastatingly divisive issues facing this country right now and I think everyone is feeling a little wonky this week. I strongly believe that education is the first step towards understanding and discussion, so personally, I’ve been reading every article I can get my hands on and am planning on working through this list to learn everything I can about what happened and what’s next for our country. And I can honestly say that I’ve never looked forward to Thanksgiving more than I am this year. I think we all need a day of eating, drinking, and holding the people we love most really, really tight right about now!