Mulligatawny Soup with Apple/ Mango Salsa. It calms the soul in times of stress.

Mulligatawny Soup with condiments
Mulligatawny Soup with condiments

And so my favorite season started on September 23.  Well, my favorite season after the Christmas season.  But fall makes me happy.  I love the beauty of the changing colors, clouds in the sky, fires in the fireplace and sweaters.  Here in the Sierras, we also look forward to the rain.

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“Meatballs are the ultimate cure-all for anything that ails you.” {Chile Verde Meatballs}

Meatballs with Chile Verde Sauce
Meatballs with Chile Verde Sauce
*The above quote is from The Meatball Shop Cookbook.
 

Yes!Chef! loves meatballs.  And he likes to make big, fat meatballs with lots of flavor, which usually means a high degree of fat.  We are not afraid of fat because, as Julia Child said, “Fat is flavor.”

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The best summer salad ever! Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Dressing
Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Dressing

There are three things that say summer to me:  watermelon, fresh ripe tomatoes and sweet corn. The recipe today has all three items…except the corn.  So, I guess technically, it only has two of the best summer ingredients. But, that’s okay because you are going to love it so much that you won’t even miss the corn.

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Pork: it’s what’s for supper…Pork Tenderloin Salad

Pork Loin Roast with Spinach and Mandarin Oranges Salad
Pork Loin Roast with Spinach and Mandarin Oranges Salad

“Lisa: I’m going to become a vegetarian

Homer:  Does that mean you’re not going to eat any pork?

Lisa: Yes.

Homer:  Bacon?

Lisa: Yes, dad.

Homer: Ham?

Lisa:  All those meats come from the same animal

Homer: Right, Lisa.  Some wonderful, magical animal.”

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A little sauciness from Yes!Chef!…barbecue basics

Homemade Barbecue Sauce with grilled chicken
Homemade Barbecue Sauce with grilled chicken

Barbecue!  That word conjures up summer and swimming and fresh fruit and veggies and meat cooking on the grill.

And…the age old argument about barbecue sauce.  Should it be sweet or tart?  Homemade or store bought?  Meat marinated in the sauce or used after the meat is cooked?  We are here to say, “Yes!” to all of the above.

Barbecue Sauciness
Barbecue Sauciness

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