Although I am currently struggling with the complications of Autumn, when I think about the warming and comforting fall flavors, I get those good Goosebumps. The chill is coming, but warming up with food is amazing. This is the definition of comfort food, it is a feeling of safety, it is a physical reaction of an internal hug. It warms you, calms you down, makes you forget about the harsh reality of daily living, transports you to serenity, if even for a moment.
Maple, caramel, clove, allspice, ginger, bay leaf, molasses
Pears, apples, pumpkin, squash, grains, beets, brittle, fennel, saffron, persimmon, bananas
Spiced rum, hot apple cider, dark roasted coffee, oatmeal stout, caramel
These are the flavors on my mind, and nature is my tool of inspiration.
This dish is to remind you of fall at a Midwestern cider mill. Apple cider doughnuts tossed in a rum-maple glaze, squash mousse flavored with chai spices, bacon brittle, dried apple shoe strings with sage.