Each Monday I share a quick look at one of our recent dinners – usually captured using my iPhone – and give you a quick breakdown of how the meal was made.
I admit that I love cooking more in the fall than any other time of year. It only took me 37 years to finally figure out that summer foods don't sway my creativity quite the same way as those that are produced during harvest season, and while grilled-anything is pretty pleasant, deep down inside I'm a roasting, braising, and baking kind of girl.
I also have a deep love for one-pan meals, which are practically synonymous with the cooler weather, wouldn’t you agree? It's so much more difficult to toss burgers and green beans on battered baking sheet and hope for good results. But in the fall, the same simple application can turn some humble turkey sausage into a meal worthy of sharing when it's roasted in a bed of new potatoes, crisp apples, baby carrots, and thinly sliced bits of red onion.
This meal is so effortless even a 13 year old can make it; in fact, mine did. He also set the table which explains the silverware situation, but that’s a problem for a different day. Right now you just need to know that if you preheat your oven to 400 degrees, fill a large baking tray with any combination of the above ingredients, and toss it with a few generous glugs of olive oil, kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, and a sprig or two of rosemary, in about 40 minutes you’ll find yourself staring down a meal the whole family is sure to enjoy.