I’ve been especially grateful to be cooking these past few weeks knowing some of you are still without electricity. I hope you are holding up ok and that power will be restored very soon so you can get back behind the stove again. On that note, here’s what My Week in Food looked like, with photos captured on my iphone.

Fresh produce is as pretty as a flower bouquet, as far as I’m concerned. This still life features the final harvest from my garden: persimmons, onions, red cabbage, figs, peppers.

Cooked those fat figs down with a few teaspoons of honey and a dash of cardamon into this tender compote. Yummy spooned over yogurt.

Had a mad hankering for a grilled cheese & tomato soup dinner one night. Used the fool-proof method for making a killer sandwich from the charming cookbook Grilled Cheese, Please and packed the sandwiches with sharp Cheddar, caramelized onions, and sun-dried tomatoes.
Is there anything better?

Enjoyed an al fresco Saturday lunch with my girl tribe at our new outdoor table. Expect lots of meals to be happening here.

Wandered down to Omnivore Books for the Smitten Kitchen book signing. Apparently I wasn’t the only one with the idea; folks lined up around the block to meet author Deb Perlman and get their hands on a volume of her recipes.

Last night’s quinoa became this morning’s breakfast crowned with sliced apple, toasted hazelnuts, almond milk, and maple syrup.

What’d you get up to in the kitchen this week? I really really do want to know

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  1. Julie
    11.09.2012 at 7:01 AM #

    Hi Katie-I’m really enjoying your blog lately. Thanks for posting. During weekly shopping, I stored in all the ingredients for the lentil soup you posted which looks great. I’m also doing lots of butternut squash right now–last night had the bs/chickpea/red onion/tahini salad from smitten, which is a new favorite–easy, super healthy and delicious. Have a good week (in food and otherwise… : )).

    • katiemorford
      11.09.2012 at 7:03 AM #

      Thanks Julie. I’ll have to go check out that Smitten Kitchen recipe. Hope you like the soup!

  2. Pamela
    11.09.2012 at 7:58 AM #

    Outdoor dining with the girls looks like fun~~~in your new back yard!

  3. Meg
    11.09.2012 at 8:31 AM #

    With the sun setting earlier, I’ve found myself wanting to eat more like stew like foods and hunker down early. We did an easy Beef/Broccoli bowl one night, and a two bean chili on another. ‘Tis the season!

    • katiemorford
      11.09.2012 at 10:58 AM #

      Both sound terrific….Beef/Broccoli Chinese style?

  4. 11.09.2012 at 9:21 AM #

    Do you have a recipe for the breakfast quinoa? Did you like it? Love that top photo…so gorgeous!!

  5. yunah
    11.09.2012 at 1:53 PM #

    katie, from smittenkitchen cookbk – i made the redwine velvet cake as an election party dessert – huge hit – can’t recommend enough – deb is wonderful! thanks for tip w/ figs, will do the same,
    XO, y

    • katiemorford
      11.09.2012 at 2:16 PM #

      Thanks Yunah. That cake sounds amazing.

  6. 11.10.2012 at 4:07 PM #

    Slow cooker beef stew and hearty whole grain bread one night, pineapple upside down cake for a party today. This remains to be seen, I had a bit of a oop-soo. About 7 minutes in I smelled burning and discovered the bunt pan (2 piece) was leaking! Did a quick switcheroo into a cake pan and we will see. Keep you fingers crossed. Love the quinoa for breakfast idea too, thanks.

    • katiemorford
      11.10.2012 at 4:51 PM #

      Thanks Kim. Hope that cake comes out well!

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