I love Halloween. I love it for many reasons but mostly because it marks the beginning of a craft-filled holiday season and challenges my creativity after a summer dry spell. This year, I had the idea of making mini pumpkin piñatas by papier mâching small balls and filling them with candy. Or spiders. But the thought of whipping up a messy batch of flour and water and spending an entire day waiting for a bunch of balls to dry seemed far too time consuming – especially for a new mom, like me. Thankfully one of my favorite stores Castle In The Air carries pre-made papier mâché balls from Germany that almost perfectly resemble the shape of plump pumpkins. This is a super fun project and the perfect thing to pass out to your guests at this year’s Halloween bash!
I’m just going to tell you right now that this brittle is a winner. Straight brittle is great and all, but nothing to write home about. However, add toasted pumpkin seeds and pumpkin spices, dip the brittle in chocolate and then sprinkle with more crushed pumpkin seeds and sea salt, and I guarantee you will not be able to stop eating this brittle– your dentist will thank you for all the business.
Photography shot with the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 digital SLR camera. Small in size, enormous in performance.
1 1/2 cups of pumpkin seeds, plus a handful more for dipping
Today’s Yum, We Love . . . is dedicated to all things apples. One of my favorite childhood memories was Sunday morning breakfast at our local Original Pancake House and devouring a dutch baby twice the size of my head (I could really eat as a kid). I haven’t had one in a very long time so when I saw this caramel apple dutch baby, I could just taste how delicious it must be!
Even though it’s 70 degrees in LA, I’ve got fall fever! I love all the different types of apples available this time of year and using them in savory dishes. This light and tangy slaw incorporates sour green apples and grainy mustard, the perfect accompaniment to beer and sausages. Beer-braised bratwurst is a dish that I make often on a weekday because it’s so easy. Smother it all in grainy mustard and you’ve got the perfect fall dinner!
3/4 cup of beer
1 onion, sliced thinly
1 head of cabbage, shredded
2 green apples, cut into matchsticks
8 green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup of flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of whole grain mustard
sea or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Leaves are blowing in the wind. Pumpkins are piled high at the market. Football season is in full effect. Yet, this warm Bay Area weather has me stuck in a summer state of mind. I needed something to set my seasons straight. Inspired by Scott Beattie’s delicious apple chip recipe, I knew I had to come up with a festive cocktail to match. A little apple brandy got the creativity juices flowing, and the demerara spiced cordial sealed the deal. Finally, autumn has officially arrived . . .
If you can’t tell, we at HonestlyYUM sure do love our eggs. Delicious for breakfast, and the perfect late-night snack, eggs just make everything, well, better! Here are a few yum-worthy links that hopefully will inspire you to get your eggon this weekend!