Hearty kale salad with apples, cheddar, and almonds

This salad is perfect fall weeknight food. It is autumnal: dark green kale, crisp apples, brown almonds, and sharp, aged cheddar mingle prettily in a big bowl. Yet it is also quick, requiring no heat whatsoever and only a few bits of chopping.

It works well in a nice deep plate as a meal by itself or with bread. In a season where we usually turn to braises and roasts to fill us up, this somehow doesn’t feel like a deprivation. (Perhaps it’s the richness of the cheese and the almonds?) Yet it also shines as a side salad at a big fall dinner. (In fact, I’m not allowed to bring anything else to our Thanksgiving potluck.) Continue reading “Hearty kale salad with apples, cheddar, and almonds”

Advertisements

Apple crisp

It happens to the best of us. It’s fall, and you go apple picking. The air is crisp. The leaves are starting to change. It would seem criminal to be inside. So you wander the orchard, chatting with your friends or partner, picking apples for a couple of hours.

And then you got home. You realize: what in the world did you think you were going to do with ten pounds of apples?

Continue reading “Apple crisp”