“Welcome to Hogwarts!” she shouted as the door’s swung open.
Well, at least that’s what I imagined hearing. Unfortunately, I’m not attending school for "witchcraft and wizardry" but if you do consider cookery a form of magical craft then by all means... Although similarly to the mythical school CIA has its giant snakes to battle and extravagant buffets to tackle.
Within the last 2 months I’ve managed to write for the school paper, start a coffee club, be a group leader and explore potential externship sites. Try that on for size Mr. Potter! (Okay, enough with the references!) All of this is a handful, especially while your trying to sculpt a potato into a 7 sided football (a tourne). In addition, trying to be a college student isn’t exactly the easiest recipe to conquer. However, I’m not complaining. Each day brings something completely new to my attention.
To compensate for the madness I enjoy sitting back and watching the leaves fall from their branches or the ripples in the Hudson as a cargo boat passes bye. In all the heat and frenzy that happens within the schools walls so much “beautiful nothing” lays on the outside; which brings me to the Rhinebeck Famers Market.
Here's a wonderful recipe, for my wonderfully amazing readers who have been patiently awaiting for me to finally post something new!
Keep on Cooking,
Spiced Pumpkin French Toast with Lacinato Kale Chips
1 small pumpkin or 1 8 oz can pumpkin puree
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
pinch of kosher salt
1/2 cup half & half
3 tablespoons honey
8-10 (1 inch) slices of brioche or challah
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup creme friache
2 tbsp powdered sugar
Honey, for garnish
Pumpkin seeds, toasted & unsalted (optional)
Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees.
Cut the pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and quarter each half. Place the pumpkin flesh side up on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast in the oven for 40-45 minutes until tender. Let cool completely. Remove cooked flesh from skin.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, spices, salt, half & half, honey. Add in the pumpkin and beat. This also works well with an immersion blender or potato masher.
Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches of 2, dredge slices in the the egg batter. Cook each slice 2-3 minutes on each side. Drain on a paper towel.
Plate up the French toast with a dollop of creme fraiche, a generous drizzle of honey, and a few toasted pumpkin seeds.
Baked Kale Chips
There's really nothing to this crunchy delicacy. Lacinato Kale is a superb cooking green that really shines when prepared simply.
Pre-heat the oven to 300
1) Tear the leaves from 2 bunches of Lacinato Kale
2) Toss with a few tablespoons olive oil
3) Lay leaves out flat on a baking sheet
4) Place in the oven and let crisp up for 20-25 minutes
5) Sprinkle with sea salt and serve