Thursday, September 30, 2021

September In My Kitchen

It's been a quiet month here.

Changing Seasons Outside My Kitchen Door

Early morning, first day of Autumn from my kitchen door. 
A very cool rainy day after a long warm spell.

Later, we had more sun, but the leaves are turning.
The weather now is nice, and more sunshine is predicted.


Autumn evenings are lovely, but it now gets dark rather early for outdoor dining,
and soon it will be dark early and maybe too chilly for outdoor cooking.
On the table: Len's old iPhone. He has now upgraded to the newly-released version.

Cooking and Eating At Home

Duck eggs. Big but they taste pretty much like normal eggs.

The table set for four of us!

We were at home for the entire month of September, and we cooked and ate almost every meal at home. My sister and brother-in-law visited us for a few days. Once during their visit, we got some take-out sandwiches, cider, and donuts to eat as a picnic at the Dexter Cider Mill — otherwise we ate at home. I didn't take pics at the cider mill this year, as it's always the same, but here are last year's photos: Cider and Donuts.

Homemade tomato and pumpkin soup in the refrigerator.

Another refrigerator scene: chicken and roast vegetables in my
vintage CorningWare casserole which I received as a wedding present.

Cauliflower cheese, browned in the toaster oven.

Local tomatoes are becoming hard  to find.

Len continues to bake many kinds of bread, all wonderful.

What passes for excitement in my neighborhood?

A huge tree fell a few blocks from here during one of the beginning-of-autumn storms.

Blog post and photos © 2021 mae sander.


Divers and Sundry said...

Your food looks tasty, and that corningware looks just like mine :) So many of us have it that it was a FB meme at one point: "How many of your parents have these"? And my daughter said, "Mine!" :)

Pam said...

Looks like a fun and tasty month. Love that your guy bakes homemade bread!

Lowcarb team member said...

Thank you for sharing these photographs, it looks to have been a good month.
Food looks tasty, love the cauliflower cheese and the home-made bread.

Happy October wishes.

All the best Jan

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

OMGosh, Mae. I want that cauliflower cheese. It looks wonderful. Of course, I would like some of Len's bread and maybe some of his grilling, too. I love how you set your table for four. I love eclectic.

Tandy | Lavender and Lime ( said...

Hopefully no one was hurt when the tree feel. Your CorningWare looks like it's served you well for many years. Shabbat Shalom Mae.

Iris Flavia said...

Yes, the darkness hits me the most.

Ingo went to get local pumpkin. After that crap "summer" it was so awful it ended in the compost bin.
Nice casserole.
Hmmmm!!!! You cooked the cauliflower, salt, pepper, cheese and then mini-oven? Or how? How long?
It looks yummy! Recipe, please?

Wow, some tree!

Mae Travels said...

To IRIS: Cauliflower cheese is a British favorite, in which par-boiled cauliflower is baked in a cheese sauce with a topping of cheese and crumbs. Here's a recipe from the BBC (classic English!!) which is how I made it but with a another melting cheese:

Angie's Recipes said...

Len is such a talented baker! I love his bread.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I'm an avid bread baker, too. I've had the best results with baking in a cast-iron pot. Your husband's bread looks great.

There was a huge tree down here on one of our town's main streets after the small hurricane that came through a couple of weeks ago.

Jackie McGuinness said...

We took one overnight trip in September and are heading to Montreal today for a quick overnight visit with family, the first in 18 months.
We mostly ate at home also. I did have a couple of food court lunches after the proof of vaccination rule kicked in.

gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

It's been getting down to about 48 in the evening here, making it more difficult to eat outside. That homemade tomato and pumpkin soup sounds really interesting and tasty.

Marg said...

Our days are getting longer so thinking about eating outside.

Your cauliflower cheese looks delicious!

Jeff the Chef said...

Wow, that is one massive tree. Have a great October!

Tee said...

Mmm I could just smell the wonderful smells, esp the grilling while looking at your pictures.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

Tee from @twogirlsandtheirbookishlife

DVArtist said...

I'm coming to your house to eat. Wow everything looks so good and that bread. Your oven is a bit bigger than mine. I really enjoyed this post.

A Day in the Life on the Farm said...

Thanks for sharing a bit of your life with us Mae.

Liz said...

I loved seeing your food and kitchen in context Mae. It's a larger glimpse into your life. Cauliflower cheese was always a favorite of my mother's and grandmother's, I need to consider making it as the cauliflower in my garden is ready to harvest. That tree is enormous! It must have been a very heavy storm. I love the sight of that rain, sigh...jealousy.

Sherry's Pickings said...

wow that is one huge tree that fell! looks like lots of delicious food at your place Mae. We have done more cooking over covid than ever before. and gained a bit of avoir dupois :-) Thanks for your interesting IMK post. How nice to have a baking hubby. Mine cooks but doesn't bake:)
take care
till next time
sherry x

Sherry's Pickings said...

oh yes we had that exact same corning ware dish! sold it on ebay.

Tina said...

That was an enormous tree! We've had a few taken down in the last few months as a safety concern. The bread baking is always nice to see and hear about. I haven't ever had the pleasure of eating duck eggs...mmmmm.

Shaheen said...

Changing seasons indeed. i do love the shot of the table from above.