Apple Pico De Gallo

by autumn on September 9, 2014

Apple Pico De Gallo // Autumn Makes & Does #yahoofood #spon

A couple of weekends ago I got to try some prickly pear pico de gallo. The guys at the little burger stand that was serving it were so darn proud, I think they asked us three or four times how we liked it. It was pretty amazing, so much so that we had a fairly serious debate about the appropriateness of asking for a cup or two for the road. I was too bashful to ask for more, but have been regretting the decision ever since. [click to continue…]


Buckwheat Waffles

by autumn on September 2, 2014

Buckwheat Waffles // Autumn Makes & Does

Two summers ago, before we went away to Vermont, I set up a ziploc baggie assembly line and measured out a vacation’s worth of dry ingredients for my favorite buckwheat pancake recipe. I needed to be prepared for the maple syrup. Once we were there, I made Paul drive me out to this farm that was waaaaay further away/in the mountains than I initially thought to get what was–thankfully–maybe the best bacon I’ve had in my life. I cooked the pancakes and bacon in my cast-iron on the grill of our Airbnb and we had some legendary porch breakfasts.

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Prickly Pear Tequila // Autumn Makes & Does

I guess at this point, it’s unofficially prickly pear week on Autumn Makes & Does. My prickly pear antics continued and I made some prickly pear tequila by using this recipe from Cauldrons & Crockpots as a guide. I burned the spikes off of 10 or so prickly pears, sliced them into coins, put them in a quart jar, and covered them with an inexpensive silver tequila.

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Prickly Pear Margarita Popsicles

by autumn on August 27, 2014

Prickly Pear Margarita Popsicles // Autumn Makes & Does

I’ve encountered a number of people before and after leaving New York City that have given me some variation of the sentiment “Oh, you’re going to miss it.” Sometimes, it comes in the form of a question, which I find a lot more palpable because it gives me a chance to respond. Honestly, the thing I really miss is the privilege of access–the ease of bringing home the of-the-moment seasonal fruit or vegetable and cooking through the year that way. First world problems, I know.

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Harvesting Prickly Pear Fruit

by autumn on August 26, 2014

Harvesting and Processing Prickly Pear Fruit // Autumn Makes & DoesIf there’s one thing I’ve learned definitively about harvesting and processing the bright magenta fruit of the prickly pear cactus, it’s that everyone pretty much does it their own way. Last week, we went over to Paul’s grandmother’s house and she put us to work on her prickly pears and gave me crash course on her process.

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Prickly Pears // Autumn Makes & Does

It has been a big week of food-learning here! Last weekend we learned about harvesting and cooking both prickly pear cactus paddles (nopales) and their bright magenta fruit, which are at their peak of ripeness right now. I sampled some smoked nopales, which were so darn good–bright, smoky, chewy–that they bumped a smoker up a couple spots on my must haves list. Tomorrow is the—wait for it–Prickly Pear Festival and I’m pretty amped about it. Expect a lot of bright pink treats here in the coming weeks because we also spent this afternoon harvesting a couple big bowls full of prickly pear fruit. I think I’ve found the desert equivalent of when the first rhubarb shows up at the Union Square Greenmarket :)

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Freeze Kefir Ice Cubes for Your Smoothie

by autumn on August 20, 2014

Kefir Ice Cube Smoothies // Autumn Makes & Does

I can be a bit skeptical of tricks, shortcuts, and hacks just because I don’t always want to do something the easier, faster way–especially when it comes to cooking. Sometimes I do want to stand over a steaming pot, just stirring for an hour. I do, however, love cooking smarter and I’m pretty excited about the smart trick in my latest piece for Serious Eats.

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Kefir Panna Cotta

by autumn on August 18, 2014

Kefir Panna Cotta // Autumn Makes & Does I have long complained, even when I lived in New York, land of “you can have whatever you want whenever you want it,” about the sad availability of good, full-fat buttermilk. It’s rare (I hope) that I turn into a self-righteous food snob over a single ingredient, but full-fat buttermilk is an exception. My cakes, ice creams, and cornbread do not want runny, reduced-fat buttermilk. The end. [click to continue…]



In the grand tradition of everything happening all at once, we moved again this past weekend, we’re crossing our fingers hard that this time next month we’ll be closing on a house, and I have a couple awesome freelance projects to share that just came out! First–and I’m still pinching myself over this one–I’m over at the amazing cocktail mag PUNCH today with a piece on a crazy DIY booze hack that I found in a community cookbook from the 70s. There’s imitation butter extract involved, so I do suggest you check it out.

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Fig, Goat Cheese, and Black Pepper Milkshake

by autumn on August 7, 2014

Fig, Goat Cheese, and Black Pepper Milkshake // Autumn Makes & Does

I’ve been happily, gratefully, joyfully buried under a pile of freelance work over here. We’re still working on settling in too. Unfortunately, our temporary housing situation turned out to be a bit more temporary than we had hoped, so we’re moving to temporary housing situation #2 this weekend. So, moving. Still. The good news is we’ve been looking to buy (!!!), which–god help me–after a few weeks looking at fixer-uppers I do feel like I have enough material to start an entirely new blog about trying to buy a house for literally as little money as possible. REAL TALK.

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