As much as I will miss grilling and the fresh ingredients of summer, I am looking forward to a few fall favorites to warm the soul.
Here are the five fall meals I’m looking forward to this season:
- Fall Festival at the Cooperage Inn in Baiting Hollow. Nothing screams fall like Oktoberfest. Throughout the month of October during their Fall Festival, enjoy sitting outside among the corn stalks while listening to local entertainment near the newly built fire pit. Get yourself a bratwurst with slow cooked sauerkraut on a hoagie roll, with a side of the Cooperage’s homemade potato pancakes with applesauce. My choice for beer…an Oktoberfest lager or my favorite, a pumpkin ale brewed right here on Long Island.
- As the nights begin to get chilly, warm up in the cozy Country House restaurant in Stony Brook. Nothing beats the deliciously rich braised beef short ribs with carrots, shallots, Brussels sprouts and fingerling potatoes. Have owner Bob Willemstyn pick out a luscious wine to compliment your meal. Like entertainment? Step back in time on Friday nights when cabaret singers perform.
- Nothing soothes the soul like pure comfort food. Who doesn’t wish for a bowl of steamy pasta on a cold fall night? Visit the intimate Sal D’s on Wall Street in Huntington Village for a very generous bowl of rigatoni alla vodka or linguini vongole. Nightly specials are also offered. You really can’t go wrong with any of the menu items here.
- Staying at home for dinner? It’s time for soup. During the fall and winter I make soup at least once a week, many of them in the crockpot. Some of my favorite fall soups are a southwestern pumpkin soup and a curried butternut squash soup with apples. Mmm…delicious. Look for one of these recipes in an upcoming blog post.
- My sage plant is always the last herb to survive in my garden. If you have a lot of sage left over, go to Mr. Sausage in Huntington and buy Sal Baldanza’s homemade gnocchi. They are to die for. Light and fluffy, yet extremely satisfying. Finely chop your sage and make a quick brown butter sage sauce to go over the gnocchi. Serve with lots of grated parmesan and fresh ground pepper. Delizioso!