When I was a child growing up in our little town in southeastern Austria, a big pot of soup was often the centerpiece of our dinner table on a cool autumn evening. Thinking back to those times, I understand now that such meals were very humble.
Most people limit their culinary creativity at Halloween to deciding what assortment of prepackaged candies they'll offer to the little action heroes, fairy princesses and monsters who show up at the door yelling, "Trick or treat!"
We're a good month into autumn now, the start of a time of year I sometimes think of as meat-and-potatoes season. One of my favorite ways to cook these two favorite ingredients is to combine meatballs with mashed potatoes.
Imagine it's a typical early autumn weeknight. All these factors taken together add up to special challenges for weeknight dinners.
Buongiorno! I love to cook Italian-inspired food. One of my favorite Italian ingredients has always been eggplant, or melanzana as they call the vegetable there.