Fall is the season of bountiful convergence. While we savor the last of the peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, corn, squash, and beans, fall crops are bursting onto the scene. Apples and pears are appearing at the market, along with winter squash and pumpkins. This Mediterranean-inspired menu makes the best of summer’s last days and finishes with a harvest apple dessert.
Baked Eggplant with Quinoa
Although this recipe appears long, it’s simple to assemble, and the final dish is delicious. Quinoa is a slightly nutty, nutritive grain that’s quick to prepare. Wash it thoroughly to remove the bitter saponins before cooking.
Herbed Pita Crisps
This is a great way to use frozen or dried-out pitas. These can serve as crackers or in place of bread to accompany soup or salad. They’re delicious with thin slices of cheese, hummus, cream cheese, or with thinly sliced tomato or onion. Vary the herbs to suit your taste.
Savory Green Beans
Both winter and summer savory are delicious with beans of any kind. Summer savory is not quite as hot and pungent as winter savory, so adjust the seasoning accordingly.
Rustic Apple Tart
This tart is as homey as it is tasty. It needs no adornment, but it’s yummy when served with whipping cream or vanilla or butter-pecan ice cream. Sometimes I serve the tart with very thin slices of sharp white cheddar cheese. I also like it for breakfast with plain yogurt.