When Allrecipes attended the BlogHer Food conference last June, we met hundreds of enthusiastic and talented food bloggers. A star in the sparkling crowd was Hannah Cordes, who shares thoughts and ideas seasoned with a Northwest perspective. In her own words, she says, “I love preparing fresh, seasonal food and can't resist a DIY project. I live in Seattle with my husband, two teenage sons, two dogs, and a flock of backyard hens. It gives me great joy to cook for family and friends, and my happiest place is around our table crowded with guests. I have been cooking my whole life and spent six years as the chef for Hillel at the University of Washington. My blog, Blue Kale Road, is where I cook, eat, explore, and share about food.” Allrecipes is delighted to post Hannah's special #RecipeForHappiness here for you.
Gathering family and friends around the table is pure happiness. It thrills me to cook for loved ones, and during the fall holidays it is extra special. I eagerly anticipate fall’s apples and squash, and the Jewish holidays allow me to turn this rich bounty into festive meals. There is much to enjoy.
Sukkot celebrates the fall harvest and recalls a time in Jewish history when people lived in temporary structures while working in the fields. Every autumn, my family builds a sukkah with wood and branches in our backyard and strings tiny lights across the beams to decorate it. During the week-long holiday, we welcome guests and eat our meals in the sukkah.
|Our sukkah turns magical when lighted for the evening meal (Photo by Hannah Cordes)|
|Roasted Vegetable Pot Pie (Photo by Hannah Cordes)|
First on the list is Fennel in Wine and Honey. It’s simply wonderful, as well as quite easy! Fennel is braised in white wine, honey, olive oil, and chicken broth, which beautifully complements its anise flavor.
|Fennel in Wine and Honey (Photo by Hannah Cordes)|
|Carrots and prunes combine in Orange Juice Tzimmes (Photo by Hannah Cordes)|
|Autumn fruits star in Apple and Pomegranate Crisp (Photo by Hannah Cordes)|