In My October Kitchen

Oct kit - root vegOct kit - cut root vegThanks once again to inspiration from Celia at figjamandlimecordial, here’s a peek into my October kitchen near Boston, Massachusetts. Cool weather has brought root vegetables back to the farmer’s markets. Last night, I diced an assortment (beets, carrots, parsnips, butternut squash), then tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, cumin, and fresh rosemary and roasted them in the oven.



In my October kitchen, I have also pulled out my rolling pin because I vow to improve my pie crust baking skills! No matter what I do, my crusts tend to clump, break apart, stick to the rolling pin, or get soggy. At least I can’t really ruin fresh apples.

Oct kit - apple pieIn my October kitchen, I reorganized my vintage cookbooks….but there’s always room for another! I will be trying and sharing recipes from some of these books in future posts.

Oct kit - clara w  books

Oct kit - bookshelf




About heritagerecipebox

I am named after my great-grandmother, who only prepared two dishes, according to anyone who remembers. Somehow I ended up with a cooking gene that I brought with me from Richmond, Virginia to my current home in Boston, Massachusetts. I have worked as a journalist and published three cookbooks plus a memoir and a novel. This blog gives me a chance to share family recipes and other American recipes with a past.
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9 Responses to In My October Kitchen

  1. Kirsty says:

    Hello there Clara! I’ve only just joined Celia’s IMK series and am really enjoying visiting so many lovely blogger’s sites. I too love a good oven tray bake. Having just come out of winter in Australia that was a quick staple for a midweek meal. Pumpkin (your butternut squash) is always the star in mine, plus carrot, potato, red onion and maybe chunks of zucchini. Don’t mind me if I peruse your site for a while. I too collect vintage recipe books, and love the idea of going ‘back to basics’. Kirsty xx


  2. Wow, I love your book collection! I too am a bit intimidated by pies, I tend to take the easy way out and make a crumble instead…


  3. Lovely root veg! I’ve been told a metal pie tin helps to keep the base crispy, and I’ve been using lard in my pastries recently, which results in a very sturdy workable dough. I still have trouble with sweet doughs being crumbly though! Those apples look glorious! 🙂


  4. G’day One can never have too many cookbooks and thanks for this month’s kitchen view also!
    Cheers! Joanne @What’s On The List


  5. are ALL those books yours clara? wow what can i say? i thought i had a lot.:) we are just coming into a very hot summer here in brisbane and i am not looking forward to months of heat ahd humidity but at least it is an excuse for lots of cold drinks and salads and icecream… i have a wonderful wooden rolling pin made of huon pine which means the dough basically doesn’t stick to it- always a bonus!


    • Thanks for your comment! I was picking a new book at a bookstore in that photo – I’d have to move out if I had all those books in my house. Your rolling pin sounds great! I was going to dust mine with flour but yours sounds like it doesn’t need that. Enjoy your summer foods.


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