Autumn is my favorite season. While the weather begins to turn cold, the air crisp, and heavy jackets come out of the closet; warm, comforting dishes make a comeback as well. Even fall fruits and vegetables evoke a sense heartiness and familiarity that wrap your soul. Persimmons, apples and pumpkins make there way into grocery produce sections. The following two fall time snacks each come from my Grandmothers, and will make your Fall time palates crave for these simple, wholesome offerings:
Whole Roasted Japanese Yam
Rinse yams and pat dry, poke a few air pockets with fork, bake in oven at 400F for about an hour depending on size of yams.
Pan roasted Fresh Pinenuts
Rinse pinenuts, add to pot and cover with water by half and inch. Bring to boil and simmer about 20 minutes or until cooked through and soft and tender. Drain, dry roast in a pan (with no oil) until crackling can be heard- about 3-4 minutes.