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  • Writer's pictureLauren J. Gilbert

Autumn Inspiration

Pumpkin spice isn't the only inspiration for Fall. Bringing in simple pleasures to your home can do the trick too. Changing colors, scents and comfort reminds us of the new season. How you implement it into your home doesn't always call for drastic decorations or a pumpkin filled porch.

My mother always had different comforters and candles for every season growing up. She taught me that everyday items in our home can alternate through the year. I could feel the warmth of the heavier blankets draped on the couches and see the tones of the decor change like they were leafs. It sets a mood when you're in a place that might not even experience seasons like she had in Michigan all those years.

New Autumn Shade for Cookware

Le Creuset has forever set the gold standard for high-quality cookware. As far as Dutch ovens, skillets, kettles, casserole dishes and dinnerware go, each and every item in the French kitchen brand’s collection is beyond covetable.

Le Creuset is offering over 20 products in their latest hue, ranging in price from $6 for a teaspoon to $350 for their trademark 5.5 Quart Dutch Oven. 

Brown Butter Recipe Changing Lives

Step 1: Get the Party Started

After you’ve gathered a light colored frying pan or pot, spoon, and butter, chop the butter up into pieces and put it into the pan over medium-low heat. Stir until the butter is completely melted.

Step 2: Let the Butter Do The Work

Once the butter melts into a lemon-y yellow liquid, it will soon start to separate—bubbling and splattering dramatically. Stir or swirl the pan every so often and feel free to use a splatter guard if you have one to save yourself some greasy cleanup later. This is the longest step in the process and will take about 5 minutes.

Step 3: Let It Brown

Once the butter has stopped splattering away, it will start to foam silently and the browning will occur—fast. Stir frequently here, making sure to get the sandy milk solids settling on the bottom to move around. As you stir and start to get whiffs of toasty butter, keep your eye on those milk solids—once they’re golden, the butter is done. Tip it into a separate bowl to stop the cooking process and avoid going from browned butter to ruined, burnt butter.

*Quick Tip:You might notice that the liquid butter itself will be darker than it was when you first started, but despite the name, it won’t actually be brown—only the milk solids will be. Some people even like to strain the milk solids out for a purer brown butter flavor, but I personally like the flavor and love to see the bits suspended in brown butter frostings like vanilla bean seeds or clinging to twirls of brown butter slicked pasta. To each their own!

Step 4: Eat It Up

Spoon warm beurre noisette over cooked pasta, fish, steamed vegetables, or even grilled meats, and swap it in for regular butter in either sweet or savory recipes for the brunch or dinner table.

To store leftovers from a bigger batch of brown butter, put it in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge (where it will re-solidify, so don’t be shocked) for up to 2 weeks. For longer storage, you can freeze the butter in ice cube trays—but, let’s be honest, when something is this delicious, and this easy to make, there’s no real reason to freeze it for later.

S'mores Season

World Market has a knack for making us think we need these whimsical things. I do think an outdoor fire pit could get some good use though for the chilly Autumn nights, and a good excuse to make s'mores.

Steel Fire Pit $150

Next best thing... the Portable Fireplace Candle by D.S. & Durga

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