Our Favorite Fall Recipes- Illustrated by Lakshmi Sarkar

Fall is in the air. Our favorite recipes are here and we have beautiful illustrations done by our absolute favorite illustrator, Lakshmi Sarkar.

Read on to view the delicious meals and to make them your self!

#1 Cumin-Scented Eggplant with Pomegranate and Cilantro


Illustration done by Lakshmi Sarkar

Illustration done by Lakshmi Sarkar




5 cups water

2 1/2 tablespoons sea salt or kosher salt

2 pounds eggplant (about 2 medium), cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices

1 tablespoon (or more) olive oil

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 garlic cloves, minced

Pomegranate molasses* (for drizzling)

2/3 cup pomegranate seeds

1/4 cup cilantro leaves


Stir 5 cups water and 2 1/2 tablespoons sea salt in large bowl to dissolve salt. Add eggplant slices. Place plate on eggplant to submerge; let soak 1 hour. Drain eggplant; pat dry.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, sauté eggplant until brown in spots and softened, 2 minutes per side. Transfer to large rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with remaining eggplant, adding more oil by tablespoonfuls as needed; arrange eggplant in single layer on baking sheet.

Mix cumin and cayenne. Sprinkle eggplant with cumin mixture. Roast until golden and cooked through, 30 minutes.

Remove eggplant from oven; sprinkle with garlic. Arrange eggplant on platter and drizzle with pomegranate molasses. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds and cilantro over. Serve warm or at room temperature.

*A thick pomegranate syrup; available at some supermarkets, at Middle Eastern markets, and from adrianascaravan.com.

#2 Panettone Panzanella

Illustration done by Lakshmi Sarkar

Illustration done by Lakshmi Sarkar


Apple Vinaigrette:

2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter

1 6- to 7-ounce Granny Smith apple, quartered, cored, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup finely chopped shallots

8 tablespoons (about) apple cider


Nonstick vegetable oil spray

9 cups 3/4-inch cubes panettone* or raisin challah (about 1 pound)

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage

2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme

6 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese

Coarse sea salt (preferably gray crystals)

Freshly ground black pepper


1 10- to 11-ounce head of radicchio, halved, cored, thinly sliced

12 ounces 1/8-inch-thick slices pancetta (Italian bacon), cut into 2×1/8-inch strips

1 pound small brussels sprouts, trimmed, quartered lengthwise

Fresh pomegranate seeds (optional)


For Vinagreitte:

Melt butter in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add apple slices and sauté until golden brown, turning occasionally, about 6 minutes. Cover; cook until very tender, about 1 minute. Transfer apple slices and pan juices to blender and cool. Add oil, vinegar, and shallots. Blend until smooth. Add cider, 2 tablespoons at a time, blending to pourable consistency. Season vinaigrette with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before using.

For Croutons:

Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Place panettone in large bowl. Melt butter in small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, sage, and thyme. Sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour butter mixture over panettone; toss to coat. Add cheese and sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss. Spread cubes on prepared sheet.

Bake croutons until pale golden, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes. Cool on baking sheet up to 6 hours.

For Salad:

Place radicchio in large bowl of water and ice. Chill at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours.

Sauté pancetta in large skillet over medium heat until crisp; transfer to paper towels to drain. Cook brussels sprouts in large saucepan of boiling salted water until tender, about 7 minutes; drain. DO AHEAD Can be prepared 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.

Combine croutons, pancetta, and brussels sprouts in large bowl. Drain radicchio very well and add to salad. Add enough vinaigrette to coat, tossing to blend well. Transfer salad to large shallow bowl. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, if desired.

*A sweet, fruit-filled egg bread; available at specialty foods stores, Italian markets, and many bakeries.*

#3 Twice Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Hot Honey

Illustration by Lakshmi Sarkar

Illustration by Lakshmi Sarkar


3 medium sweet potatoes or garnet yams, scrubbed (about 3 pounds)

1 Fresno or other red chiles, thinly sliced

¼ cup honey

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar


Preheat oven to 350°. Poke holes all over sweet potatoes and wrap each in foil. Place on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and roast until potatoes are tender, 60–70 minutes (if you have one, use a cake tester to poke right through foil). Unwrap and let sit until cool enough to handle. Increase oven temperature to 450°. Meanwhile, combine chile, honey, and butter in a small saucepan; season with salt. Bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring to combine. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar.

Smash sweet potatoes with your palm, then tear into bite-sized pieces (including skin), the more irregular, the better. Place in a large bowl and add half of hot honey (do not include chile as it will burn); season with salt. Arrange pieces, skin side down, in a single layer on an unlined rimmed baking sheet and roast until browned and crisp around the edges, 20–25 minutes. Drizzle with remaining hot honey with chile.

Recipes provided by Bon Appetit

Illustrations done by:

Lakshmi Sarkar of LS Art and Illustrations 

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P.S. Stay tuned for an amazing up and coming editorial this November with famous Vaness Lozada, a student designer who won last season’s Orange County Fashion Week. Her pieces are stellar and you will not want to miss this! Also, stay tuned for our first ever Holiday 2016 Gift Guide full of discounts for the holiday season, uhhh… YAY!


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