Although Herbes de Provence can be found in most grocery stores, it is easy to prepare your own mixture. The combinations can vary, but thyme and savory are generally used; rosemary is included for lamb preparations. Lavender adds a pleasantly pungent aroma.
Pumpkin and spices, sage and browned
butter: Fall's classic flavor combinations
come together beautifully in these little
loaves. The browned butter lends a rich
nuttiness to the breads, which strike a
perfect sweet-and-savory balance.
The golden globes of the fruit world make tart-sweet "cups" for dollops of tangy creme fraiche, creating a delightful union of flavors. Serve these as a snack or starter -- anytime you want a bite (or two) of sunshine.