This Pecan Pinecone is probably the best looking dish I've ever made. Tasty and crazy easy, it makes for a simple fall/winter appetizer. In addition to a Ham from Whole Foods, this was my contribution for Thanksgiving Dinner. Make it yourself: http://verfoodie.blogspot.com/2009/11/pine-cone-appetizer.html
Mmm, Hanger Steak special from Park Chow in the Inner Sunset. After a day of biking for 40 miles and watching a cyclocross race in GGPark, this was an answer to my grumbling stomach.
Last but not least, infused vodkas! Infusing your own vodka is probably one of the easiest things you can do yourself. A friend gave us a jar of vodka and told us to infuse it with whatever we wanted for his party. Being fall and all, we choose pomegranate as our weapon of choice:
In addition to pomegranate, there were other interesting flavors people chose to infuse, including rosemary, vanilla, black pepper, black tea and even garlic. My two favorites were rosemary and black tea. Surprisingly, the garlic flavor wasn't that bad, but it's pungent smell made it not so appealing.