Fig Basted Roast Butternut Squash with Quinoa, Apple, and Fig Stuffing | #SundaySupper

Fig and Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Quinoa, Apple, and Fig Stuffing

We should have more than one day set aside each year to give thanks. Some might declare we should give thanks every day, and I don’t disagree, but I’m actually stating we should have Thanksgiving once a month. Not with all the commercial hoopla of people rising before dawn the day after so they can shiver in dark parking lots to be in line for some amazing-never-to-be-offered-again deal on a big screen TV, thank you very much. I’m talking about quietly setting aside one day a month on ...

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Butternut Squash Panzanella Salad with Apples and Kale

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Make an autumn version of a traditional Italian salad with this butternut squash panzanella salad tossed with apples and kale, dressed with an apple vinaigrette. I spent much of September in Italy attending an Italian language school in Treviso, a smallish town outside Venice. For 2 1/2 weeks I ate a ton of pasta, pizza, risotto, and tiramisu (a dessert created by a restaurant in Treviso). The trip was about language, food, and people -- meeting local Italians and making new friends with ...

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Hot Buttered Rum Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust

hot buttered rum apple pie

Whaaatt? Two apple desserts in a row? My only excuse is that they're totally different from each other. I promise, promise, promise -- a savory dish is coming up next.  Also, this is my monthly post with the #ProgressiveEats gang, and there are some wonderful savory apple dishes in the mix, along with some fabulous looking sweets. One of the big questions I'm asked by friends is what apples are best for baking in pies. If you've baked as many pies as I have, you know that some types of apples ...

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Double Crusted Apple Pie Galette #SundaySupper

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I'm back from Italy, mostly recovered from jet lag, and ready for football season and tailgate parties!! If you’ve never tailgated, you’ve missed an opportunity to go tribal, American style. Tailgating is a ritual repeated every September as fans come together in asphalt parking lots across the country a few hours before kickoff. They pile out of station wagons, SUVs, and hatchbacks to set up mini-living rooms behind their cars, complete with folding chairs, tables, grills, and makeshift ...

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Spiralized Sweet Potatoes and Apples in Browned Butter

spiralized sweet potatoes and apples in brown butter

  I know. I just published a recipe a few days ago featuring something spiralized. But it's such a kick pushing things through the spiralizer. If you don't have one yet, I recommend picking one up next time you're at Sur La Table or online on Amazon. Besides being fun: It's a super-fast way to cook vegetables that typically take a much longer time to cook. Eating vegetables 'al dente' leaves some bite in them, and seems to me to sharpen their flavor. You may end up eating more ...

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Scalloped Sweet Potatoes Casserole with Apples

Thanksgiving side, Scalloped Sweet Potatoes and Apples with gorgonzola

Food Network | #FallFest: scalloped sweet potato casserole with apples, gorgonzola and spiced butter, topped with an oat-pepita crumble. Images of smiling, multi-generation families crowded around tables heavy with roast turkeys and casseroles are everywhere this time of year. The message seems to be - the more people you gather together at your home at Thanksgiving, the better. But the problem is, it creates expectations that can't always be met. As a result, many feel that if their ...

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Curried Apple Chips

Dried apple rings dusted with curry powder.

Dried apple rings dusted with curry powder. Perfect healthy snack for autumn! I'm on the hunt for sugarless snacks that are healthy. They need to be something I realistically want to eat more than once, and they need to be super-super-easy. I'm so busy these days with various projects, long drawn-out kitchen projects aren't possible. And I'm about to get even busier, it that's even possible. We're adopting a puppy, and next week we bring her home. I'm anticipating a rough first few ...

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Apple Pie Bars

Apple Pie Bars with apples, pears, and raisins.

#SundaySupper post! Apple Pie Bars with apples, pears, and raisins ... plus tips for making fruit bars. I've tried to make fruit bars a few times, but have never been terribly excited about the results. Well, except that first time, when I made fig bars all dressed up as a fig crostata. I was fresh from Italy and full of crostata ideas from all the pasticcerie I had visited, and they were fantastic. Little did I know that my bar making skills had just peaked. I followed up with some ...

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Celery Root Lettuce Wraps

lettuce wraps with celery root

Lettuce wraps of a celery root salad with beluga lentils - a healthy appetizer for your next party! Get ready to Stuff, Roll, and Wrap this week! We've got a great lineup of dishes this week - something for every occasion ranging from your next party to casual school night dinners. This Sunday Supper event also coincides with this month’s Weekday Supper and Sunday Supper Movement magazine monthly theme of “That’s a Wrap!” And a huge thank you to Amy at the Kimchi Mom blog for hosting us ...

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Spiced Quinoa and Apple Crumble

qunioa apple crumble, healthy dessert

Secret Recipe Club: Crumble topped tarts with quinoa flour-coconut oil crusts filled with apples and dates. I know. Two crumbles in a row. But it's crumble season, and anyway, the last one was a savory version. And this one from JJ at the wonderful 84th & 3rd blog was insistently calling my name. Yes, it's Secret Recipe Club time again and I have another wonderful blog to share with you! JJ is a Sydney-based recipe developer, photographer, and food writer, committed to eating ...

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Farmhouse Butternut – Apple Crumble: #SundaySupper

Butternut and Apple Crumble slider

Comfort food crumble made with butternut squash, apples and ginger. This week's theme is "Squashin' Winter" for SundaySupper. It's still sunny and in the 60's and 70's here in Northern California, but luckily the weather isn't the only thing that drives seasons. Food does too. I crave fall and winter food in November even if we're grilling out back and eating on the deck. And at the top of the list is ...

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Fennel, Celery Root and Apple Salad

healthy raw shaved salad fennel, celery root, apples, buttermilk yogurt dressing

Healthy, easy raw salad of shaved fennel, celery root, and apples, tossed in a buttermilk-yogurt dressing with a hint of mustard. In late November I signed up for a give-away on EA Stewart’s The Spicy RD blog. I haven’t participated in many of these give-aways, and haven’t hosted any at all, but EA was giving away a pedometer. Now I have wanted a pedometer for a few years now. I’ve torn out reviews of pedometers I’ve ...

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