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 Risotto with Pears and Sage #SundaySupper

Butternut Squash Risotto with Pears and Sage

  I was lucky enough to travel in the Czech Republic and Slovakia earlier this month with a small group of 14 wonderful people. We started and ended in Prague, my new favorite city in the whole world, escaped the crowds to travel west to Karlovy Vary (a spa town very near Germany with hot springs everywhere), and retraced our steps eastward to travel through parts of Slovakia very near Poland. It was a fantastic trip, my favorite in a long time, but people, we were in the land of meat. I ...

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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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Egg Bake with Hash Browns, Butternut Squash, and Cheese

Egg bake with butternut squash and hash browns.

Egg bake recipe loaded with hash browns, butternut squash, and cheese, most of which can be made ahead of time.                                                                                                             Entertaining 101 Tip: It's good to have a dish like this in your hip pocket for weekend guests. Last month, friends stayed with us on Lake Tahoe for the weekend. They were in town for a wedding with Mia, their adorable one-year-old daughter, and the weather forecast ...

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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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Butternut-Caramelized Onion Empanadas

Butternut Squash Caramelized Onion Empanadas slider

Buttery empanadas filled with caramelized onions, butternut squash, apples and raisins.   I had my first empanadas when we were traveling through Ecuador a few years ago. Myles and I were enjoying a few days in the charming, mountain town of Cuenca, in the southern Sierra's after a glorious trip to the Galápagos. If you haven't been there, Cuenca is on the famed Inca Trail, and was a significant center of civilization long before the ...

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Butternut Filled Ravioli & Brown Butter Pears

Butternut Ricotta Ravioli with Brown Butter Pears and Balsamic closeup: The Wimpy Vegetarian

Ravioli filled with butternut squash, apples, and ricotta cheese, topped with pears sautéed in browned butter, and drizzled with balsamic reduction.   Our first winter storm is on the way, forecasted to start tonight and drop over a foot of snow by Tuesday morning, and I am SO excited. Each day has gotten progressively cooler, aspens all aflutter with their shimmering golden leaves being blown about by the winds of change. In ...

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Butternut Squash-Apple Soup

Easy Butternut Squash - Apple Soup

Easy butternut squash and apple soup full of autumn flavors. After the festive abundance and chaos of the holidays, January is a time to celebrate emptiness. Naked trees, unburdened by heavy clusters of leaves and fruit; fields resting in a barren state, while nature quietly replenishes. I think about how to do the same, even ...

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