Roasted Butternut Squash Wedges with Almond~Mint Pesto

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Butternut squash is a favorite and I love to find new ways to serve it.  I had made this pesto a while back when my garden had a bounty of mint growing and frozen it.  When I saw roasted wedges of acorn squash on Heather Christo Cooks smothered with mint almond pesto, I knew this would be an exciting mariage of flavors to try.   You will have plenty of pesto left over for other uses.  Freeze the pesto in an ice cube tray, then pop the frozen cubes out and store in plastic baggies to create portions of pesto for future use.  My garden still had mint thriving and yours may too!  I used fresh mint leaves for presentation.  This dish is not only packs an explosion of flavor, it is stunning in its colorful splendor. Fabulous fall eating! Continue reading

Middle-Eastern Tuna Salad

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Chock full of chick peas and a yogurt-tahini dressing instead of mayo, this flavorful tuna salad packs a nutritious punch and a refreshing switch up from the usual tuna salad.  Best made a few hours ahead or even overnight to let the flavors develop, it is a tasty lunch in a hurry with plenty to share!

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Maple Pork Loin Roast with Caramelized Apples and Pears

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An oven roasted pork loin rubbed with autumnal spices, drizzled with maple syrup then baked with a medley of pears and apples is a lovely fall dish elegant enough for company yet easy enough for a weeknight family meal.  It will fill your kitchen with the seductive aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin and ginger.  Choose a roasting dish where the pear and apple wedges can be tucked alongside the pork snugly. The roasting juices will meld with the fruit, creating a flavorful spiced sauce.

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Curried Maple Cauliflower Apple Soup

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“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and Autumn a mosaïc of them all.”  Stanley Horowitz

Fall is the start to soup season!  I love creamy purées of vegetable soups, full of immune boosting ingredients.  This curried cauliflower is not the prettiest color but it is creamy, flavorful with lovely curry and cinnamon spices. The bitterness of cruciferous cauliflower is countered  with the sweetness of apple and maple syrup.  M M good!

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Thanksgiving Welcome on the Front Porch

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“Surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and…just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”  Elizabeth Gilbert

The goblins and ghosts of Halloween have come and gone and the fall mums are all spent yet there is a whole month ahead before the holiday decorations go up.  The front porch definately  needed sprucing up for Thanksgiving.   My solution?  Foraging for wild bittersweet vine and fallen osage oranges, those glorious lime green orbs.  I recycled everything else from what I had around.  Zero cost and a fresh welcome throughout November.  Take a look and maybe you will find some ideas for your own outdoor Thanksgiving decorating.

I peeled some bark off a log and wrote a Thanksgiving sentiment on it with a glitter pen then attached it to the front of my fall wreath.

I peeled some bark off a log and wrote a Thanksgiving sentiment on it with a glitter pen then attached it to the front of my fall wreath.

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Crate of Abundance: Chalkboard Thanksgiving Centerpiece in a Wine Crate

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Wine crates are a versatile and fun vessel to create a centerpiece in.  Free for the asking at your local liquor store and in various sizes, they present endless design possibilities. Perfect on a buffet table, they stand out due to the size and height of arrangements in them.   For this Thanksgiving centerpiece,  I painted a wine crate with chalkboard paint and inscribed it with messages suitable for the holiday (instructions here).  A fun twist on my design would  be to greet arriving guests with a festive drink in one hand and a piece of chalk in the other and invite them to inscribe their own words of thanks on the painted crate! Continue reading