“Autumn that year painted the countryside in vivid shades of scarlet, saffron and russet, and the days were clear and crisp under harvest skies.” Sharon Kay Penman

Fall is my favorite time to entertain.  The nesting instinct grows in inverse proportion to the dropping mercury. I love the autumnal flavors of squashes, cranberries, apples and  pomegranate especially when they appear in  comfort foods.  This menu brings them all together and is simple to prepare with much of it make-ahead.

Fall Salad of Arugula with Caramelized Walnuts, Blue Cheese and Pomegranate Seeds

Acorn Squash Rigatoni with Crispy Garlic Sage and Brown Butter Bread Crumb Topping

Individual Cranberry- Apple Crisps with Vanilla Ice Cream or Whipped Cream

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