Tagged: fall

Golden Beet Soup

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Pureed veggie soups have been on repeat in my kitchen ever since the weather started to turn a little bit chilly. I have a formula—olive oil + some kind of onion + vegetables + spices.

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Ingredients
  • 4-6 medium golden beets
  • 4-6 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3-4 cups water

Butternut Squash & Cauliflower Quinoa

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Last weekend I gave Thanksgiving a practice run. I roasted a dry-rubbed turkey, baked a pecan pie and experimented with sides. You can’t go wrong with the classics like stuffing and sweet potato (fill in

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Ingredients
  • For quinoa
  • 2 cups peeled & cubed butternut squash
  • 1 pound cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper  
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup tri-color quinoa

Roasted Delicata Squash Couscous

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For the last couple weeks I’ve been admiring the bowl of squash and gourds sitting on my counter. The colors are pure fall. Some are these bumpy, lumpy gourds are only for décor. I made

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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pearl (Israeli) couscous
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 generous handful parsley leaves

Fresh Pumpkin Pasta

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Yesterday I made fall official—I bought a bag of those adorable decorative mini gourds with their bumps & lumps and green, orange & gold stripes. I arranged them in a bowl along with my edible

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Ingredients
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup semolina
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Fall Panzanella Salad

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The first day of fall felt more like the peak of summer. For a moment I was thinking September must be the new August, but I was relieved to see things will be back to

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Pumpkin Cashew Pudding

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At our Thanksgiving gathering of about 15 family members, there are just two of us who like pumpkin pie, so it never makes the cut for the dessert spread. My mom and I are the

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Root Vegetable Tagine

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The last time I made this root vegetable tagine was just days after I had given birth to our son, and now I am planning his third birthday party. In that moment I was desperate

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Broccoli Spinach Soup

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The selection is starting to dwindle in these last couple weeks of outdoor farmers market season in Chicago. I love root and other hearty veggies, but not seeing much else in the way of local

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Apple Walnut Salad

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I’ve been oohing and aahing at all the fall fruits and vegetables at the farmers market, and right now I’m on a major apple kick that isn’t going to end anytime soon. From last week’s

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Pumpkin Wild Rice Salad

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Last weekend I got very excited about seeing fall veggies at the farmers market. I love cinnamon, anything spiced and crisp days, so it’s nearly impossible for me to contain myself when gearing up for fall.

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