Tagged: fall

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

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The assignments for Thanksgiving dinner have been handed out, and I’m responsible for 3 sides plus dessert. I’m not worried at all about the sides. I know what I’m going to make. It’s dessert that

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Ingredients
  • For dough
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for work surface
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • 4-6 tablespoons ice cold water
Autumn Chopped Salad

Autumn Chopped Salad

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This year’s Thanksgiving festivities will be a team effort, and I’m even more excited than usual. That says a lot considering it’s my number one holiday. My brother and I are splitting food duties. He’s

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Ingredients
  • For salad
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large head romaine (about 1 pound), chopped
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale, ribs removed, leaves finely chopped
  • 1 Honeycrisp apple, cored and diced
Golden Beet Soup

Golden Beet Soup

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I’m a big fan of pureed veggies soups. They are so simple and filled with wholesome and healthy ingredients without much effort. These soups have been on repeat in my kitchen ever since the weather

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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

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 pieand experimented with sides.  I kind of ended up having Thanksgiving twice plus leftovers. How great is that!? I’m thinking this

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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

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 kitchen counter. My annual collection started a few weeks ago. The colors are everything I get warm and

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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

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

Fall Panzanella Salad

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The first day of fall felt more like the peak of summer. For a moment I thought September must be the new August, which just doesn’t seem right. I breathed a sigh of relief when

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Ingredients
  • For salad
  • 1/2 loaf seedy multigrain bread (about 6 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 large sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds) peeled and diced
  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • Seeds of 1 pomegranate
  • 1 handful baby greens
Wheat Berry Salad with Brussels Sprouts & Sweet Potatoes

Wheat Berry Salad with Brussels Sprouts & Sweet Potatoes

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I’m not hosting Thanksgiving, but I am bringing a side and dessert to our family dinner. Even though the meal isn’t at my house, I still make a big deal about what I will be

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Ingredients
  • For salad
  • 1 cup wheat berries
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1 large sweet potato (about 1 pound), peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
Pumpkin Cashew Pudding

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

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 in

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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Broccoli Spinach Soup

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. My annual panic is setting in. As a born and bread Midwesterner, it’s not that I mind

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Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • One 8-ounce baking potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
Apple Walnut Salad

Apple Walnut Salad

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I’ve been oohing and aahing at all the fall fruits and vegetables at the farmers market. Every year I think I’m going to be sad saying goodbye to summer and the berries and everything else

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Ingredients
  • For vinaigrette
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil