Autumn Weekend Special

butternut squash 05Chilly, a little cloudy, chance of rain … yup, autumn is definitely here. Sounds like a good weekend to hang out in the kitchen. Maybe whip up a batch of marinara or Bolognese, put your favorite soup on to simmer or bake some cupcakes, perhaps some muffins. Sounds like a plan.

My favorite fall soup is Butternut Squash . Creamy, flavorful, you can’t beat it on a cold day. While you are roasting all that squash, cook a little extra. Then invite some friends around for my out of this world Ravioli with Butternut Squash.

When your guests inevitably ask, what can I bring? … here are a few ideas:

Gorgonzola_Walnut_Shortbread_Savory_Fig_Jam_02A great dip always works. How about Baba Ganoush, Roasted Red Pepper Dip or White Bean Hummus. Serve the dips with fresh veggies and pita chips.

Savory shortbread is always a hit. Suggest my recipe for Parmesan Shortbread with Tomato Jam or Gorgonzola & Walnut Shortbread with Savory Fig Jam to your baking friends.

If there are a few last ears of corn at the farmer’s market on Saturday, maybe a friend will make up one last batch of Corn Cakes. Serve the corn cakes with a dab of Sun-dried Tomato Pesto.table_set_for_dinner_02

You’ll probably want a salad. Perhaps you can convince your favorite salad maker to give my Roasted Cauliflower, Radicchio & Arugula Salad a try. Unless, she’d rather to toss up my Mixed Greens with Roasted Grapes or my colorful Rainbow Salad with Black Olive Vinaigrette.

For dessert, well, there must be a few more bakers in your crowd. So speaking of cupcakes, I can recommend Double Trouble Chocolate-Orange Cupcakes. On a more seasonal note, you can’t beat Pumpkin Cupcakes. Or try my Ginger Shortcakes served with Apple Compote. Be sure to add a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla or ginger ice cream.

If you have a couple of friends who hate to cook, ask them bring a nice bottle of wine or a great loaf of bread. My favorite is the olive bread from Red Hen Baking Company.

Enjoy your time in the kitchen and bon appétit!

What are your plans for the weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.

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© Susan W. Nye, 2015

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2 thoughts on “Autumn Weekend Special

  1. What a mouth-watering lineup! Not sure where to start first, perhaps with one of those savory shortbreads? One of my great regrets in France is that there’s less of a dip culture, although I have personally made a lot of converts over the years.

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