Chilly, 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:
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.
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.
© Susan W. Nye, 2015