A Fading Autumn Weekend Special

fall_leaves_02If you haven’t done the New Hampshire foliage tour yet … well hurry up! The leaves are fading fast. Dropping too, so, those of us who live here have our work cut out for us. Grab a rake and get to it!

Once you’ve put the rake away, invite some of your favorite people over for a great dinner. Dinner comes together quickly and easily with the help of a few, great kitchen hacks. It also helps when someone brings an appetizer, someone else brings a salad and a third brings dessert! Perhaps saying YES to the question, “Can I bring something?” is the ultimate hack!

Whether you fix everything from soup to nuts or your friends pitch in, here are a few ideas:

First you’ll want a tasty appetizer. If the wind biting and the air cold, there is nothing like itty bitty soup shots. Butternut Squash Soup would be perfect. Or get some really good artisanal crackers and try my warm and oh so yummy Warm Gorgonzola with Caramelized Onions & Walnuts. Then again, my Sweet Potato & Goat Cheese Crostini are pretty darn good too.

Now, for a great main course. You’ve got to try my Chicken with Onions & Olives. If not this weekend, then sometime soon. Serve the chicken with Lemon Roasted Potatoes or Israeli Couscous and Roasted Cauliflower.

A nice alternative and staying with chicken, my Spicy Chicken Stew with Vegetables and Chick Peas is a great one pot supper. Well, almost one pot. You’ll want to serve it with rice or Couscous with Dried Fruit and Pine Nuts.

Now for a little something sweet. Enjoy an espresso (decaf is okay), a cup of tea or snifter of cognac by the fire. Of course you’ll want something to nibble. Maybe my Pumpkin & Spice Cookies or Pumpkin Whoopee Pies. If you think you’d like something a bit more elegant, well, how about Cherry-Pistachio Biscotti?

Enjoy the weekend and bon appétit!

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

Want more? Click here for more seasonal menus! For a complete list of and links to all the recipes on this blog Click Here!

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