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Butternut Squash Soup with Crispy Sage

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This soup is a staple in our house during the cooler months.  It’s delicious, slightly spicy, and perfectly creamy.  Served alongside a salad it makes for an easy meal.  This soup is also great to make a larger batch of and keep for easy lunches during the week.  I recently served it with a drizzle of coconut cream and crispy sage for a dinner party that I hosted, and it was a hit.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Continue reading

Autumn Dinner Gathering + Music for your Listening Pleasure

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Food is not just fuel. Food is about family, food is about community, food is about identity. We nourish all those things when we eat well. – Michael Pollan

I have wanted to host a proper dinner gathering with close friends for years.  A few weeks ago, I was able to witness that dream coming to fruition.  About fifteen of my close friends gathered for a night of delicious food, hand crafted drinks, a carefully curated playlist, and most importantly conversation and community.  There were a handful of us that crafted plans, thrifted linens, created beautiful papeterie, perused the farmer’s market, hand-picked leaves from the fiery fall trees and made it happen!  I loved watching it all come together—to see everyone coming alive in their own way, following their talents and passions.  That is community—people coming together, giving of themselves, enjoying each other, breaking bread together, being intentional, telling stories, and listening intently.  Food is definitely something special.  It’s a necessity for survival, but it’s also most enjoyable.  It brings people together in a way that’s different than almost anything else.  Gathering together around a common table to take part in a meal feeds not only our body, but our souls.

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My husband carefully curated a playlist for the evening. Listen in the player below.
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The Best Kale Salad

This kale salad is one of the dishes I get the most requests for, and it’s also one of the simplest.  The hearty kale, balanced by the acidity of the lemon with a zip from the chili flakes and a nice crunch from the breadcrumbs, is addicting and it’s probably my favorite way to enjoy this dark, leafy green.

Eat your vitamins:

I have a friend who wouldn’t touch kale for years because the only way he had experienced it was as a green buffet garnish covered in spilled food (sound appetizing?).  Well, kale is so much more than that!  It is a member of the brassica family, cousins to broccoli and cabbage, rather than romaine or other salad greens.  Kale is a powerhouse of nutrients, fulfilling your daily requirements of vitamins A, K, and C in just one serving!  It is particularly high in vitamin K (over 1,000% of our daily value in 1 cup), which is key in helping regulate our body’s inflammatory responses.  It also boasts over 45 different flavonoids, making kale a front-runner against inflammation and oxidative stress, which can help lower your risk of cancer.  Go Kale!

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Frittata with Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onions, and Mustard Greens

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I believe we’ve just turned the corner here in Nashville. It seems like we are finally making our way into the cooler temperature of fall.  I’m so thankful I live in a place that has distinct seasons.  I always get excited when the seasons begin to change, and I start to see different produce in my CSA box. Oh how I’ve missed you butternut squash, dark leafy greens, pumpkin, beets, brussels sprouts, and carrots!

One of the things I received in my CSA box this week was a butternut squash, and I decided on trying it roasted in a frittata.  Did you know butternut squash is actually a fruit, rather than a vegetable because it contains seeds? It’s really a powerhouse of a fruit! It’s full of vitamins A and C, which are helpful in maintaining good vision and a healthy immune system, and boasts loads of antioxidants, specifically carotenoids (think orange and yellow fruits), which can prevent cancer and heart disease.  This squash also contains 15% of your daily value of folate, which pregnant women need for healthy fetal brain development.  The seeds, which are a good source of iron, can be washed and lightly roasted for a delicious snack.

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A frittata is very versatile, and a great way to enjoy vegetables from your farmer’s market or CSA, especially ones you aren’t sure what to do with.  I will admit I’ve never had mustard greens, let alone cooked with them.  So, for me this was a good introduction.  Slightly spicier than kale, the mustard greens added a nice kick, nuzzled up against warming butternut squash, and complimented with the sweet, rich flavor of caramelized onions, this frittata is a great way to celebrate fall produce!

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Blackened Salmon Tacos with Jalapeño Corn Salsa

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We will be going out of town soon, so our fridge is looking a bit bare.  These tacos came together by using things we had on hand–grilled corn from a cookout with friends, jalapeños from my garden, and salmon from a dear friend’s dad in Alaska, who is a fantastic fisherman and an even more wonderful human.  Sometimes these simple dinners are the best ones.  The tacos were a delicious combination of sweet-from the corn, and spicy-from the blackening seasoning and jalapeños.  And it all comes together in about 15-20 minutes, which is perfect for weeknight cooking.

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Raw Zucchini Pasta with Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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The days are getting shorter and the nights have a chill in the air, which tells me fall is near.  Savor the last flavors of summer before it’s gone with this zucchini pasta and pesto. This dish is so fresh and easy, especially if you already have the pesto ready to go!  I took this dish to a potluck recently, and it was a hit!  It would be great as a side, or serve a heftier portion as a main dish.

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