Fall Harvest Sunday Night Dinner: Soup and Salad

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of fall food is squash and soup. Growing up, one of my favourite soups was a creamy butternut squash soup. Setting out to create a butternut squash soup that didn’t totally throw my eating habits out of wack, I wanted to ensure my recipe wasn’t brimming with cream. Luckily, squash is creamy in its own right and the recipe ended up being very healthy. I also wanted to serve a salad to start that was reminiscent of the flavours of the season. When I had originally designed this table top, I had an apple on each place setting but since that took away from the flowers, I removed them and put them in the salad. Entertaining is all about thinking on your feet and not being stuck to one particular outcome. Read below for two of my favourite new recipes. Both of these would be great on your next Thanksgiving table, or even tonight as a refresher from last night’s heavy meal!

Sip October-4

moschofilero boutari + harvest salad

 Fall Harvest Salad

Serves 4 as an appetizer

3 handfuls of spinach (or your preferred green)
1/3 cup of toasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup of your favourite crackers, crumbled (I used Lesley Stowes’ Fig and Olive Crisps)
2 apples, cored and sliced thinly
4 tbsp crumbled lemon & thyme goat gouda (or your favourite cheese)
balsamic vinaigrette (oil, vinegar, and dried herbs whisked together)

1) Make dressing. Set aside.
2) Add spinach to a large bowl and top with pumpkin seeds and vinaigrette.
3) Top with apples, cheese and crackers before serving.

Sip October-16

Sip October-20

Butternut Squash Soup

Serves 4 as an appetizer

1 butternut squash, peeled, cleaned out and chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 yellow and orange pepper, chopped
6 cups of chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup cream
fresh oregano for topping

1) Add the butternut squash, onion, garlic, peppers, and chicken broth to a big pot and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes.
2) Using an immersion blender (my new favourite kitchen tool), blend the soup together.
3) Add salt and pepper to taste, 1/4 cup cream, mix more.
4) Ladle into bowls and add a sprig of oregano for serving.

Check back tomorrow for my favourite Chicken Marbella recipe, and Wednesday for a special edition of #WineWednesday featuring the wine parings for these foods!

Photos: Christie Graham Photography

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Today being the first day of Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend, I thought I’d bring you a great recipe for baking up a perfectly thanksgiving-esque treat. The good thing about these muffins is that they’re sweet enough to have for dessert, but healthy enough (hello, coconut oil) to eat for breakfast. Whatever way you cut it, they’re delicious and would be perfect for any morning this weekend, and easy to make shortly after rolling out of bed from your turkey coma. We’ll be heading to Whistler for a night for our first of two Thanksgiving dinners, and I’m really excited to be spending some downtime with close friends and family. IMG_2765 IMG_2767 IMG_2775 IMG_2771

Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Makes a dozen

2 cups pumpkin purée (our family swears by E.D. Smith)
3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp salt
1 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
3 eggs

1) Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare muffin cups in baking sheet.
2) In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt.
3) In a mixer, beat pumpkin, coconut oil and eggs.
4) Slowly add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture.
5) Add to muffin cups and bake in oven for about 25 mins.

Happy thanksgiving weekend!

Fall Panzanella Salad

I’m always so inspired by the colours, people, and bountiful displays at the farmer’s market. This weekend’s was no different, except that it’s fall, which means turning over a new leaf and embracing cooler weather, greyer skies, and turning the heat on. I have to admit, I love the shift from warm to cool and look forward to this time every year. It means I can cuddle up with a hot mug of tea and my favourite cookbooks concocting what I want to make next. Today, we had some classic fall vegetables like tomatoes and brussels sprouts. I had seen something on Pinterest called a “winter panzanella salad” and wanted to make a fall version with what I had on hand. I used a bunch of different recipe methods and came up with something that worked for our ingredients. It’s certain to become a new staple.

IMG_2740 IMG_2743 IMG_2744Fall Panzanella Salad
Serves 2 as a main, 4 as a side

1/4 red onion, sliced thinly
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp white wine vinegar
pinch of salt
1 lb brussels sprouts, quartered
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
1 tsp fresh sage, torn
6 small tomatoes, cut into pieces the size of the brussels sprouts
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh parsley

2 tbsp salted butter
2 cups of fresh bread, cut into cubes
3 garlic cloves, pressed
1 tsp dried thyme
3 tbsp freshly grated parmesan, plus more for topping
pinch of salt and pepper

1) Add onion and vinegars to a bowl and put aside.
2) Heat oven to 400F.
3) Toss brussels sprouts with olive oil, sage and salt & pepper.
4) Roast for 15-20 minutes, or until slightly crispy.
5) Melt butter on stove top. When bubbling, add garlic and thyme.
6) When garlic is fragrant, add fresh bread and toast.
7) When bread is slightly brown, put on baking sheet and put in oven with parmesan cheese and salt & pepper. Bake for 15 minutes.
8) Whisk olive oil into onion dressing.
9) When breadcrumbs are done and brussels sprouts are ready, combine with tomatoes, dressing and top with parsley and a little parmesan.

What are your favourite fall recipes? Leave them in the comments below!