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

Sunday Night Dinner: Fall Harvest Edition

There is something so romantic to me about the falling leaves, cozy nights by the fire and even the rainy mornings that fall brings. What better way to spend a fall evening than enveloped in the aromas of fall’s best produce, drinking some (reasonably priced) perfectly-paired wine and finishing off the night with seasonal treats? For this Sunday Night Dinner, I wanted to emulate the fall wine harvest that happens around this time every year. Leaves have turned colours and the grapes are ready to harvest. While we weren’t actually on a vineyard, it certainly felt like it. Between the colours of the flowers by The Flower Factory and the big red wine glasses, this easy-to-put together family-style feast transported me straight to Napa in the fall. I hope this Sunday Night Dinner brings you around the table with your loved ones to sip great wine, savour great food, and share the memories you’ll certainly make. Make sure to stay tuned all week as I recap the recipes and wine pairings as well!

All photos by the incredibly talented, Christie Graham Photography.

Fall Harvest Flowers by The Flower Factory

Fall harvest flowers by The Flower Factory

Bringing in the bottles

Prepping for the fall harvest dinner

Ready for the harvest dinner to start

Catching the last of the afternoon rays

Details are of utmost importance

Small details can make a big impact

First wine of the night: Moschofilero Boutari

First wine of the night: Moschofilero Boutari

moschofilero boutari + harvest salad

Moschofilero Boutari + my harvest salad

Sip October-16

Butternut squash soup

chicken marbella

Chicken Marbella

ready to be served

Ready to dine

Sip October-12

Candles always set the tone

fall harvest floral closeup

Fall harvest flowers closeup (The Flower Factory)

ready to dig in

Bon appétit!

it was a success

Plotting the next Sunday Night Dinner (to come next month!)

looking forward to the next Sunday Night Dinner!

Happy Fall!

Sunday Night Dinner – Fall Harvest Edition

When hosting a wine pairing dinner, you don’t have to worry too much about what your table will look like. Cooking whole, natural foods and pairing them with delicious wine will look beautiful enough! However, if you want to take your dinner party to the next level (don’t we all), I would suggest investing in a couple of items. First and foremost, a flower arrangement can really bring everything together. Gloria from The Flower Factory hit the nail on the head with her arrangement of cabernet-toned dahlias, rich snow berries, perfectly placed greenery, and even some dried wheat to tie it all together.

When picking up a new book at Chapter’s, I found these gorgeous serving boards made of real wood that complemented our table. I loved the variation of heights on the table and think it made the whole tablescape a little more interesting.

Now, onto one of my favourite parts of the table: the wine glasses. Ever since starting to watch Scandal a few months ago, I’ve had my eyes on these wine glasses. What can be more romantic and elevated than super tall, big red wine glasses? While they aren’t the most practical, that’s ok! Not everything has to be! It’s nice to have a few different types of glassware for different occasions. These are going to become my go-to wine glasses for dinner parties.

Overall, when entertaining I always remember to keep the focus on the food and wine and let that shape how I plan the rest of the night. Most importantly, flowers make a huge impact and they last for a week so don’t be afraid to buy a small arrangement for your next party. You’ll be glad you did!

Coming up tomorrow and Tuesday – all of the recipes from the food you see above. Most importantly, make sure to stop by on Wednesday for a full recap of the wines pictured here as well as their food pairings and tasting notes. It is #WineWednesday after all!

Pictures: Christie Graham Photography

Flowers: The Flower Factory

Wine: Moschofilero BoutariBrunel de la Gardine Cotes Du Rhone 2012Dow’s Ten Year Old Tawny Port

Styling & Concept: Sophie Collins of Sip Savour Share

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!

Weekend Links + An Update

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It has been quite a while since I posted last. More than 3 weeks to be exact. I always find that when life changes occur and my routine gets disrupted, it takes about a month for everything to get back on track and get back into the swing of things. I’ve been at my new job (which I love!) for 6 weeks and just joined a gym 3 days ago…it’s a process right?

A few weeks ago we went to Maui and it was really relaxing. It gave me a lot of time to think about how I want to incorporate Sip Savour Share into my life working full-time. I’m not cooking as much because I simply don’t have time, and I’m not really sure if I have time to do 3-5 recipes a week. Also, with new life experiences comes new challenges, perspectives and interests, and I want to be able to show more of who I am here. So, Sip Savour Share will be continued with my love for cooking, wine, entertaining and restaurants, but will also be moving into more of a lifestyle direction to encompass everything that inspires and interests me. I hope that this change is good for both myself and the readers who share in my passions. Please leave a comment letting me know if there are specific things you’d like to see and read about. I’d love your feedback.

So, without further ado, my favourite post of the week: Weekend Links, where I can share fun stuff I find from around the web!

The photo above is from InStyle’s slideshow of Rachel Zoe’s chic home. Check it out for some great inspiration.

One day I’d love to set up a home office, and if it looked exactly like this, that’d be ok with me!

Warm days have me yearning for comfort food. Here is a healthier version of Alfredo sauce (yum!).

Anyone who knows me knows my love for Reese Witherspoon, and I’ve been loving her fall outfits lately.

My favourite season (fall) is back which means baking, sweater-wearing, and candle-lighting are what I look forward to most.

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