Although it’s over 20 days away, the start of November has me counting down the days until I’m home for Thanksgiving break – which lots of delicious family meals! One of the clearest tastes of fall for me is the taste of squash – a super versatile fruits start showing up at the farmer’s market and in grocery stores this time of the year, which means fall cooking has begun. I love the easy addition of delicata squash to pasta with brown butter, but as you’ll find below, there are so many different ways to use squash (pumpkin included) in fall dishes, both savory and sweet. There are a few desserts in the roundup, but the butternut squash tart with apricot jam and pecans is really calling my name. Oh, and in case you were just as confused as I was on the difference between a squash and a pumpkin, Food52 is here to explain… I can’t wait to try out some of these dishes when I’m home at the end of the month – have you started cooking with squash this season?
Breakfast has always been one of my favorite meals of the day, and smoothies have become a regular part of my morning routine over the past couple of years. Packing in as many fruits and vegetables to kick-start my morning is one of the best ways to the start the day, and can be super easy to do once you’ve found some good combinations that you like. My three favorite smoothie combinations include a classic green smoothie, a strawberry-banana combination, and a creamy (but dairy-free) almond cinnamon combo. When it comes to a delicious smoothie – especially a green one – adding a bit of sweetness can really pull all the flavors together. I never like adding extra sugar to my smoothie (that would just defeat the health benefits) so I love using Truvia nectar for a easily-mixed sweetener that’s low on the glycemic index and simply derived from the Stevia plant and honey. It’s a new product from Truvia that is perfect for all breakfast sweetener needs, from coffee to baked treats, but it’s one that you can feel good about using in your breakfast. Find the recipes for my favorite smoothie combinations after the jump!
Although I usually like to break out of the traditional holiday color combinations, it’s hard to do that with the red, white and blue Memorial Day palette! To celebrate the theme, I’ve rounded up some delicious desserts recipes in each colorway. Although you can always top any dessert off with some appropriately-colored berries, some of these dessert ideas have some interesting flavors that you may not want to pass up. Although simple at first glance, the berries and coconut cream second-from-the-left is calling my name with its non-traditional flavors and vanilla-infused fruit. The blueberry and goat cheese popsicles also sound divine, and interesting enough to serve as a formal dessert! Take a peek below and let me know what might make it to your Memorial Day menu.
When Easter comes around, I always look forward to pulling out our freshest spring recipes to enjoy – think lots of eggs, herbs, citrus and the traditional lamb main dish, of course. While we usually save our salad niçoise for Mother’s Day, I love to make it for Easter as well, as it encapsulates the bounty that warm weather brings to the table. Try one of these delicious, light spring meal ideas for your Easter celebration, and let the fresh flavors be the harbinger of this energetic season!
Artichokes are finally in season as spring begins, a time to shed our winter malaise and re-root ourselves in a lighter palette. This edible bud is not only a beautiful excuse to eat flowers (how beautiful!) but also to provide cleansing and rejuvenation for our organs from their cold, sluggish wintry days, and for plenty of fiber and antioxidants. This is a plant-based dish of succulent and meaty artichoke hearts that will entertain your most meat- and potato-loving buds. Enjoy! – AlmilaRead More