Pasta with Butternut Squash and Bacon

-Boil a large covered pot of salted water for the pasta.

-Peel and then coarsely shred 1 butternut squash on a box grater.

-In 12-inch skillet, cook ½ pound of bacon on medium heat 8 to 10 minutes or until bacon is crisp. With slotted spoon, transfer bacon to small plate.

-Drain and discard all but 2 tablespoons of fat from the skillet.

-To same skillet, add the following:

1 clove of garlic, finely chopped

¼ tsp red pepper flakes

-Cook 30 seconds, stirring.

-Add butternut squash and ¼ tsp sea salt.

-Cook 10 minutes, stirring and mashing frequently.

-Stir in the following:

2/3 cup half-and-half

6 sage leaves, finely chopped

-Cook 2 minutes.

-Remove from heat.

-Cook 1 pound of pasta according to package directions.

-Reserve ½ cup cooking water.

-Drain pasta well; return to pot.

-Add chopped bacon, squash mixture and..

½ cup grated Parmesan

The reserved cooking water

¼ tsp sea salt

-Toss until well coated and serve.


Butternut Squash Risotto

-Peel 1 small butternut squash, then cut into ½ inch big cubes.

-Peel and then finely chop 1 onion.

-In a medium saucepan, heat 4 cups chicken stock over medium-high heat until boiling, then reduce heat and simmer.

-Add 3 TBS olive oil or ghee to a large, deep-sided skillet over medium-high heat.

-Add onion and butternut squash and cook until beginning to soften, 8 to 10 minutes.

-Season with sea salt and pepper.

-Add 1½ cups Arborio rice and let cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.

-Add ½ cup dry white wine and simmer, stirring frequently, until nearly absorbed, 2 to 3 minutes.

-Reduce heat to medium and add ½ cup stock, then let simmer until absorbed, stirring frequently.

-Continue adding stock and simmering until all stock has been used, about 15 minutes.

-Stir in the following:

1 TBS fresh rosemary, finely chopped

2 TBS unsalted butter

½ cup freshly grated Parmesan

-Serve with additional Parmesan.


Maple Roasted Delicata Squash

-Arrange the racks in the upper and lower rungs of your oven and preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

-Cut 2 delicata squash in half the long way, then cut into ½ inch thick half moon shaped pieces.

-Cut 1 red onion in half the long way, then cut into ½ inch thick half moon shaped pieces.

-Put the squash and the onions in a large bowl and add the following:

2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

4 springs of thyme

¼ tsp red pepper flakes

-Drizzle with:

2 TBS olive oil

2 TBS maple syrup

-And sprinkle generously with sea salt and pepper; toss to coat.

-Spread vegetables evenly onto two large, rimmed baking sheets.

-Bake the squash on the upper and lower racks of the oven, tossing, rotating, and switching the pan positions half way through cooking, until tender and browned, 25 to 30 minutes.

-Taste and season again with more salt and pepper, if desired.


Steamed Romanesco with Butter and Thyme

-Break 1 head of romanesco into florets.

-Bring a pot of water fitted with a steamer to boil. 

-Place florets into pot and cover. 

-Steam from 5-7 minutes depending on desired doneness. 

-While romanesco steams, make butter sauce. 

-Combine the following in a small sauté pan:

1 TBS unsalted butter

1 TBS olive oil

1 tsp fresh thyme

-Heat over medium and cook until butter is melted and thyme is fragrant.

-Drain romanesco and return to pot. 

-Drizzle over butter sauce, pepper and sea salt. 

-Toss to combine.

-Taste and adjust for seasonings, serve immediately.


Romanesco Alla Diavola

-Fill a large bowl with ice and cold water.

-Cut 1 head of romanesco into small florets, then submerge them in the ice water and set aside to soak for 10 minutes.

-Combine the following on a chopping board and then chop together until finely minced.

½ cup brine-cured green olives, pitted

1 TBS salt-packed capers, rinsed and drained

¼ cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley

Grated zest of 1 lemon

-In a small pot, heat the following over medium-low heat:

1/3 cup olive oil

½ tsp red pepper flakes

-When hot, remove from the heat and stir in the minced olive mixture and:

½ teaspoon sea salt

The juice of 1 lemon

Set aside.

-Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 1 TBS sea salt.

-Drain the romanesco from its icebath, drop it into the boiling water.

-Add 5 whole peeled garlic cloves.

Cook until the florets are just tender, 5 minutes.

-Drain well, and separate out the garlic cloves.

-Add the cooked garlic cloves to the olive-caper dressing.


Curried Kabocha Soup

-Mince up 3 cloves of garlic and 3 TBS fresh ginger.

-Cut 1 kabocha squash in half, then peel and de-seed it.

-Cut it into 1 inch chunks.

-Heat 3 TBS butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat.

-Add the chopped garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, about 2 minutes.

-Add 4 bay leaves and ½ TBS crushed red pepper flakes; continue cooking for 1 minute more.

-Stir in the squash along with 1 tsp curry powder and ½ tsp sea salt, cook for 10 minutes.

-Raise the heat to medium-high, and add 2 cups low-salt chicken stock.

-Cover and bring to a boil. Immediately lower the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring and mashing every 5 minutes.

-Add a 1-inch chunk of palm sugar or a TBS of honey and cook for 5 minutes.

-Add 1 fifteen-ounce can coconut milk and continue cooking for 10 minutes.

-Remove bay leaves from soup.

-Using an immersion blender or in batches using a blender, puree until smooth.


Roasted Kabocha Squash with Maple Syrup and Fresh Ginger

-Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

-Peel and seed 1 large kabocha squash.

-Cut the squash into 1 inch thick wedges.

-On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the squash with the following:

3 TBS maple syrup

3 TBS extra virgin olive oil

1 TBS finely grated fresh ginger

6 thyme sprigs

½ tsp sea salt

-Arrange the squash in a single layer on a large baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes.

-Flip and roast for 20-30 minutes longer, until golden and tender.

-Discard the thyme sprigs.

-Transfer the squash to a serving platter and garnish with thyme leaves.


Roasted Delicata Squash with Parmesan and Thyme

-Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

-Cut 1 large delicata squash in half, then scoop the seeds out.

-Lay cut side down on a cutting board, then cut into ¼ inch thick half-moon shaped pieces.

-Toss squash slices in a large bowl with the following:

2 TBS extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Some fresh or dried thyme

¼ tsp sea salt and fresh pepper to taste

-Spread the slices on a baking sheet.

-Roast until golden brown and tender, about 25 to 30 minutes.


Winter Squash Gratin with Goat Cheese and Hazelnuts

-Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

-Peel, seed and then cut 1 winter squash into 1-inch cubes.

-Place the squash cubes on a baking tray and coat with the following:

2 TBS olive oil

A sprinkle of sea salt and some pepper

-Roast until just tender and beginning to brown, stirring occasionally for about 35 minutes.

-Meanwhile, melt 3 TBS butter in a heavy skillet over medium-low heat.

-Add the following:

2 leeks, washed and cut into half moon shaped pieces

1 tsp dried sage

Sea salt and pepper

-Sauté until tender but not brown, about 7 minutes.

-Coat an 11x7-inch baking dish with 1 TBS butter.

-Spread half the leek mixture over the bottom of the baking dish and then when finished roasting, spread half of the squash over the leeks.

-Crumble up a 5.5-ounce log of chevre goat cheese and sprinkle half over the leeks/squash in the baking dish.

-Repeat layering of leeks/squash/goat cheese.

-Pour 1 cup of heavy cream over the gratin. 

-Sprinkle with ½ cup toasted chopped hazelnuts.

-Bake uncovered until gratin is heated through and cream is bubbling, about 30 minutes.


Pumpkin Pie

You can freeze any remaining puree to use for later pies or make pumpkin muffins.

-Cut 1 pumpkin or 1 red kuri squash in half, scoop out the seeds and place cut-side down on a rimmed cookie sheet.

-Bake at 350 until pumpkin or squash is very soft, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

-Let cool and then scoop out the inside.

-Puree in a blender until very smooth, adding the juice from the cookie sheet if necessary to make s smooth paste.

-Buy or make 1 pie crust.

For the pie: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

-Bring 1½ cups half-and-half to a boil and then remove from heat.

-Combine the following:

 3 whole beaten eggs

¼ cup maple syrup

½ cup brown sugar

½ tsp salt

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp ginger

1½ cups pumpkin puree

-Add the half-and-half and then pour into the pie shell and bake for about 50 minutes until filling is set.


Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread

Let your pears ripen on the counter until slightly soft to the touch, about 3-5 days.

-For the syrup, in a small saucepan combine the following

¼ cup brown sugar, 2 TBS white sugar, 1 TBS butter and 1 TBS water.

-Stir together over low heat until butter melts, then pour the syrup into a 8 x 8 glass baking dish.

-Peel, core and slice enough pears so that you have about 1 heaping cup.

-Arrange on top of the syrup.

-Stir together then set aside the following:

1 cup flour

½ cup whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground ginger

½ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

¼ tsp ground allspice 

A big pinch of sea salt

-In a mixing bowl beat together until light and fluffy:

1/3 cup softened butter

-Add in 2 eggs and beat another minute.

-Measure ½ cup molasses or honey and ½ cup buttermilk.

-Take turns adding the molasses/honey and buttermilk into the batter until all is incorporated.

-Spoon the batter over the pears in the baking dish.

-Bake 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.

-Let cool about 5 minutes then turn onto a platter.

-Serve warm or cold with whipped cream.


Roasted Potatoes, Fennel and Watermelon Radishes with Lemon Brown Butter Sauce

-Heat the oven to 450°F.

-Cut 1 pound of potatoes in quarters lengthwise, then in eights.

-Toss with 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil in a large bowl and a generous pinch of sea salt and pepper.

-Spread the potatoes on a large baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until barely tender.

-Meanwhile, trim the tops and bottoms of the radishes, and quarter them lengthwise.

-Peel 1 watermelon radish.

-Cut into slices, then large matchsticks.

-Trim off the top and bottom of 1 fennel bulb and slice in half lengthwise, then quarter each half and cut the quarters into pieces about 1-inch-wide.

-Toss the fennel pieces and radishes in the bowl with another TBS of olive oil and salt and pepper.

-When the potatoes are just beginning to get tender, spread the radishes and fennel on the baking sheet and toss to combine.

-Return the vegetables to the oven and roast for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until the fennel and radishes are tender and juicy but not yet soft.

-While they are roasting, heat ¼ cup unsalted butter in a small saucepan over medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes or until it melts and then browns.

-Remove from the heat and carefully whisk in the following:

½  lemon juiced, about 1½ TBS

½ tsp Dijon mustard

½ tsp maple syrup

-When the vegetables are done, toss with the sauce and spread on a platter or in a bowl.

-Serve immediately.


Kale Salad with Quick-Pickled Watermelon Radish

Do ahead: In a medium bowl, combine the following:

½ cup white wine vinegar

½ cup sugar

1 tsp sea salt or kosher salt

-Thinly slice 1 whole watermelon radish using a mandoline or chef's knife.

-Add to the bowl and stir to combine, making sure the slices are well coated.

-Let stand at least 30 minutes or refrigerate up to a day before serving.

-Wash 1 bunch of kale and pat off excess water.

-Tear the leaves off of the stems.

-Slice the leaves crosswise into 1/4-inch-wide ribbons.

-In a large bowl, combine the following:

3 TBS extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp fresh thyme leaves

Freshly ground black pepper
A pinch of sea salt

-Add the kale and use your hands to massage the dressing into the leaves until they soften and wilt.

-Drain the radishes.

-Toss with the kale or arrange the slices on individual plates and place the kale on top.

-Garnish with ¼ cup pumpkin seeds and serve.


Savory Roasted Parsnip Bread Pudding

-Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

-Peel 1 pound of parsnips, then chop into thin slices

-Drizzle parsnips with olive oil and season with sea salt and pepper.

-Arrange on a rimmed baking sheet.

-Roast, shaking occasionally, until caramelized and tender, about 25 minutes.

-Reduce oven heat to 375.

-Cut 2 leeks in half the long way, then wash between the layers.

-Chop into thin half-moon shaped pieces.

-Heat 2 TBS unsalted butter over medium heat in a medium saute pan until melted.

-Add leeks and cook, stirring occasionally until tender, about 5 minutes.

-Remove from heat; add ½ cup white wine and return to heat.

-Let simmer until reduced, about 1 minute.

-Take the leaves off of 5-6 thyme branches until you have 2 TBS.

-Add thyme and remove from heat.

-Stir in roasted parsnips.

-Whisk together the following in a large bowl:

1½ ounces unsalted butter

2 cups heavy cream

5 large eggs

3/4 cup Parmesan

-Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

-Add leek-parsnip mixture.

-Cut 1 loaf of brioche bread into 1 inch cubes.

-Mix into the large bowl with the other ingredients.

-Butter a shallow 2-quart baking dish, and pour parsnip mixture into dish.

-Cover loosely with parchment, then foil and bake until golden brown and puffed, 50 minutes.

-Remove parchment and foil.

-Sprinkle with another ¼ cup Parmesan and return to oven.

-Bake for 10 minutes more.

-Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.


Spaghetti Squash Fritters

-Preheat your oven to 425.

-Cut a spaghetti squash in half and scrape the seeds and fiber out of each half.

-Rub olive oil over the cut sides of the squash and on a baking tray.

-Bake the squash for about 30-40 minutes.

-Remove it from the oven when it's cooked through and soft and let it cool.

-After squash cools, scrape squash with a fork to remove flesh in long strands and transfer to a bowl. Let it cool.

-Wring out 3 cups of the spaghetti squash by wrapping it in a clean kitchen towel and squeezing hard with your hands over the sink.

-Fry 5 pieces of bacon, then when cool chop them.

-In a large bowl beat 2 eggs.

-Add 1/3 cup flour and continue beating for about 30 seconds to combine.

-To the same bowl, add spaghetti squash along with the following:

½ a cup finely grated Parmesan

1 finely chopped leek or 3 green onions

½ tsp sea salt

-Mix very well until all the mixture has uniform consistency.

-Add chopped bacon and mix.

-Heat a large skillet on high-medium heat until very hot.

-Add 2 TBS olive oil, it should sizzle and smoke right away.

-Scoop[ a tablespoon-ful of the batter for each fritter and drop on the skillet.

-Using a spatula, make each fritter flatter and rounder.

-Cook until the bottom side of each fritter is golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.

-Reduce heat to medium.

-Using a spatula, flip fritters to the opposite side, and cook 2-3 more minutes.

-Serve as is, or top with a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream.


Potato and Rutabaga Gratin

-Heat your oven to 375 degrees and butter a 2.5-quart oval gratin dish or 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

In a small sauce pan add the following:

1.5 cups heavy cream

3 sprigs thyme or sage

-Bring to just under a boil over medium low heat.

-Remove from heat and let stand 30 minutes.

-Strain through a fine sieve and discard solids.

-Peel 1 pound of potatoes and 1 rutabaga.

-Slice both as thinly as possible.

-Arrange the vegetable slices in an overlapping fashion in the baking dish, alternating them and seasoning with sea salt and freshly ground pepper as you go.

-Dot with 3 TBS butter.

-Pour cream over top (it should almost cover the vegetables; add up to 1/2 cup more if necessary) and cover tightly with parchment-lined foil.

-Bake until vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes, then remove foil and bake until golden brown and bubbling, about 15 minutes more.


Indian Spiced Fennel Pickles

-Chop up 1 fennel bulb into 1/8 inch slices.

-Put the fennel slices in a 1-quart canning jar.

-Add the following to a medium sized saucepan:

A ½-inch piece ginger, peeled, thinly sliced

1 garlic clove, thinly sliced

½ cup white vinegar

1 tsp kosher or sea salt

2 TBS granulated sugar

2 TBS light brown sugar

2 tsp yellow mustard seeds

½ tsp coriander seeds

1 tsp cumin seeds

¼ teaspoon ground turmeric

1 star anise pod

1 cup of water

-Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve salt and sugar.

-Pour hot brine into jar and cover.

-Let cool, then chill.

-Store in the fridge for up to 2 months.


Marinated Sweet Peppers

-Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

-Place 1 pound of sweet peppers on a rimmed baking sheet; rub with 1 TBS olive oil.

-Roast until peppers are soft and skins have split, 35 to 40 minutes.

-Transfer peppers to a medium bowl.

-Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let peppers steam 20 minutes.

-Peel peppers, slice in half lengthwise and remove seeds.

-Cut into 1-inch-wide strips and return to bowl.

-Add the following:

2 wide strips lemon zest

2 TBS fresh lemon juice

2 garlic cloves, smashed

3 sprigs fresh oregano

3 TBS olive oil

¼ tsp sea salt

-Toss well and then let marinate for 3-4 hours before serving.