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As the trees turn glorious colors and the air is crisp and earthy, we begin to long for the deep, rich flavors of fall cooking. Few dishes say “fall” more than a pot of butternut squash soup simmering on the stove. Most butternut squash soup recipes have butternut squash, apples, onion and stock (chicken or vegetable) in common. But then they diverge into either a sweeter soup or a savory soup. Which is your favorite? For those who love to bring out the sweetness in the apples… APPLE CINNAMON BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP Serves 8. Pictured above. Ingredients 8 C Butternut Squash, peeled, seeded and cubed (about 2 medium squash, or about 2 ½ lbs. of pre-prepped squash)1 large apple (or 2 small, you can’t go wrong), peeled and cubed1 large onion, cut into 1-inch pieces2 T brown sugar¾ t salt¾ t ground cinnamonDash black pepper3 C chicken broth (you can…

Quinoa is My Favorite New Dinner Staple Quinoa, a pseudo-grain, is a super-food – high in protein, fiber, B-vitamins, magnesium, calcium and vitamin E, and naturally gluten-free. I’ve fallen in love with it lately and started incorporating it into salads for meatless meals. The citrusy quinoa salad below is the first recipe I tried and still my favorite. But it’s good with other fruits and vegetables and different kinds of beans. Another combination is a tossup for our favorite version: orange sections, corn cut off the cob, diced red onion, diced cucumber, dill, garbanzo beans. Cherry tomatoes, black beans, sliced scallions, and cliantro, ready for quinoa and dressing Do you have other suggestions for combinations? Citrusy Quinoa Salad Yields about 6 C salad 1 C Traditional white whole grain quinoa 2 C waterBring water and quinoa to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed…

Food Principles 101: the quality of the food we prepare begins with the quality of the ingredients that go into it. But how many besides me have noticed that the fruit and produce in grocery stores does not taste as good as it used to?

Brunches and lunches are perfect for casual spring entertaining – Easter, wedding showers, baby showers, graduation celebrations, or an afternoon at steeplechases. But it’s a lot more fun to have company come for lunch or brunch when you are not frantically getting ready for them on the morning of the party.

Mint Juleps and The Kentucky Derby – you cannot hardly think of one without the other. But did you know that there is also a traditional Kentucky Derby sandwich?

The Louisville Hot Brown is named after the Brown Hotel in Louisville, which first served the sandwich in the 1920s. It is a delicious open-faced turkey sandwich, topped with bacon, tomato and Mornay sauce.

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