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A Creamy, Tomatoey, Pumpkiny Sauce

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Need a break from marinara sauces, pumpkin sauce or creamy, Alfredo-like sauces? Look no further. This Creamy Tomato Pumpkin Sauce is the perfect blend of garlic, tomatoes and “cream.” When I was little, it would be the dead of summer, and my mom would harvest tomatoes from our tiny garden. She’d chop up tomatoes, fresh basil and garlic, sauté the three into an easy sauce, and sever over pasta; I think this is where I got my inspiration. With leftover pumpkin and yellow squash, a simple sauce emerged fresh heirloom tomatoes (those colors!), carrots and a little garlic. A splash of almond milk (or whatever milk you prefer) adds a new dimension to the sauce to perfectly prepare it for pasta.

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The New Classic Side

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What a simple, easy, delicious side and most importantly, a new classic. This is one of the main recipes in my arsenal that I repeatedly use; it goes with anything and everything — substitute for pasta, pairs well with fish, chicken sausage, chicken, turkey meatballs . . . The Spicy Garlic Sautéed Kale & Spinach gives you some of your daily dose of greens and adds color and flavor to any plate. Can’t deny that, right?

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Hearty Autumn Kale Salad

IMG_4952 I’ve been waiting for the leaves to change to resurrect this healthy and colorful Baby Kale, Sweet Potato & Apple Salad. The acidity of the fresh lemon juice and tartness of the dijon mustard both pair well with kale’s heartiness. The crisp apple, sweet potato and creamy delicata squash also somehow diminish and enhance the earthy and sometimes bitter flavors of kale. I’ve made this with curly kale, dinosaur kale or baby kale. I prefer baby kale for the milder taste. No matter the type of kale used, the subtle flavors in the salad and the crunch added by the walnuts create a salad you’ll want again and again. Continue reading “Hearty Autumn Kale Salad”

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Deliciously Delicate Delicata

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Autumn brings all sorts of fun, unique and seasonal flavor — apple cider, pumpkin and pumpkin spice, different types of squash, roasted vegetables . . . I discovered delicata at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market last fall, and it effortlessly became one of my personal favorites to enjoy. And you leave the skin on so it’s even that much easier to prepare compared to most. If you like butternut squash or sweet potatoes, delicata squash has a similar smooth, creamy and sweet flavor (and can act as a substitute for either in recipes). Delicata squash is sometimes hard to find, but once found, definitely worth the buy.

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Easy-Bake Corn on the Cob

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When I was living in Ithaca, my roommate, Alex, showed me this quick, but different way to have corn on the cob. She baked it! Lightly brushed with olive oil, salt and pepper, this is a perfect side. This is also great to make ahead of time. You can cut the corn off the cob and freeze it for salads, stir fry, pasta, a standalone side, salsa . . . So brilliant that I can’t believe I never thought to roast corn in the oven. Plus, Oven-Roasted Corn turns out to be quite tender and full of flavor!

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