Lattice-topped apple pie

Lattice-topped apple pie

This delicious apple pie recipe is my mom’s — she’s been making it for as long as I can remember. She recommends using two different types of apples in the filling to maximize the flavor of the pie. Whenever I make it, I top the pie with a quick lattice crust, which makes it both look and taste delicious. It’s great warm or cold, topped with ice cream or cheddar cheese, and for breakfast or dessert. Enjoy!

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Quick & easy frosted pumpkin bars

Quick & easy frosted pumpkin bars

I made these quick and easy pumpkin bars tonight with the pumpkin I had left over after making maple-glazed pumpkin cinnamon rolls and pumpkin pie last week. Michael suggested I try his mom’s recipe, which was definitely a good idea — they turned out great.

I made half a recipe, which fit perfectly in an 8″ by 11.5″ glass baking dish. If you’re making the entire recipe, use an 11″ by 17″ jelly roll pan instead. Either way, these bars are sure to be a favorite of any pumpkin lover. Cream cheese frosting is the perfect sweet topping to the pumpkin and cinnamon flavors in the bars.

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Maple-glazed pumpkin cinnamon rolls

Maple-glazed pumpkin cinnamon rolls

This past weekend, I got into the Thanksgiving spirit a little early and made these yummy pumpkin cinnamon rolls. Like all cinnamon roll recipes, the most time-consuming part is waiting for the dough to rise. And in this recipe, that time is definitely worth it. The pumpkin in the dough gives the rolls both a beautiful golden color and a fall flavor. Together with a cinnamon-sugar filling and a wonderful maple cream cheese glaze, they are a delicious fall treat!

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Autumn kabocha and root vegetable stew

Autumn kabocha and root vegetable stew

The chilly weather last weekend in the Twin Cities inspired Michael and I to create this easy and delicious recipe for a fall vegetable stew. The base to the recipe is a kabocha squash, diced tomatoes, and chicken broth. We then added carrots and parsnips, which gave the stew a complex, hearty flavor. Our stew was vegetarian, but it would also be vegan with a substitution for chicken broth. It’s a perfect weekend meal, but we also found that the leftovers reheat well for a quick weekday lunch.

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Fall-spiced roasted butternut squash

Fall-spiced roasted butternut squash

Tonight, Michael emailed me before leaving work and suggested that we make butternut squash for dinner tonight. I thought it was a good idea, but had never cooked it before, so I promptly googled “how to cook butternut squash.” After putting the squash in the oven, I then had to figure out what to do with them after they were baked.

I decided to make a simple filling of mushrooms, herbs, and butter for the squash, which I added just before the squash were done baking. The squash was delicious — Michael said he wants me to make them again, and was only disappointed that I hadn’t baked two squash instead of one.

Updated 09/17/12: This recipe can also be used to make a delicious, sweet side dish! Just top the roasted squash with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg instead of the listed filling ingredients.

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Kabocha squash curry

Kabocha squash curry

This simple vegan curry was a hit with both Michael and myself. It’s full of Indian spices, and was delicious when served over rice. Though the recipe originally called for zucchini as the main ingredient, we chose to use a kabocha squash instead, which is a Japanese pumpkin. One unique feature of kabocha squash is that the skin is edible — you can simply wash it and then it’s ready to cook and eat. We think it was the perfect substitution for this recipe, but feel free to use zucchini, cauliflower, or another vegetable if you prefer.

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Oven-roasted garlic and rosemary sweet potatoes

Oven-roasted garlic and rosemary sweet potatoes
Oven-roasted garlic and rosemary sweet potatoes

This simple and delicious sweet potato recipe is a recent discovery of mine — and it’s so good that I’ve made it at least once a week since.

I found a recipe for roasted potatoes in Michael’s Betty Crocker cookbook a couple weeks ago, and fully intended to follow the recipe. But then I opened the cupboard door and saw some sweet potatoes. A few modifications and thirty minutes later, this savory side dish flavored with rosemary, thyme, and roasted garlic came out of the oven.

I served this simple side dish with ham and cheese grits, fried andouille and red peppers, and a salad. It was a hit with both myself and Michael! Try this delicious dish for yourself by following the simple recipe below:

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