Winter Squash 101

Winter squash, in their various colours, shapes and sizes, are a staple ingredient during the cold months.

The world of winter squash and heirloom pumpkins is vast and wonderful, and holds some of our favourite comfort food recipes. Velvety soups, spiced pies, familiar casseroles, delicate curries and sweet breads are just the beginning.

There’s plenty of room for creativity when working with squash, but it’s helpful to be familiar with the varieties and know the best way to prepare them.

A brand new squash season has kicked off and these beauties are going to be around all winter. In a short blog series I’m going to share a few recipes, dish a tutorial or two, and give lots of tips for cooking and serving winter squash.

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28 Cake Recipes for Fall Baking Inspiration

Fall baking is a home kitchen tradition, just as much as spring cleaning and summer grilling are established seasonal rituals.

For me, the cooler weather sparks a return to baking projects and the desire to transform the kitchen into a cozy space. What better way than with a pan of spiced Pear Gingerbread in the oven and an accompanying pot of applesauce bubbling on the stove.

Fall is also a return to routines — and a sure way to keep the school kids happy is to tuck a thick slice of Chocolate Beet Bundt Cake in their lunchbox.

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Swiss Chard, Leek and Sweet Potato Frittata

Here’s a recipe that initially was the result of a rigorous fridge clean-out and has come to be a fall staple in the Simple Bites kitchen.

This Swiss Chard, Leek and Sweet Potato Frittata spotlights a few of the lesser-loved fall vegetables and marries them in a comforting dish built with refrigerator staples.

The frittata keeps for the better part of a week and is delicious enjoyed hot or cold for any meal of the day.

Are you convinced yet?

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It’s World Food Day

It’s World Food Day.

I was supposed to have this post written days ago, but until today I hadn’t been able to come up with (what I think are) the right words.

There’s so much finger pointing when we talk about social justice issues and I don’t want to do that. So today I’m just going to tell you my story.

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Fall Canning: A round-up of simple recipes

Today’s post is filled with simple fall canning projects, and is intended as a nudge toward the canning pot.

My hope is to inspire you to stock one or two of your favourite preserves in the pantry. I’m also sharing my own efforts to date and goals for the next month or so.

If you don’t have a game plan, the early fall months can easily pass you by with little or no canning accomplished, making for a scramble in late fall to put food up while it’s still bountiful – and affordable – in the markets.

As I always say, start small and pace yourself. It’s easy to take on too much, and canning really isn’t a project that should be rushed.

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