Thursday, September 10, 2009

from summer to autumn

Every season hath its pleasure; Spring may boast her flowery prime, Yet the vineyard’s ruby treasuries Brighten Autumn’s sob’rer time.
~Thomas Moore

I can taste the transition here. The cool mornings burn away to the warmth of the late summer afternoon. Thus changes our meal plans, slowly, deliberately. A last ode to summer: soba noodle salad, fruit salad, and pan-fried tofu.

Soba Noodle Salad

1 cup finely sliced red cabbage
1/2 cup finely sliced carrots
1/2 cup finely sliced cucumbers
1/4 pkg rice noodles or bean threads, cooked according to package
3 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
1.5 tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp honey
freshly grated ginger
2 tsp black sesame seeds

Blend all ingredients and let marinate for 4 hours.

As the autumn descends and the apples ripen, the flavors we associate with the cool evenings and colored leaves begin to creep into our menu: butternut squash applesauce, pumpkin muffins.

Butternut Squash Applesauce

1 small butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded, and cubed
4 small apples, peeled, cored, and cubed
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup apple juice
1/4 cup water

Place all ingredients into 2 qt saucepan and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the butternut squash is easily mashed with a fork. Blend for 1 minute in blender and serve slightly cooled.

Pumpkin Muffins

2 tbsp canola oil
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
1 2/3 cups flour (use half white/half wheat)
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves (scant)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, pecans, or chocolate chips (optional)

Combine first four ingredients in a small bowl and beat well. In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients and mix well. Gradually add to pumpkin mixture and beat well. Stir in nuts or chocolate chips, if desired. Bake at 350 for 18 min.


  1. These recipes look absolutely divine Joy, thanks for sharing :)

  2. what a warm and cozy post Joy!
    i look forward to trying your recipes!

  3. Those pumpkin muffins look oh so good! I love anything pumpkin.

  4. oh yum.
    yum yum yum yum yum.
    thank you for sharing!

  5. yes. i know what i'm shopping for tomorrow. looks like we have a future recipe book here, folks!

    now i shall carouse through your lovely blog...

  6. Butternut squash applesauce, that is the coolest recipe I have seen in a while. Thanks for sharing

  7. What wonderful recipes Joy! I must make them all. Squash and apples sound delicious together. Thanks for sharing these!

    Lisa :)

  8. Oh, I am so excited to try the butternut squash applesauce. What a creative idea! YUM!

  9. Pumpkin muffins may well be the death of me! Thanks for sharing the recipes :)


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