Acorn Squash Soufflé with Apple Cinnamon Topping

Acorn Squash Souffle

When I think of Fall recipes, there are two ingredients that immediately come to mind; squash and apples. So in my hunt to make the perfect dish to combine these flavors, I headed to the Broadway Farmers Market in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle to obtain the absolute best apples. My favorite apple orchard, Jones Creek Farms, has a small stall here each Sunday with apples that taste so much better than anything I’ve ever bought in a store. I also selected two beautiful acorn squash from Alm Hill Gardens. The market itself spreads across a small courtyard at Seattle Community College and further North along the sidewalk – giving it a somewhat more urban feel than many of the other markets I’ve visited in the city.

 

In pairing these two flavors I took some inspiration from one of my favorite, rather indulgent, recipes; Sweet Potato Soufflé with a Twist from the Kitchn. I love this recipe and make it every year, however in doing my best to cut way down on meat (I can’t resist loading that recipe with bacon) and sugar – I wanted a similar dish without the indulgence.

 

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Baked Eggplant Fries – Gluten Free

Eggplant Fries
This month I’m thrilled to share my neighborhood’s farmers market with you. It was the first one I visited in Seattle and the one I now consider my home market. Every Sunday morning, the Ballard Farmers Market seems to draw much of the rest of the city to the neighborhood’s historic downtown core. This large market is my favorite for a well-rounded selection of fresh produce and other artisan foods – ideal if you’re looking to cook a special meal. It’s also just right for a weekly trip to stock up on staples like eggplant from Alvarez Family Farms.

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The funny thing about eggplant is that I hated it growing up, absolutely hated it – with just one exception; the eggplant fries my mom would make. The preparation is simple and the end product seems to please just about any palate. I prefer these crispy bites dipped in either ketchup or some tame sriracha however they are also tasty plain.

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4 Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake

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I’ve been on a wheat and gluten-free kick lately.  Here’s why… I’ve spent the last 9 months getting back into shape after 2 back-to-back pregnancies and I just can’t seem to get rid of the excess belly fat.  I decided to give the whole wheat free thing a try to see if it helped.  I went a whole week without eating wheat and I still have this belly, so I don’t think it’s really working.  Now… on to the chocolate cake.  (Also that was sarcasm.)

Now, you might be asking “Why Kristy, why would I want to make a chocolate cake without flour?”  And here is my answer to you, “Because it is freaking delicious that’s why.”  While researching flourless chocolate cake recipes, I came across a doozy from the queen herself, Martha Stewart.  (Don’t worry; Oprah is still the other queen.)  I figured if it was a Martha recipe, how could I go wrong?  And boy was I right!

Ladies, I am not a baker by trade.  I don’t have a baking blog and I don’t have the baking genius to just whip up a recipe from things lying around in my kitchen.  I just really enjoy eating scrumptious things.  I am an accountant ok?  That means I can measure things well.  So when looking at this recipe, you might think that it is too difficult for you, but have faith!  If I can do it, you can do it.  I used to be intimidated with beating egg whites into stiff white peaks too… Wait!  Don’t go anywhere!  It’s easy I swear.

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Arugula Walnut Pesto

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Whenever I see pesto on a menu, I am all over it. I love it! Pesto is typically made with fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese. Lately though, I have taken to experimenting with different greens and nuts. This walnut arugula pesto is the best one I have made so far! Arugula is probably my favorite green, so I don’t know why it took me so long to make pesto with it.

One of the great things about pesto is that it is a versatile sauce. Pesto is the perfect summer sauce. You don’t just have to serve it with a big bowl of pasta. It also works well on potatoes for a potato salad or a cold pasta salad. It’s makes for a great spread on chicken or fish. Or you can even use it as a spread on a sandwich or crostini. I often make a double batch so that I can freeze some. I’m the only pesto fan in my house, so freezing the pesto in ice cube trays works so well as I just typically want 1 or 2 cubes worth for myself.