Farewell to Fall

I took these photos on Thanksgiving in my parent’s neighborhood to try to capture the end of fall. I will be sad to see these amazing colors go as we head into winter!

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

Now that the weather is finally starting to cool down and it’s actually looking a little like fall outside, I have been craving a rich, creamy fall pasta. So, I decided to make a butternut squash sauce.
I wanted this to be quick and easy, so I picked up a package of cubed butternut squash from whole foods.

Here is what you’ll need:

– 1 medium yellow onion, diced

-1 clove garlic, minced

– 1 1/2 cups butternut squash, cubed

– 1 tbsp. olive oil

– Fresh parsley, torn

– Fresh Basil, torn

– 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (or other red pepper)

– 1/4 cup butter

-1/2 white wine

– 1/2- 3/4 cup chicken or vegetable stock

– salt and pepper to taste

– pasta of your choice

Directions:

Cook onions and garlic in olive oil until they start to turn clear. Then add wine and broth and bring to a boil. Add squash and lower heat. Throw in parsley, salt and pepper, and cayenne pepper and cover. Let cook until squash is tender, about 10-15 minutes. While the squash is cooking, start your pasta. When the squash is ready mash with a fork or potato masher to make a thick consistency. Add water or broth to thin out the sauce at this point if necessary. Add butter and stir. Serve over freshly cooked pasta of your choice and top with torn basil and a little red pepper. The buttery sauce goes great with a glass of nice chardonnay.

Fall is Here! (sort of)

I have been looking forward to fall for quite some time now. I’d have to say it is one of my favorite seasons. I love the fall colors, the food, the Starbucks drinks,  the holidays, celebrating my birthday in November, and the list goes on and on.

Today is September 28th and October is just around the corner, but I have yet to feel like it is fall at all. Where I live it is in the 90’s right now and feels like it is still the middle of summer. Despite the heat, today was the first day I actually felt like it was starting to turn to fall. This little guy below is the reason. Today my local farmer’s market started selling pumpkins. So far, it is mostly just little pumpkins like this one but hey, it’s a start! I can’t wait to decorate for fall. This weekend we are taking a trip to Apple Hill and I’m hoping to buy some more fall decorations there. Happy Fall everyone!

What is your favorite season?