Beet Soup in Roasted Acorn Squash Bowls

This soup is nothing short of stunning. Vibrant. Mesmerizing. It is the dinner equivalent to typing in all caps, and begs to be described with exclamation points. Green! Orange! Red! Exciting! Great for guests, since many people have not seen a squash used as a bowl before. Serve with an arugula or spinach salad topped with fresh goat cheese.

Lentils with Butternut Squash and Walnuts

Memorable. There is something quietly delicate about this side. This is comfort food that isn't too heavy or difficult to digest, just pleasant and warm on a chilly evening.

Roasted Parsnips and Butternut Squash

A dish you will remember fondly. Bright in their oranges, whites, greens and blacks, these roasted autumn vegetables with parsley and kalamata olives contrast sweet with salty. The olives make this savory side something special.

Autumn Minestrone

If you are a fan of minestrone, you will surely enjoy this veggie-laden version. The kale is a particularly nice touch, imparting a complementary texture as well as a nutritional punch. Wholesome and satisfying, this soup seems to get better in the couple of days after it is cooked. You may find yourself distracted in the quiet of your workday, looking forward to your leftovers.

Steamed Acorn Squash with Lime and Scallion

Almost effortless to prepare, but gratifying. Lime and scallions make unlikely companions for squash, but it works. Lime juice tempers the sweetness of the squash, while scallions lend a savory touch. A nice diversion from more traditional squash recipes.

Delicata Squash with Rosemary, Sage, and Cider Glaze

Exceptional. This fragrant fall dish is a lovely embellishment to any meal, but is satisfying enough to be the main attraction. Savory-sweet crescent moons of delicata squash become intoxicatingly aromatic when sauteed in brown butter and fresh herbs. Particularly lovely when paired with wild rice.

Simple Miso Tofu Soup

A light and healthful dinner. Simple to prepare, though very restorative. Miso, a fermented food, aids digestion and is rich in Vitamin B and trace minerals. Tasty, as well as beneficial for the immune system.

Celeriac and Pear Soup

A pureed soup that is hearty, though not too heavy. The delicate flavors of celeriac and pear harmonize with one another, while garnering support from potato, onion, and garlic. A gratifying meal, especially when sopped up with thick slices of crusty bread and served with a side of tossed mixed greens or spinach salad.

Celeriac Thins

Simple, yet captivating. Thin strips of crisp-fried celeriac are delightful on their own, as featured in this recipe. You might also think about coupling these celeriac thins with slender slices of fried potato, fresh fennel, and onion. Serve in an artful arrangement on a colorful plate for an appealing appetizer. Alternatively, celeriac thins make a great gluten-free and flavorful crouton substitute atop your favorite salad. Inviting, no matter how they're served.

Chilled Avocado and Tomatillo Soup

Chilled avocado soup is a simple summer favorite sure to cool you down despite the dog days. Tomatillos, lime, and just a hint of heat from a roasted poblano pepper fill out the flavor of this dish that works wonders, especially when served with a side of chips and spicy salsa.

Avocado Mint Salad

This distinctive salad is just the thing to get you out of a dinner rut. Tender bibb lettuce, torn and topped with avocado, ribbons of mint, and a fresh grapefruit juice dressing pleasantly startle and awaken taste buds. Especially delightful in the months of November through February, when Texas Rio Star grapefruit are in season.

Rob Summerbell's Killer Guacamole

A gratifying guacamole with a lot of bang for your buck in the flavor department! Heavy on the garlic and onion, this divine dip will boost your morale as well as your immune system! One bite and you will certainly return for more. And maybe just a little more...

Jicama & Avocado Salad

This salad combines the wonderful flavors of jicama and avocado with refreshing citrus. However, contrasting textures make this recipe really sing. Crisp and refreshing, this salad is a great light dinner on its own, but is also perfect paired with jerked pork (or tofu) for a tropical evening at home. Mango margaritas, anyone?


Guacamole is certainly one of the most beloved of appetizers. This interpretation of the timeless classic uses tomatillos, which makes it a bit unique. Guaranteed to please whatever crowd you're serving!

Not-Quite-Kimchi Bright Eye

This is a classic combination of vegetables used for kimchi, the fermented side dish of Korea. Unlike traditional kimmchi, however, this dish is unfermented, which serves the needs of those wanting immediate gratification for a zippy accompaniment to any meal, particularly one served with rice or rice noodles.

East/West Stir-Fry

This basic stir-fry can be altered according to whatever vegetables you have on hand. Experiment by creating colorful combinations of vibrant vegetables, varying textures for additional appeal.

Brussels Sprouts Potato Salad

This hearty side is a great dish for potlucks and entertaining. The addition of Brussels sprouts transforms potato salad, a summer favorite, into something definitively autumnal.

Curry Rice

Try this delicious rice with your favorite stir fry or curry dish.

Basic Tomato Sauce

Can it yourself and save! This easy-to-can sauce can be used for pasta, pizza or any time a marinara-style sauce is desired.

Freezing Local Sweet Corn

Freezing fresh, local sweet corn is an easy process. You'll be glad you tried it when the cold winter winds blow!

Pickled Dilly Beans

These dilly beans will remind you of summer all winter long. Makes 5 or 6 pints.

Dilly Beans

This quick version of dilly beans does not require canning, but keeps in the refrigerator for about four days.

Asparagus Mimosa

Delightfully green spears of fresh, tender asparagus tossed in a buttery sauce. Garnished with a chopped egg or tofu and granished with fresh chervil.

Gluten-Free Focaccia Bread

Focaccia is a cross between pizza and Italian flatbread. The author says, "This is undoubtedly one of my most popular recipes!"