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Nothing smells more like autumn than the smell of roasting squash in the oven, especially when it’s basted in olive oil, pressed garlic and herbs. I picked up a beautiful organic 2-pound butternut squash at the market, peeled and de-seeded it, and diced it into 3/4 inch cubes.  Then I tossed in in a mix of olive oil, fresh marjoram, garlic, corriander, cinnamon, cumin, black pepper and salt before roasting for an hour at 350 degrees.

The scent alone is to die for, but the flavors are aromatic and complex, amplified by a half-a-lemon’s worth of juice a little extra olive oil and toasted pecans.  Then toss with some fresh arugula, drizzle with a little aged balsamic and top off with some shavings of peppery pecorino cheese.  Amazing. … Or, just eat the roasted squash alone!

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pumpoatraisincookies

Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside. That’s what you get when you mix-in pumpkin puree with oatmeal raisin cookie batter!  These are tasty cookies with a satisfying assortment of harvest goodness: whole oats, chopped walnuts, and raisins.

The pumpkin and cinnamon spice are subtle autumn flavors that come through in the modestly soft, chewy interior of the cookie. And, they’re not overwhelmingly sweet which makes them taste extra wholesome.

Harvest Cookies

2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

2 sticks butter

1 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup raisins

3/4 cup chopped walnuts

(1) Preheat the oven to 350.

(2) Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add egg, pumpkin and vanilla.

(3) Mix in dry ingredients. Then, add raisins and walnuts.

(4) Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.

(5) Leave on sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

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Craving Pumpkin

What is it about the colder temperatures, falling leaves, and musty autum smell that sparks a craving for all things pumpkin? Every year the change of seasons elicits childhood memories, wrapped in the golden hues of autumn, that include finger-licking-good treats fresh out of mom’s oven: warm pumpkin bread, cream cheese frosted pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cinnamon coffee cake, and, of course, classic pumpkin pie.

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