Today was filled to the brim with all things fall.
I drank a soy misto with a pump of toffee mocha.
I sampled hot, local apple cider from whole foods.
I wore a plaid, flannel shirt. 😉
I picked the last of the season produce from our vegetable garden.
I’m convinced that cold weather tomatoes are some of the most flavorful. It’s as if they make up for their lack of good looks with a bright personality.
And then I roasted an acorn squash.
My Pepere habitually drives out to local farms every week, in search of the freshest produce. He returns with potatoes, still clinging to the dirt from which they were plucked. Bags and bags of onions that instantly bring on visions of fried potatoes and onion soups.
Best of all, he brings home squash. Lots and lots of squash.
After throwing the seeds into the yard’s compost pile, I sliced this baby up and threw it onto a sprayed baking sheet. Twenty minutes in a 425 degree oven (with a gentle flip half way through) turned this humble acorn squash into a thing of beauty. Those crispy, caramelized bites get me every time.
A drizzle of olive oil enhances the flavors of a simple salad. In the same way, the sweetness from fresh maple syrup serves to further enhance the natural sweetness of an acorn squash. A little goes a long way.
I love soy mistos with toffee mocha.
I love late summer produce and hot apple cider.
I love wearing plaid.
And I really, really, really love roasted acorn squash.
Roasted Maple Acorn Squash
1 acorn squash, deseeded and sliced about 1/2 inch thick
fresh (real) maple syrup
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Add squash to sheet in a single layer, sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 10 minutes.
Flip squash over and continue to bake for another 10-15 minutes. Drizzle with maple syrup.
Question: What is your favorite thing about the fall?
I like being outside without feeling like I’m going to melt! And apples.
I love flannels!! And being able to wear them 😉 Although…I sort of wore them all summer since it’s so cold in the air conditioning where I work, so they no longer mean “Fall” to me! haha.
I stuffed my last acorn squash – but am thinking I ought to roast the one sitting in the veggie bowl next 🙂
You look so so cute in your plaid!! 🙂
It’s difficult to put everyting I love about fall into one sentence. The things I can think of now are: plaid, all things pumpkin!, scarves, acorn squash, gingerbread, cute fall decor, fall colors, and a crisp cool breeze layered on top of beautiful sunshine. 🙂
That shirt is too cute! And you look great in that picture BTW
I love the running weather 🙂
My favorite thing about fall is definitely the squash! I have a spaghetti squash sitting in my pantry waiting to be devoured.
Oh, and boots! I love when it’s finally cool enough to bust out boots. 🙂
I must say I adore the cold breeze that comes with fall. It is such a nice change from the sweltering heat of summer!
I am also have a weakness for pumpkins! I love the man shapes they come in and their bring color! They are a true indicator that fall has arrived!!
Aw I love your guest post! Definitely agree that there are major perks to being single.
Maple syrup and squash- why have I never thought of that before! Especially being Canadian! Heh.
I think my favourite thing about fall is taking long afternoon bike rides under those beautiful clear skies, admiring the changing colours, and then going home and cooking a delicious pot of chili 🙂 Also going apple-picking!
I love all those things fall too. We’re having our first roasted squash of the season one day this week. Can’t wait!
I love harvesting fall veggies too! And pumpkin beer and pumpkin rolls and having all the windows open in the house.
I love simply prepared squashes, like in your recipe.
My favorite things about fall are hiking up a beautiful mountain with colorful views of foliage, and cheerful pumpkins sitting on people’s front steps.