Cooking Delights

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Lots of fall goodness...

On holiday Monday we went in search of an apple orchard. Although we didn't find a place where you can pick apples, we did happen upon a place that sells local produce. I went crazy for the fall produce. I picked up a couple of butternut squash to make soup. Squash is a fairly good source of anti-cancer phytonutrients. I made this soup extra rich by adding a whole bulb of roasted garlic to it! I also roasted garlic to have with the multi grain crusty bread. My hubby thought the meal was fantastic. Personally, although I totally adore roasted garlic, I hate to admit, it was a bit too much garlic. Although all that garlic is totally fantastic for the prevention of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease, and reducing the risk of heart attack or stroke.


  • At Thursday, 07 September, 2006, Blogger Urban Vegan's Evil Twin said…

    I don't want summer to end, but thank goodness for fall goodness--makes the coming winter months more bearable.

  • At Friday, 08 September, 2006, Anonymous Emmy said…

    Your squash soup sounds delightful and looks fantastic. I'm so glad that the squash season is upon us. Hopefully you can find a u-pick orchard soon :) I love going to the orchards (well, except for all the mean bees that hang around).

  • At Friday, 08 September, 2006, Anonymous kleo2 said…


    Oh if ever there was a match made in the tastebuds' heaven.

    Goin' crazy on fall produce is the best way to go, Melissa!

  • At Saturday, 09 September, 2006, Blogger Carrieā„¢ said…

    I'm with Kleo! YUM!! Gotta love roasted garlic. I really liked your top 5 list too. Excellent choices. I like all of them.
    Are you headed to the Veggie Food Fair at Harbourfront? We're going Sunday. I sent you an e-mail anyway about that and other things.

  • At Saturday, 09 September, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What a lovely spread... yum!

    roasted garlic is always welcomed in my kitchen..

    -melody (

  • At Saturday, 09 September, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    at least you and your hubby were both eating the garlic. tee hee

    megan the vegan

  • At Saturday, 09 September, 2006, Blogger Melissa West said…

    urban vegan - the fall harvest makes up for the end of summer, that is for sure. I am happy to be able to turn my oven on again.

    emmy - we headed to the pick your own orchard on Friday, it was a blast. We got 10 pounds of apples for $5.00!!!!! The most amazing thing is that they actually taste like apples. They are so sweet and yummy.... not like the ones in the grocery store - the only thing about them that resembles an apple are their visual look and texture.

    kleo - roasted garlic is yummy, what a great way to add richness to a meal without adding any dairy.

    hi carrie - thanks about the top 5 - I'm still happy with my list....I thought I might think of something I would rather have later. So far I have only wanted to add one thing to that list. I was buying flax seed meal at the bulk barn on Friday and it was so cheap... so I think that should have been on my list since it is such a great source of omega 3's and much cheaper than walnuts... plus a great egg replacer when mixed with water if you are vegan.
    I was at the Veggie Food fest today. Funny thing is they have this whole seminar on kale! LOL!

    hi melody and megan - glad everybody loves the roasted garlic!


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