Seasonal Sundays (Week 40) Fall Sides for Everyday & Canadian Thanksgiving

"Sides" are having a moment, so today's collection includes a lucky-seven side dish recipes for early fall, many perfect for weeknight fare but also for casual Thanksgiving tables across Canada in another week.

Seasonal Sundays, a weekly newsletter ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

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Happy Sunday! Happy October! Happy Fall! Go free and seek the pumpkin recipes of your leafiest autumn dreams.

We drove 500+ rural Missouri miles this week, appreciating roadsides thick with goldenrod and asters, scanning the hilltops for pockets of leaf color.

And yet. At least here in the middle of the country, we've got another week of windows-closed summer heat.

And so the vegetable recipes I chose for this week are season bridgers, still capitalizing on bell peppers and eggplant and the lighter sides of sweet potatoes and butternut squash.


PS LOL I'm laughing all over again, remembering how I fell in love with my Canadian family's Turnip Puff only to learn that it's traditionally made with rutabagas, not purple-topped turnips. The good news? Both are great. More in the mood to bake? Try these small bites of Canadian nostalgia, Butter Tart Bars. More ideas? Check out my Canadian recipes.

In Praise Of ... A Really Good, Hard Laugh

  • ... I quizzed my husband about what he'd packed (and not packed) for a quick trip to outstate Missouri dark-early one day this week, we were in the car, still in the driveway, about to depart. Hours later, I realized that my entire overnight bag was at home, fully packed, waiting to get loaded into the car. Dang, AK.
  • ... an $11 granny nightie, loose and shapeless, a lot like I remember my Canadian grandmother calling a "mumu" and the only thing I could find at Walmart with soft cotton fabric, for somebody who sleeps hot, it's wonderful!
  • ... the memory of an older Australian woman, a fellow hiker on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, who carried a red umbrella and wore the same white (yes!) long-sleeve linen shirt every day and managed to look clean and fresh even by the fifth day of hard hiking, which is not how I felt, wearing a white long-sleeve linen shirt on only the second day of sweat-free driving this week

Made Me Think ...

  • President Biden's "Threats to Democracy" Speech last week (best read, I think, as summarized by historian Heather Cox Richardson) vs the MAGA "impeachment" clown show and the GOP presidential debate about "curtains" vs the impending (as of Friday, as I write) Republican government shut-down.
  • Frank Bruni's column this week, one withering zinger after another

May I Suggest ... a Link?

Let me just presume that if you're reading this, well, you're both a cook and a recipe collector. Don't the two kinda go together? And that means you tuck aside interesting recipes all over the place and then, dang, where is that chicken recipe that looked so good anyway? Here's an idea. Start a folder on your phone, call it "Kitchen Parade" or "Alanna" or whatever makes best sense to you. Then save the recipes you're most interested in right there in one place. Easy Peasy.

SEASONAL INSPIRATION: Fall Sides for Everyday & Canadian Thanksgiving

Peperonata with Potatoes, rustic Italian antipasto ♥, the classic Italian dish made from peppers, onion, tomato and potatoes. Served warm or at room temperature. Vegan. Recipe, tips, nutrition & Weight Watchers points included.

Sweet Potato Wedges with Rosemary & Lime Juice ♥, fresh and light for summer.

Butternut Mac 'n' Cheese ♥, you'll be wondering, why didn't we combine these before? So good! Rave reviews!

Sautéed Collard Greens with Bacon, another easy side dish ♥

Ratatouille ♥, a favorite late-summer dish, a real French classic.

Simple Roasted Mushrooms, another healthy side dish ♥ Just mushrooms, pantry ingredients.

Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts Bites ♥ A surprisingly popular vegetable appetizer at parties and potlucks.

Thanksgiving Recipes, Menus & More, organized for easy browsing & targeted searches ♥

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

Twenty-Minute Taco Bar, another Quick Supper ♥ Just four steps, then feast.

Looking Ahead ...

This Year, Let's Celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving, 13 reasons, menus, recipe and more ♥
  • October 1st - Today is Alanna's Unofficial First Day of Fall!
  • October 9th - Canadian Thanksgiving
  • October 9th - Columbus Day
  • October 31st - Halloween
  • November 1st & 2nd - Days of the Dead (All Saints)
  • November 4th - 5th - "Fall Backward" Time Change (an extra hour! nice!)
  • November 11th - Veteran's Day
  • November 23rd (early! nice!) - American Thanksgiving
  • December 1st - Alanna's Unofficial First day of Winter
  • December 21st - Winter Solstice (Official First Day of Winter)

Looking Back ...

Déjà Vu

Something useful ... or thoughtful ... or interesting ... or fun ... from Seasonal Sundays, this same week in 2019.

... just read the YA novel, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, the story of Starr, a teenage girl who witnesses the killing of an unarmed black teen by a police man. On the face, if this sounds familiar, it is, all too. But The Hate U Give is intensely personal, to this one place, to this one girl and her family. This is not the story line you'll hear or read about in the news.

I've absorbed The Hate U Give in all the ways: read it; listened to it (recommended, if you have the choice); watched the movie; and especially, pondered on it.

Each added to my understanding. I found the characters smart and human, the issues presented with perspective. It opened my eyes.

That said, it's hard to talk about race and injustice. That doesn't mean we shouldn't.

Is The Hate U Give on your bookshelf? Thoughts?

A Quick Peek Into a Real-Life Kitchen

Just so you know, everything's not all pretty pictures around here, in the background is a pile of dirty dishes. And just like many (all?) of us, come five o'clock, I too draw a blank about what to make for supper, despite so many recipes I so dearly love. Here's a quick peek from the last week, not including the Pumpkin Smoothies, Hamburger Soup and Cauliflower Risotto on repeat this time of year.

Baked Oatmeal with Pumpkin & Pears, a healthy breakfast ♥ Oats, pumpkin, fall fruit, nuts & pumpkin-pie spices.
  • THIS WEEK Okay, okay. I slipped a little pumpkin into, allors, September. But after last week's wonderful Easy Baked Oatmeal with Apples & Walnuts, there was no stopping. This version has more dessert-ish vibes, the texture leans bread pudding vs morning oats.
  • THE RECIPE Baked Oatmeal with Pumpkin & Pears Oatmeal baked with pumpkin plus fall fruit, pumpkin-pie spices and nuts.

Fresh Tomato Sauce ♥, how to make tomato sauce, not for canning but fresh for supper with perfect summer tomatoes.
  • THIS WEEK Our garden is still putting out tomatoes! This time I tried the less-acidic yellow tomatoes and yeah, missed that touch of acidity so added a touch of sherry vinegar. I also threw in a cup of canned pumpkin, just to use it up, and at first regretted it but by the time it reached the table with hot pasta and a sprinkle of Parmesan, it went unnoticed. All good!
  • THE RECIPE Fresh Tomato Sauce For summer's best tomato-pasta feast or a creamy-tomato bed for eggs or sausage.

Just Updated!

Fall Baking, another recipe collection ♥ Favorite recipes for autumn, quick breads, cakes, cookies, muffins, cornbread and more.

Homemade Finnish Mustard ♥, homemade mustard Finnish-style, a creamy, spicy mustard just like the amazing mustards in Finland.

Two ways to make fresh Homemade Ricotta ♥, just milk, lemon and salt. Easy and delicious! Many tips, including skinny and creamy versions. Just Three or Four Ingredients. Great for Meal Prep. Low Carb. Naturally Gluten Free.

Something to Read

Little Monsters (affiliate link) by Adrienne Brodeur ... adult children finally coming of age, kinda fascinating.

Drowning (affiliate link) by TJ Newman of Falling (affiliate link) fame ... this falls into that "thriller disaster" category, fascinating if only because it depicts ingenuity in the face of the unthinkable.

NO TIME TO READ? MAYBE YOU REALLY DO How I Read 4X More This Year Than Last What I gave up, how I read so much, what I read.

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  1. Anonymous10/01/2023

    Hi Alanna,
    Lately I have stopped looking at my old familiar cooking emails because my two daughters have complained that they don't like my "new" recipes. Frankly, at 88, I've forgotten most of my "old" recipes that I cooked when they were little children. Now, these two live with me -- supposedly to care for me -- but as yet, I don't require much "caring". I still do most of the cooking and they help with cleanup.
    I especially enjoyed your post today because of the tips on reading more. I used to read 30 or 40 books a year and still maintain a large database of books I want to read (and have read, since I sometimes buy a book that I read long ago and forgot about). Why have I stopped reading so much? I don't know. I certainly have the time to read.
    Your words have encouraged me to begin reading again. There are many unread books on my bookshelves, and I want to tackle those first.
    Just a thank you note from a fellow bookworm.


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