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Savory Fall Favorites

Several years ago I was at the RedHook Brewery in Washington state for dinner with a friend. I ordered this delicious butternut squash ravioli in a sage brown butter sauce and it was absolutely divine. Fall is around the corner and I am craving dishes like this: dishes that sum up the essence of fall. Recipes are great but if you just had a great meal once that seems very fall; I'd love to hear of that too. Looking for some inspiration for great meals in the months to come.

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  1. In the fall, I love to make ham and potato soup with the bone from the ham boiled off for a few hours. It's too heavy a soup for summer...kind of a rib-sticking meal.

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    1. re: jmcarthur8

      Recipe? That sounds lovely for the slow cooker.

      1. re: Vetter

        First, I boil the ham bone and all the trimmings of skin for a few hours and get all the tasty goodness out of it. I pick all the ham meat off and save that to put into the soup, plus some cubed ham as well.
        The recipe came from allrecipes.com. I've made this one for several years and love it.

        http://allrecipes.com/recipe/deliciou...

        I do not add any salt or bouillon to the soup, because it's salty enough with all the ham flavor.
        To serve, sprinkle with shredded sharp cheddar and a little blob of sour cream. It's good with garlic cheddar biscuits on the side.

      2. re: jmcarthur8

        Chicken pot pie. Savory gravy , lovely chicken , potatoe !! My new love of sage w chicken gravy makes me swoon!!

      3. Stir-fried pumpkin with bitter melon

        Corn chowder with creme fraiche

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          How does the bitter melon taste and how else can you use it? Our farmers market has lots of it and I've never tried it.

          1. re: karykat

            My mom stir fries bitter melon (julienned into 1/2 inch matchsticks and de-seeded) with some Chinese black bean sauce and garlic.

            I like to serve them cold, marinated with some vinegar, sugar, garlic, salt and white pepper.

            People use them in soups as well.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Anything Bittermelon is good with me.

              1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                There is a small brewer in Okinawa (Japan's southern island) that makes a beer that is bittered with mostly bitter melon in place of hops. It's actually quite good, but the bitterness is far more vegetal than that of hops. Bitter melon is literally the prefectural vegetable of Okinawa, and is available most of the year.

        2. Beans and cornbread. Split pea soup. Exploring new things to do with the fall squashes, especially kabocha. Persimmon pudding, wishing I had the native ones instead of these Japanese things, but it's still good.

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          1. re: Will Owen

            I'd love a copy of the recipe for your persimmon pudding.

            1. re: Will Owen

              Kabocha squash cut into chunks is fabulous in curry

            2. Curried butternut squash with apples soup.
              Latkes with homemade applesauce, accompanying pork sausage.

              1. braised red cabbage and apples , sausage.