Thanksgiving Sides Beyond the Bird

photo: Liz Rueven

photo: Liz Rueven

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we’re as excited as you are! We know some of you have been pinning recipes since Labor Day. We have, too!

We’re here to help with the basics and beyond by steering you to some of our readers’ favorite past posts and directing you to many of our talented blogging pals’ recipes on our pinterest board here. Watch for our highlights later this week. Continue reading

Why we Love those Lumpy Sunchokes



Katy Morris

Jerusalem artichokes are surprisingly misleading in more ways than one.

For starters, they’re not from Jerusalem and they’re not artichokes. And despite their knobby, uninviting look, this root vegetable magically transforms into a comforting, scrumptious and nutritious side dish.

Looking for an accompaniment to your Thanksgiving and meatless Monday meals? Try sunchokesContinue reading

Warming Sweet & Savory Red Lentil Soup

Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

If you follow our Side Dish column (look to the right, yes, there!) you may have noticed that our friend, Jennifer Abadi, taught a vegetarian cooking class at the JCC in NYC a few weeks ago. The class focused on meat-free sides from the Middle East, a region Abadi is intimately familiar with as her family’s roots run deep in the Syrian Jewish community. We worked on a recipe for Armenian Red Lentil Soup with dried apricots, cumin seed and thyme Continue reading

French Onion Pumpkin Gruyere Bake

Photo: Robin Selden for Marcia Selden Catering and Event Planning

Photo: Robin Selden for Marcia Selden Catering and Event Planning

Ready for a little autumnal decadence?

We’re veering left of classic pumpkin pie and dreaming about filling pumpkins with creamy pasta to create a one dish meal.  We love the drama of serving directly from the gourd, scraping pumpkin-y sweetness right along with the savory cheesy spinach and pasta melange. Continue reading

S’Mores & More Desserts over the Fire


Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

Katy Morris

Whether you’re using an open fire on a camping trip, your backyard grill or fire-pit, or a makeshift hibachi perched on your fire escape, autumn is a great time to gather around a flame as you combine seasonal ingredients with melted temptation. Continue reading

Seasonal Snippet: Apples in Autumn


Photo: Emily Hamilton Laux

Photo: Emily Hamilton Laux

Katy Morris

Apples are always the apple of our eye but never more so than in autumn. They’re healthy and delectably ubiquitous in an array of dishes ranging from crisp salads, hot ciders and smooth sauces to savory desserts.

Here’s why we love ‘em and what you need to know to take advantage of this abundant autumn bounty. Continue reading

Moss Cafe Fuses Farm to Table with Kosher


Photo: Moss Cafe

Photo: Moss Cafe


By the time owner Emily Weisberg launched her kickstarter campaign, Moss Cafe was already blinking wildly on our radar. Their mission is so clearly stated, so authentic, so pure, that we took notice many months before they opened.  We waited patiently and then gave them a few months to settle into their natural rhythm. Finally, we headed to Riverdale, NY to have our first taste of Moss, along with a great conversation with owner, Emily Weisberg.

Moss’s menus says it all: “we serve real food grown by real families on real farms not far from here.”

And Moss just happens to be kosher. And organic. And farm-to-table.  And if I didn’t know that Moss was kosher, I wouldn’t have guessed it.  Continue reading

Butternut Squash & Apple Soup Ushers in Autumn


There’s nothing quite like a pot of simmering soup to signal Autumn’s onset. And while we love all sorts of soups, we take advantage of the fruits and veggies at our farmers’ market as we kick off soup season.

We turned to Marissa Latshaw, owner and chief simmering maven at All Souped Up in Fairfield, CT, for her favorite seasonal soup recipe. She wowed us with her vegetarian, dairy-free, uber creamy Butternut Squash and Apple Soup. In fact, she told us that, “The original recipe called for butter and cream, but I stripped out those elements and I love it even more!”


Marissa Latshaw is the chef and owner of All Souped Up of Fairfield, CT where she crafts small batches of delicious, healthy soups using the highest quality local ingredients. Her soups are packaged beautifully and responsibly and can be found on her website at All Souped Up.   Check out what she’s simmering and where you can purchase her soups.


To see soup menu and be the first to know about gifts and shipping connect with Marissa on facebook and follow her on instagram @allsoupedupct.

Go green! All Souped Up gives a $.50 credit toward a future soup purchase for every glass jar returned.

For anyone steering clear of dairy, you won’t miss those elements in Marissa’s Butternut and Apple Soup.  Let us know what you think!

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

8 servings

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

This Butternut and Squash Soup recipe is courtesy of Marissa Latshaw, All Souped Up, Fairfield, CT. Marissa crafts small batches of delicious, healthy soups using local ingredients that highlight the seasons' bounty.

This soup will last for a week in the refridge or may be frozen.

This soup is vegetarian and dairy-free (pareve).


  • 4 pounds of butternut squash
  • 5 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 shallots (about 2 ounces)
  • 5.5 cups of water
  • 2 apples (Paula Reds or McIntosh work well), core removed
  • Salt (1 tsp plus more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp honey (Red Bee Goldenrod is perfect!)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ginger (powdered)


  1. Start by piercing the butternut squash all over with a fork, set onto a cookie sheet and roast in the oven at 375 for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Cut squash in half long ways and scoop out and reserve the seeds and strings.
  3. Add the EVOO to a stock pot along with the shallots, and cook over a low heat until shallots start to become translucent.
  4. Add the seeds and strings and stir on and off for about 5 minutes. The oil will turn a beautiful shade of orange.
  5. Add the water and the salt, and turn up the heat until it starts to boil. Put the squash and apple pieces into a steamer that fits into the stock pot. Cover the pot and steam for about 45 minutes, until the squash flesh is soft.
  6. When done, remove the steamer and set it onto a cookie sheet. Pour the liquid in the pot through a strainer and into a bowl, set aside.
  7. Clean out the pot and set it back on your cooktop.
  8. When cool enough to handle, remove the flesh from the butternut squash and put into a blender along with the apples and a cup of the cooking liquid, blend until smooth and pour into the pot. Continue to do this in batches until all of the butternut squash and apples are blended and back in the pot.
  9. Add more liquid into the pot until it reaches desired consistency.
  10. Simmer over a low heat. Stir in the honey, cardamom, and ginger.
  11. Add additional salt, to taste.


Serving Suggestions:

Crispy Sage: Heat EVOO over medium heat, carefully add individual sage leaves and let them get crispy for about 10 seconds. Remove carefully with a fork and place onto a dry towel. Sprinkle with sea salt and sugar.

Rosemary Croutons: Cut a baguette into 1/2 inch rounds and each round into quarters. Toss bread with EVOO, garlic cloves, a few sprigs of rosemary and season with sea salt. Place in one layer onto cookie sheet and bake in a 400-degree oven for 15-20 minutes, or until desired crispness.





Seasonal Snippet: Winter Squash in Autumn


by Katy Morris

All photos: Emily H. Laux. Find more of Emily’s photos on Instagram @emilyhlaux

As the piles of vibrant summer produce phase out at your local farmers’ market, in roll the heaps of tough looking gourds. And as sweater weather arrives, we’re turning to comforting casseroles, soups, stews and curries starring winter squash of all kinds, waiting to be paired with warming spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.

Don’t be intimidated by their rough looking appearances! Prepped, seasoned and paired with the right ingredients, you’ll easily be able to create an array of hearty, sweet crowd-pleasers for Sukkot and beyond.

Watch for Marissa Latshaw’s creamy dairy-free Butternut Squash and Apple Soup later this week.

Here’s the dish on Squash and why we love them so: Continue reading

Celebrate Autumn with this French Apple Tart

photo: Liz Rueven

photo: Liz Rueven

Do you love to go apple picking as the seasons shift and the days suddenly become cool and breezy again?  If you’re like us, you shlep home an overflowing bushel (or two) after a gleeful day in the orchards and then wonder, now what?

We turned to Ali Gutwaks, President and Personal Chef of AliBabka for applicious inspiration and she pointed us to her glossy, moist vegan (non-dairy and pareve) French Apple Tart.

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