Feeling Fall.

Don’t be fooled by my kitchen counter…

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It is September 15th.  Well past watermelon season, but I couldn’t help myself.  I asked the girl at Trader Joe’s if they were still good, and she assured me they were still ripe and juicy.  I decided it would be my last of the season. 

I’m always a little bit sad when the gorgeous berries, plump tomatoes, and bags of cherries stop greeting me at grocery stores and farmers markets.  But of course, their departure means there is room for new a new season of eating

Just last weekend it was in the high 80’s in Seattle.  While the rest of my friends were tweeting about pumpkin spiced lattes and pulling out their fall boots, I was scrambling to find a maternity tank top that still fits, and buying up the last of the watermelon.

But this week fall has finally made its way over the mountains, and the clouds have settled over Seattle.

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For now, it is a welcomed change.  I am ready for puffy vests and circle scarves, acorn squash and hearty soups, the return of fall TV (Survivor!) and nights curled up under blankets.  Please don’t remind me of this in February when I am crying over months and months of endless rain.

In the spirit of getting ready for fall, I updated my Recipage to feature all of my current favorite fall recipes.  Some are recent creations, and some are old favorites.  All of them are delicious, and I hope you’ll try a few now that the temperatures have cooled and the squash are arriving…

Vegan Broccoli Cheese Pasta Bake

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Roasted Butternut Squash & Black Bean Enchiladas (with homemade sauce!)

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Summer Vegetable Vegan Lasagna

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(Can easily be made with fall vegetables swapped in for the summer squash!)

Cauliflower Pasta Bake with Mushroom Sauce

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Maple Cinnamon Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

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Quinoa and Bean Corn Chowder

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