WFD? A Fall Menu

What’s For Dinner?
Well, this was my haul from the market this morning. So many gorgeous fall fruits and vegetables to choose from! Also, a new bakery opened up there, so I am trying out an assortment of their breads. It was easy to get inspired for tonight’s simple menu:

Acorn Squash and Macintosh Apple Soup,
Candied Squash,
Roasted Garlic Crostini’s with Rosemary Ham and Gouda,
7-Spice Deep-Dish Apple Pie



Here’s the SOUP recipe. It’s so fast to make: 1 small acorn squash, or other winter squash
1 apple, peeled and chopped
1 small onion, roughly chopped
1tbsp butter
1tbsp olive oil
chicken or vegetable stock, or filtered water
salt and pepper
½ cup 35% cream
Seed, peel, and thinly slice squash into two inch strips(like in the picture). In a large pot, melt butter and oil together until it bubbles. Add onion and sauté until onion is soft. Add squash and apple and just enough water or stock to cover. Bring to a boil and simmer until squash is tender. Transfer just the soup pulp into a blender, reserving the broth for another use. Puree the soup until smooth and velvety. Return to pot and add cream. Season with salt and pepper and heat gently. Serve. For the candied squash, I just slow-roasted off a chunk in the oven with butter and brown sugar. Then I diced it up and dropped it in the soup for a little texture. I make my own fresh apple pie spice using a blend of cinnamon, green cardamom, cloves, star anice, allspice, long pepper, and nutmeg. All spices are whole and I grind them just before using.
The result is an unforgettably perfumed pie.

This is the lazy-man’s apple pie. Just fold the over-hanging crust back onto the pie for an easy old-fashioned look. Glaze with beaten egg and milk and sprinkle with vanilla sugar. Mmm.

Weddings:Part I

Congratulations Eric and Caroline!
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Danny and I having a tender moment during the wedding reception.=)


The Bourque immediate family. L toR: Richard, Danny and I, Chris, Michael, Eric and Caroline, Brian and Dorothy, Kevin and Melanie, Michel, and last but not least, Robert.

We welcomed a new member into the Bourque family on Saturday. Danny’s older brother Eric, married the beautiful Caroline and I now have another girl in the family to help balance out all the guys! I was having such a good time at the reception, I forgot to photograph the food, but it was delicious and nicely presented. A brief summary: Best moment: The bridal party and guests spilling out into the steps of the church on Sherbrook Street and hearing the bells pealing and seeing all the smiles and stares from people passing by. Worst moment: Noah twice grabbing a fistful of my carefully coiffed hairdo in the church! Most touching moment: Eric choking back sobs as Caro comes down the aisle. Sketchiest moment: Eric’s 9-year-old cousin catching the garter and wearing it to the brunch the next morning. Aye!=) Too cute!!

Two more weddings to go.

Sassy Chef-ette

I think someday I’ll frame this one for my kitchen as a reminder of how cool and fun cooking is. Just look at her seasoning that fish. Tres chaud! I’ve misplaced my pants like hers, though. Bummer.

Heavy Food. Happy Hearts.

“There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who love chocolate, and communists.”
Leslie Moak Murray in ‘Murray’s Law’ comic strip
The cool weather is coming and with it the return of heartier, heavier, comfort foods. Say goodbye to light berry desserts, grilled shrimp salad, and gazpacho. Say hello to braised ribs, roasted autumn vegetables…and Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake. It’s rich, dark and delicious. (I realize most of my posts have been rather dessert oriented and I promise this will change. There’s just been lots of events lately where a dessert is the best solution.) Last week we had a going away party for our friends, Amber and Zaak, who are returning to their home in Guatemala. Amber’s favorite food is cheesecake, so I brought one. ( We had a rather unique potluck with Guatemalan, Italian, American, and French cuisine all mixed together, which was interesting, but lots of fun. I made a mental note to blog sometime about the Art of the Potluck)
There’s no question, cheesecake is heavy, but it is deeply satisfying and I think this one was a hit! Sorry, I can’t give out the recipe for this one, it’s top secret; however, someday when my cookbook comes out, it will be available to you at a very affordable price. J/k, you will all get a free signed copy, ok?

Zaak showing me how to make Guatmalan “tayuyos”:a cornflour dough filled with beans and cheese and then deep fried. Served with chirmol salsa. Very tasty. Very filling

Danny about to fry “the mother tayuyo”. I didn’t have to cook for him for two days after this. I could delve into how Danny is a walking example of ‘biting off more than you can chew’, but I think some family secrets are meant to stay that way.

The leaves are changing color here in Quebec. Happy Autumn to all!!

Happy Birthday Noah!


It’s hard to believe that a year ago we brought home a tiny 7lb bundle from the hospital and he has grown into a big, blond,laughing boy. We’re so blessed to have him. He had a great birthday with lots of uncles around, oodles of balloons, presents and, of course, cake! Here he is enjoying some carrot cake with cream cheese icing and fresh raspberries.

We adults enjoyed our Lemon Lollipop Garden Cake. I had lots of fun making this one! Auntie Mira, I saved you a piece…