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Culinary Content: Autumn Foods, Sweet Potatoes to Lamb Stew

Updated on November 30, 2007
The Food Traveller
The Food Traveller

Culinary Content is a regular feature in my column here at Hubpages where I share the delicious recipes and food related articles I have come across in my travels online. This time, I have a set of autumn foods for you: Pumpkin Muffins, Candied Lime Sweet Potatoes, Savory Sweet Potatoes, Butternut and Chestnut Gnocchi, Fig Pizzette with Pancetta and Ricotta, Pumpkin Manicotti, and Spicy Lamb Stew with Butternut Squash. Enjoy! (Also don't miss my two previous posts of autumn desserts here and here).

Shall we start with breakfast? This recipe for Incredibly Moist and Lightly Spiced Pumpkin Muffins from In My Life look like a wonderful way to start a fall day. (As a side note, I need to start sifting my flour when baking for better texture. I keep forgetting that we inherited a sifter a few months ago!)

These Candied Lime Sweet Potatoes from VeganYumYum would make an excellent side to any autumn meal. She says, "It's just a simple candied sweet potato dish, but the addition of lime really makes it special for me."

And if you'd like to try to get away from the excessive sugar in normal preparations of sweet potatoes, try this recipe for Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes from Cooking Debauchery (also featured at Cast Sugar). I've never had sweet potatoes savory before, and I'm now fascinated by the idea.

This Butternut and Chestnut Gnocchi (there is a link to the recipe at the bottom of the article) from The Food Traveller sounds really interesting. I've been itching to make some homemade gnocchi, and this recipe looks quite delicious. I have also never used chestnut flour before, but I love the flavor of chestnuts, especially when mixed with other autumn delicacies like butternut squash.

Autumn... Pizza? Well, yes, actually. Fig Pizzette with Pancetta and Ricotta from Well Fed. This creative concoction looks quite tasty. "The sweet, jammy caramelized onions are the perfect base for the soft, sexy figs, crisp, smoky pancetta, salty olives and creamy ricotta."

Pumpkin and pasta? Pumpkin, tomato, and pasta?? I was skeptical, but this Pumpkin Manicotti from Vegan Visitor sure looks delicious. She says: "As wonderful as pumpkin is with sugar and nutmeg, they go fantastically well with the acidic punch of a tomato." I wouldn't have guessed, but wow, those look wonderful.

And one last link, this Spicy Lamb Stew with Butternut Squash Recipe from Simply Recipes looked quite rich and hearty, a good cold-weather meal.


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