Menu Plan Monday Oct 20th

This week’s food is squash, which is perfect for the season. As you can see, my baby pumpkins are small but on their way, and I think they’re too cute. Our host this week is Kim from Gluten free is life. *if you’re interested in hosting a week, please drop me a line!*

Last week was a delicious one.  I made vegan brownies that were really delish, but didn’t hold together well.  I’ll have to “force” myself to tweak those babies.  I also made pesto and a simple almond torte.

This is going to be a busy week for me. Every year we host a pumpkin carving party, and it’s this Saturday, and the menu will be all GF. What can I say, I hated watching where everyone put each spoon and worrying about the crumbs. DH and I made a deal a few years back. The party could be GF as long as no one could tell the difference. It’s worked so far, but also means a lot of baking on my part. I mean, I LOVE to bake, but it’s a bit much for one day. I do make parts of it ahead, though. To compensate for all the crazy baking, my menu otherwise will be pretty simple!


Grilled marinated chicken and grilled herby peppers (yes, we eat these a lot when they are in season!!)


Quinoa Italiana with the last of my tomatoes and basil *sigh*


Baked salmon and steamed broccoli


Roasted chicken and crispy kale chips


leftovers, and a whole lot of eating as I cook!


My menus evolve by the minute, but as it stands:

  • Rugelach (4 varieties)
  • Chocolate covered hazelnut treats
  • Chocolate raspberry tart
  • Angel food cake or something else fluffy
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Apple crisp
  • Pumpkin cornbread
  • Some kind of chili
  • Hot mulled cider
  • ???

If you have a great make ahead gf dessert recipe, let me know!!!

Weekly harvest:

from my garden:


carrot tops

From the market:

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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6 Responses to Menu Plan Monday Oct 20th

  1. VeggieGirl says:

    Your menus are always so palatable!!! Yum.

  2. Ricki says:

    Wow–that really IS a lot of baking!! Everything sounds great. I’ll check my archives for make-aheads and let you know. 🙂

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  4. sea says:

    Everything sounds lovely. I’m so jealous of your garden… We took down our tomatoes a week or so ago and I just slow roasted the last of my precious baby tomatoes. *sniff* Pesto sounds great, mmmm! Love the pics as well.


  5. Eugene says:

    Now everyone is talking about the American economy and eclections, nice to read something different. Eugene

  6. Kay says:

    That celery in your garden looks great! The celery I’ve grown in the past has a stronger celery flavor that that at the grocery store. The strong celery really improves the taste of soups and Thanksgiving stuffing. Now I wish I’d planted some!

    I grew “Par-cel” instead this year. It is also called “cutting celery.” I use the leaves in soups.

    You are one busy baking girl!

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