Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Squash, Spinach and Asiago Dip/ Thanksgiving weekend
The last thing I wanted to post was another recipe for a roasted turkey, I mean we have seen it a million times. As we anticipated the holiday weekend we decided to plan a small road trip to celebrate Thanksgiving and the fall season. Living outside of the big city has its advantages in this case. All the splendor that is fall is just a short drive from our place. This little road trip takes place in and around my beautiful hometown of Caledon Ontario Canada.
Bellfountain where the salmon spawn in the Credit river and the quaint old world charm and shops are a treat, followed by the natural phenomenon- Badlands of Cheltenham . The rolling hills covered with an amazing aray of color from the leaves is just stunning. The Badlands, a small area covered with a red clay of sorts where nothing really grows, is a truly incredible yet almost creepy place.
Spirit Tree Cidery. Surrounded by acres of apple orchards and rolling hills, this was a real culinary treat. As we approached the doors the aroma filled the air with an alluring scent of baked goods. Using a stone, wood fired oven the friendly staff bake artisan breads, quiche, tarts and other fantastic food. We could not resist the temptation to buy a few goods from the great selection.
A sourdough loaf made with Red Fife whole wheat flour, white, unbleached artisan bread flour, sea salt & pure well water was a nice crusty bread, perfect to accompany a Thanksgiving meal.
The Bacon, potato and leek quiche filled with ricotta, Canadian cheddar and spinach was decadent!
Erin Ontario where the wonderful fall fair was going on for the Thanksgiving weekend.
A wonderful fall day in the country was had by all and a real inspiration for the Thanksgiving feast to follow.
Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings family and friends together with the love of food and despite the chaos and over eating, I wouldn't have it any other way!
Squash, Spinach and Asiago Dip
1 small butternut squash ( oven roasted for 1 hour)
1 bulb of garlic ( oven roasted for 1 hour)1 1/4 cups sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup grated Asiago cheese
1 cup frozen chopped spinach ( defrosted and well drained)
1 package french onion soup mix