Winter Squash Soup with Chantrelles & Crisp Bacon
GF Roasted Squash Soup

The morning sun peeked through the blinds onto my makeshift bed in the living room of my daughter and son-in-law’s home. Even though I awake with a slightly kinked back, I wouldn’t change it for the most comfy bed in the world. I hear the sounds of a two-year old humming in his crib in one room, the sweet sounds of an infant in another, and my heart is full. The past few days have been exhausting, taking me back to the years of raising my own kids, three under five years of age. When people say, ‘It’s good you have kids when you’re young’, it’s true; my stamina is not the same. In the past few days my daughter and I have made 15 quarts of chicken stock for winter soups, frozen five quarts of homemade lentil soup (you can find this mouth-watering recipe here), and five quarts of Butternut Squash Soup (and you can click here for my favorite fall soup recipe). With a four-week old and a two-year old, this will at least make a few dinner meals a little less stressful.

Sweet Italian Sausage & Lentil Stew
Sweet Italian Sausage Lentil Stew.

Listed throughout this post are some of my top favorite gluten-free fall recipes. It’s time to enjoy the fall crops loaded with crisp apples and delicious squash varieties. These recipes are easy to make and twice as sumptuous! If you’re not a fan of lentils, I dare you to try my lentil recipe. I bet I can win you over!

Last Thursday I set off for Seattle to attend the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC), which was loads of fun! Meeting new bloggers, tasting new products, attending a Kitchen-Aid/Sur La Table excursion were among the highlights. You can expect a few posts in the next couple of weeks on my adventures at IFBC. I appreciate the fact that even though the conference is not specifically geared toward gluten-free, they make a concerted effort to have gluten-free products to taste and gluten-free appetizers during the expo events.

Roasted Root Veggies
Roasted Root Veggies

Caramelized Root Vegetables with Arugula and Gorgonzola is another one of my favorite gluten-free fall recipes. I do like to cook in season and you can find all these sumptuous roots during their peak season in your local market or farmer’s market during the crisp fall months. My favorite fall muffin is gluten, dairy and grain-free. My Paleo Apple-Pie Muffin is moist and has become a favorite of my readers. If you are looking for a great grain-free muffin recipe, this is a must try.

Paleo Apple Pie Muffins
Super moist no grain muffin is perfect for a mid-morning snack.

As I walked out of my daughter’s house on Sunday quiet tears roll down my cheeks. My grandson’s kiss goodbye with his hand to his lips and then an exuberant arm flying high as he says, “Mm-waw” will have to hold me until I can wrap my arms around these sweet babies once again.

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