Apple Crumb Pie with Bourbon-Vanilla Ice Cream

PIE. You can’t have Thanksgiving without it. There’s nothing like crowding around the table and fighting over who gets the biggest piece as the heavenly scent bursts out of each slice. I do love pumpkin pie, with its smooth texture and traditional taste, or even pecan pie, a richly sweet indulgent treat. But in my mind, apple pie beats them all.

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Butternut Squash Soup

It’s that time of year again when I cannot contain my excitement for cozying up on the couch with a big bowl of soup. Cold weather and soup go hand in hand, especially when the soup contains an explosion of autumn flavors. While chunky stews are great and definitely serve that “comfort food” purpose, there’s nothing better than a smooth and silky soup to warm you up when the crisp November air settles in.

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Roasted Parmesan Pork

I think Parmesan cheese can make anything taste good. Just a sprinkle of cheese won’t do, though. I like to load a heaping mound of Parmesan over pasta, on top of soup, or to anything else imaginable. The nutty taste is too good to resist, and it holds up really well because of its hard texture. So, when I was eating at Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian steakhouse in downtown Chicago, I was excited to see that one of their meat selections was a pork loin completely coated with Parmesan. What would have been very plain tasting pork was covered in a golden brown layer of cheesy goodness, sizzling hot and begging for a fork and knife.

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