More Michigan and A Winter Veggie Bake

A little drive to the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula on a stormy day in autumn…

cherry orchard2
cherry orchards ablaze with autumn color ~ as far as the eye can see

cherry tree fall colors2
one of the crowd

cedar trees leaning away from the wind ~ shore of Lake Michigan

Grand Traverse Lighthouse from the lee side

facing the shore ~ steadfast in wind and rain

masses of red osier dogwood grow near the lake

can’t get enough of those stormy days!


Easy Winter Veggie Bake
makes about six cups

colorful veggies

6 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
2 cups parsnips, peeled and cut into thick matchsticks
2 TB (or more if you dare!) roughly chopped garlic
6-8 small garlic cloves, peeled and cut in half
2 tsp good olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
grated parmesan cheese (optional)


Toss everything together in a large bowl, except the optional cheese.
Place in a shallow baking pan. Bake 15 min at 375. Pour in about 1/4 c water, cover loosely with foil, and bake a further 30-45 minutes at 350, until veggies are soft.

Optional: in the last 10 minutes, uncover, sprinkle the top with grated cheese and allow to brown.

garlicky rich and delicious even without cheese!



  1. shyam said

    Whoa! Chopped garlic AND nearly whole garlic as well? This is definitely to be eaten as a couple otherwise I’m guessing no kissies!! πŸ˜€

    Love the autumn colours… we get some here, but not really as spectacular as in the States. I guess it’s partly because things are on a smaller scale here. One of these years I’ll make it to New England in the fall…

    Oh, I hope you can Shammi. Here, or even better to Mich. πŸ™‚ And yes, that garlic dish is for two only if both are garlic lovers! πŸ˜‰

  2. indosungod said

    Lovely photos, the previous post as well, Linda. Butternut squash with garlic sounds delicious. They are great slightly browned as well. I can just eat them boiled.

    Nothing like winter squash to usher in the autumn, ISG πŸ™‚

  3. mm said

    I really love the red osier dogwood pict……..very pretty and shows the effect of rough environment in which it lives. g

    Thanks mm — I love the red branches — and the rolling grey-blue lake seen through them. Thanks for your help with the correct name, too! πŸ™‚

  4. elaichietcetera said

    Oh, you are sooooo like me with your fondness of the “grey days”- love those first three pics- I thought they were paintings at first!

    LOL @ Shyam’s comment πŸ™‚

    They do look a bit like paintings — probably cause I am not so fabulous with the cam! πŸ˜‰ Glad you liked — nothing like those magical stormy days πŸ™‚

  5. Vinaya said

    stunning colours..nice clicks!

    Glad you enjoyed! πŸ™‚

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