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

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

grandtraverselight2
Grand Traverse Lighthouse from the lee side

grandtraverselight
facing the shore ~ steadfast in wind and rain

redosierdogwood
masses of red osier dogwood grow near the lake

dogwood
can’t get enough of those stormy days!

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Easy Winter Veggie Bake
makes about six cups

winterveggiebake
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)

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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.

winterveggiebake_cooked
garlicky rich and delicious even without cheese!

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5 Comments »

  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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