Fall Fest: Spinach

by Jennifer Iannolo

Ah yes, the seasons have changed, and fall’s cool breezes are finally caressing us here in the northeast. Our blogger roundup continues, however, with a slight name change. Summer Fest has now become Fall Fest, so we’ll be savoring the luscious tastes of harvest as we turn the ovens back on and get busy in the kitchen.

We’re kicking things off with spinach, which, let’s face it, does not get its due as a kitchen indulgence. We’ve come out in its defense, and invite you to play in the kitchen with us.

Spinach: An Unexpected Indulgence

O-Hitashi: Mini Spinach Towers
Spicy Artichoke Spinach Dip
Lamb Loin with Baby Spinach
Spinach Tortellini Soup
Asparagus & Spinach Soup with Yuzu Custard
Savory Cheese Popovers

Here’s what our other Fall Fest friends are cooking with spinach this week. Go take a peek and leave a comment or recipe. You can also follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #fallfood.

Margaret Roach: A Way to Garden
Planting spinach late, and other tasty tidbits

Alison: Food2
Spinach Artichoke Dip

FN Dish: Food Network
Everyday spinach dishes with Giada

Sara: Cooking Channel
Paneer with Spinach

Healthy Eats: Food Network
Mini Spinach Mushroom Quiche

Food Network UK
Eggs Florentine, brunch of champions

Marilyn: Simmer Till Done
Spanakopita Scones

Caron Golden: San Diego Foodstuff
Mixed Mushroom Ragu with Polenta Cake

Nicole: Pinch My Salt
Spinach & Sausage Soup

Caroline Wright: The Wright Recipes
Spinach Rotolo, a rolled ricotta and pasta extravaganza

Alana Chernila: Eating From the Ground Up
Spicy Indian Lentil Soup with Spinach

Cate O’Malley: Sweetnicks
Spinach Egg Breakfast Cups

Todd & Diane: White on Rice Couple
Tuna and Spinach Bruschetta

Each Wednesday for the rest of the  fall, a group of blogging friends including those above will swap our recipes and tips about the following harvest-fresh ingredients. Here’s the schedule:

9/29 Apples
10/6 Fall Salads
10/13 Pumpkin & Winter Squash
10/20 Pears
10/27 “Mad Stash”, aka what you’re canning, preserving, freezing for winter
11/3 Root Vegetables
11/10  Brassicas

We each post something and then link to one another, so that you can travel around the combined effort, gathering the goodies. Sharing makes the experience even better, so if you have a recipe or tip that fits any of our weekly themes, you can do either of the following:

  • Leave a comment on participating blogs with a link to your recipe/tip
  • Publish a post of your own, and grab the juicy Fall Fest 2010 badge (illustrated by Matt Armendariz of Mattbites)

We hope to see you in the kitchen!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Prerna@IndianSimmer September 22, 2010 at 9:34 am

When you hear of spinach then the first thing that comes to mind is spinach and artichoke dip. Love it!
Here’s something Indian I did with spinach a while back http://www.indiansimmer.com/2010/07/palak-paneer-for-my-birthday.html

Ranjani September 22, 2010 at 9:57 am

Appetizers don’t get much better than spinach-artichoke dip!
This week for fall fest I made fresh spinach pasta:

sandhya@vegetarianirvana September 22, 2010 at 12:32 pm

I am curious about those wonton like things, they look yummy are the spinach pot stickers?
Here is my post on savory spinach pancakes

Kathleen September 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Spinach is good with just about everything. Will be making this soon, thanks. I posted a page of spinach recipes for the reader to choose from for ‘Fall Fest’: http://dejavucook.wordpress.com/2010/09/22/spinach-spinach-and-more-spinach/

Stephanie @ Dollop of Cream September 22, 2010 at 8:58 pm

What a good idea to put asparagus together with spinach in a soup — thank you!

My contribution to Fall Fest this week is about how adding the simplest things can make spinach seem delicious all by itself: http://www.dollopofcream.com/2010/09/good-spinach.html — Enjoy!

Amy September 22, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I missed Summer Fest, but am excited to join in Fall Fest. I made spinach and artichoke pizza: http://savorymomentsblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/spinach-and-artichoke-pizza.html

Ellen @ I Am Gluten Free September 23, 2010 at 11:48 am

I know what you’re thinking: baby spinach in a smoothie? Yup. You don’t even know it’s there, honestly! Try my Triple Berry Smoothie and you’ll see what I mean: http://iamglutenfree.blogspot.com/2010/07/triple-berrry-smoothie.html

Kulsum at JourneyKitchen September 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I guess thinking of fresh and beautiful Spinach makes saying Good bye to summer alot easier! this is my contribution for the theme

Ellen @ I Am Gluten Free September 23, 2010 at 8:29 pm

I love Fall Fest 2010! I love hearty soup recipes as well, especially the ones that are versatile and allow you to change up the ingredients. I made Curried Coconut, Spinach, and Mushroom Soup (gluten free, dairy, free, vegan).

Ellen @ I Am Gluten Free September 23, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I love Fall Fest 2010! I love hearty soup recipes as well, especially the ones that are versatile and allow you to change up the ingredients. I made Curried Coconut, Spinach, and Mushroom Soup (gluten free, dairy, free, vegan). http://iamglutenfree.blogspot.com/2010/09/fall-fest-2010-curried-coconut-spinach.html

Anne Marie September 27, 2010 at 10:58 am

Gotta love spinach in the fall. I’m hoping to make the Spinach and Feta Souffle that I made in the spring http://themessyapron.blogspot.com/2010/05/celebrating-spinach.html , but my favorite for fall is spinach salad with apples and maple vinaigrette http://themessyapron.blogspot.com/2009/12/maple-walnut-vinaigrette.html

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