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What to Cook This Month: September 2023

September ushers in a delightful blend of flavors as we transition into fall. Let's explore the culinary gems that this month offers:

Labor Day: September 6

Bid farewell to summer with a BBQ bash. Grill up smoky ribs, corn on the cob, and zesty coleslaw. End on a sweet note with grilled peaches topped with vanilla ice cream.

Oktoberfest: September 18 - October 3

Embrace the German spirit with hearty dishes. Indulge in bratwurst sausages, soft pretzels with mustard, and red cabbage sauerkraut.

National Apple Month

Celebrate the start of apple season by baking a classic apple pie. The aroma of cinnamon and baked apples will fill your kitchen with warmth.

Mexican Independence Day: September 16

Spice things up with authentic Mexican cuisine. Create flavorful chicken enchiladas, fresh guacamole, and churros dusted with sugar and cinnamon.

Pumpkin Spice Everything

As fall approaches, sip on pumpkin spice lattes and indulge in pumpkin bread or muffins. The aroma and taste evoke cozy autumn vibes.


Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup


  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and diced

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 tsp dried thyme

  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

  2. Toss the diced butternut squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast on a baking sheet until tender and slightly caramelized, about 25-30 minutes.

  3. In a large pot, heat some olive oil. Add the chopped onion, carrots, and garlic. Sauté until softened.

  4. Add the roasted butternut squash to the pot. Pour in the vegetable broth and bring to a simmer.

  5. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. If using a regular blender, allow the mixture to cool slightly before blending.

  6. Season with dried thyme, ground nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Let the flavors meld for a few minutes.

  7. Serve the soup hot, garnished with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

September is a culinary adventure waiting to happen. From Labor Day grilling to Oktoberfest feasting, apple-filled desserts to Mexican-inspired delicacies, embrace the flavors of the season and make memories around the table. Don't forget to try our roasted butternut squash soup—a heartwarming bowl of autumn comfort.


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