A dash of nutmeg bridges the pungent greens with the sweet carrots. If you like the bite of mustard greens, then take care not to overcook them, as the flavor tends to fade if they are cooked too long.
Autumn is the time for both winter squash and pears, and the two pair nicely in a soothing soup with just a touch of sweetness. You can substitute acorn or the local "African" squash (available in farmers markets) for the butternut squash.
From "Seasoned in the South" by Bill Smith. People love this when cold weather comes. I serve the pies in one-and-one-quarter-cup ramekins that look like little baked bean pots. I suppose that you could make one large pie, but I have never tried.
Cakes & Ale—the hip little Decatur haven for farm-to-table foodies—offers a European-inspired twist to this Southern classic. The dumplings are actually the little potato-y dough puffs known in Italy as gnocchi.
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