In Season Advent

The Catholic Church now celebrates the season of Advent.

Advent is taken from the Latin term meaning arrival. The Liturgical Season of Advent is considered the beginning of the year for the faithful.  It always contains four Sundays and ends on Christmas Eve.

Advent is viewed as a time of preparation, anticipation and hope as we prepare for the coming of the Christ child.

The liturgical colors are purple and violet.

It is winter here in Virginia.

Squash, Sweet Potato, Cabbage, Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts are now in season. Both winter and summer squashes are a member of the gourd family.

 Some winter squash varieties may be found year round, but the widest variety and selection may be found in the fall and winter months. Squash should be firm and heavy for their size.

One of my favorite way to enjoy squash is to make Winter Squash Soup. It is creamy and delicious! 

I also love to Roast Acorn Squash with butter and honey. I love to Roast the seeds of some Squashes such as Acorn, I love the salty sweet taste of the seeds not to mention the crunch.

 I also adore anything Sweet Potato  I love to cook Chicken and Sweet Potato Tagine. A tagine is a Morracan cooking vessel.  It is conical shape. It it like a old school slow cooker before we had electricity.

When I miss summer, I love to make Creole Blackbean and Sweet Potato Burger. No table would be complete without Roasted Sweet Potato Salad.

During Thanksgiving, I love to make Slow Cooker Candied Yams. For something easy when I am just cooking for myself I love to make Baked Sweet Potato .

Brussel Sprouts are also in season. I personally think they get a bad rap.  I love to cook mine with a sweet and sour type of sauce.