Around the Fall Dinner Table

[ 1 ] October 10, 2012 |

Fall may be the quintessential season of the dinner table.  As leaves turn and the air turns crisp, we settle back into the rituals and routines that are grounded by the new school year, sports, and upcoming holidays.

The Fall harvest of apples, squash, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts is overflowing at the Farmers’ Markets. The cooler temperatures outside mean we now welcome a warm oven full of roasting vegetables or a stove topped with a simmering pot of soup.

We can think of no better way to enjoy a crisp evening than by creating a family dinner together. Skill It’s Emerald City Pasta is a surprising twist on a basil-filled summer pesto.  Instead of tender leafy greens, this dish turns delicious, nutritious broccoli into a satiny smooth pesto sauce. Spiked with lemon, garlic, and Parmesan cheese, it is a kid-tested favorite.

As always, do what you can to include the kids in the culinary process.  You can have them chop the broccoli, squeeze the lemon, and help you with running the food processor.  Older kids may be able to lend a hand to cooking the pasta and testing to make sure it’s cooked perfectly.

Once the plates are served and you find yourself around that warm and inviting dinner table, you have the perfect opportunity to slow down and connect with one another.  With busy schedules in full swing, this time around the table each night is more important than ever.

When it comes to the family dinner table, the memories we make are often more about these conversations than the food.  Our Dinner Table Conversation Starters go a bit beyond the classic, “what did you learn today?” to include silly pieces of trivia and thoughtful questions like “what makes you feel proud of yourself?”

From start to finish, from stove to plate, bringing your family around the Fall dinner table is what will warm their bellies, their hearts, and their hands.

Click here to download the Emerald City Pasta Recipe and Dinner Table Conversation Starters.

Category: food + recipes

Leah Kent

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Leah Cherry teaches children and their families how to cook, sew, make and grow traditional talents that remain essential for living well today. Her business, Skill It, is founded on the belief that working with your hands nourishes your spirit and connects you to family and community. In addition to after-school and community events in Rhode Island, Skill It offers an online class, Season's Eatings, to create joy, fun, and connection around food and family dinnertime. You can read the Skill It blog ( and sign-up for the newsletter to receive class updates.

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  1. Katy Killilea katy says:

    Everyone should try this. For reals! We made this as part of Skill-It’s Seasons Eatings course and 75% of kids devoured it and asked for more; the kid that was the 25% ate it unenthusiastically but without complaint. CHERISH THIS RECIPE.

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