fall traditions + a butternut sage hummus
One reason why fall is my favorite season is it is so heavily laden with traditions. There is such a sense of familiarity and nostalgia this time of year; isn’t it magical? A tradition here in the desert each October is the Olive Festival. While I love heading to the apple orchards and pumpkin patches this time of year, fall also brings about the olive harvest. So this weekend, I grabbed the kids and we headed to the farm in search of live music, delicious food, fun crafts and a romp through the olive groves.
If you’re thinking about olives, wine might also pop into your mind. The Olive Festival certainly has plenty of wine-tasting opportunities, right alongside fresh-pressed olive oil tasting. This got me to thinking about holiday hostess gifts and the sibling-like relationship wine and olive oil have. I’ll circle back to that in a minute.
So this year, it was just me and the kids at the Olive Festival so I wasn’t partaking in the wine-tasting. This particular Saturday was more about arts and crafts and eating giant sausages, which is also fun. The crafts revolved around the olive trees (sun catchers, wreaths, etc) and also sheep since the kids got to feed the sheep on this day. We’ll come back in March for the sheep sheering!
So back to the wine. Leaving the Olive Festival, fresh-pressed olive oil in hand, I was thinking about wine. I dropped the kids off at home and headed to Grocery Outlet, which is a favorite spot of mine to purchase wine. I love to keep my wine cooler stocked, but I also like sticking to my budget. That’s where Grocery Outlet comes into play and even more so with the upcoming November Wine Sale where you can save 20% off fantastic wines!
I consider Grocery Outlet to be one of my best secrets, which it isn’t anymore since I’m telling all of you guys. Grocery Outlet is a store that takes surplus products from suppliers and offers it to customers at a huge discount. I don’t know about you, but as a mom on a budget, I really love buying the same groceries I always buy – but at a discounted price. For in the know wine shoppers, Grocery Outlet is a gold mine! Grocery Outlet’s wine buyers are industry experts and actually live in Napa. They buy the best wines they can find at the biggest discounts so you can benefit.
This year, my husband will be home with his family in Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving without us, meaning it will be the first holiday ever spent away from him. weird. The kids and I will not be alone though, as we will also be with family. There are three types of family: the one you are born into, the one you marry into and the one you create. We will be celebrating this year with the third type: my best friend and her family. We will be meeting up at the border of CA and AZ to RV and tent camp for the Thanksgiving holiday – how crazy cool is that?! I cannot wait.
Menu planning is quite different this year as our cooking space is limited to an RV and a campfire. In an effort to cook less on-site, I’ve been brainstorming different appetizers and sides I can make ahead and bring. We want to keep a traditional feel but, of course, we must think simple. One of my favorite go-tos any time of the year is hummus!
To celebrate the season, I decided to try a Butternut Squash and Sage Hummus. This recipe creation was a new one for me, but it turned out AH-mazing!! Instead of going the cinnamon/nutmeg route, I kept the hummus on the savory side thanks to plenty of garlic and fresh sage. I drizzled a chili olive oil over top for a bit of heat – fresh-pressed from our local olive groves!
This will be a great any-time-of-day appetizer for everyone – even better when served with Pra Vinera Pinot Noir, a Napa wine that is part of the Grocery Outlet Wine Sale! With the additional 20% in savings, this wine will cost you under $6!! Pinot Noir is easily my favorite red wine and pairs SO well with Thanksgiving dinner.
Not menu planning this year? Bring the best hostess gift (and stay on budget) with wines from the Grocery Outlet Wine Sale! Olive oil is another great hostess gift, so I think combining the two and adding in another wine-themed gift (like these appetizer plates) creates the absolute perfect gift to bring.
If you are not a red person, fear not, Grocery Outlet has many other wine options. If I’m not bringing a red, I usually opt for a sparkling like Indigo Eyes Sparkling Brut, which during the first week of Novemeber at Grocery Outlet sells for under $5!! This brut is dry and smooth – perfect for my palate!
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Butternut Squash and Sage Hummus
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (save drained liquid)
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 garlic bulb, skin on
- 3 Tbl fresh sage
- 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and sliced
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- chili olive oil, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss prepared butternut squash slices in olive oil, 1 Tbl chopped sage, salt and pepper. Roast in a baking dish with full garlic bulb for 30-40 minutes or until soft.
- In a food processor, blend chickpeas, butternut squash, tahini, lemon juice, 2 Tbl fresh sage, peeled roasted garlic and 3 Tbl olive oil. Add saved bean liquid a little at a time until desired consistency is achieved. You will only use about a Tbl of the liquid. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a drizzle of chili olive oil and fresh sage.