Jerry Traunfeld’s Root Ribbons with Sage


  • 2 lbs root vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, burdock, rutabagas, yams (avoid beets)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped sage
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


Wash and peel the roots and discard the peelings. Continue to peel the vegetables from their tops to the root tips to produce ribbons, rotating the roots on their axis a quarter turn after each strip is peeled, until you're left with cores that are too small to work with. (You can snack on these or save them for stock.) Alternately, you may use a mandolin.

Melt the butter with the sage in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir for a minute to partially cook the sage. Add the root ribbons and toss them with tongs until they begin to wilt. Add the salt, a good grinding of black pepper, the maple syrup, lemon juice, and about 3/4 cup of water.

Continue to cook the vegetables over medium heat, turning them with tongs every minute or so, until all the liquid boils away and the ribbons are glazed and tender, about 10 minutes total. Serve right away, or cool and reheat in the skillet when ready to serve.

Recipe by Natalie Bickford adapted from Food52


Butternut Squash Soup with Miso and Coconut

Serves 6-8, perfect for leftovers throughout the week. 


  • Olive oil
  • 4 ½ cups water
  • 4 tbsp plus 1 tsp white miso paste
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1-inch knob of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • one 3 lb butternut squash, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ½ cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp salt, plus more to taste


First, make your miso stock. Put 4 cups of water into a saucepan and heat to a simmer. Whisk the remaining 1/2 cup of water together with the miso, and pour that into the saucepan. Bring to a simmer, but don't let it boil.

Pour a few tablespoons of olive oil into the bottom of a large, heavy pot. When it's hot, add the onion and sweat it until it's translucent. Stir in the ginger, cumin, and cayenne, and toast spices for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Deglaze with a ladle-full of your miso stock.

Add the cubed butternut squash and the salt, mixing everything to combine, and then pour in the rest of the miso stock. Simmer until the squash is completely tender, about 20 minutes.

Turn off the heat, and purée the soup in a food processor or with a hand blender, being careful of the hot liquid. At this point you can strain for a super-smooth soup, or you can leave it how it is -- up to you!

Return the puréed soup back to the pot, and stir in the coconut milk. Taste, adjust for seasoning and spice. 

Serve warm, with bread on the side.

Recipe by Natalie Bickford.

Hazelnut Crusted Miso Delicata Squash


  • 1 delicata squash, halved and cut into ½ inch wedges
  • 2 tbsp miso paste
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup hazelnuts, ground (1/3 cup ground)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish


Preheat the oven to 375F. Combine miso paste and hot water in a medium bowl and whisk to dissolve the miso paste, until smooth. Add in the olive oil and vinegar and whisk to combine. Add the squash to the bowl and toss to coat. Pour onto a parchment lined baking sheet.

In a food processor, add the ground hazelnuts, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes (if using) and pulse to combine. Sprinkle the nut mixture onto the squash, doing your best to evenly coat them. Once each wedge is covered, gently press the mixture down with your fingers so that it sticks. Carefully flip the squash over and repeat on the other side. A bit tedious, but so worth it!

Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes, carefully flipping each wedge half way through. Squash is done when easily pierced with a fork and crust is browned. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with some fresh chopped parsley, if you please! This is great as a side or on top of a salad. Enjoy!

Recipe by Natalie Bickford.