My Favorite Fall Recipe

I just returned from Michigan last weekend after a beautiful trip with my family to honor my grandfather's passing.  He lived an exceptionally full life of grace and inspiration.  With all endings, there is a built in beginning and opportunity for reflection and reevaluation.  I was astounded by all he had accomplished in his life and am feeling renewed and recharged and ready to serve all of you in new ways. 

If you have always wanted to come in on a Friday, I have office hours for this Friday only!  I extended my schedule this week to make up for the time I took off and I'd love to see you.  Also wanted to share one of my favorite fall dishes.  This is a dish that even non-sweet potato lovers can get down with.  It's sweet and savory and cheesy and crunchy and flavorful-a true hit at any potluck.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions with Rosemary and Parmesan


2 3/4 pounds tan-skinned sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes

8 tablespoons canola oil

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper

1 1/2 pounds red onions (about 3 medium), halved lengthwise, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary


Set 1 rack in center and 1 rack at lowest position in oven and preheat to 375°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with foil. Place sweet potatoes on 1 sheet; drizzle with 6 tablespoons oil. Sprinkle with garlic, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Toss to coat, then spread in single layer.

Place onions on second baking sheet; drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons oil and sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Toss to coat, then spread in single layer.

Place sheet with potatoes on center rack and sheet with onions on lower rack in oven. Roast until potatoes are tender and onions are tender and brown around edges, stirring every 10 minutes, about 30 minutes total for potatoes and 35 minutes total for onions. (Can be prepared 4 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature loosely covered with foil. Rewarm uncovered in 375°F oven about 10 minutes.)

Combine sweet potatoes and onions in shallow bowl. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and rosemary and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper; serve.

Serves 6