Autumn leaves and fall’s freshest ingredients found at Heinen’s Grocery have inspired a new season of Sunday Supper features at 365Barrington.com. Heinen’s is offering a gift card to one Barrington family each week to purchase ingredients for their own Sunday meal. In turn, each family’s cook will invite us into their homes by authoring a Sunday Supper post about their favorite foods and the significance of gathering around the dinner table. Today, the Roeckell family is sharing their picnic-style approach to Sunday Suppers, made fresh for fall.
Inspired by her recent trip to France, photographer Sally Roeckell of Table and Dish says sometimes the most memorable meals are created, not with hours at the stove, but by a collection of small dishes featuring seasonal ingredients for all to sample.
Heinen’s Sunday Supper: A Fall Family Picnic
by Sally Roeckell, Barrington photographer and creator of TableAndDish.com
One of my favorite things about family suppers is that you don’t have to wait for Sunday to make a special meal. Monday works, too! Ok, I admit, this spread is slightly over the top. We got a bit carried away with the fall picnic theme, but Heinen’s Grocery makes rounding up all the ingredients and prepared dishes easy.
So what inspired our fall family picnic? Well, a few weeks ago when I was in France. Wait, that was fun to say! Can I say it again? When I was in France, I picked up a linen table cloth at a farmers market in Gordes, aux Provence that I decided to use as the base for our feast. I wanted to share with my family a little of the European experience that I had on my trip. For most of my travels through southern France, this is how we ate. Small plates of fresh ingredients laid out beautifully.
My third son Mark and I went shopping for our plan on Saturday. At Heinen’s the vegetables are so easy to choose. Our favorite is the tri-colored carrots which we roasted. Much of what you see here is totally simple. Just the way I like it.
The key is to choose quality ingredients. Prosciutto wrapped around thin Italian bread sticks, heirloom tomato salad, fresh fruits, dried fruits and nuts, olives and sliced meats and cheeses.
Rare roast beef sandwiches with fresh baguettes, tomatoes and basil mayo.
The bean salad and quinoa kale salad are both from Heinen’s salad bar, two of our favorites.
The berry crumble pie, apple pie and tarts, you guessed it, Heinen’s bakery.
The sliced date walnut bar (next to the grapes) is found in Heinen’s cheese department. That and quince paste are my all time favorite things to serve with cheese. Easy peasy.
The bruschetta are simply roasted butternut squash tossed with brown butter and fresh sage. The recipe is almost too simple to write out but I will add it below for you. So as you can see an autumn picnic is a simple Sunday Supper.
one fresh baguette (two if you have family nibbling as you slice it.)
one large butternut squash peeled, cut into cubes. (you can buy this already done for you if you wish)
2 Tbs olive oil
10 fresh sage leaves
one stick butter
about 3 cups of fresh arugula
kosher salt and pepper
Simply spread the squash out onto a cookie sheet tossed in the olive oil and salt and peppered.
Roast them for about 10-15 minutes at 400° until they have golden brown exterior and blackened bits on the corners.
Slice the baguette into 1/2 inch slices and toast on a grill pan with a bit of olive oil.
In a large sautee pan meant the butter. Add the sage leaves and cook until the butter browns and the leaves start to curl on the edges.
Toss in the roasted squash and mix, slightly mashing the squash.
Spoon squash mixture onto each baguette slice.
Once your tray is arranged toss the arugula with a bit of good olive oil, salt and pepper. spread over the bruschetta.
Heinen’s Grocery is located at 500 N. Hough Street, between E. Main Street and Route 14 (next to Meathead’s) in Barrington, Illinois. They’re open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit Heinens.com.
About the Author
Sally Roeckell is a professional photographer in Barrington and a regular contributor at 365Barrington.com. She’s a mother-of-four who loves to cook and create beautiful photographs of elegant dishes made with simple ingredients. Sally is also the creator of TableAndDish.com, a personal blog highlighting her love for family, food and photography.
You’ll love following Sally’s latest photos on her wildly popular and addicting Instagram page at Instagram.com/tableanddish.
Also specializing in commercial, contemporary lifestyle and portrait photography of children, babies, newborns, maternity and families, you’ll find the range of Sally’s work at SallyRoeckellPhotography.com.