By Susan Pesznecker
Mabon is the time of the harvest feast. At the Autumnal Equinox, we celebrate and honor Earth’s bounty by feasting on goodies from the home garden, farmers’ market, and green grocer. This autumn dinner represents harvest cooking at its best. A mélange of autumn vegetables roasts with a juicy whole chicken. Julienned vegetables in a tart vinaigrette provide a zesty complement to the main dish, while a moist, dense apple cake speaks to the harvest itself. Spread a cloth over a table outdoors and dine al fresco on nature’s bounty!
Maple Roasted Chicken with Root Veggies
This recipe is an old autumn favorite: it’s simple to make, delicious and soul-satisfying to eat, and makes a beautiful presentation. A chicken roasts atop a baking pan of fall’s best root vegetables. A drizzle of amber maple syrup and fiery spices caramelizes during the roasting and takes on a deep, complex flavor, echoing the earthly correspondence of the maple and the season.