On many Friday afternoons you can find me cooking up a storm while entertaining a crowd (aka: anyone who will listen) at The Creative Cook in downtown Bracebridge (my classes are called: ‘Laugh, Lunch & Learn’ as I’d like to think I’m somewhat of a comedian….which likely makes me far from a comedian?!?). I recently taught this squash recipe – that I developed years ago for Running Room Magazine. The class literally gobbled it up and many were pleasantly surprised at how delicious roasted squash skin is!! I rarely peel anything (other than my bra off at the end of a long day) – I’m more of a: wash, chop, toss with oil, s & p and roast! Enjoy! P.S. if you haven’t bought/eaten marmalade since the 70’s…now’s the time.

Roasted Squash and Kale Salad

Impress your holiday guests with this simple, delicious and nutritious salad.


3 tbsp (45 mL) prepared marmalade 

2 tsp (10 mL) orange juice

1 tsp (5 mL) balsamic vinegar

½ tsp (2 mL) each; minced fresh ginger, minced fresh garlic and finely grated orange zest


2 acorn squash, well washed, seeded and cut in cubes (skin left on)

2 tbsp (30 mL) vegetable oil

2 tsp (10 mL) dried sage leaves

1/2 tsp (2 mL) each; ground cinnamon, paprika and ground cardamom

6 cups (1.5 L) lightly packed baby kale leaves or chopped kale 

⅓ cup (75 mL) cashews *optional*

⅓ cup (75 mL) dried cherries

½ tsp (2 mL) each; salt and pepper

1/4 cup (60 mL) green pumpkin seeds

seeds of one pomegranate and pea shoots *optional*

Whisk together dressing ingredients and set aside. Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). Toss chopped squash with oil and spices. Place on two baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes (rotate pans half way through baking). Remove from oven and cool completely. When ready to serve, toss roasted squash with kale, cashews, dried cherries, salt, pepper and reserved dressing. Garnish with pumpkin seeds, pomegranate seeds & pea shoots (if using). Makes about 6 cups (1.5 L).

Charmaine is the host of “In Char’s Kitchen” on YourTV Muskoka and regular guest on: Rogers Daytime OttawaCTV Morning Live OttawaCHCH Morning LiveBreakfast Television What She Said Radio sharing her love and enthusiasm for all things food, cooking and fitness.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys; Tyler & Colgan.

Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind.

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