Friendsgiving & Squash and Pepita Pesto Dip

Sometimes a holiday is so big you need a pre-party, like, say, with the case of Thanksgiving. It's a party so nice, I say we should celebrate it twice -- once with friends and once with family. This year I'm kicking off the holiday with a Friendsgiving with some of my favorite food friends here online and we're sharing some of of favorite Thanskgiving recipes for you to consider for the big day this week.

There's quite the spread so I'm keeping it easy with one of my Thanksgiving classics, this Roasted Squash and Pepita Pesto Dip, which fits almost all shapes and sizes since it's free, free, free -- as in gluten, dairy, nut, and grain free.  

As our family has expanded, it's also gotten to be more and more diverse in eating so we've evolved our Thanskgiving from our classic Green Jell-O recipe to things like this Squash and Pepita Pesto Dip and even though I'm spending this Thanksgiving out west in Hawaii, this dish will be sure to make the journey with me!


This recipe is part of a virtual Friendsgiving hosted by the fabulous Renee Shuman of Will Frolic for Food and she gathered us for this shindig so be sure to check out all the participants and the food we brought!

Will Frolic For Food - Autumn Squash Pasta Salad w/ Almond Butter Dressing
Food Loves Writing - Salted Rosemary Einkorn Breadsticks
London Bakes - Salted Pecan and Bourbon Brownies
Ginger And Toasted Sesame - Sweet Potato Anna with Brown Butter
Glazed and Confused - The Salty Pilgrim Ice Cream Sundae
Hummingbird High - Salted Caramel and Pumpkin Flan
Bojon Gourmet - Salty Walnut Nocino Pie
Earthy Feast - Apple, Herb, Sausage Stuffing
Lexis Clean Kitchen - Apple Galette
Bread and Barrow - Cinnamon Sundae with Applewood Smoked Cider Caramel
Heart Beet Kitchen - Brussels Sprouts, Mushrooms, and Cranberry Stuffing
The Faux Martha - Thanksgiving From Scratch
Mabel And The Wooden Spoon - Butternut Squash and Kale Gratin
Dolly and Oatmeal - Salted Caramel and Butternut Squash Bars
The Pancake Princess - Quinoa Lasagna
Dunk and Crumble -Salty Chocolate Cream Pie
Jessica Muranane 
Broad Appetite

Giveaway Details

Prize: To help you celebrate Thanksgiving, I'm giving away (1) jar of J.Q. Dickinson Sea Salt from West Virginia. For more info on them, check out this video:

The Good Stewards | J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works from Stonestreet Creative on Vimeo.

Why did we choose them? Suffice it to say they're a 7th generation salt-making family who harvests an all-natural salt by hand, from an ancient ocean trapped below the Appalachian Mountains of the Kanawha Valley in West Virginia. I mean, just the thought of salt from an ancient ocean makes our culinary hearts swoon!

Duration: This giveaway is closed.

Who Can Enter: Open only to residents of the USA 18 years old and older.

How to Enter: Leave a comment below -- one entry per email address only please.

How Winner Will Be Chosen: The winner will be chosen at and will be notified via email, so please make sure the email address you list in the comment section is correct. You will have 48 hours to respond to me, or a new winner will be chosen.

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Fine Print: I am hosting this giveaway so you can experience this book for yourself. I am in no way being compensated for this giveaway and J.Q. Dickinson has generously provided the prize.

Party Photo by Cameron Whitman

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