My favorite thing to do with a winter squash is to stuff it.
The browned butter and roasted vegetables make this special, but roasting everything in the oven at once makes it easy to prepare.
This is a classic dump-and-cook crock pot recipe.
Pie does not get better than this. Reducing and concentrating the juices of the apples make it necessary to use only about half the usual amount of thickener, resulting in a purer apple flavor, a juicy filling, and a crisp bottom crust. Make apple pie in the fall, at the height of the apple season, or whenever you have the yearning.
I've made this dish as a quick supper and as an elegant dinner party first course. It goes both ways, which is key to its charm and longevity in my cooking repertoire.
This is a wonderful dinner party dish, because it takes so little work for such a dramatic effect. It is also delicious cold.