Top 10 Fall Flavors: How to Eat for the Season
This post written by guest blogger—Deanna Morauski
Eating for the season is the very best way to enjoy the full flavors of fresh foods. Who can deny the intoxicating aroma of a farm fresh tomato or a dish of freshly picked, glorious berries. One way to enjoy seasonal foods even more, is to introduce new foods to your family and friends. Making the commitment to try one new farm fresh food every week is as courageous as it is lot of fun. Here are some more fun ideas to inspire you as you plan your autumn menu.
For instance, nothing compares to the ever-popular pizza. Make pizza sauce out of fresh tomatoes, garlic, onion and herbs. Top with other fresh ingredients like arugula, sliced or chopped mushrooms and grated squash. Adults might enjoy an antipasto twist on pizza with olives, prosciutto, fresh figs and a variety of cheeses. Serve with a lovely red wine and you have a memorable, in-season dinner party. The more raw, organic foods you can top it with, the more colorful your pizza will be and the healthier you will be!
Think veggies. Think soup.
Soups can be amazingly healthy and this is the perfect time to harvest the flavor with all those fresh veggies available. Overwhelmed with zucchini? Make a pot of minestrone. Serve with homemade cornbread – made with some fresh corn stirred into the batter, of course. Top cornbread with fresh, local honey, which can help people with allergies feel better.
Apples. Sliced. Diced. Grated.
We simply cannot overlook the most popular of all the fall foods. Apples are great sources of fiber, full of flavor and can be served in a million and one different ways. Add a little peanut butter and they are a healthy snack. Dice them into a salad for a fresh fall touch to any meal and grate them into some pancakes with a little cinnamon for a splurge.
Carrots and cake and stuff.
Everyone loves to be thought of. Show your friends & family members who have a sweet tooth that you are thinking of them by making them mini carrot cakes. Go to Pinterest for creative baking inspirations and recipes.
Potatoes go with everything.
Add olive oil, garlic & fresh herbs to mashed potatoes or potatoes au gratin. Top baked potatoes with green onions, fresh tomatoes and gorgeous, lightly cut escarole. You’ll be amazed at how trying new foods on a familiar favorite will inspire your creativity in the kitchen.
Scallops do the salsa.
Searing scallops is quite easy. As long as you start with a hot pan (medium high heat works well) and a little olive oil, you can cook scallops until a dark golden brown on each side and top with peach salsa (salsa recipe next week).
Caramel pears? Mini caramel apples?
Why not start new traditions with fall foods? Sharpen the end of sticks gathered from the great outdoors and whittle the ends so they can be pushed into each caramel pear instead of the typical plain sticks. Guests will take a second look and you’ll enjoy being unique at your fall party.
When your basket runneth over. Canned goods.
Contrary to what some might think, canning isn’t terribly difficult. There are some must-know basics, but a simple canning book can help you learn those need-to-know rules. Once you get those down, you can save the taste of summer and fall by making homemade preserves & sauces, restaurant style salsa and heavenly pickles. Berries also freeze very well for making sauces or tossing into scone dough.
Kale. It doesn’t have to be wilted.
Rinse & remove the ribs down the center of each piece of kale, toss in a bowl with lemon juice & olive oil, some chopped pecans, salt & pepper and you have a dish which stars a superfood. For a fun game night snack, rinse & remove kale ribs again. Heat oven to 275 degrees. Pat kale dry, break into chip-size pieces and place on a baking sheet. Coat kale with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and, if desired, a touch of chipotle pepper (it doesn’t take much) or your favorite seasoning. Cook until crisp.
Buy a couple of extra sugar pumpkins so you can make your own pumpkin puree. Try making pumpkin soup, pumpkin-stuffed ravioli and, of course, pumpkin pie. Sugar all of your pumpkin seeds with this sugared pumpkin seed recipe. Warm spices… warm hearts.
Fall flavor inspirations are everywhere. Let us know what fun flavors you’re trying this fall. You’ve got this!
Come back next week for my Peach Salsa Recipe!