Our fall season so far has been quite mild. Today Elena and I took a short walk enjoying the warm sunshine and the slight breeze. The leaves of some of our trees are starting to turn a beautiful red and the sunlight played through the tree’s branches creating a stunning walk for us. I love this time of year! I will love it even more when the air turns a little more brisk and we can cuddle in warm sweaters and jeans.
I love the fall weather, but I also love fall food! Sweet apples and squash, savory stews and soups, long cooked meats and hearty grains are some of my most favorite foods. I am very much looking forward to my new series, “Fall Essentials”. But I thought I would be remiss not to point to some of my favorite fall recipes already on this website. Hence this little ode to fall food recipes.
While summer is full of delicious sweet berries and juicy peaches, fall turns to new sweet flavors such as squash and apples, plums and pears. I especially love the sweet savoriness of fall squash. You can make it into a delicious Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce, make it the main focus of a soup, such as with Fabio’s Creamless Creamy Squash Soup or enjoy it in nontraditional but delicious Butternut Squash Fries . It also plays second fiddle so well in recipes like Turnip and Squash Gratin , and Sausage, Potato and Squash Soup .
Equally as delicious is sweetened squash such as in recipes like Decadent Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream (another coconut milk recipe) or Maple Honey Pumpkin Pie or lightly sweetened Spiced Pumpkin or Squash Muffins . And who can resist Pumpkin Lattés?
Glorious fall squash! You are versatile doing sweet or savory, main star or supporting role equally well.
And what of the other sweet fall produce? Plums, tart and sweet, are certainly appreciated with their dark hues of purples and brilliant reds and yellows- matching the leaves on the trees so well. Simple desserts such as Rustic Plum Galette , Plum Applesauce , and Plum Sorbet highlight them without overshadowing with sweeteners.
And then, my personal favorite, apples. We eat them plain, juicy and sweet and crisp, or serve them with Maple Cinnamon Pumpkin Seed Butter for a delightful snack. For a very simple, but delicious treat we love to make Pan Fried Apples. We happily eat them plain, served with whipped cream, or topping a hot cereal like Crockpot Whole Grain Hot Cereal. Apples are also delicious in baked goods, including Spiced Apple Muffins (made with coconut flour). They flavor savory foods wonderfully, such as with Chicken or Turky Apple Sausage
While there is a little sadness in parting with summer’s bounty, fall’s produce draws one into it’s delights.
And as the weather continues to reach towards cooler temperatures, warm, hearty, dinners start gracing our menus. My very first recipe on this site, Root Vegetable Cobbler with Millet Dumplings is one recipe that starts to appeal more as well as hearty soups like Yellow Lentil, Kale and Sausage Soup and the very flavorful Carrot and Celery Root Soup.
Gone are the days of wanting to eat cooling foods like chilled cucumber soup and cold chicken drumsticks. Instead warming foods flavored with warming spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, drinks like Pumpkin Latté’s, and hearty meals are desired and sought after.
Wonderful fall, I welcome you and your bounty!
I would love to hear your favorite fall foods and recipes. Please share!