Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Market Inspiration for Fall

We've already been enjoying the season of fall for the past month, but as we head into November there is still ample time to delight in those fall dishes.  Not sure what to make? Looking for some inspiration? Take a peek at this list of items I put together that you can find at the market during this fall season and get inspired.  See an item, then search your cookbooks, recipe cards or the internet for something warm, cozy, and maybe a little off the beaten path. So next time plan ahead before your grocery trip or when you see these at the MARKET pick them up and treat yourself to the food of fall. 
apples                     beets
bell peppers            broccoli 
brussel sprouts            carrots
cauliflower                chiles
figs                         kale
pears                       potatoes
sweet potatoes           spinach
swiss chard              walnuts 

This is the time to start thinking about soups and stews that nourish you through the cooling season.  Cook hearty meat and roasts and comforting pasta dishes that will fill you up.  It's an opportunity to simmer and braise your food.  And plan meals that will leave you extras for future meals. Your future self will appreciate these extra easy meals, or those you live with surely will.

Quick Recipes:

Sweet Potatoes: roast whole sweet potatoes in 400 degree oven until tender for 50 minutes. Make sure to prick them with a fork a few times before cooking. When finished serve with molasses or flavored butter.

Broccoli or Cauliflower: obtain florets then stir fry with minced garlic and red pepper flakes.

Carrots: Grate, toss with a vinaigrette, preferably mustard one.  Add fresh parsley or green onions as garnish.

Beets:  Put the beets in foil and roast at 400 degrees until they are tender, 1 to 1.5 hours.  Peel the beets and cut into wedges and toss with vinaigrette and fresh herbs.

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