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Fall Produce: 10 Must-Buy Seasonal Fruits and Veggies

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Summer has finally ended and that’s good because the heat was this close to melting us into nothingness. And along with cooler air, the next season brings the best fall produce you should incorporate into your meals.

I have to say that summer is never exactly what I expect or think I want. I always have these fantasies about extravagant vacations, fun times with friends and deliciously chill dishes I put on my plates. But the reality, as opposed to that fantasy, is that I end up sweating it out in the house because the outside is way too hot for me and I am a spring child: definitely need to keep my cool.

So, when the heat finally breaks, and autumn arrives, I breathe a deep sigh of relief. I can finally go out on long walks and hang out with people without the conversation being consumed by snarking at the weather and complaining about heat exhaustion. One other thing I love about the incoming season? So many fresh fruits and veggies to enjoy and cook with. These are the ones I plan on working with this year because they have the flavor, the texture and the nutrients I long for.

Let’s rejoice! Because the season of comfort food, fall produce, blankets, hot tea, and romance is almost here!

Fall Produce: 10 Must-Buy Seasonal Fruits and Veggies
Cozy up this fall with a nice fall produce based meal, like this pumpkin soup.

10 fall produce you need on your table this year

1. Beets and kohlrabi

Sure, they can make your kitchen look like a crime scene with their bright, red-colored juice. But that doesn’t mean that beets aren’t something you should cook with. We tell you more about this right here. But I’ll summarize a little: they have a sweet and earthy flavor and are loaded with vitamin C, folic acid, and potassium. You can use them in a variety of dishes.

And yeah, in temperate climates, beets are in season starting in fall, until spring. Buy some with their greens still attached.

Kohlrabi, another rooty delicious veggie, comes into season at the end of fall and stays sweet into winter. Its taste is similar to that of cabbage and broccoli and maybe you should try cooking with it.

2. Figs

Fresh figs! Get your fresh figs, while you can! They have two harvest seasons: one in summer and the other one in late fall. They have a lovely texture and an even greater flavor, and you can do so many things with them in the kitchen. It’s true, they can sometimes be a bit expensive, but if you have the possibility of splurging a couple of times, why not do it?

They’re rich in minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and copper, but also antioxidants, and vitamins A, E and K. Not to mention so much soluble fiber!

Fall Produce: 10 Must-Buy Seasonal Fruits and Veggies
Figs are the treat you don’t want to miss this fall. Bake them into a tart and enjoy!

3. Cranberries

These are definitely in our top berries list. They’re native to North America and they are harvested in the fall. that’s what makes them excellent for so many dishes. Half a cup of cranberries has only 25 calories, while at the same time, the berries are loaded with antioxidants and also vitamins like C, A, and K.

You can use them in so many dishes! Like salads, cookies, and muffins. Or you can make a cranberry sauce for your turkey dinner.

4. Eggplant

As I am writing this, I can almost feel the enticing smell of roasted eggplant that sometimes fills the hallway of my apartment building with promise. It’s a fall produce item that comes into season near the end of summer and lasts all fall long. I like to turn it into delicious spreads like Baba Ghanoush. That means you can roast it and keep it in your freezer for a few good months, until spring.

How do you cook with eggplant? Every way you prefer. Here is a nice, simple to follow guide. But just know that you can roast it, grill it, stuff it, and so many more things!

5. Pears

Some people would say that pears are better than apples (I am one of those people, I confess). I love their grainy texture so much and their sweetness is unparalleled. Their season starts in the middle of summer, but some of the varieties are still picked during winter, too.

You can use them to make delicious desserts, no problem, but they also work well in savory dishes and salads!

Fall Produce: 10 Must-Buy Seasonal Fruits and Veggies
Caramelized pears and cinnamon. Now that’s a great fall combo!

6. Pumpkin

Arguably the poster-child of fall produce, pumpkin really does signal that cooler weather is coming. They come into season in September and then they leave an impact on all of our holidays: they become works of scary art during Halloween, they shine as pie filling and let us not forget our special fall lattes.

The rest of winter squash types come into season at the beginning of fall and they last during winter, too.

7. Quinces

I feel that people don’t talk about the awesomeness of quinces enough. Because they’re so great when you just wash one and bite into it. But they work so well when you turn them into a delicious jam. You can also use them in multiple desserts.

Quinces come into season during fall and they’ll be available and ready for you to have as many of them as possible during winter months, too.

Fall Produce: 10 Must-Buy Seasonal Fruits and Veggies
You can pair roast quince with some roasted meat and make a delicious dish for this fall.

8. Pomegranates

They’re a fall fruit as well, even if they only ripen in a warm climate. Their season starts in October and fresh pomegranates are available through December. They’re not that hard to seed if you know the friendliest technique. They have fiber, protein, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and potassium. You can add the pomegranate seeds to salads, to your morning yogurt bowl, your rice, or to your dressing.

9. Fennel

Fennel is a cold weather crop and its natural season starts in fall, through early spring. After that, it turns bitter, so it’s not really any good anymore. It’s a bulbous plant, but you can also use its stalks and fronds in recipes. It had a mild, licorice-like flavor. You can use all of the parts of this lovely green in salads, slaws, pasta, and it makes a delicious side dish for meats like chicken and pork. It’s rich in potassium, calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin A, to name just a few of its nutrients.

10. Celery and celeriac

These two fall produce favorites have quite similar names. Celeriac is also called celery root, and the two are close cousins. Both of them are in season during the cooler months of fall and they last until early spring.

You can use celery in soups, vegetable trays, top it with peanut butter or add it to a dish. It’s an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin B6.

Celery root is excellent in stews and soups and you can mash it to great effects. It’s rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, potassium, phosphorus, and fiber.

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Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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Girl Tries To Prove Her Head Fits In A Pumpkin, Doesn’t End Well

White girls have a reputation for being addicted to pumpkin around this time of year, but this girl went too far.

Trying to provide some comedic relief during her family’s pumpkin carving festivities, a teenage girl put her head inside a giant pumpkin, and as you can imagine, wound up getting it stuck.

The trouble started the moment she said, “Isn’t it so cute! I can probably fit my head in it.”

This video was shot by YouTube user Kristy Ralphs as she was just trying to record her family gathering, when things went south about 30 seconds in.

It was cute at first, but then the precocious youngster couldn’t get herself out of it, legitimately freaking out herself and her family.

The worst part of the video wasn’t even her getting stuck, it was undoubtedly her younger brother, who we can only assume is the middle child, unmercifully singing “I can carve a belly button on my pumpkin,” over and over again, with no end.

Too bad the video ended before she got her head out. But there is an additional video showing that she was fine and made it out OK. Even in this video, that f*cking kid somehow found a way to sneak in another verse of his annoying song.

There’s easier ways to feed your pumpkin spice problem, so don’t stick your head inside a giant pumpkin, no matter how great of an idea it sounds like.

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Get Your Thanksgiving Fix Early With Panera Bread’s New Fall Menu

panera-turkey-cranberry-flatbread-sandwichIn keeping with seasonal tradition, Panera Bread has launched their new Fall menu. The chain’s new Turkey Cranberry Flatbread Sandwich brings customers an early taste of Thanksgiving. Filled with roasted turkey breast, cranberry mostarda, garlic herb cheese, and spinach, this flatbread is very similar to a previous fall menu panini that Panera offered a few years back.

A new addition to the pasta lineup includes Butternut Squash Ravioli, which features sage and egg striped noodles stuffed with butternut squash, butter, brown sugar and amaretti cookies topped with a leek and garlic cream sauce, topped with fresh baby arugula and onion shoestrings. How cookies belong in a ravioli is a little weird but whatever, as long as it’s related to pumpkin or Thanksgiving it still fall appropriate.

Customers with a sweet tooth can find a new pastry waiting for them at the front display. The Caramel Apple Scone is described as a cream based scone with caramel chips, dried cinnamon apples, and then topped with cinnamon apples and caramel icing.

Brand Eating reports that “Jack-O-Lantern cookies, Pumpkin Muffies, Cranberry Orange Muffins, apple chips as a topping for their Steel-Cut Oatmeal, Vegetarian Autumn Squash Soup, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Cherry Vanilla Bagels, Pumpkin Cookies, and Pumpkin Muffins” will also be making their autumn comeback.

H/T + PicThx Brand Eating

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Hit-Or-Miss

Pumpkin Spice Hummus is Everything We Didn’t Ask For This Fall

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October is just around the corner but we’ve been spoiling ourselves rotten with all the pumpkin things for the last month. No, seriously. Just when you thought we had it all with Pumpkin Spice Oreos and Pumpkin flavored booze, something else sneaks its way into the mix that makes you wonder if this pumpkin craze has gotten out of control.

Case in point, Pumpkin Spice Hummus. What the hell can we even eat this with, pumpkin spice tortilla chips? Pumpkin pita bread?

This hummus isn’t all that orange goodness scooped out from a pie, it’s still mainly tahini, garlic, and all that other savory stuff, just fancied up with the addition of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin seeds. Is this stuff sweet or savory? For the love of all things pumpkin, what the hell is this orange dip?!

Cedar’s Pumpkin Spice Hummus is available for a limited time.

H/T + PicThx Consumerist

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Fudgy Pumpkin Bars With Vanilla Bean Brown Butter Glaze

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Recipe: Averie Cooks

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Dunkin’ Donuts Launches Pumpkin Crème Brûlée-Flavored Lattes

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‘Tis the season for drowning ourselves in sweet creams and sugars, particularly those of the pumpkin-flavored variety. But in case Starbucks’ PSL is getting a little old, Dunkin’ Donuts has decided to step up its gourd game, by offering a drink that tastes not just like pumpkin, but pumpkin crème brûlée.

Presumably sweeter than your typical pumpkin spice, Dunkin’ Donuts PCB is available in both regular coffee and latte form, reports Business Insider. Also among the limited time fall line-up are pumpkin hot or iced mochas, pumpkin pie donuts and donut holes, and a pumpkin muffin.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go hop on a plane to the east coast and drink enough of those pumpkin crème brûlée lattes to turn me as round as a pumpkin or a ramekin. Kay, thanks.

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That Pumpkin Spice Latte In Your Hand Almost Never Happened

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It turns out that the Pumpkin Spice Latte, arguably the most beloved of cool-weather drinks, almost never existed. Ten years ago, as coffee gurus and execs at Starbucks were testing fall drink ideas, pumpkin spice quickly fell into the “meh” category, sinking behind flavors like chocolate caramel and cinnamon spice. But Peter Dukes, the espresso brand manager for the coffee giant, knew that the drink was a winner. He refused to scrap the idea, and now, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is one of Starbuck’s most popular seasonal drinks, developing a cult following similar to the Shamrock Shake or the Cronut.

The development of the sauce that makes the drink so popular came from months of testing and eating  many pumpkin pies: homemade, store bought, and even with a shot of espresso poured over the top. Now, the blend of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, steamed milk, espresso, whipped cream, and a pumpkin spice topping signals cooler weather to coffee drinkers across the country.

This season, the Pumpkin Spice Latte celebrates its tenth anniversary. Check out the #PSL tweets to see how people are celebrating the milestone and sharing their latte happiness.

H/T Wall Street Journal + PicThx Starbucks

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Coca Cola Creates Hot Ginger Ale in a Can


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When the weather gets cooler, you’ll pretty much buy anything that comes with orange and red, leaf-themed packaging. At least, that’s what Coca-Cola Japan is hoping. They’ve created “hot” Canada Dry Ginger Ale in a can, which comes in autumn-colored packaging. It also features some fancy tech to keep the drink carbonated while it heats up, an impressive feat that took the company four years to develop.

The drink itself sounds pretty tasty, like a fizzy, gingery hot toddy, with extra ginger and spices to make the recipe more suitable for cold weather. Hot Ginger Ale will be released in Japan on October 21 for 120 yen (US$1.20) a can, a little late in the game for fall specials (after all, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is already available).

So, tell us, would you try Hot Ginger Ale in a can

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