One of the best things about the arrival of autumn is the delicious array of flavors that accompany it: hearty soups and stews, baked apple pies, roasted root vegetables and so much more. Here are some of our favorite ways to savor the goodness of autumn!
Preserving fall: This is a great time of year to experiment with canning and other methods of preserving fall’s bounty. Maybe you can make a big batch of homemade apple sauce or persimmon jam. The Concannon family has been enjoying the flavor of ripe fall pears for generations in their Clove Cabernet Pear Jam, a tasty concoction of Bosc pears flavored with Cabernet Sauvignon, cloves, raisins and orange zest. Here’s the recipe: http://www.concannonvineyard.com/wp-content/themes/concannon/images/recipes/recipe_clove-cabernet-pear-jam.pdf
Seasonal baking: This is a great time of year to dust off your favorite baking recipes and whip up a batch of pumpkin bread, persimmon cookies or apple tarts. No time for fancy baking? Many grocery stores have bakeries that feature seasonal treats. You can make the dish your own by warming it in the oven before serving with a dollop of whipped cream. Nobody will be the wiser.
Roasting for flavor: Roasting foods in the oven is one of the easiest ways to bring out flavor, and this is especially true when it comes to autumn vegetables. Simply peel and cube pumpkin, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, onions, leeks and fennel bulbs. Drizzle with olive oil, add a few chopped garlic cloves, some fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme and sage are nice) and pop in a 400-degree oven for 45 minutes to an hour, until vegetables are tender. A real taste of autumn!