Now that the days are growing shorter and weather has become cooler, the selection of farm-fresh vegetables is becoming heartier.
As our thoughts turn back to the kitchen, our friends at Everyday Food magazine have provided a bounty of great tips for using and enjoying autumn’s most delicious in-season produce.
From warming soups to simple roasted vegetable side dishes, you’ll find great ideas to warm your kitchen with irresistible scents and delicious flavor.
Read on for inspiration!
- Butternut squash becomes silky and sweet when roasted and pureed in this simple soup. Fresh ginger, garlic, and a splash of orange juice add flavor and brightness.
- Butternut squashes have a hard rind and a golden orange flesh. Similar to other types of winter squash, such as acorn, they are at their best from early fall through winter.
- Look for squash with smooth skins and no soft spots or blemishes. They should also feel heavy for their size.
- Squash can be cooked in the microwave: Place whole squash on a paper towel; microwave on high, turning occasionally, until very tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife, 20 to 25 minutes.
- Kale turns sweeter in cold weather, so it’s at its best from mid-fall through early spring.
- Choose kale with firm, deep-green leaves, avoiding any that are wilted or have yellow spots.
- Keep kale in the coldest part of your refrigerator, loosely wrapped in a plastic bag. Though it seems like a sturdy vegetable, kale will quickly wilt and turn bitter.
- Broccoli is available all year but is at its prime from fall to early spring. Look for dense, dark-green florets and firm, slender stalks. Refrigerate in a plastic bag in the crisper for up to 4 days, and wash just before using.
- Broccoli stalks are as delicious as the florets — use a vegetable peeler to remove the tough skin.
Hot liquids will expand when blended, so be careful not to fill the jar of the blender more than halfway. To prevent the liquid from spattering, allow the heat to escape: Remove the cap from hole in lid, and cover lid with a dish towel when blending.
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