As of 5:05 a.m. this morning, we are officially in the season of fall and with that comes shorter days, cooler nights and, more deliciously, fall produce. During these next few months, we look forward to in-season goods such as butternut squash, pears, sweet potatoes and, of course, freshly picked apples. Whether you’re a fan of sweet Golden Delicious, tart Granny Smith or classic, crisp McIntosh, there’s an apple to please just about every taste and to fit into every recipe. Check out our favorite apple centric recipes below, and head to the orchard to get picking — or just stop by the produce aisle for — this season’s best eats.
With just a few minutes of prep time, Food Network Kitchens’ Baked Apples With Fennel (pictured above) is a go-to side that is filled with flavor. Buttered, cored apples rest atop thick-cut onion rounds and bake alongside a sliced fennel bulb to create a sweet and savory dish that goes perfectly with Food Network Magazine’s Roast Pork Loin.
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As the weather starts to change from scorching hot to blissfully breezy, so does the temperature of seasonal dishes. Fall is synonymous with comfort foods like warm soups, casseroles and baked goods hot out of the oven.
Not surprisingly, when Food Network asked Facebook fans “I can’t wait to cook _____ this fall,” more than 3,300 people had something to say.
The countdown to full-on fall has officially begun, and fans can’t wait to bust out the crockpot and make warm, hearty chili. Try Giada’s White Bean and Chicken Chili. Red pepper flakes bring heat to the cannellini beans, and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese at the end is melt-in-your-mouth good. Add some beef to your beans with Ellie’s Three Bean and Beef Chili. Chipotle chile, adobo sauce and red bell pepper add color and flavor to this comfort classic.
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Farewell, summer. Today marks the first official day of fall, which means it’s time to get jazzed about the best part of harvest season: WINE.
Check out these fun finds for autumn 2009.
Wine Ratings Guide iPhone App:
A one-million wine database, plus your own personal ratings list
Vineyard reports from across North America
From the Expert:
Screwcaps and boxed wine are in!
Wine Shop Savvy:
How to return a flawed bottle
Harvest Vine Wallpaper:
Dress your desktop for fall.
Need info and tips on vino? Let us know.
- Angela Moore, VP/Site Director