Spice Up Your Fall in 3 Easy Ways

by Diane Horn on October 29, 2013

I love when fall arrives. The colors seem to change on a daily basis as well as the quality of light in the morning and afternoons.  When I walk my dog Gabbie around 6PM I can often catch the aroma of what’s cooking for dinner at my neighbor’s house.

The farmer’s market is selling the last of the summer corn and tomatoes and crisp apples take center stage…..and of course pumpkins and squash are everywhere.

It’s also time to start searching for the knitting projects I put down over the summer and vowed to have finished for gifts last year.  Maybe I’ll even get them done this year.

3 Easy Ways to Spice Up Your Fall

No matter where you live, even in warm climates there are seasonal changes.  They may be more subtle and you might have to challenge yourself to find them but they are there.

The first place to add spice is to your cooking.

One of my secret go-to’s is Pumpkin Pie Spice.
Trader Joe’s brand is a combination of cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, cloves and cardamon.

There is no sugar at all in it yet it has a slightly sweet taste.  You can sprinkle it on a baked sweet potato, roasted butternut squash, or even baked pumpkin.  I always add a little salt to bring out the flavor and if I’m roasting I use olive oil. I also add it to squash soups.  A little goes a long way and it smells so delicious.

Also try heating some of the spice on foil in the oven.  What an aroma!

Did you know cardamom is the 3rd most expensive spice …just behind saffron and vanilla?

It is grown in southern India and is one of the many intoxicating flavors of Indian food.You can buy it ground or in pods but If you really want to enjoy the distinctive sweet spicy flavor as well as its many health benefits you want to buy green pods.

Don’t be afraid of using cardamom…a little goes a long way.  The seeds need to be ground and heated to release their full flavor.  Use a mortar and pestle to grind them and heat in a saucepan with a little oil.

If you like the flavor of Indian Chai you can slightly crack open one or two pods and let them steep in a pot of tea.  Add a little almond milk and you’ve made your own chai.

 

Here’s a Recipe For a Grain Free Pumpkin Bread                         
(gluten free)

Ingredients:

  • 5 farm-fresh eggs
  • 1/2 C. coconut milk (full fat)
  • 1 1/2 C. 100% pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling…)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla
  • 1/2 C. coconut flour, sifted with baking soda
  • 1-2 TBSP raw or locally grown honey (optional)
  • 1 TBSP cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • Your choice of chopped nuts – Walnuts are best…                                           
  • Coconut oil or butter for greasing your loaf pan

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix all wet ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Sift in coconut flour, baking soda and spices.
  4. Blend together until completely combined and lump-free.
  5. Bake for in a greased loaf pan for 40 -45 minutes or until the bread if firm to touch.
  6. This recipe can be made into muffins, too.

 Courtesy of Carol Beliveau

 

I’d love to hear what you like about fall and what some of your favorite recipes are.  Please feel free to share with me.

Don’t forget to let your inner child come out and play….dress up for Halloween, carve a pumpkin, jump into a pile of leaves…whatever makes you laugh!

 
All my very best,
 
Diane

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