This Fall Recipe Round Up is a collection of my recipes to inspire you to cook with seasonal produce. Many things inspire me to cook and the seasons is one of them. During each season I try to enjoy the fruits and vegetables at their peak. Skim through the lists of recipes and find something new or perhaps something you haven’t made since last fall.

Aside from the great taste of produce a seasonal strategy adds variety to your everyday pattern of meals. If you save your absolute favourites then over time you’ll have recipes you look forward to making as the seasons change.

These six categories are simply the way I think of the fresh produce I want to cook with at this time of year.

  • Peppers and Tomatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Root Vegetables – Potatoes, Carrots, Beets and Parsnips
  • Squash – Zucchini, Butternut and Eggplant
  • Cranberries and Pears
  • Apples and Grapes

Peppers and Tomatoes

I buy bell peppers and chile peppers all year long but in the fall is when the displays include the most variety of colourful peppers. Tomatoes are on their way out but people are still posting pictures of kitchen tables covered with their garden harvest. I’m more likely to make Roasted Tomato Soup in the fall but the weather influences my choices and I’ve got lots of fall favourites to choose from.

Pumpkin

People seem to agree that pumpkin is now it’s own season so I say just go with it. Whether you’re cooking with fresh or canned pumpkin this is the time of year to do it.

Root Vegetables – Potatoes, Carrots, Beets and Parsnips

I use potatoes and carrots year round yet when they’re at their peak there’s more variety available and everything looks fresh. Roast a variety of root vegetables and you’ll find different ways to use them up. Be sure to read the tags and signs on your produce to find out where it came from.

Squash – Zucchini, Butternut and Eggplant

Zucchini is a summer squash but in early fall gardeners in my area are still dreaming up creative ways to use it (They would say “get rid of it”!). Grocery stores and markets now have huge displays of winter squash like butternut, acorn, spaghetti squash and many more. Shiny purple eggplants in different sizes are also in season during the late summer and into fall. Eggplant is technically a fruit but in many recipes I switch zucchini and eggplant so it fits into this category for me.

Cranberries and Pears

This selection of recipes includes cranberries that are fresh, dried and canned. Pears are a luscious fall fruit that require close observation to enjoy them when they’re perfectly ripe but that first bite will remind you that it was worth the wait. There are several pear varieties available in fall so try a few.

Apples and Grapes

Apples are falling off trees and going to waste so try and get some before they fall to the ground. We’re spoiled with varieties of apples but sometimes they taste like they’ve flown half way around the world. Look for some local varieties and try them. I had to include grapes yet I’m just eating them out of hand and tossing some into my salads. (There are grapes in my Pomegranate Pear Guacamole recipe above).

That’s a wrap for fall! There are so many delicious things to cook I hope you’ll try something new because winter will be here before you know it!

Let me know in the comments below what you tried or what you look forward to cooking in the fall.

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