Five Fresh Ideas for September
Here we are on the verge of bidding a fond farewell to summer’s abundant fresh fruits and veggies and welcoming back fall’s own cornucopia. September is a great month to grab a few summer items at their glorious peak while adding squash and apples back to your recipes. So, next time you visit the farmer’s market or your grocer’s produce aisle, here are some suggestions for what’s best and fresh.
1. Apples - Yes, you can get tasty apples all year. But September is their peak tastiness. Add them to salads and pot roasts; drizzle them with honey and yogurt; crunch them with a dry artisan cheese.
2. Pumpkins - As you see them start to make an appearance for Jack-O-Lantern duty, look to the smaller ones for cooking. A pumpkin soup or baked pumpkin served with pasta might be just what you need for a fall state-of-mind. Ditto for butternut squash!
3. Peppers - Sweet bell peppers jazz up a salad and taste delicious roasted. They don’t need much - a little olive oil before throwing on the grill and you’re ready to go.
4. Blackberries - Keep it simple and serve them on a pillow of whipped cream, or try something baked like a cobbler or pie.
5. Tomatoes - After a summer of soaking up the sun, tomatoes are at their sweet peak right about now. You can slice and drizzle with balsamic vinegar, make them the centerpiece of salads, chop them into homemade salsa, or add them to your eggs in the morning. So many uses and it’s a super food!
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