I love summer and had a hard time letting go of it this year. Gone are the tomatoes, the fresh corn and the peaches... but I am finally accepting of the fact that fall is here and it sure beats winter. Fall also is just beautiful right here in NJ. The trees have some nice color, the days have been relatively warm and the crisp cool nights are perfect for sleeping. Fall foods tend to be heartier and homier to me than summer foods - a nice change of pace but I have to watch the calories!
Here are some of the fall foods that I have been enjoying...
Thanksgiving Day Sandwich from Hinck's Turkey Farm in Wall, NJ
Fresh roast turkey on a hard roll with stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy - Why wait for Thanksgiving?!
Classic Meatloaf with a brown sugar, ketchup and apple cider vinegar glaze - total comfort food!
Sweet Potato Wedges - Peeled sweet potatoes cut into wedges, tossed with kosher salt, cumin, and a little vegetable oil - baked at 400 degrees on a sheet pan until lightly browned and crispy - Delicious and healthy too!
Rutabaga from the CSA box - delicious simply boiled, mashed with butter, milk, salt and pepper
Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups - salty, sweet and incredibly delicious!
Red Jacket Orchards Apple Cider from New York State - they have been making the cider for 50 years- no wonder it's so good!
Wemrock Orchards Apple Cider Donuts made in Freehold, NJ - donut perfection!
I was born and raised in NJ, first in Hunterdon County, later relocating to Monmouth County, and finally I am in Northern Ocean County. I work In Middlesex County and went to college in Mercer County. Whew... Therefore, I have knowledge of much of the Garden State. I am passionate about food; especially local foods. I have been addicted to farm markets since I was very young. I have a great husband and two of the best daughters anyone could wish for. NJ is an epicurean's delight! I would love your comments and questions.
One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. ~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story