Eat the Seasons | November

I have a huge love affair with November and the fall weather! I look forward to soft, cozy sweaters, the leaves turning a deep amber, relaxing with a glass of wine by the fire, Thanksgiving with my family, and comfort foods full of warm spices, hearty flavors and delicious winter vegetables. This time of the year is perfect and magical!

As the days become increasingly colder and surprisingly wet here in the Bay Area, the harvesting of fresh fruits and vegetables start to slow down. Unlike the Midwest, where I’m originally from, we don’t experience the huge snowfalls and freezing winters that cause the growing of fresh produce to come to a screeching halt. We still have access to some yummy fall-winter fruits and vegetables straight from the farmer’s markets in November.

However, It’s easy to over-look a lot of these winter items. With so many out-of-season fruits and vegetables showing up a the stores year-round, why cook with strange items you’ve probably never tasted in your life? And let’s be honest, who as a kid really liked eating brussel sprouts or beets? Not me! What we forget is that these winter gems are packed full of nutrients and vitamins we all need during the rainy or winter seasons. For those of you who are about to see some serious snow in your future, adding more winter vegetable and fruits to your diet will help your body protect itself from colds and flus that tend to flair up this time of the year. A lot of the produce forced-into-ripeness are lack in what our body needs to stay strong.

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Hopefully the recipes to follow will inspire you to incorporate more of these little winter gems into your diet and prove to you that not all brussel sprouts are the enemy! If I can eat them. I promise you can too! Also, if you’re searching for some great recipes for Thanksgiving, you are sure to find something here that will satisfy your hungry guests this holiday season. Cheers!

Brussel Sprouts

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1. The Ultimate Fall Salad | by Making Thyme for Health

2. Roasted on the Stalk Brussel Sprouts | by Nutmeg Nanny

3. Honey Sriracha Roasted Brussel Sprouts | by Shared Appetite


Butternut Squash

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1. Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese | by Farm Fresh to You

2. Butternut Squash Carbonara with Fried Sage and Carmelized Onions | by Katie at the Kitchen Door

3. Turkey – Cranberry Strudel with Maple Roasted Butternut Squash | by Recipe Girl

4. Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas | by Skinny Taste

5. Roasted Squash with Apples and Soju | by My Name is Yeh


Parsnip

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1. Parsnip Gratin with Gruyere and Thyme | by Feasting at Home

2. Roasted Garlic, Parsnip & White Bean Soup | by Yummy Beet

3. Paleo Garlic Mashed Parsnips | by Paleoaholic


Pear

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1. Pear & Gorgonzola Stuffed Pork Loin with Sage Butter | by Tina Bester on Crush

2. Pear Roquefort Salad | by Verses from my Kitchen

3. Pear Nectar with Reposado Tequila | by Cookie and Kate

4. Pear Pizza with Fried Sage | by Love & Lemons

5. Bacon, Pear & Blue Cheese Macaroni with Caramelized Onions | by Adventures in Cooking


Persimmon

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1. Persimmon Prosciutto and Brie Grilled Cheese | by Joy the Baker

2. Persimmon Bruschetta | by Food52

3. Pork with Persimmons and Mustard Greens | by Martha Stewart


Pumpkin

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1. Mathanga Erissery (Pumpkin Curry from Kerala) | by Indu Gets Cooking

2. Chipotle Pumpkin Soup with Crispy Chorizo & Caramelized Apples | by Half Baked Harvest

3. Pumpkin Glazed Turkey Legs | by Bakeaholic Mama


Quince

Eat The Seasons - November - Quince | Designs of Any Kind

1. Persian Quince Jam with Cardamom and Rosewater for Breakfast | by Cook Eat Live Vegetarian

2. Quince Curd Creme Brulee Tarts | by Pink Patisserie

3. Braised Pork Belly Rotolo with Quince and Salsa di Porto | by Gourmet Traveller


 

To find out what’s fresh in your neck of the woods, check out Sustainable Table. I’m obsessed with their site and it has loads of info on each produce item, as well.

 

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