Don’t apples smell like autumn to you? Use the more sour varieties for pies and salads, enjoy sweeter ones on their own or with peanut butter, slowly dipping crispy slices and savoring the moment. Remember though that the regular, widely available apples may have been exposed to pesticides and/or covered with wax. Make sure you wash them thoroughly before eating or opt for organic ones.
Cooking with apples:
- Slow Cooker Apple Cake
- Spicy Apple and Savoy Cabbage Salad
- Baked Apples with Walnuts and Maple Syrup
- Rustic Apple Walnut Crostata with Gorgonzola
Sweet, slightly tannic black grapes are available throughout the year, but they sure are at their best in September. Again, you need to opt for organic heirloom varieties if you are looking for more than just sweetness. Black grapes work well in salads and, most certainly, on their own, nipped off, berry by berry, from a huuuge bunch!
Cooking with grapes:
Fruit and vegetables, make way - juicy, crispy cabbage is making its entrance! While it will remain in season till the first gentle green sprouts of spring, cabbage is now at its freshest. You can stew it, roast with spices, sauté with garlic, or simply chop up and enjoy in fresh slaws. Here’s a cabbage shopping tip: choose the heads that weigh more than you expect them to. Cabbage is a useful ingredient to keep at hand, so never hesitate to buy a head when you see a good one!
Cooking with cabbage:
- Sauteed Green Cabbage With Onions
- Spicy Cabbage Kimchi
- Favorite Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry
- Easy Collard and Cabbage Slaw
Have you ever tried carrot noodles? Use a vegetable peeler to “peel” fully ripe carrots to their very core and then sauté them with chicken, sesame, or other seasonal produce! Another idea is to roast carrots whole – you will enjoy their sweet, caramelized flavor.
Cooking with carrots:
Cauliflower is another leader of the colder seasons. But September is probably the month to enjoy it raw! Or roast cauliflower florets with sea salt and a dash of quality olive oil! Or maybe, process it to make cauliflower couscous and cook it in the skillet to get a great side dish for any meal!
Cooking with cauliflower:
- Spicy Roasted Cauliflower
- Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole
- Roasted Cauliflower Soup
- Cauliflower Rice (Couscous)
Cherry tomatoes tend to ripen slower than their bigger brothers, so now is a good time not only to enjoy fresh cherry tomato salads, but to simmer them down one quiet September night to a flavorful sauce or spicy jam for less produce-packed months of winter.
Cooking with cherry tomatoes:
Cruciferous veggies have come to stay, but pears are a very different piece of work. One day they are unripe and mouth-puckering and the other – mushy and foam-like. But if you catch that fleeting moment when they are ripe and juicy, you will be delighted! Pears work well with cheeses, nuts, and balsamic vinegar; they are great when baked or poaches with spices, wine, or honey.
Cooking with pears:
Countless pepper varieties are finally ready to be enjoyed all at once! Just look at their beautiful color and gloss – aren’t they calling your name? Below you will find several pepper-packed cooking ideas.
Cooking with peppers:
- Roasted Red Pepper and Crab Soup
- Beer Sausage with Onions and Pepper
- Stuffed Green Peppers
- Slow-Cooker Pepper Steak
- Peppered Bacon and Tomato Linguine
Sheep’s Milk Cheese
Cheese is available all year round, but September is the month when sheep’s milk cheese from smaller cheesemakers has finally completed its maturing process. Enjoy the nutty flavor with fresh seasonal fruit, vegetables, and, of course, quality pasta.
Cooking with sheep's milk cheese:
- Brussels Hazelnut Salad
- Baked Eggs with Arugula and Salmon
- Watermelon Feta Salad with Herbs
- Amazing Mini Cheesecakes
- Fried Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
- Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich
In September, you’ll see both summer squash varieties and thick-skinned winter ones crowded at farmer’s markets. Enjoy the tenderer ones – zucchini, yellow squash, etc. – while they are still fresh because you’ll get plenty of chance to opt for the firmer squash cultivars in their prime time – winter.
Cooking with squash:
- Carrot Zucchini Bread
- Easy Zucchini Crisps
- Sweet Zucchini Brownies
- Parmesan Baked Zucchini
- Sea Scallops and Zucchini Pasta
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