Five Must-Have Fall Ingredients

The change in season from summer to fall means your local farmer’s market and corner store recently got a face lift. Navigating the isles of new offerings can be intimidating, so we asked production chef Leigh to help steer us in a tasty direction. Here are Leigh’s five must-have fall ingredients:

1//Chicken stock: “It’s easy and cheap to make, makes the house smell good, and is useful in a lot of cold-weather foods like soups and braised dishes.”

2//Quince: “A beautiful, fragrant fruit with a short season. It tastes kind of like a tropical apple, and can only be eaten cooked. Try this simple vanilla-poached quince recipe to keep on hand and serve with ice cream, in tarts, or to accompany roast pork.”

3//Delicata Squash: “Sweeter and more delicate than Butternut, this squash has a thin, edible skin, which makes it easy to prep. Roast crescents of Delicata Squash and toss into a salad of bitter greens (like radicchio, frisée, or treviso), topped with apples and sherry vinaigrette.”

4//Fresh Spices: “Freshly-ground spices make a huge difference in holiday desserts. Pick some up in the bulk section of stores like Whole Foods or Rainbow Grocery to save some serious cash. Grind in a spice grinder or in a mortar and pestle right before using.”

5//Brussel Sprouts: “These cruciferous vegetables are not only good for you and currently in season, but they are also a great vehicle for other seasonal flavors. Quarter the sprouts, toss with olive oil and salt, and roast at high heat until crisp-tender. Toss with toasted hazelnuts and crispy bacon for a delicious fall side dish.”

What are your must-have food items for the fall? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • Kim

    Everything pumpkin all the time. I also find myself adding cinnamon and nutmeg to just about everything.