Autumn Favorite

Treat everyone to an autumn favorite

With the autumn on the horizon, foodies are starting to think about the bevy of fresh foods that seem to symbolize the season. From squash to apples to aromatic seasonings, foods cooked in the fall are awash in flavor.

Autumn can be the perfect time to handpick foods from a nearby farmer’s market or orchard. Pumpkin picking is a favorite this time of year, and those impressive orange spheres are more than just jack-o-lanterns.

Freshly picked pumpkins can be used to make muffins, breads and, of course, the ubiquitous pumpkin pie.  The following recipe for “Ultimate Pumpkin Pie With Rum Whipped Cream” from Ina Garten’s “Barefoot Contessa Foolproof” (Clarkson Potter) is a spirit-infused take on the classic pumpkin pie recipe. The recipe can be prepared with fresh pumpkin puree or the canned variety found at stores.

Fun Twists for Festive Fall recipes

When fall arrives and the temperature cools, it’s a great time for families to get together and spend more time enjoying delicious home-cooked foods. This season, look for fun ways to put a twist on your favorite recipes, or try new recipes to bring some seasonal flavors into your home.

For inspiration, check out these tips from Chef Alex Guarnaschelli. As part of her partnership with Fisher Nuts, Chef Alex Guarnaschelli is sharing her expert tips and recipes with a twist.

• Make nuts part of your seasonal recipes by toasting them in a little warm olive oil over medium heat. When the nuts are toasted and coated in the oil, stir in any fresh herbs (for example, rosemary or sage) and allow the herbs to gently crisp up and meld with the nuts. Serve as is with a pinch of salt.

• Slow cooking a piece of meat? Add a few nuts to some of the cooking liquid, blend it smooth and pour it back into the rest of the cooking liquid to naturally enrich the flavor and thicken your sauce.

• Need a new vinaigrette? Roast a handful of nuts, walnuts for example, and blend them with 3 parts olive oil and 1 part lemon juice.

• Healthy greens are a great companion to nuts. Try making a salad of chopped arugula with walnuts or dandelion greens and pecans. Radicchio is delicious with almonds and apples. Using nuts can easily expand your salad horizon.

If you’re looking for a great seasonal salad recipe, this Walnut-Bleu Cheese Date Vinaigrette salad has its own unique twist using Fisher Walnut Halves and Pieces. It was created by Lori McLain of Denton, Texas, who was selected by Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and a panel of judges as the winner of the 2013 “My Fresh Twist” recipe contest.