I grew up in the Northeast, picking apples from the local orchards, and grapes from the vines in our backyard. On Saturday mornings, our house would be toasty and smell delicious from the combination of apples and cinnamon, cumin and chili, and chicken roasting in the oven. There was no mistaking the season.
I live in beautiful southern California now, so I have to work a bit harder to bring back the feel of autumn. Cooking and baking with seasonal ingredients is the easiest way no matter where you live, and it means you'll be using fresh locally grown produce, which will be most nutritious and least costly.
Naturally sweet, this quintessential fall squash is full of potassium, protein, and vitamins A and K. It will keep your metabolism high, your skin glowing and aid in muscle recovery.
Forget the lattes at the local coffee bar, as they have pumpkin pie spice, but no pumpkin.To get all the great nutrients and flavors of pumpkin, try this delicious blended version at home.