One of my favorite Onion articles in the world features Mr. Autumn Man..."who sources speculate loves Thanksgiving, butternut squash soup, homecoming parades, 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,' apple-picking, and haunted hayrides, emerges reliably every year around this time in his traditional uniform, sometimes alternating his iconic sweater with a fleece vest or pullover." Sound familiar, anyone?
I was channeling Mr. Autumn Man vibes hard this month - from the pumpkin pie breakfast smoothie to the Bedouin Tea-inspired roasted sweet potatoes with warming flavors like cinnamon, cardamom and sage. The last of my summer/fall CSA deliveries, this month packed some heat too. There was some variety of pepper nearly every week - ranging from tame red peppers to scorching scotch bonnets. This month inspired salads, soups, smoothies and (toasted) seeds. The veggies played a starring role in dishes from around the world - Pakistan, Thailand, India, Austria, Greece and California cuisine. October is the perfect time for getting lost in a slow, steady day of cooking and there's no better way to constantly be on the search for new inspiration and techniques than a surprise box of ingredients each week.
As The Onion writes, "The Autumnal Ambassador is also believed to be an avid consumer of seasonal produce, his home and hearth redolent of roasting Indian corn, gourds, and other root vegetables." It appears me and Mr. Autumn man are not so different... sigh!