It's hard to believe that Fall is officially upon us! |
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We are fortunate that, in Ontario, we get to witness Fall's brilliant reds, yellows and oranges in our landscape. It's no coincidence that Fall foods are of the same colourful palette: vibrant red apples, yellow, green and striped varieties of oddly shaped squash, and of course the season's most popular fruit, pumpkin! Pumpkin is such a versatile food, which is why it was an easy choice as the focus of this month's newsletter.
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Pumpkin Soup, Please
One of the easiest ways to utilize pumpkin is to make soup. There are literally hundreds of ways one can make a great pumpkin soup.
Chef for All Seasons likes to add dimension to a basic soup by adding some savory ingredients, such as apples or leeks or potatoes.
For a spicy kick, exotic spices like cardamom, ginger, or curry can create an Asian twist. To finish, drizzle in some truffle oil or add a high quality parmesan cheese to jazz up the bowl.
Don't forget to add a touch of cream towards the end to create the consistency to your liking. Lighten it up by substituting skimmed milk instead of whipping/heavy cream. Here's a great resource for pumpkin-specific soup recipes that you can try on your own: http://www.pumpkinsoup.org
Forget pumpkin pies, cookies and other baked varieties. Think outside of the box and use pumpkin in savoury foods, such as a beautiful curry, pumpkin-flavoured pasta, stuffed raviolis, or use it as a base in risotto. Chef for All Seasons creates several types of risottos, but by changing one ingredient, can transform a traditional dish into something more creative and seasonal.
Make it yourself, or if you're not feeling up to the challenge, ask Chef for All Seasons to prepare it at your next special event. But if you enjoy cooking, follow these simple guidelines.
- Always start with a hot pan.
- In a large pan, caramelize the onions, garlic and a mixture of fresh herbs
- Brown the risotto rice, together with the herb mixture.
- Immediately following, add some pureed pumpkin to the mixture prior to adding in the stock. Be careful not to let the puree burn.
- Add in the stock. Follow all of the basic rules of making traditional risotto.
- Heighten the flavour by stirring in additional puree when the risotto is almost completely cooked.
Oh My, What a Pie!
Did you know that the world's largest pumpkin pie was created in the small town of New Bremen, Ohio? Made in October of 2005, this giant measured 12 feet, 4inches in diameter (3.76m) and weighed 2,020 pounds (more than 916 kg). If you would like to re-create this monster, you would need:
|Did you know that Pumpkin Seeds are packed with health benefits?|
Here are 10 Health Benefits of Eating Pumpkin Seeds:
1. Prostate Protection
2. Improved Bladder Function
3. Depression Treatment
4. Prevention of Osteoporosis
5. Natural Anti-Inflammatory
6. Prevention of Kidney Stones
7. Treatment of Parasites
8. Great Source of Magnesium
9. Lower Cholesterol
10. Cancer Prevention
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Cooks Illustrated - a superb guide for all things food. Learn recipes, techniques, and product knowledge. You'll become a gourmet chef before you know it!
Epicurious.com- Recipes, menus, articles, cooking guides and more.
Mercola.com - The world's #1 Natural Health Newsletter covering wellness, nutrition, and various blog topics to keep you healthy and living longer.
Foodland Ontario - Want to support Ontario's farmers, but don't know what's available? Here's an easy to read seasonal guide:
Culinarium.ca- Toronto-based gourmet food shop, which showcases Ontario food and offers a range of natural, organic, sustainable food.
Cumbraes.ca- Toronto-based butchery offering traditionally raised meat from the finest local farms, specialty foods, and prepared foods.
Glencolton Farms - Learn about raw milk and be a part of Cow Share Canada
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