Gluten-Free Foods – Winter Approaches

Roasted Delicata Squash Recipe web montage

The arrival of cold weather here in NYC has brought with it a surprising revelation.  I LOVE fall and winter produce.  I know that farmers’ markets and grocery stores abound with all kinds of fresh produce during the summer, but my first tastes of delicata squash and persimmons this season made me realize how much I missed them.

My friend Clark once laughed at me when I excitedly discussed the arrival of some fruit or vegetable to my local store.  “Oh you seasonal eaters crack me up!” he said.  Sure I’m not always a ‘good seasonal eater – I do enjoy apples all year round and would have a hard time giving up zucchini when it’s out of peak season.  But eating seasonally gives me a chance to really enjoy and almost overload on the best mother nature has to nourish us with during that time of year.  The foods have the most flavor and vitamins, bringing the most pleasure and nutrition to your body.

I know it’s not realistic to for everyone to eat seasonally all the time, and it can be difficult to keep track of what you should eat when.  But if you shop the items in your produce section that are on sale you are usually doing it by default AND it has the side benefit of being more affordable.

Anyway, I just wanted to share my excitement with you – it’s time for delicata squash and persimmons and apples of all kinds, sweet potatoes and pumpkins and stews.  I’m going to make some hearty bean and chili dishes.  Oh I’m not looking forward to bundling up in heavy jackets and braving the snow, after all I am still a California girl at heart.  But the culinary delights awaiting me the next few months make it a little bit easier to bear.

What are the winter foods that warm your soul?

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Cecelias Marketplace said,

October 26, 2009 @ 3:05 am

While I do love delicata squash, I’m not sure about persimmons. I try one every year when they are fresh and am not in love with them. I noticed that if they are unripe they almost burned my mouth a bit. I think if I lived where they grew locally it might be easier to like them.

Katie said,

October 26, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

you will be happy to know i found some delicata squash in my neighborhood food emporium! who would have guessed?? your recipe is on my menu for the week.

CinnamonQuill said,

October 28, 2009 @ 2:08 am

I agree; we’ve had soup three times in the past five days. And it hasn’t even gotten really cold yet. I can’t wait to try a whole slew of new soups and stews! I want to make a good vegetarian white chili. :)

greenfrog said,

November 3, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

Is it a seasonal cheat to have frozen fire-roasted chiles a month ago and to use them now with garbanzos and tomatoes to assemble vegan chili?

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