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Top 5 Fall Favourites

Hello, September!

The start of a new autumn season is near and it is one that truly captures our foodie hearts. As the mercury continues to dip, our taste buds invariably start to crave all those magnificent fall-specific foods and flavours.

This is a time to warm ourselves from the inside out as cooler weather is the perfect time to enjoy piping-hot dishes and seasonal items not as readily available during other times of the year to chase away the fall chill.

So throw on your favourite sweater, get cozy and be sure to grab a snack before proceeding as I put together a list of my top 5 quintessential fall favourites: 

1. Pumpkin Spice Latte

Fall means crisp weather, changing leave colours, the start of a new school year and of course the return of the ever so popular Pumpkin Spice Latte. Pumpkin is ubiquitous for fall and on top of being flavorful, it is jam packed with good-for-you vitamins and minerals. (p.s. Starbucks Corp. recently announced that its PSL will now be made with real pumpkin and without caramel colouring – let us know what you think!)

This go-to specialty seasonal drink for many, is synonymous to hot chocolate topped with marshmallows or apple cider but truly marks the bittersweet beginning of fall.

2. Comfort Food

Most of us have a signature dish bound to produce satisfied murmurs or bring back fond childhood memories during the fall months. From sweet potato casseroles with marshmallows to homemade macaroni and cheese, these decadent comfort food dishes are often the pièce de résistance at gatherings with family and friends.

Though in our books macaroni and cheese is the epitome of comfort food with all its delightful cheesy goodness adored by both adults and kids alike. There is something magical about curling up with a bowl of creamy mac and cheese that makes everything feel just right as it tickles your taste buds!

3. Apples

What could be better than standing in the middle of an apple orchard picking (and eating, of course) crisp, tart apples right off the trees? There’s nothing more satisfying in life than biting into a fresh fall apple. Probably the most popular and plentiful fall fruit, apples are satisfying eaten raw or baked into a delicious dish and they certainly do a marvelous job at ringing in fall’s arrival.

From apple pie to apple crumble, this is the perfect season to relish in a savoury sweet treat with a side of vanilla ice cream and perhaps a drizzle of caramel to highlight the deep flavors of fall. Don’t forget a side of caramel apple cider!

4. Pie

All summer long, our ovens (or shall we say bellies) have been filled with fruity pies filled with peaches, berries and the list goes on. Once the temperature drops, our pie fillings switch to fall flavours such as pumpkin, apple, and chocolate. The savoury indulgence scale skyrockets as the aroma of freshly baked pie wafting from a cozy kitchen instantly warms the hearts of those basking in its glory – delightful scents of buttery, browning crust and bubbling fruit waiting to be topped with homemade whipped cream.

Fall is prime pie-baking season, and there is no better time to try your hand at a few new autumnal desserts than right now.

5. Chili

The ultimate fall comfort food, chili is a simple and inviting fill-you-up fare. Whether you want to serve a bowl at your potluck, as a simple weeknight supper or for lunch on a lazy Saturday, the options are endless as a simmering pot of chili will warm up any occasion.

Chili dishes are quite diverse and will suite every taste from super hearty beef and chicken chilis, pulled pork, vegetarian options, even healthy chilis. A full-flavoured, hearty dish with its rustic elements, chili is quintessential to fall with its melt in your mouth goodness.

This blog was originally posted on Gusto TV.
Rosalyn Gambhir
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