It’s the fall season again, and you know what that means: pumpkin flavored everything. From lattes and cookies to pies and doughnuts there seems to be a pumpkin flavored promotion everywhere you turn. But all these treat-lovers forget that there are more than pumpkins to celebrate during fall, especially in Central New York. Here are some tasty vegetarian recipes to expand your palate while eating local, in season fruits and vegetables.
Leek and Potato Soup
This soup is perfect for dinner after a day of apple picking in the chill fall air.
3 leeks cleaned and chopped
1 medium onion chopped
4 Tablespoons butter
2 pounds potatoes, peeled and diced
1 quart chicken or vegetable stock
1 cup heavy cream
3 cups milk
2 teaspoons of salt
black pepper, to taste
In a soup pot, melt butter and sauté the onions and leeks on medium heat. At the same time begin cooking the potatoes by boiling them in a second pot. When onions and leeks become soft add the stock, bring to boil and remove from heat. As soon as the potatoes are finished cooking, drain and add half of them to the soup pot. Add the salt, milk, and cream and blend in small batches with a blender. Stir in the remaining potatoes. Add black pepper to taste. Serve hot.
Roasted Delicata Squash
This squash variety is very sweet with a nice, smooth texture.
maple syrup (optional)
Cut off the stem of the squash and carefully cut the squash lengthwise. Place flat side down on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until soft when poked with a fork. This squash is already sweet, but you may wish to add some butter or maple syrup to taste. The skin is edible and tasty as well.
Oatmeal Stuffed Apples
This sweet take on apples is sure to make your mouth water.
¾ cup rolled oats
½ cup brown sugar
1 ½ tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Core the apples from top, making sure not to go all the way through the apple. Mix together oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Add vanilla and maple syrup. Stuff each apple with the oat mixture. Pour water into a shallow baking dish and add apples right side up. Bake apples at 400° for 25 minutes or until the apples are soft. Let cool for five minutes before eating. Eat plain or add ice cream for an extra dash of sweetness.
Lastly, in order to help you on your quest for these ingredients, try http://www.localharvest.org/ to get the freshest produce from local growers.
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