Soup season is upon us. Say goodbye to summer and warm fall days. I welcome the change with open arms and a big appetite. As the days get colder and colder, the foods we want to eat are different. We start to crave comfort foods to provide us with warmth throughout the late fall and winter. We have enterered the days when it gets dark before 5 o’clock in the afternoon, and we need warm hats, scarfs, boots etc. This also means soups, stews, chili, and other comfort foods we eat less of in the summer. Dishes made with root vegetables, grains, legumes. Simple food to warm the body and soothe the soul.
Although we can get pretty much any fruit or vegetable all year round, it is nice to try and focus on the local vegetables that are around in the winter. There is still a lot of local produce at the market right now; a plethora of different squashes, potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnips, celery roots, jerusalem artichokes, leeks, turnips, apples. Some of these local foods are available all year round thanks to their incredible ability to last a long time if stored properly. Continue reading