The leaves are slowly beginning to turn, the dog days of summer are in the rearview and somewhere ahead awaits winter’s wrath. But in the meantime we are on the precipice of what is arguably one of the most beautiful and enjoyable times of the year, at least here in our little corner of the world where we get to delight in the splendor of all four seasons.
The hum of the air conditioner is replaced with the street noise flowing in through the open windows. The weekends are filled with Farmer’s market harvests and football games. Scarecrows and pumpkins make their way onto lawns and porches while in the October air dangles the unmistakable smell of fall – and with it, promises of frosty mornings and cozy nights.
We get to wrap our chilly necks in scarves and hold a cup of hot chocolate for warmth. We can carve jack-o-lanterns and give candy to adorably costumed neighborhood kids. There’s less mowing the lawn and more playing in piles of crunchy leaves. What could possibly make this time of year any better? Only one thing, well, make that two: fabulous fall food and lavish libations!
For many, this time of year is synonymous with traditional autumn comfort foods and seasonal drinks. From hearty chili and freshly baked apple pie to warm cider and orchard sangria, the list of this season’s beloved eats and treats is as lengthy as it is titillating. For those of you who love your traditional autumnal dishes, we’ve decided to take a look at some classic fall favorites with a fresh spin – whether it be through flavor or application. For the more daring palates out there, there are some new products to inspire and refresh your fall feasts.
Take a look at these new domestic product launches that caught our eye. Hopefully you can snag these seasonal steals at a store near you or use them as inspiration for home-made deliciousness.
What: Barefoot Contessa Pumpkin Cupcake & Maple Cream Cheese Frosting Mix
Why: Because bathing suit season is over and cupcakes can be our friends again.
What: Kashi Autumn Wheat Breakfast Cereal
Where: Supermarkets and superstores [Walmart]
Why: Because there’s no reason breakfast shouldn’t be festive!
What: The Baker’s Pantry Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix
Where: Select supermarkets and superstores [Cost Plus World Market]
Why: Because a fall weekend morning is perfect for an indulgent at-home brunch.
What: Toigo Orchards Pear Butter
Where: Natural/Health Food Stores [Whole Foods Market]
Why: Because lightly seasoned tree ripened Bartlett pears are what fall is all about!
What: Trader Joe’s Sugar, Chocolate & Coffee Bean Grinder
Where: Supermarket [Trader Joe’s]
Why: Because there are very few things in life that cannot be improved by adding sugar and chocolate.
What: Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato Tortilla Chip Rounds
Where: Supermarket [Trader Joe’s]
Why: Because even football tailgates can be spiced up with fall flair.
These next picks may be a bit harder to get your hands on, unless you’ll be doing some traveling this season, but there’s no reason these global muses can’t inspire your fall cooking.
What: AP Gourmet Blueberry Pecan Brie Topper
Why: Because traditional appetizers can get boring. Also consider maple walnut or cranberry almond variations.
What: Knorr Secrets De Grand-Mère Potiron Pumpkin, Carrot and Rosemary Soup
Why: Because your crock pot has felt neglected all summer.
What: Asda Chosen by You Vegetarian Goats’ Cheese & Butternut Squash Lasagne
Why: Because butternut squash was made for more than just soup.
What: Casino Délices Cranberry, Pecan & Pistachio Bars
Why: Because this will spice up your fall dessert tray while adding a healthier option.
What: Sampford Courtenay Sparkling Elderflower Cider
Why: Because edible flowers are making a huge comeback in food and beverage and because cider is to fall what iced tea is to summer.
What: Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
Why: Because a cinnamon-infused nightcap will bring sweeter dreams.
Hopefully these picks get your fall flavor wheels turning. We’d love to hear about your favorite autumnal treats or any new products that have caught your eye, so don’t be shy, comment away!