Fill your senses with fall flavors and favorites

By Antonia Steriti / Periwinkles Food Shoppe
Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2015
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Antonia Steriti of Periwinkles Food Shoppe says fall is a wonderful season to behold for many reasons, including soups, pies, pumpkins and apples.

It’s official. Once the calendar page turns to a day after Labor Day, we must say farewell to sun-speckled beach days and the carefree casualness of long summer days. While it’s hard to trade beach bags and towels for number two pencils, backpacks and the return of long commutes, fall is a wonderful season to behold for many reasons. Here are five ways to celebrate the falling acorns and cooling temperatures.

Nothing says “I love you” more than a piping-hot bowl of soup. Close your eyes and try to remember coming home from a fall football game or chilly evening to the wonderful aroma of soup cooking on the stove. Whether you throw some favorite fall vegetables in a Crock-Pot or spend an afternoon recreating your grandmother’s favorite recipe, welcome the season with a bowl of soup. Add the special ingredient of TLC for fun.

When I looked up the origin of the phrase “as easy as pie,” I discovered the phrase, which is used to describe something being both simple and joyful, refers to not the creation of a pie, but the consumption of it. I say grab your apples, pumpkins, pecan, green tomato or whatever you fancy and bake a pie. When it comes to enjoying a slice of pie, it’s really a piece of cake!

My mother seldom bought bread in a grocery, so I grew up with the scent of fresh bread baking wafting through the house. Baking homemade bread is a wonderful way to creatively express your feelings. Fall is the perfect time to bake a hearty loaf.

Pumpkins and apples
Who can forget the simple joy of picking apples or decorating pumpkins? I fondly remember special Sundays when my parents and five siblings would go apple picking. My mother would bake delicious pies and freeze the extra apples so we could enjoy baking with them in the winter. I continued the tradition of apple picking and baking with our daughter, Alexa, who could roll a pie crust at the age of three! I love baking mile-high apple pie for our customers at Periwinkles.

Who can resist the allure of cinnamon? Pastry chefs sprinkle the spice generously to add its wonderful flavor and aroma. Health zealots adore its myriad benefits, including boosting brain function, lowering blood sugar and being loaded with anti-oxidants. I am crazy in love with the spice and quite persnickety about using specialty cinnamon when I bake. Exploring the difference of rich, strong and sweet specialty cinnamon can add to your baking projects.