So I’m accepting the fact that fall is really here. I know. It seems like I’m behind the times but it takes a while for the weather to change in Atlanta…we still get 70+ degree days through October. It was only a couple weeks ago when I first donned a jacket to counter the cool morning air.
The truth is… I actually love the fall but I really miss the summer’s bounty of fruits and veggies. Nevertheless, I’m ready to trade in my cantaloupe, berries, okra, and summer squash for apples, cabbage, collard greens and sweet potatoes.
Here in the South there are so many fun fall events that center around food and even a bit of physical activity like visiting a pumpkin patch, getting lost and found in a corn maze and picking apples in the North Georgia Mountains. My mission this weekend will be to find the perfect pumpkin. I'll carve a not so scary jack-o-lantern, roast the seeds to make pepitas and use the pumpkin pulp to make something delicious to eat like pumpkin pie or a velvety, smooth pumpkin soup. I like to enjoy the seeds with a little spice. Here’s a recipe that might work for you… Spicy Pepitas! Enjoy!