Sep 18, 2012

Fall Foods in Season now

I live in Texas and its a known fact that Texas has 4 seasons, hot, hotter, August and Football. On the rare occasion, we will have a week or two of nice temps and even a little snow or ice. But that is a rarity. So we fake Fall and pretend we are just as cool as everyone else. We make chili. We bake breads. We even whip up soups and stews and eat them in 90* weather when a "Cold" front comes through breaking the triple digit temps for the first time in 3-4 months.

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It got me to thinking. I want to really show my boys what foods are seasonal, not just what we like or have always known. So what are great foods in season now?

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The Food Network has already started showcasing recipes with added Autumn twists. You can view them here. A lot of the recipes are highlighting apples, cinnamon, pumpkin and tons of beans! has done a great job of listing all the seasonal foods. Here is their list:

These are ingredients that come into season in North America during the fall. Some i didn't even know and I'm a US Native. Any that surprised you?

September Foods



Figs | Grapes | Melons | Peaches | Pears | Plums

Fish and Seafood

October Foods



Fish and Seafood

November Foods



Fish and Seafood

With that detailed of a list, the recipes would be endless. What to cook tonight? Will it be Boston Baked Beans? Crab cakes from scratch? Or an awesome Apple Crumble to eat after a hearty Lentil soup?
Not tonight. Tonight I want to pay homage to the passing of the Summer. Tonight I want to eat a fruit that is so beautifully in season in a manner that just screams fall is on its way! Tonight will be Stuffed Tomatoes!!!! Here is the recipe i have used many times and its still a winner in my book! Thanks to
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  • 4 ounces 90%-lean ground beef, or 93%-lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice, or 1/2 cup instant brown rice
  • 4 large ripe but firm tomatoes, (about 8 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup petite green peas, (cooked, if fresh; thawed, but not cooked, if frozen)
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs, made from day-old whole-wheat bread (see Tip)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Coat an 8-inch-square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook ground beef or turkey in a small skillet over medium-high heat, crumbling with a spoon, until brown and cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. If using cooked rice, go to Step 4. To prepare instant brown rice, bring 1/2 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir in rice, return to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  4. Add cooked rice to the bowl with the meat.
  5. Meanwhile, slice enough off the top of each tomato to remove the core (1/2 to 1 inch). Scoop out the tomato pulp using a teaspoon or melon baller. Finely chop 1/2 cup of the pulp and add to the bowl with the rice and meat. (Reserve the remaining pulp for another use; see Kitchen Tips.) Season the inside of the tomatoes with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.
  6. Add peas, onion, 1/4 cup cheese, parsley, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to the rice mixture. Stir to combine. Divide the mixture evenly among the tomatoes and place the tomatoes in the prepared baking dish. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup cheese, breadcrumbs, oil and garlic in a small bowl. Sprinkle the mixture on top of the tomatoes.
  7. Bake the tomatoes until the crumbs are golden and the tomatoes are soft, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve immediately.


  • Tip: To make fresh breadcrumbs: Trim crusts from firm sandwich bread. Tear the bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. One slice makes about 1/3 cup.
  • Kitchen Tip: Save the scooped-out tomato pulp to use in fresh tomato soup or pasta sauce. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.


Per serving: 355 calories; 16 g fat ( 5 g sat , 7 g mono ); 35 mg cholesterol; 11 g carbohydrates; 20 gprotein; 6 g fiber; 639 mg sodium; 695 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (90% daily value), Calcium (25% dv), Potassium (20% dv), Iron (15% dv).
Carbohydrate Servings: 2
Exchanges: 2 starch,1 vegetable, 1 1/2 high-fat meat

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