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October Food Letter

by Nick

Every month in 2009, I am writing a post detailing some specific things about food in the upcoming month.

Fall is upon us and it’s finally starting to cool off to a livable temperature in DC. Fall is by far my favorite season of the year. What’s not to love? There’s apple picking, pumpkin carving, and Halloween!

What to eat in October

watercressWatercress - Watercress is such a great ingredient. It can add a ton of flavor and color to any dish. Its peppery, tangy flavor is especially great in soups, salads, and sandwiches though.

It’s the lunchtime green!

Cantonese Watercress Soup – I’ve definitely never seen a recipe like this before, but it caught my eye not just because of the great photo, but also because it uses a lot of the green stuff! (@ Soy and Pepper)
Cucumber and Watercress Salad – I can taste this salad as I read it. It takes just a few minutes to toss together and I bet it is really refreshing. (@ Sidewalk Shoes)
Dill Biscuits with Smoked Salmon and Watercress – I love smoked salmon so much and I have a feeling that it would be especially great paired with some watercress on a homemade biscuit! (@ Closet Cooking)

Butternut Squash – A strangely-shaped vegetable, no doubt, but a very delicious one also.

Preparing the Butternut SquashA great little video if you need some help on how to break down one of these guys. (@ Youtube)
Butternut Squash Soup with Cinnamon Croutons – This looks like a fantastic fall soup. I can see this being great on a cool fall night. (@ Pig Pig’s Corner)
Butternut Squash Fries, Three Ways – Like one way wouldn’t be enough! Sometimes potatoes get a little boring and these look like a great alternative. (@ Peanut Butter Boy)
Butternut Squash Risotto – This looks filling and delicious. I’m such a sucker for a good risotto. (@ Recipe Girl)


Pumpkin - Well, most people just sit these out and use them as decoration or make pumpkin pie out of the canned stuff (which is delicious). Here are some other uses though.

Cinnamon and Chili Pumpkin Seeds – It’s pretty common to make roasted pumpkin seeds as you are carving out your gourd. This is a good twist on the standard. (@ ZOE)
Pumpkin Curry – This has chicken in it also, but I figure you could leave it out if you wanted to go all veg. Looks fantastic though. (@ Life Loves the Curious)
Pumpkin and Prosciutto Lasagna – I love every single thing in this recipe. It is outstanding. (@ Cooking Books)

Walnuts – Walnuts aren’t something that I cook with very often, but every time I do have them I always say to myself, Wow. I should cook with more walnuts! So here are some ideas!

Candied Walnut Salad – You put walnuts in sugar and cook them and then they are even more delicious. The salad makes them healthy right?! (@ Our Best Bites)
Brussel Sprouts with Walnuts – Ok. There is also wonderful little gnocchi in this recipe. Everything looks just stunning. I want this tonight for dinner. (@ Seven Spoons)
Fruit Salad with Walnuts – This looks pretty straightforward. Simple and delicious! (@ Lucullian Delights)

October Holidays

Ray Kroc’s Birthday (Oct. 5th). Ray Kroc is the founder of McDonald’s if you didn’t know. So maybe have a hamburger today, but I recommend not having it at The Golden Arches. Sorry Ray man.

Columbus Day (Oct. 12th). Maybe you are lucky enough to not have to work on this Monday? That would be sweet.

Halloween (Oct. 31st). Quite possibly my favorite holiday. What’s not to love about Halloween? I have a black cat for goodness sake! I always like to make up a big batch of Intestines for Halloween.

That’s it for this food letter. Have a great October everyone!

Photos by Ulterior Epicure and Pieter Musterd