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October 17, 2014 - 11:16am

I love fall vegetables. I can’t think of one that I don’t like to eat. But even a vegetable lover can still get into a cooking rut. Particularly when fall’s bounty of colorful squash, leafy greens and hearty roots arrives and summer’s easy-to-love heat-loving tomatoes and peppers are harder to come by at the farmers’ market.

Since I need a little extra fall-vegetable-cooking inspiration right now, I thought you might too. Here are the best fall vegetables you should be cooking up, plus some pretty amazing recipes to use them in. And if good taste weren’t enough, there are some compelling health reasons to eat these vegetables too!


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October 16, 2014 - 1:00pm

I have a thing for chowder.

I am lucky that my mother-in-law lives year-round on Cape Cod: we visit there several times a year and I get to eat some of the best clam chowder—or as we say in some parts of New England, clam chowdah. (She’s in Massachusetts, after all.) In Maine, where I lived until recently, I consumed gallons of chowder in varying forms—clam chowder, corn chowder, seafood chowder, the list goes on.

I love to make chowder at home, too, and when the weather cools down, one chowder recipe or another appears on my weekly menu along with some homemade bread. (This one’s my go-to chowder recipe.)

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October 16, 2014 - 11:40am

I’m usually not much of a dessert person. In fact, I prefer a cheese course after dinner when I eat out. But if I see a good apple dessert on the menu, I may reconsider that choice.

While I love apple cake and apple pie, my apple dessert of choice is Apple Bavarian Torte. My mom has been making this tasty creation for more than 40 years. Since I’m not a huge pumpkin pie fan, she usually makes it for me on Thanksgiving.

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What is Apple Bavarian Torte, you may ask? It’s almost like apple cheesecake: it features a shortbread-like crust topped with a sweetened cream cheese layer, a pile of apples and sliced almonds.

When I suggested making the recipe I grew up with a...

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October 1, 2014 - 9:30am

I thought I had it good with my CSA midsummer, but the first weeks of September are truly a vegetable-lover’s gold mine.

Not only am I still getting perfect summer tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, but cooler-weather crops like beets and dark leafy greens are back in rotation too. Last week’s share added huge leaves of curly kale, Chioggia beets and some of the best carrots I’ve ever eaten to my larder.

I’m almost overwhelmed with the amount of vegetables spilling out of my fridge—but in a good way.

Here are EatingWell’s kale, beet and carrot recipes that I can’t wait to cook up—as well as a helpful hint on storing each if you need to.


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October 1, 2014 - 9:08am

No matter how hard I try to be organized, I’m always scrambling to get out the door in the morning.

There are lunches to make, school supplies to organize, the question of “Do I need to defrost anything for dinner?” to answer. I’m lucky if I gulp down some coffee, let alone eat breakfast. But I know if I skip my morning meal, I’ll be “hangry” by 10 a.m.

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To start the new school year off on the right foot, I’m trying something new.

I’m making breakfast ahead of time. I’m either cooking ahead over the weekend and tucking individual portions away in my freezer to reheat or whipping something up the night before.

Either way, I...

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