Did you feel that? I’m sure you did because it is an unmistakable, in your face, terrorizing addition to our daily lives that we all know will be here for the next 5-6 months. Hello, cold.
As the fall chill seeps into our bones and slowly morphs into winter’s blustery hell, begin to think of all the warm things you can use to counteract the inevitable cold. Crackling fires, fuzzy socks, hats, scarves, sweaters, and hot beverages—they are all ready for some action. As the temperature drops, I crave a hot cup of coffee in a nice mug, preferably one that I can cuddle up with on the couch while watching Gilmore Girls. A warm cup of anything, really, seems to thaw the soul and ease the fingertips.
In fact, a study in 2008 from Science proved that people with warm hands (warmed by hot mugs, for example) tend to be more generous toward others. This is most likely due to the fact that we are programmed from birth to associate warmth with trustworthiness.
When I come home from a long day of fighting off Boston’s chilly winds, the first thing I want to do is make a relaxing cup of tea. Something about a hot, aromatic cup of tea helps me focus and collect myself throughout the day. But I believe that investing in loose leaf teas, in particular, will make your tea-drinking experiences that much better.
You know what time of year it is: the leaves are changing, the air is getting crisp and everyone is trying to recover from Halloween. Fall is one of the best times of the year, but it is fast fleeting and there is only so much Halloween fun you can pack into October before the next holiday hits. I don’t know about you all, but even though I’m well past the acceptable age for trick or treating, I somehow acquire an absurd amount of candy during this spooky season. From care packages from home and free candy from events around campus, by the time the 31st rolls around, I’m already in a candy coma and have no clue what to do with all the rest. This is probably one of those problems that’s not really at problem at all, but read on if you need some ideas on what to do with your candy stash. Don’t forget to hit up CVS in November for the half-off candy and try some of these delicious ideas.
If you’re anything like me, you may find yourself sitting in class on a brisk October afternoon wondering why there is not a cup of fresh apple cider in one of your hands and a warm, crispy apple cider doughnut in the other. In a time dominated by the beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte, it has become a growing concern of mine that we have forgotten what the flawless season of fall is really all about: the apple cider doughnut. Thankfully, New England’s various local farms have graced the city of Boston, specifically Copley Square, providing seasonal produce and most notably, apple cider doughnuts that make you contemplate whether or not it would actually be a bad thing for everything you eat to be covered in cinnamon-sugar.
Fall is approaching, and it’s time to use a versatile and seasonal ingredient: squash! Butternut, acorn, kabocha, delicata, all of which invoke the earthy and nutty flavors of autumn. Of the plethora of squash to choose from, I prefer delicata squash for it’s beautifully colored skin, easy-to-cut shape, fragrant sweetness and ability to be eaten raw. This beautiful vegetable can be used in many different applications; a variety of textures can be achieved from the multitude of preparations a delicata can be put through. Such an ingredient should be celebrated, especially in season, so without further ado, here are several ideas on what you can do with a squash
Ah, Autumn. The season of crisp leaves, and even crispier apples. But after being subjected to the great flavors of Fall year after year, they can manage to become, dare I say, dull. Here are a few uses for those amazing apples I’m sure you enjoyed picking from your local apple farm.
Photos by Samantha Levy, Words by Paulina Stefanowski
The fellow foodies of Boston showed true dedication on this past October 6. The foodies, including myself and the editors of TasteBUds, all trudged through a cold and rainy Sunday to attend Boston’s annual Local Food Festival, presented by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, and it was well worth the journey. As soon as we emerged by Haymarket, the festival greeted us with rows of food vendors along with cooking exhibitions. And what better way to warm up then with a cup of hot apple cider from the Flour Bakery and Cafe table? The festival could satisfy anyone’s craving, whether it was for bread, cookies, pasta, or some barbecue. We sampled some amazing truffle ravioli from Valicenti Organico as well as pumpkin hummus, which was roasted pumpkin blended with white beans and spices. To add to the excitement, the festival included chefs and bakers from all over New England, so we were able to sample and buy products unavailable in the Boston area. One such business was Lala’s Harvest, a vendor who specializes in homemade baked goods, jams, and jellies. We sampled and loved the seasonal pumpkin butter, which can be spread on toast or eaten right off the spoon!
Come rain or shine, nothing gets in the way of Bostonians and their food. Ominous clouds circling overhead? Certainly didn’t stop me or the other hundreds of food lovers from going to the third annual Boston Local Food Festival held at the Rose Kennedy Greenway. From numerous tasting booths, food demonstrations, competitions, live music and petition booths, it was an exciting day for any foodie. For those who missed out on this year’s event, fret not; I have compiled a list of highlights from the day. With chocolate tasting stalls here and cheese tasting stalls there, I soon found myself in an eating frenzy; but a quick glance at my packed itinerary reminded me to get to the lamb cutting demonstration.
The time for carving pumpkins has returned, which means pulling out the sticky, stringy guts from inside what will soon be a glowing jack o’ lantern. As for that stringy mess, I don’t have any advice. What I can offer is a way to use those pesky pumpkin seeds. (By the end of this article, you will no longer think they are pesky.)
‘Tis the season characterized by cans of Libby’s pure canned pumpkin stacked in seemingly endless rows to be sold out in a single day. There are baskets full of adorable mini pumpkins and those scattered around as décor, and pumpkin flavor returns to the coffee houses. I find that everyone I know either has an obsession with or an aversion towards that warm, spiced flavor. If you’re like me, you enthusiastically look forward to this time that only comes once a year. What is it about the fall that provokes these cravings for orange foods with cinnamon-like undertones?