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Chef in the Kitchen
October 2017

Fall has arrived!


As the seasons change and Fall approaches, we are preparing our homes for cooler weather and family gatherings. Colors are changing to browns, golds and oranges, and new seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables become available to warm our kitchens. Fall leaves and decorations begin appearing and the warmth of winter will soon follow.

At Melissa’s, Fall is filled with some favorites:

Winter Squashes


Winter Squash
Butternut, Acorn, Spaghetti, Delicata, Gold Nugget, Sweet Dumpling, Kabocha and Turban are the most popular. Try them baked or cube them into stews. Some squash are difficult to cut. Here is a simple solution: Place whole squash in 375º oven for about 10-15 minutes until the outer shell softens enough to cut. Adjust cooking time accordingly, so squash does not overcook. Use in your favorite recipe. You can also scoop out the inside flesh and use the outer shell as a unique serving dish. This is especially fun to do with the smaller squash, using them for individual servings.

Fingerling Potatoes


Variety Potatoes
Dutch Yellow®, Fingerlings, Baby Red, Baby White and Ruby Gold® are all delicious and easy to prepare. Baked or mashed is the most popular way to serve these potatoes… Leave the skin on for a healthier dish.

Pomegranate


Fresh Fruit
Fresh fruit like Pomegranates, Korean Pears, Starfruit and Persimmons are all very popular in the fall, continuing into the holidays. Remove the arils (seeds) from a pomegranate by carefully slicing the fruit in half, then submerging the half cut side down into a bowl of water… gently remove the arils from the pith and they will drop to the bottom of the bowl and the pith will float to the top. Use the arils as a garnish around a cheese ball, toss them into fresh salads or sprinkle them around the edges of a plate to make it look festive.

Steamed Lentils


Other Fall Favorites
These popular items cannot be left out for fall cooking: pearl onions, pine nuts, garlic, steamed lentils and our full line of ready-to-go steamed veggies.

Pumpkins


Don’t forget HALLOWEEN!
The last day of the month, October 31st, is one of the most anticipated holidays of fall. Every year, millions of Americans spend October 31st, dressing in funny, scary and realistic costumes, eating candy and fun treats. There are many stories about Halloween, some religious, other superstitious. Melissa’s thinks of Halloween and Freaky Fruits that are fun to eat and healthy too!

Pumpkins are a traditional favorite for Halloween. Pumpkins can be orange, which is the most common color, or white, which are called ghost pumpkins. Generally people carve their pumpkins into a "Jack 'o Lantern" by making a face on the pumpkin. The inner seeds are also popular to bake as a crunchy snack. You can season them with salt or your favorite popcorn seasoning for a real treat. Pumpkins can also be cooked and eaten just like any other squash. The most popular recipe for a pumpkin is pie.

If you want to get really creative, try some of our FREAKY FRUIT™ recipes.

These exclusive recipes will help you create one of the most delicious and fun Halloween feasts ever!