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8 Easy Ways to Avoid a Fall Food Funk

8 simple ways to avoid a fall food funk, via Babble.com
I’ve never been a man who copes well with heat and humidity, being genetically prepared for a life on a Scottish hillside. But while summer is a tough time for me, I always have the consolation of summer eating grilled corn, tomatoes with salt, sweet peaches and plums, dripping slices of watermelon, squash and mint, burgers, hot dogs, Elizabeth’s cherry pie, beers, and mint juleps.

Once it’s time to break out the flannels and wool socks, I often fall into a cooking rut of meat and potatoes. With no tomatoes or green beans, what’s the point of trying? But fall doesn’t have to be a drag. Fall has it’s own flavors and joys. And with a little planning, summer eating doesn’t have to be over just because summer is. Here are 8 simple tips to keep autumn eating interesting.

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  • Can, can, can 1 of 8
    Can, can, can
    Canning can seem like a lot of work, but if you focus on the rewards, it can also be a lot of fun. There's still time to get the last of the tomatoes and put them up for winter. You'll thank yourself come January.
    Make canned tomatoes
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  • Embrace the coziness of the season 2 of 8
    Embrace the coziness of the season
    If summer is the time for enjoying the outdoors, fall is the time for enjoying your home. On a chilly day, there's nothing better than the aroma of a rich braise or stew in your house. Or weekend breakfast of bacon, eggs, and buttered rolls. It's time to break out all those dishes that seemed like too much a few months ago.
    Make braised pork with apples
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  • Broaden your horizons 3 of 8
    Broaden your horizons
    While there are plenty of fruits and vegetables available in the fall, it can still feel like the selection is a little limited. But are you really taking advantage of everything that autumn has to offer? Now's the time to go back and try some new recipes for foods you thought you didn't like. Brussels sprouts with some lemon and parmesan, collards with a little bacon and broth, or a cabbage gratin. Try buying a couple vegetables you don't normally eat and doing something new with them.
    Make roasted brussels sprouts
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  • Turn on the oven 4 of 8
    Turn on the oven
    Remember when you were thinking of making a peach pie, but couldn't bear to get your kitchen that hot? Well, that's not a concern anymore. Autumn is the time for your favorites sweet treats like pumpkin pies, apple tarts, and pear crumbles.
    Make classic pumpkin pie
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  • Stock up your freezer 5 of 8
    Stock up your freezer
    In addition to canning, freezing is a great way to keep the flavors of summer until you can get them fresh again. It doesn't work everything but it's great for summer staples like corn and green beans.
    Make frozen blueberries
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  • Visit your butcher 6 of 8
    Visit your butcher
    If you're missing some of the variety of summer produce, why not swing by the butcher for a different kind of variety. Pick up something you've never made before like oxtail or rabbit and embark on a different kind of adventure.
    Make rabbit stew
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  • Don’t forget about pickles 7 of 8
    Don't forget about pickles
    One last way to save summer flavors is to pickle. Pickling at home is simple and satisfying.There's nothing like having our own sour dill, but cucumbers are just the start when it comes to pickling. How about some spicy pickled okra or a peck of pickled peppers?
    Make refrigerator pickles
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  • Open a bottle of red 8 of 8
    Open a bottle of red
    Finally, a crisp autumn day is the perfect time to enjoy a glass of your favorite red wine. Pick up a bottle on your way home today.
    Image: Davide Restivo

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