Written by Kristen of Dine and Dish.
With fall comes the yearning for food, which brings overall comfort and warmth to those who eat it. We retreat into our kitchens, hoping to provide our family with a meal that will “stick to their ribs”, bringing them warmth from the inside out. Hearty, rich dishes, full of flavor and made with spices and seasonings reminiscent of the season adorn our tables as we gather together in celebration of the cooler days.
There are certain spices and seasonings associated with this season. We draw on their use to provide essence to our favorite comfort foods, add them to our most beloved beverages and use candles reminiscent of their aroma to bring us refuge from the chilly temperatures outside.
Among the most common autumn spices and seasonings, cinnamon, ginger and cloves seem to be firmly associated with the season, making appearances in many of the recipes we associate with this time of year.
Photo by Kristen Doyle of Dine & Dish
Grandma will tell you that the holiday ham just isn’t complete without the addition of cloves. Cloves are a spice you might be surprised to find in many of your comfort dishes. A small amount of cloves will go a long way to enhance recipes like mulled apple cider, marinara sauce and savory glazes.
Ginger can be found in many recipes during the fall months. Ginger, in both the dried and fresh root form, is a spice routinely found in both sweet and savory recipes this time of year. Gingersnap cookies and gingerbread treats are included in many holiday gift trays. Pumpkin and apple pie recipes count on ginger to bring an added dimension of flavor to them. On the savory side ginger is often added to hearty curries, stir-fry recipes and marinades.
From your morning toast and tea to homemade cookies baking in your oven, there is probably no other spice as widely recognized to give flavor to seasonal cooking as cinnamon. Cinnamon is commonly used in baking but can also be found giving an unexpected hint of flavor to chili, roasted vegetables and savory meat dishes.
One recipe to keep on hand to add a little fall flavor to many of your dishes is a Pumpkin Spice Blend. Skip buying the pre-made version at the store, and make up your own using the most common spices of autumn.
|Pumpkin Spice Blend||
- 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoons ground allspice
- 1 teaspoons ground cloves
- Place ingredients in a small bowl and combine. Store in an airtight container until ready to add to your favorite fall recipes.
What is your favorite spice to use in the autumn months?