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Hungry for fall flavours

By Jessica Wong, CBCNews.ca

With a pitiful, rainy Toronto summer now officially done, I'm really looking forward to my favourite season of the year: autumn. I love the combo of cool mornings and warm afternoons, chic blazers and sleek jackets over slacks and especially the rich, fall foods that come along with the season.

Not long ago, a friend mentioned sitting down to a beef stew for dinner. "Too early!" I exclaimed. In the few weeks since, however, I have to admit that my own tastes are following hers towards cozy, comforting foods in the same vein.

I had my first roast beef dinner in months just this past weekend. One of my colleagues has already begun taking orders for the annual apple pie fundraiser she participates in (what's better than donating to good cause in exchange for delicious homemade pies?)

The Moon Festival (also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival) approaches and I can already taste those dense, rich Chinese mooncakes that are intricately formed and packed full of sweet lotus-seed paste.

With Thanksgiving on the way, I've already begun contemplating different menus: golden and juicy turkey or a spiral-cut ham? Ginger-glazed carrots or caramelized yams?

At the farmer's market last weekend, it was the brussels sprouts that called out to me more than the tomatoes — though I dutifully picked up some of those too.

What do you look forward to eating come autumn? What are your favourite fall foods?

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Ruth Merkis-Hunt

I also really like autumn. Like Ms. Wong, autumn is my favourite time of year. My own "New Year" begins for me in autumn - perhaps a vestige of childhood years when the new school year began in September.

For me, my autumn staple is having a big bowl of hot oatmeal for breakfast on those delightfully chilly autumn mornings. With my requisite cuppa java, hot creamy otameal just gets me going in the mornings...

Posted September 24, 2009 10:48 AM



Two words: Squash soup.

I love it. Especially with kabocha squash. And like the previous poster, oatmeal. I add apple juice to the liquid for an extra special treat. Yum.

Posted September 24, 2009 06:05 PM



MMMMMMmmm - My favorite drink is now in season, apple cider. Hot or Cold, its all good!

Posted September 29, 2009 01:24 PM

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