In addition to our little hike to celebrate the first day of autumn, we also enjoyed a special meal, full of local harvest goodness. The butternut squash came from our garden, and the pumpkins, apples, and corn were thanks to local farmers. The return of autumnal tastes and smells were welcome in our home, in addition to the gratitude for the bounty and the labor of our nearby farms.
I'm not sure a particular meal would signal the transition to other seasons, but autumn just seems to require specific tastes: pumpkins, apples, hard squashes. And we enjoyed them all.
Butternut Squash Risotto
Pumpkin Custard (I double the eggs and pumpkin and sub half and half for the evaporated milk.)
Chunky Applesauce (just apples simmered with cinnamon, then stirred well and chilled)
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Corn on the cob
For dessert, we had an Apple Galette with homemade whipped cream. The kids asked if we are going to have apples with every meal until we burn through that nearly 3 bushels we brought home from the apple orchard. I think the answer is "likely". It will certainly get us in an autumnal mood, right?