Friday Five (Favorite Fall Foods)

It’s officially leggings, boots and sweater weather so today is the perfect day for the DC Trifecta favorite fall foods linkup. After you drool over the dishes below, check out what Courtney, Mar and Cynthia‘s favorites are as well. And don’t forget to check out Heather’s Friday Favorites.

Roast Fall vegetables squash

  1. Roast Veggies – hands down my favorite food to make in the fall. Only slightly complicated by the fact that my dog has developed a major fear of the oven and whenever it’s on he cowers around the house with his tail between his legs. L Otherwise I would probably roast veggies every night. Butternut squash and broccoli or Brussel sprouts are probably my faves, but really everything is delicious when roasted with salt, pepper and a little splash of olive oil. I’ll add a squirt of maple syrup if I want to have a twinge of sweetness.
  1. Pretty much anything off of Peter’s Inn’s ever changing seasonal menu – like this week they have braised pork shank with greens and cheese grits or seared scallops with pumpkin risotto. Both sound amazing and like the perfect fall comfort foods.

Atwater's Soup

  1. Soup – of any and all kinds. This summer I got hooked on half and half crab soup – half the red Maryland crab and half cream of crab, sharing a bowl in perfect harmony – and last weekend I had a delicious bowl at Plug Ugly’s in Canton. I’ve already raved about Atwater’s soups and their’s a new ramen place in Federal Hill that is a great addition to the neighborhood.
  1. All apple everything – apple cider, apple pie, caramel apple thumbprint scone at Panera (approximately 8 million calories but just so good).

5. Easy one pan meals – like this creation sort of inspired by Tuscan Skillet White Bean Chicken. Onions, mushrooms, white beans, tomato, spicy chicken sausage + seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic, thyme, oregano). Easy, tasty and filling = the perfect fall meal.

easy one skillet chicken sausage white bean

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Zucchini the Size of My Arm

Fresh flowers, goats milk cheese, honey, eggs, squash, potatoes, tomatoes, leafy greens of all types, herbs, mushrooms, peas, apples, blackberries and yes, zucchini the size of my arm. I espoused my love for the farmers’ market under the JFX in an earlier post and after visiting this past weekend I can wholeheartedly say my love affair is still going strong. Open on Sundays from 7am-noon(ish),  when we arrived a little before 10am the market this weekend was bustling with the smell of pit beef in the air and the steady rumble of cars on the freeway overhead.

I was there for fresh produce and quickly scooped up the aforementioned giant zucchini, yellow squash and a cucumber all for just $1. [Side note: It was the biggest zucchini I have ever seen and I tried to take a picture of it next to my dog for scale, but the dog was terrified of the zuc so sorry, no pic.] The line for Zeke’s Coffee is usually too long for me so we came prepared with Starbucks in hand (is that a farmers’ market faux pas?) to sip as we navigated through the crowds. I picked up some small red skin potatoes and a yellow onion for $4 and am a little mad at myself for not getting the purple potatoes too. Chesapeake Greenhouse was running a Father’s Day special on baby romaine for $1 so naturally I got some to throw into salads this week.  The baby romaine came still with the root in some damp dirt and John (I think) who was working the stand let me know that with the root still on the lettuce could last up to two weeks! They grow all their lettuce on a family-owned farm in Maryland and their URL is wegrowlettuce.com so I would say they have a thing for lettuce…

Several ready-to-eat concessions are clustered in the middle where the two rows converge and I got in line at Farm to Face for a falafel wrap. I paid an extra dollar and sprang for hummus on my wrap making my enormous, fresh, meal $9. On the lavash bread (other option is a kale wrap), I got hummus, lettuce, cabbage, beets, peas, tzatziki and the falafel themselves. I skipped the blueberries, honey and sriracha that were also offered as toppings. All of the ingredients were super fresh and delicious with the veggies providing a nice crunch. The wrap was huge which was perfect since I shared a few bites with Adam. On past visits I’ve also had an omelette from Humpty Dumpty and pad thai from Pad Thai Dumpling both of which were amazing. I recommend having breakfast or lunch at the market as part of your routine.

On our way out we grabbed a basket of blackberries for $5.50 since Adam couldn’t find any peaches – maybe they aren’t yet in season? I’m not a huge berry fan (blueberries are the worst), but I tried a couple of these blackberries and they were perfectly sweet.

To recap, we spent less than $20, got a ton of great stuff and had a delightful morning!  I can literally spend $20 just by walking into a Whole Foods or Harris Teeter so it’s extra nice to be able to get fresh produce at an affordable price.

The haul (there were more taters but I didn't feel like pulling them all out of the bag)

The haul (there were more taters but I didn’t feel like pulling them all out of the bag)

The Scene

The Scene

The falafel

The falafel

The lettuce van

The lettuce van

The crazy mushrooms

The crazy mushrooms

The flowers

The flowers