Haylie Duff’s 6 Favourite Fall Farmers Market Ingredients
Actress, food blogger, and cookbook author Haylie Duff recently added the word "host" to her résumé with the debut of her lifestyle docu-series, Real Girl's Kitchen. She’s since become our go-to lady for all things cooking, and with delicious new fall produce on the mind, we couldn’t help but ask her what to look for when we hit the farmers market this season. Scroll below for Duff’s favourite autumnal ingredients.
I love the fruit that arrives in the fall! Pears are one of my favourites because you can bake them with some cinnamon, vanilla, and Grand Marnier, or you can serve them up as a great appetizer. Wrap a slice of pear with blue cheese and arugula, or wrap them with prosciutto. When picking your perfect pear, look for a few speckles on the skin; just no bruising.
These are really only found at farmers markets, and they are best picked just before they meet maturity. Look for bright green crisp beans.
You just can't go wrong with Brussels sprouts. I eat these all year but they really are best in the fall! Look for the big weapon-like stem with Brussels still attached; they will stay fresh longer and tend to hold more of their flavour thanks to the stem.
Poms add such beautiful colour to tons of dishes! I love tossing the seeds into all different kinds of salads, but pomegranate seeds are so beautiful just dropped into the bottom of a cocktail or sparkling water with a wedge of lime. The other major plus to poms? They stay good in the refrigerator for up to two months!
I love delicata squash because you don't have to peel them. How often have you struggled to get all the rind off a fall squash? Well, with these you can actually eat the rind. Brush them with maple syrup for a sweet and savoury treat.
Try Duff’s recipe for delicata maple squash and kale salad.
Root vegetable, such as turnips and rutabagas, make such a wonderful side dish! It’s pretty straightforward when it comes to picking these: Go for big, beautiful roots. Chop them up into big pieces and roast them with olive oil, some lemon wedges, garlic pods, herbs, and sea salt. Yum!
What produce do you love to buy during fall? Let us know in the comments!