Best Fall Treats

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Best Fall Treats

An illustrated poster showcasing a wonderful pumpkin pie recipe. Photo Credits: Stephanie Y at Hallmark's Think.Make.Share.

An illustrated poster showcasing a wonderful pumpkin pie recipe. Photo Credits: Stephanie Y at Hallmark's Think.Make.Share.

An illustrated poster showcasing a wonderful pumpkin pie recipe. Photo Credits: Stephanie Y at Hallmark's Think.Make.Share.

An illustrated poster showcasing a wonderful pumpkin pie recipe. Photo Credits: Stephanie Y at Hallmark's Think.Make.Share.

Megan Onofrei, Photo Editor

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It’s fall! Since fall is the season famous for food, it is a great time to indulge in festive fall flavors starting to pop up at restaurants throughout the valley. Fall flavors such as pumpkin, squash, chai tea, apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, and more, are available at a variety of local and chain restaurants. If you are feeling extra inspired, this article provides some recipes for delicious, classic treats with autumn-inspired flavors!

What’s fall without pumpkin? The flavor of pumpkin is symbolic of the fall. Pumpkin bread is an iconic fall snack; it is the perfect mixture of pumpkin with the dash of sweetness that comes from baked goods. One of my personal favorites is the Pumpkin Sweet Bread from Kneaders Bakery and Cafe. In this snack, your tastebuds will be swarmed with flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Pumpkin Sweet Bread from Kneader’s Bakery and Cafe. This loaf of pumpkin bread is $4.59 and provides the perfect balance of the distinctive taste of pumpkin with other sweetened flavors. Photo Courtesy of Megan Onofrei ‘20.

The Seasonal Ingredient Salad at True Food Kitchen is a great option for those who have developed taste and a love for a healthy, filling salad! This salad consists of butternut squash, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cannellini beans, organic kale, toasted mulberry, pomegranate, and a horseradish vinaigrette dressing. When I ordered this salad, I removed the mulberry per preference and decided to add chicken for my protein. True Food, in general, is one of my favorite spots to soak up the flavors of each season, particularly the fall! For future reference, their fall menu also features a butternut squash soup, as well as roasted brussel sprouts that serve as excellent appetizers.

Seasonal Ingredient Salad from True Food Kitchen. This salad costs $14 without the protein, with an additional $4 if chicken is added; but it is definitely worth it! I got this salad for dinner when I went out with my mother, and it was a very satisfying dish due to its vibrant appearance and the abundance of fall flavors that are present within the salad! Photo Courtesy of Megan Onofrei ‘20.

Another classic fall favorite is the vegetarian autumn squash soup from Panera. This soup returns every fall as it features traditional flavors of butternut squash and pumpkin spices mixed with vegetable broth, cinnamon, and some honey, topped off with roasted pumpkin seeds. As the weather becomes cooler, this is the perfect meal to warm up to. Paired with a French baguette, this is always a great go-to, inexpensive dinner to fully indulge in those fall flavors in a warm way!

Vegetarian autumn squash soup from Panera. I got this to-go for dinner one night and it was the perfect satisfaction to my cravings of autumn flavors! A cup of this soup is $5.19, and a bowl is $6.19. Photo Courtesy of Megan Onofrei ‘20.

Frost Gelato Shoppe located at San Tan Village and the Phoenix Biltmore is rising in popularity throughout the valley during the past few years. This small shoppe often comes out with flavors of the month. I had the chance to try their September chai tea gelato. The flavors of this chai tea gelato perfectly resembles those of a chai tea latte and a pumpkin spice latte coffee drink! The combination of the chai and the pumpkin flavors is very delightful and refreshing, making it an excellent choice for a cold, creamy dessert or snack in the fall.

Chai tea gelato from Frost Gelato Shoppe. A single scoop of gelato is around $4, an amazing price for such quality flavor. I got this as a mid-afternoon snack one sunny Saturday afternoon, as it was such a delicious treat through the combination of chai tea and pumpkin flavors! Photo Courtesy of Megan Onofrei ‘20.

 

If the freshness in the air during this autumn season is having you feeling a bit adventurous, then trying out some fall recipes might be your perfect activity! The Buzzfeed Tasty App is a great source for a variety of different reasons, especially those that utilize the flavors of autumn. I decided to make two of these recipes to share: apple cinnamon oatmeal bars and pumpkin sage pasta!

 

The apple cinnamon oatmeal bars are an excellent choice to start the day off on a good note or even a mid-afternoon snack! Oatmeal is a common breakfast food across the country and this combination of traditional fall flavors makes for a classically delicious on-to-go treat. The flavors of these bars are the perfect combination of sweetness with the apple and cinnamon along with the texture of the oats. Attached is a link to redirect you to the Buzzfeed Tasty App for the recipe for these apple cinnamon oatmeal bars: https://tasty.co/recipe/apple-cinnamon-oatmeal-bars.

 

 

Homemade apple cinnamon oatmeal bars. My mother and I followed the recipe exactly to make this delicious treat and I was very pleased with the results. Sophie Salome ‘20 tried one of these oatmeal bars and loved them: “These apple cinnamon oatmeal bars were great and I would definitely love to eat them outside on a beautiful fall day with my friends!” Photo Courtesy of Megan Onofrei ‘20.

Pasta is one of the most traditional dinner dishes throughout the United States and loved by essentially everyone who has any taste. There are tons of variations of pasta dishes, but the perfect fall variation is pumpkin sage pasta. This dish is the perfect weeknight meal. It is relatively easy to make and the creamy texture of pumpkin puree mixed with a blend of other spices makes for a delicious taste! Attached is a link that will direct you to the Buzzfeed Tasty App for the recipe for this pumpkin sage pasta: 

https://tasty.co/recipe/pumpkin-sage-pasta

 

Homemade pumpkin sage pasta. My mother and I followed the recipe but added some parsley to the top of the pasta, as well as some parmesan for a little bit more flavor. I liked this dish, as it was a unique take on classic pasta and deliciously combined fall flavors! Photo Courtesy of Megan Onofrei ‘20.

 

 

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