How do you get foodies as excited as dogs chasing squirrels? Just cry, “Ramps!” These wild leeks are one of the first local green things people in the eastern US can find at the farmers' market after a long winter of root veggies.
Is there anything that can't be done to a potato? Whether boiled, fried, roasted or grilled, these tubers are a great vehicle for all kinds of flavors and are actually healthier than you think.
F&W's November ingredient obsession is apples and we're apple-spotting on Instagram with the hashtag #FWMuse. Chefs and fans are already posting their best apple pics and we want to see yours. Here, some of the apple dishes that caught our eye.
Photographer and food stylist Kate Lewis topped vegan waffles with apple-cider-honey-crisp-caramel syrup.
At the Los Angeles outpost of Craft, pastry chef Shannon Sindle is braising apples in Madiera and vanilla bean.
Chef Harold Moore of New York City’s Commerce snapped a shot of his perfect-for-Thanksgiving brussels sprouts salad with Okinowan sweet potatoes, sliced apples and bacon vinaigrette.
The Missoula Food Co-op in Montana captured a beautiful, nearly-bursting caramel apple pie.
At The Braeburn in Langley, WA (which is appropriately named for this month’s apple-mania) chefs are cooking up an apple storm with apple slaw, apple-stuffed french toast, apple streusel bread and rhubarb apple ginger crisp.
Post your photos on Instagram and Twitter using #FWMuse for a chance to be featured on foodandwine.com.
F&W's new Seasonal Muse series highlights a different ingredient obsession each month. For October, we chose squash and chefs around the country posted their best new squash dishes on Instagram using the hashtag #FWmuse.
Browse the Seasonal Muse: Squash slideshow to see all their incredible takes on the colorful gourd.
Chicago's Stephanie Izard (@stephandthegoat) shared a vibrant shot of squash with mushrooms (left). Philly's @pizzeriavetri, from Best New Chef 1999 Marc Vetri, showed us a fantastic pizza topped with oven-roasted butternut squash, ricotta and crispy sage. Chris Cosentino (@offalchris) is stuffing kabocha squash with oxtail in a new dish for two at Incanto in San Francisco. Matt Jennings (@matthewjennings) at Farmstead Inc in Providence created an heirloom squash salad with crispy ham. At @taldebrooklyn, "Samosas are back!!!" and chef Dale Talde is doing a filling of butternut squash. At Lincoln in New York, @jonathanbenno is turning out some tasty tortelloni di zucca with local cheese pumpkin. Marcus Samuelsson (@marcuscooks) previewed some roasted butternut squash. Downtown, @uncleboons's #thaifall includes kabocha squash noodles. And Tom Colicchio's New York restaurants—Colicchio & Sons (@colicchio_sons) in Manhattan and Topping Rose House (@toppingrose) in Bridgehampton—are both celebrating squash.
For dessert, head to Buddakan (@starrrestaurant) for kabocha squash doughnuts with Chinese five spice. Even @chobani's Soho Café has pumpkin fever. Their pie-inspired seasonal parfait combines plain yogurt with housemade pumpkin custard, toasted pecans, crushed gingersnaps, dried cranberries and spiced maple syrup.
You can take part in Seasonal Muse, too. This November, we're focusing on apples. So post all your best apple dishes and apple inspiration on Instagram with the hashtag #FWmuse and our handle @foodandwinemag.
Fashion designer and food lover Lela Rose (whose apartment is literally built for entertaining) recently hosted a Fall Harvest Dinner to support Edible Schoolyard NYC. Talented Chez Panisse alum and cookbook author David Tanis, of the new One Good Dish, handled the glam seasonal menu. It included hors d'oeuvres like endive with trout roe and mascarpone, an entrée of porchetta with wild fennel and a pasta mid-course starring F&W’s seasonal muse of the month: Delicata squash tortelli in black truffle-parsley broth. Rose snapped a shot of the dish for her Instagram (@lela_rose) and tagged it #FWmuse. Just like you should when you spot gourds through the weekend. She also just captured these chic Jack-o-Lanterns. Your awesome squash photos tagged with #FWMuse could be featured on foodandwine.com too.
This week's Vintage Visual dates back to 1908 and features vendors selling squash and other vegetables at Richmond, Virginia's Sixth Street market. The selection is inspired by October's #FWMuse: squash. Show us your squash-spiration on Twitter and Instagram by using #FWMuse for squash pics (raw or cooked) or squash-hued scenes you've spotted in the world. Your photo might get featured on foodandwine.com.