October is here; November is near! It is Autumn all around us with leaves changing colors and crunching beneath our feet as we walk. I see pumpkins, gourds and butternut squash at each farmers market I browse through. All of those lovely fall vegetables in different shades of orange make me happy! Won’t you join me in the kitchen to celebrate the season and cook up something delightful and orange??
We have all heard of pumpkin pie, but what about pumpkin cake? I think pumpkin cake might be the perfect orange treat! I found the following recipe and decided to go for it….it was delicious! Here is the link to the cake:
Pumpkin Honey Cake from Epicurious.com –
Not only is cake yummy to eat, but it is also educational to make together! Remember to talk as you bake; mention the measurements as you scoop sugar and flour. This is a great opportunity to sneak in some simple math as well as learn the color orange! Baking is good for all ages, toddlers to teens can benefit.
If you are in the mood for something lighter, how about an orange salad? This is a salad that you design based on what you have and what you like! Here is what I managed to toss together and the flavors were incredible!
My salad was very orange and it tasted so good! What do you have in your pantry to mix together? Mandarin oranges are a nice addition to a salad, too. It is also nice to add cheese if you want and cheddar has a great orange color 😀 (NOTE: In the Mom’s version of the salad, which is pictured, I left out the carrots and used a dressing of EVOO, Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey)
There are tons of recipe ideas that include orange veggies. One of my favorite soups to make is butternut squash soup; I like carrot soup, too…A simple internet search will turn up hundreds of harvest soup ideas full of orange vegetables.
Do you have any orange food recipes that are so good you want to share? We would love to hear from you! We are always ready for new ideas and creative recipes to try out.
Happy orange harvest season!