October is, quite frankly, this is one my favourite times of year anyway, but from a culinary observances point of view, it is OUTSTANDING!
October is Apple Month– apples are one of the most wasted foods we buy. Nearly half of those purchased get thrown away untouched. Don’t be that person. Apples are delicious and great to use in so many ways. Make applesauce, apple butter, slice them up and dip them in honey. Make an apple crumble, stew them and serve them with pork (so autumnal and delicious). We planted an apple tree here at TransAtlantic Towers several years ago and while the apples it bears are not enormous this early on, they are quite the right thing for a quick snack on the go.
October is Caramel Month– and now that I know how to make caramel and salted caramel, I shall celebrate this properly.
October is Cookbook Month- I have my favourites (‘How to Eat‘ is right up there and always has been, not so much for the recipes – which are fine and dandy – but because of the way it talks about food and eating). But cookbooks are something I’ve spent a lot of time thinking and talking about over the years, as you can see:
- Cookbook round ups
- Quality & Qualities of Cookbooks
- Carrying on About Cookbooks
- Kitchen Full Of Books
- Cookbook Questions
- Stocking the Foodie Bookshelf
October is Cookie Month – oatmeal raisin all the way
October is Dessert Month – I can’t pick just one favourite dessert but I know I’m always willing to at least LOOK at a dessert menu.
October is Pickled Peppers Month– I don’t know much about pickled peppers except that Peter Piper picked a peck of them.
October is Pizza Month – you know what they say, “even bad pizza is pretty good.” That’s a lie, as it happens. Bad pizza is bad – but you’re usually feeling too lazy or hungry to care at that moment.
October is Pasta Month– a pantry staple and a favourite any time. And in fact, Oct 17 is Pasta Day! Pasta, like cookbooks, comes up a lot here.
- Saucy Pasta Pairings
- Happy Pasta Day!
- Spaghetti: Dressed For Dinner
- Happy Spaghetti Day!
- Make Mine Marinara
October is Popcorn Month – I’m a popcorn classic gal, myself. if you want to put caramel on your popcorn, feel free. I love caramel but popcorn is about the salt. Not the sweet. Not for me anyway.
October is Pork Month – I have a confession. I love pork but I don’t “get” crackling. Someone explain. I just do not see the appeal.
October is Pretzel Month – I want a snappy, crunch pretzel. Log form is a favourite but as long as it’s not bready and soft, a pretzel will always be welcome at TransAtlantic Towers.
October is Seafood Month – hmmmm, seafood. Where to start? Shrimp (or PRAWNS if you must). Paella, seafood linguini, lightly smoked salmon, mussels … on and on and on. A topic VERY much in need of a dedicated post (*adds to list*)
And we haven’t even gotten to the daily observances … stay tuned.