Fall Harvest

The_Fall_Harvest_Wallpaper_2om1bYou’ll will still find an abundance of fruits and vegetables that you can harvest this time of year. In the Northern Hemisphere apples have a late summer fall harvest time.  Pick your green tomatoes and let them ripen inside your house. Artichokes produce a second smaller crop in the fall. Arugula can grow in the Autumn. Beets are in season. Now is the time to plant your garlic blubsred garlic for summer harvest. Native to the Caracas region, garlic came over with the European settlers to North America. Parts of the region with the greatest Spanish influence is where garlic took root. Mainly South and Southwest where they used garlic as a condiment. In the New England region, garlic was used for therapeutic medical use. Wrapping it and putting it in the ear to cure deafness, dried and compacted to make pills for “vapors” or  women’s disorders. Finally around the 1850’s with the French and Spanish cooking influence in stews and soups, garlic took a hold in the with the Southern population.  Here’s a great recipe for fall.HarvestChickenSoupwQuinoa_02a

Chicken Quinoa Soup

1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 cup diced onion, 1/4 cup diced carrots, 1/4 cup dried celery, 1/4 cup dried green bell peppers, one teaspoon minced garlic,1 cup cooked chicken, 1 teaspoon parsley, 1/2 cup quinoa, 1 cup chicken broth, salt and pepper to taste.

Heat oil in saucepan, cook onions, carrots, peppers, celery and garlic until tender. 5 to 7 minutes. Add in chicken and parsley. Stir about one minute. Add in quinoa. Cook and stir about two minutes. Add chicken broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover. Let simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

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