Falternative Flavors

Autumn is a time for eating. With so many fall holidays centered around togetherness, that’s not surprising. As the season progresses, I crave warmth. While a thick sweater or a comfy blanket might do the trick, there’s nothing like the warmth of flavor.

Hot foods, like soup or chili, are no brainers in cold weather, but how can you make them seasonal? & What about flavors that embody warmth without the temperature?

Vegetables: pumpkin, squash, zucchini, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kale, sweet potato, arugula, celery, carrot, fennel, potato, onion, turnip, broccoli, beets…

Fruits: apple, fig, grapes, pear, pomegranate, cranberry, persimmon…

Spices: cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, saffron, turmeric, ginger…

Herbs: rosemary, thyme, sage, bay leaf, garlic, fennel/anise, lavender, parsley, sorrel, chervil, marjoram…

Fall Holidays:

  • Rosh Hashanah (9/29-10/1 2019)
  • Hot Mulled Cider Day (9/30)
  • International Coffee Day (10/1)
  • Taco Day (10/4)
  • Frappe Day (10/7)
  • Pierogi Day (10/8)
  • Yom Kippur (10/8-10/9 2019)
  • Chocolate Cupcake Day (10/18)
  • Sweetest Day (10/19)
  • Bologna Day (10/24)
  • American Beer Day (10/27)
  • Candy Corn Day (10/30)
  • Halloween (10/31)
  • Deviled Eggs Day (11/2)
  • Sandwich Day (11/3)
  • International Stout Day (11/7)
  • Vanilla Cupcake Day (11/10)
  • Pickle Day (11/14)
  • Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day (11/15)
  • Cake Day (11/26)
  • Eat a Red Apple Day (12/1)
  • Fritters Day (12/2)
  • Gingerbread House Day (12/12)
  • Chocolate Covered Anything (12/16)


I’m not about that pumpkin spice life. I’d rather have apple anything. But keep the candied apples to yourself. & As weak as my sweet tooth is, I’m good on the caramel too. There are a quite a few quintessential fall flavors & as a basic white girl, I’m expected to love them all. (Gag.)

Where that particular stereotype came from, I don’t know. While it’s not seemingly harmful, all stereotypes are harmful.