With the changing of leaves and the weather cooling down, the fall season is finally here. Current Auburn students shared their favorite dishes and recipes that get them into a warm and cozy mood.
Elizabeth Rowe, senior in mathematics, shared her favorite fall family recipe.
“Around Thanksgiving time, my family and I cook a casserole,” Rowe said.
Rowe mentioned her grandmother would make the family casserole dishes all throughout the fall season. The recipe is a budget-friendly meal. Rowe gave a quick tutorial on how to make this flavorful dish.
“The sweet potatoes take like an hour and a half to cook in the oven. Then, you have to mash it up with all the spices. It’s usually spices you have in your house like cinnamon and nutmeg, put it back in the oven with marshmallows on top,” Rowe said.
Iona Gordon, senior in hospitality management with a focus in culinary science, shared her favorite fall dishes.
“A lot of soups, as well as stews like beef stew. I have made pumpkin soup and I’ve recently fallen in love with squash soup,” Gordon said.
The fall season brings family together and is a way for loved ones to bond with each other. Gordon shared how to prepare her grandma’s beef stew recipe.
“It’s generally a beef chuck, so it’s a large piece of beef. You cut the beef into about one-inch cubes. You want to add that tomato paste to sort of enhance the dish; you don’t want that sweetness to be overpowered,” Gordon said. “You can let that thing stew for four hours if you want it to just get nice and tender.”
Adding some vegetables to this dish, like carrots and potatoes, can enhance the flavor. For students who plan to be gone all day and need a quick meal when they get home, they can modify the recipe by adding the beef into a crock pot. This dish also pairs well with toasted sourdough bread.
Gordon also provided some helpful safety tips in the kitchen.
“Make sure that you have a sharp knife when cooking,” Gordon said. “People say that a sharp knife is more dangerous than a dull knife. That’s not true. You will hurt yourself a lot easier with a dull knife.”
Buying and prepping ingredients for recipes can be an easier-said-than-done task. However, that doesn’t stop on-campus students from cooking or even baking their favorite recipes.
Hollyn Lee, freshman in nursing, shared how she makes fall recipes living on campus.
“I don’t really cook. I like to bake. I like some pumpkin bread or pumpkin muffins that I bake in the little kitchenette,” Lee said.
The fall season offers students a variety of dishes to prepare, and it is a way to get together with the people who bring joy.
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