The colors on the trees aren’t the only things changing for autumn. Summer squash are giving way to a wealth of winter vegetables, including a variety of gorgeous gourds. But they’re more than just festive décor to festoon upon your harvest table. These seasonal treats are a delicious addition to winter weeknight meals.
Hi there--I’m Lindsey, I’m 26 and live in Georgia. While my home state is the top peanut-producer in the US, I had never been to a peanut farm. You probably haven’t either, so when I was lucky enough to go on a trip to a Virginia peanut farm with the National Peanut Board, I thought you’d like to hear about the experience.
When or why Southerners started boiling peanuts no one knows exactly. But good ideas have a way of spreading and, today, Southerners know how great boiled peanuts are. Not only are boiled peanuts called “the caviar of the South,” but they are also the official state snack of South Carolina. From Labor Day on into the holiday season, boiled peanuts are abundantly available at roadside stands, gas stations, ball games, festivals, and anywhere else people gather for fun.
To keep our energy levels up, each meal and snack should contain a good proportion of carbohydrates (the more whole grain or fruit/veggie based, the better), protein and good fats. Peanut butter is a natural fit as it provides more protein per ounce than any other nut as well as a great dose of mostly unsaturated fats – the good kind. Not to mention, it is shelf stable so packing it for lunch or a snack makes it more portable than most options.
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