Fall Recipes

Like so many, there’s just something about fall that makes me want to bake so much more. The seasons are changing, the hype for all things pumpkin and apple is real, and the coziness and comfort of autumn is approaching. Every fall, I feel reinvigorated and reinspired to bake and cook, mostly with the flavors of the season, what’s abundant at the farmer’s market, and with cozier comfort foods in mind.
 
I spent some time over the weekend making a long list (broken down by categories, of course) of all of the recipes that are inspiring me and the meals and treats I want to get in the kitchen to cook and bake. My list is a long one, but it’s one that’s really inspiring me and making me excited for the upcoming months! Apples, butternut squash, pumpkin, sage, rosemary, thyme, Brussels sprouts, and warm spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg are going to be in constant rotation this fall, and these comforting, warm flavors make me so happy. We went to the farmer’s market for a day date yesterday and left with so many seasonal items from local farmers, and you can definitely tell that autumn is here!
 
There’s no one I find more inspiring in the kitchen than recipes from Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest fame. She cooks and bakes seasonally like no one else, something that I have always, always adored. Her recipes are mouthwatering, and after cooking about one hundred of her recipes in the last year, I can firmly say how much we love them all. So it’s only fitting that almost every recipe on our fall “to cook” list is from Half Baked Harvest… I find her recipes so inspiring, so delicious, and just really fun to make – and eat! 
 
Creating and sharing this blog post of recipes and recipe links is more for me than anything else, and I’ve also had quite a few close friends ask for our list of fall recipes! I wanted to be sure to have an online record of many of our favorite recipes to quickly and easily refer back to. Many of the below recipes are ones we’ve made and loved, and several are ones that I know we’re going to love once we do make them. I hope you and your family enjoy them just as much as we do and are inspired to get into the kitchen to cook and bake this season! PS: so many of these desserts and even meals are perfect to share with loved ones, neighbors, friends, and anyone who may need a front porch drop-off!
 

Breakfast

cinnamon spiced apple fritters

pumpkin coffee cake muffins

rosemary white cheddar scones

fall spiced granola

pumpkin pecan scones with maple glaze

pumpkin banana bread

pumpkin chocolate chip bread

cinnamon pecan scones

Meals

butternut squash carbonara

coq au vin chicken meatballs

fall harvest honeycrisp apple and kale salad

brown butter Brussels sprouts and bacon ravioli

butternut squash alla vodka pasta

crockpot Sunday sauce (with homemade pasta)

gnocchi bolognese bake

crockpot cider braised short ribs with sage butter mashed potatoes

crockpot French wine and mustard chicken

broccoli cheddar cobbler

lemon rosemary dijon chicken with feta sauce

Thai peanut chicken with spicy lime mango

Thai noodle stir fry with sesame peanuts

ginger sesame chicken with cripsy Brussels sprouts

Sides

Brussels sprouts with warm honey glaze

shredded Brussels sprout bacon salad with warm cider vinaigrette

Desserts
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I hope this roundup of some of our favorite fall recipes – and ones we’re excited to cook soon! – become some of your favorites, too! We’ve been so inspired in the kitchen lately and have had a lot of fun together finding, cooking/baking, and enjoying so many recipes that are so creatively crafted by some incredible cooks and bakers.

I’d love to hear from you: are there any meals or recipes that particularly stand out that you’re adding to your meal planning list this week?!

Fall 2020 To-Do List

Fall is officially here! I love the changing of the seasons, and there always seems to be an extra pep in my step when the cool mornings of fall begin to descend upon us (which, of course, sometimes doesn’t come until October here in Raleigh!). I have long adored making seasonal to-do lists (see my fall 2019, fall 2018fall 2017fall 2015fall 2014fall 2013 lists here), and this year is no exception! I have to admit, it makes me a little sad to think that autumn will be a bit different than we usually know it. I don’t see too many grand adventures or large gatherings with friends or big travels being taken, at least for us. As much as I wish we could do all of our usual fall traditions, we are still plan on making this season memorable, meaningful, and filled with as many happy new memories as we can! We also plan on spending as much time outdoors as possible before the cold of winter sets in and to soak up all this glorious season has to offer.

Autumn is definitely one of my favorite times of the year, and there is much to look forward to with the changing seasons. Now that it’s officially fall, I’m ready to welcome it with open arms! I adore the crisp air and crunchy leaves, the vibrant trees and leaves, anything and everything pumpkin and apple, constantly being outside enjoying the season, trips to the mountains, red wine and hot apple cider, the upcoming holidays… there is so much to look forward to as the season changes!

Fall 2020 Bucket List

  • visit the mountains for two day trips and to enjoy the fall foliage
  • decorate our house and front porch for fall
  • go apple picking
  • host a chili dinner party on our deck
  • go for lots of walks and play tennis a couple times a week
  • enjoy our football Sunday traditions together
  • go to the farmers market and cook a special seasonal meal together
  • enjoy mornings and dinners on our deck
  • go hiking amongst the autumn leaves
  • make “thankful” treats for friends & family for Thanksgiving
  • celebrate Thanksgiving with family that we haven’t seen in almost a year!!
  • bake several pumpkin and apple recipes (I have a long list already made!) and share with friends and neighbors
  • make mulled red wine and salted caramel apple cider

It’s a little hard to see so many of our favorite fall adventures and trips removed from our usual to-do list, but we still plan on embracing this season, finding ways to be creative, finding joy, and having as much fun as we can while making new memories!

What are you most looking forward to this fall? I’d love to hear what you’re excited about!

If you want to host a fall dinner party or cook my favorite fall recipes or throw a chili + cornbread party – then don’t miss these wonderful posts from years past!

Fall 2017 To-Do List

September is here, which means Fall is just around the corner! I have long adored making seasonal to-do lists (my summer 2017 + fall 2015, fall 2014, fall 2013 to-do lists!), and this year in clearly no exception! It’s our first married fall, and we’ve really excited to embrace ime here in town to seek out new adventures, explore our area, revisit old favorites, and soak up all this season has to offer.

Fall is definitely one of my favorite times of the year, and there is much to look forward to with the changing seasons. I adore the crisp air and crunchy leaves, the vibrant trees and leaves, anything and everything pumpkin and apple, constantly being outside enjoying the season, wearing scarfs and boots and layers again, festivals and fairs, trips to the mountains…

Fall 2017 Checklist

  • visit the mountains for a getaway weekend and see the fall foliage
  • go apple picking
  • visit a pumpkin patch or two
  • host a chili & cornbread dinner party
  • host a blind wine tasting party
  • go to an Oktoberfest and/or the NC state fair
  • visit a winery, cidery, or brewery (or all three)
  • go hiking amongst the autumn leaves
  • make “thankful” treats for friends & family for Thanksgiving
  • celebrate Thanksgiving in Charlotte with my side of the family
  • bake an apple or pumpkin recipe from Southern Living
  • make mulled red wine

Whew! I think that’s more than enough to include on this year’s edition of my annual Fall Checklist! We are so lucky to live in an area that has so many fun activities going on, and I love getting out an exploring new-to-us areas and events, seeking out adventures, and spending time with loved ones.

What are you most looking forward to this autumn? Do you have anything new you’re itching to check out or try? And if you have any local favorites (in the Triangle of NC), you know I’m all ears to hear more suggestions and ideas!

If you want to host a fall dinner party or cook my favorite fall recipes or throw a chili + cornbread party – then don’t miss these wonderful posts from years past!