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Sep 21, 2008 05:43 AM

Favorite Fall Dishes...

What seasonal foods and restaurant specialties do you look forward to come fall...for me the change in the air always seems to lift my palate...Just enjoyed a wonderful Osso Buco at a favorite eatery and fresh ripe figs wrapped in satiny prosciutto with gorgonzola and balsamic...can't wait for some of those hearty 'bistro' dishes...and of course there's always Octoberfest!

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  1. I know it's a cliche at this point, but I look forward to eating pumpkin dishes in fall (and drinking pumpkin ale). Other winter squash too, especially acorn and butternut.

    Fresh, crisp apples of course, and pears.

    Artichokes in their second season.


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    1. re: Olallieberry

      Everything listed above except artichokes can be had here from our truck farmers, and they are excellent. I would add to your list: cabbage; brussel sprouts; waxed turnips, and wild Salmon and Trout - the fall run is underway here.

      Onions, shallots, leeks and garlic from the field, and any kind of potato prepared any way whatever.

      1. re: Olallieberry

        Not cliche, who doesn't love pumpkin in the fall?! I was going to say pumpkin dishes too :)

        1. re: Chew on That

          Chew, I consider myself a sophisticated eater but I HATE pumpkin. Love sweet potatoes, acorn squash, Hubbard squash, lots of other veggies, but I HATE pumpkin. No pie, no soup, not nothing with pumpkin. Not on our Thanksgiving menu, other than a small bakery made pie for DD who adores it. Leftovers go home with her.

          1. re: Diane in Bexley

            Sorry to hear we disagree! I shouldn't have said no one doesn't like pumpkin. There are a lot of foods people like that I don't. My apologies.

      2. Mine are pretty typical, too:

        Wild mushroom soup
        Roasted cauliflower
        Pumpkin seeds
        Stewed romano beans
        Braised kale with garlic
        Pasta with butternut squash and sage

        I'm not a big dessert fan, but once a year, I need a good apple crisp.

        1. Ok, it's trite, but I love me some roasted chestnuts...mmm.

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          1. re: adamshoe

            Local brewery stouts (oatmeal, kona coffee, etc.), Oktoberfest brews, and Pumpkin brews....

            Heavy cabs or port with dark chocolate.... That's really fine by me in any season, but I seem to have more when the weather cools.

            Now is about the time I start making pumpkin oatmeal and homemade special chili spooned into acorn squash or over a sweet potato....

            Oh! And pumpkin frozen custard!

            1. re: almccasland

              Almcc, can you tell us more about that special chili you put over a sweet potato?

              1. re: Rick

                My apologies for just now seeing this request! I'll be digging out my notes (not really a recipe, but an ongoing list of notes until I 'perfected' it) soon and be glad to post in the Home Cooking board.

            2. re: adamshoe

              I always thought those were a winter thing...
              I wish we had carts selling them on the street.

              1. re: adamshoe

                adamshoe, you have definately peaked my interest with your pumpkin oatmeal AND your special chili! I need to put together a dinner menu for my nephew and his fiancee....they are both EXTREME pumpkin lovers, so I would really like to surprise them with a meal entirely formulated around pumpkin variations. I would LOVE to have your recipes or suggestions. My personal quote for years, has been...." A recipe is nothing more than a springboard for your imagination...Have fun with it!!"
                I am new to this site, so HELLO, EVERYONE!

                1. re: Chunny

                  welcome, chunny! we look forward to your posts.
                  i don't know about adamshoe's pumpkin oatmeal, but for a quickie "pumpkin" oatmeal, i stir in trader joe's pumpkin butter, along with my other regular oatmeal fixings.

                  1. re: Chunny

                    Hi Chunny - Again my apologies for just seeing this today! I'm taking a chance that you were asking me about the pumpkin oatmeal, rather than adamshoe. I've got several variations on it, but the base is always either cooked steel cut (my favorite) or rolled (when I'm in a time crunch) oats....never instant or quick. If I'm making it for myself (prefer savory to sweet), I just stir in 1/3 - 1/2 cup canned pumpkin and top with either nutritional yeast, greek yogurt, or crumbled goat cheese. If I make it for others, I use the same oatmeal/pumpkin ratio but add some pumpkin pie spices (cinn, ginger, nutmeg, etc.), top with greek yogurt and chopped walnuts or macademias, and drizzle with honey. It's really quite delicious! And if you make too much, you can always throw the extra into some pancake or waffle batter and have pumpkin pancakes.

                2. IAs much as I love the shift to fresh gorgeous vegetables and grilled proteins, I equally love the shift from grilling back to braising -- it's kind of like moving from my summer shorts to fall clothes.

                  But I think my favorite fall dish is a free-form lasagna I make with onions, almost any kind of winter squash, prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, oregano and a drizzle of cream. Although as I was writing this, I was thinking how good it would be with crumpled sauted sage leaves instead of the oregano.

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                  1. re: chicgail

                    Man that lasagne sounds good (no need to bother giving me the recipe though, I cook only in my daydreams).

                    1. re: chicgail

                      That's exactly what I was thinking - braised meats - beef shanks, pot roasts and beef or pork stews.

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        Lamb shanks, osso bucco, and probably my favorite: short ribs.

                        Oh, and the hearty soups. Mushroom barley ... lentil ... white bean and escarole ... minestrone

                        1. re: chicgail

                          Yes, short ribs. Oven cooked ribs. Ham. Pot roast. Other things cooked in the oven, which does double duty as keeping the house warm. Bean soup. Lentil soup. Split-pea soup cooked with a ham bone. And the Dungeness crab season opens.

                    2. Anything with pumpkins, esp. stir-fried with taro.

                      Any apple dessert -- e.g., crisp, turnover, pie, etc. But no caramel apples, however. Ick.

                      Soups and stews, esp. with pumpkin. :-)