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Sep 7, 2009 09:25 AM

Favorite Fall Recipes

I LOVE fall!! And all the things (pumpkins, cool weather, warm meals, etc.) that go along with it! What are some of your favorite fall recipes? As many of you might remember, I don't turn on the oven from May-October so it's always exciting to have that again. Also we're planning to continue using the grill into the winter this year!

So any recipes? Soups, hearty meals? Just looking for ideas I guess...I always seem to be at a loss for them!

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  1. Difficult to get in the mood when the liquid in the thermometer is still bubbling near the top.

    Chow had a good article a few years ago ... Cooking with Fall ingredients

    For me, early fall is sausage and pepper time. I just bought some cinnamon apple wild boar sausage that I plan to eat with brilliant red Corno di Toro sweet peppers. It is my season to seek out new sausages and peppers.

    1. my favorite season! And I always get excited to cook again, after making light summer meals. I roasted a chicken yesterday with root veggies, which got me thinking of turkey. My family loves it, so I do turkey & stuffing & mashed potato usually a few times over fall & winter (maybe once a month or so). Time for chili, and my favorite white bean soup. Potato soup. Shepherd's pie. Beef stew with homemade biscuits. Now I am getting hungry!
      Almost forgot - chicken & dumplings!

      1. My favorite season as well. While I roast chickens all year long, I agree that fall is the perfect time for a good roast chicken.

        I also have really become obsessed with Lamb Shanks. They are cheap, gorgeous to serve (you feel a little like The Flintstones with the big bone sticking up on the plate) and they are extremely easy to cook and serve.

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        1. re: Tom P

          The thermometer is going down here :-) so I am feeling the fall bug...

          I have to look at that article...

          Yes, I get excited to cook again too! Can I come over elfcook? ;-) I wish my bf would eat turkey and stuffing! I'd definitely make it once a month too!

          Chili is great - I am still trying ot make the perfect recipe -

          Actually elf - could you pass on the white bean soup?

          Never tried lamb shanks...sounds interesting....I am looking forward to the roast chicken with potatoes thing!

          1. re: lovessushi

            Another request for the white bean soup. Pretty please?

            1. re: lovessushi

              it is very easy, and I freely admit I use canned beans & boxed stock (3 kids, 1 husband, 1 dog, 1 horse - I will take shortcuts when I can!) but you could of course start with homemade stock & dried beans if you wish. And the "recipe" is kind of general, I do not measure very much.

              1/4 cup olive oil heated in soup pan, add 4-5 onions, thinly sliced in rings, over med-low heat til very soft, stirring often (at least 10 min). Add 3 cans white beans, 1 box chicken stock (32 oz is what I use). Simmer on low with a sprig of fresh rosemary for at least 30 min, more if you want it reduce further (I like mine very thick). Add salt & pepper to taste. Remove rosemary, use stick blender or food processor to puree to smooth consistency. (In a pinch I once used a potato masher, but do not suggest that!)

              My SIL gave me the recipe, I had it at her house & even though I am not a bean fan, I loved it. I adapted it a little, once used veggie stock to make it ok for a vegetarian. I make a pot, freeze some, & make this my lunch with a salad frequently.

              1. re: elfcook

                i make a similar pantry bean soup, but i do not puree, usually add a little tomato or tomato paste, and perhaps the rind of a parmesean if the mood hits me.

                1. re: elfcook

                  elfcook this sounds so delicious - can't wait to make it! Thanks for the recipe :-)

                  1. re: elfcook

                    I make a similar soup but instead of rosemary I add a couple of minced garlic cloves, and some ground cumin and coriander as the seasoning. Simmer for 15 minutes and puree. Then garnish it with a carrot slaw made of grated carrots, lemon juice and chopped parsley. Add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil right before serving.

                    1. re: elfcook

                      I also make one similar, but I add spicy sliced sausage, which I saute with the onions, and sliced mushrooms. You can puree it or serve it more like a stew. And agreed lots of rosemary, the perfect herb for white beans.

                      White beans are the best!

                      1. re: Tom P

                        Puree white beans yes, but I've pureed sausage and imho not a pretty looking soup. (one of those *doh!* should have trusted my instinct when I put the blender in the pot)

                        1. re: maplesugar

                          Agreed, when I use the sausage, I either don't puree or only puree a few beans.

                2. --Anything with apples/pears/squash does it for me. Acorn squash baked with brown sugar. Pork chops on the grill served with homemade applesauce and potato pancakes. Venison with pears and cranberries. It's enough to put me in a food coma just thinking about it.

                  --I love me some good casseroles once the weather starts cooling off. I'm having a hankering for some chop suey casserole at the moment.

                  --Clam chowder (or any kind of hearty soup) is perfect because you can use what's still available at the farmer's market. I just whipped up a big pot on Saturday using onions, carrots and red potatoes that I picked up. I also tend to make big pots of chicken chili and then freeze it in portions that I can pull out after work. Both are perfect with a big hearty slice of bakery bread while watching football :)

                  --Venison and wild poultry of any kind. By late fall here in WI, everyone seems to have an abundance of venison and pheasant and the like.

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                  1. re: mse924

                    Married to a hunter, we have always have a lot of pheasant and venison too. I don't have many creative ways to do the pheasant though, so would love some new ideas. I usually end up doing a pheasant and leek stew. Good, but a bit boring.


                    1. re: lamlex

                      I was working in an Italian deli--- for a woman who is certifiable, insane, and not in a good way. She brought in these pheasants ( thank God they were cleaned!) and demanded that I find a good recipe, preferably Italian to cook them. Well! I don't, or didn't have ANY experience cooking game birds! I'm sure she hoped I'd fail. I found a simple recipe for pheasant roasted on a bed of red onion. OMG! It was SO good! Got to keep my job until the next trial by fire. She finally fired me, but now her new Chichi business has gone tits-up. See? What goes around, comes around!!

                      1. re: lamlex

                        Chow ingredients lists these flavor affinities for pheasant ... to give you some ideas ... Bacon, basil, cinnamon, foie gras, garlic, mushrooms, nutmeg, onions, port wine, sage, tarragon, thyme.

                        This site has lots of recipes that sound tasty

                        A few from that link
                        - Pheasant Braised in Gin & Juniper (wrapped in pork fat to brown)
                        - Pheasants With Bacon & Sour Cream
                        - Sauteed Mushrooms and Pheasant
                        - Pheasant Hash
                        - Pheasant Enchiladas
                        - Grilled Pheasant Breast with Tomato Basil Pesto
                        - Basque Pheasant
                        - Apricot Pheasant with Brandy
                        - Pheasant White Chili

                        Tomato Soup with Pheasant Croquettes

                        Pheasant Cacciatore (looks really, really good)

                        Pheasant Rice Supreme

                        pheasant and chestnut crumble

                        Oven Roast Pheasant and Pumpkin-Molasses Purée, served on a Sauce of Apples, Tequila
                        and Ancho Chiles with Crispy Tortilla Relish (whew, just the name exhausts me)

                        Prejean's pheasant, quail and andouille gumbo

                        Roast pheasant with ricotta & Parma ham

                        Grilled Garlic Ginger Pheasant

                        Salt-baked pheasant with orange-pomengranate sauce

                        Beer braised pheasant

                        Pheasant Pilaff with Pistachios

                        Pheasant with Prunes & Bacon

                        Huffed pheasant with gooseberries

                        Another site with some interesting recipes

                        - Pheasant Gyros Recipe
                        - Smoked Pheasant on Cranberry Cinnamon Bread with Smoked Gouda

                        This sounds really different, but is the kind of recipe that could be excellent or a big bomb

                        Pheasant & redcurrant scone

                        This souded like it was lovely but has one of the worst ingredient lists I've ever seen with Velveeta,, Jimmy's Dill dip and much much more.

                        Pheasant Crepes

                        And, of course, Pheasant Under Glass

                        Lots of ideas on the Chowhound Home Cooking board ... braised pheasant with caramelized onions and apples in calvados sauce sounds great

                        1. re: rworange

                          Wow. Thanks! Your searching skills are clearly much better than mine.

                    2. Sweet potatoes any way I can think of, Tortellini soup, , bean soups of all kinds, chicken noodle soup, heck any soup, cranberries I by a lot of bags and freeze them for those times I just have to have them with some roasted pork or chicken. Roasted beets, carrots, mushrooms, etc..