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Nov 1, 2010 01:40 AM

Favorite autumn recipes?

Hey there,

I am trying to teach myself how to cook a lot more fun, seasonal autumnal dishes. What are your favorites? What says leaves falling to you? I want to know!


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  1. I like to cook with seasonal ingredients but to be honest I'm a soup in the summer type of person so I'll eat anything year round, depends on my mood and what I feel like.

    This autumn I've been cooking a lot of squashes, soups, (split pea, lentil) not heavy soups .. those are for winter but just nice light fresh vegetable soups. A lot of caramelized onion, moroccan food with warmer spices (sweet/savoury also since I made a batch of preserved lemons)
    Traditional home cooked comfort food is what I crave in the colder months.

    Lots of baking in Autumn of course.
    I like to browse through , and such sites because can see a variety of foods people are cooking and blogging about on a daily basis and often it is very seasonal related, so you can get ideas. Some of my material is on there too.

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    1. re: BamiaWruz

      That sounds very exciting. I have slowly been teaching myself how to bake, but am always looking for ideas for what to do next!

      1. re: SouthToTheLeft

        If you're enjoying baking then you'll find TONS of recipes there, it's a very resourceful place.

        Roasted veggies in season are a great way to enjoy whatever you have on hand. It's simply to whip up and you can switch it up with different herbs or warm spices. I love to roast squash, cauliflower, yams, parsnips.. and a little dash of paprika, cumin, cinnamon really elevates it.

        In the coming days I'm thinking of a thyme mushroom soup and maybe a white bean stew with sage.

        1. re: BamiaWruz

          That sounds really good. I made chocolate, pistachio, almond, and dried apricot biscotti tonight. They came out great, and so easy!

          1. re: SouthToTheLeft

            Oh my gosh!! That sounds fab! I love pistachios.
            Only made biscotti once, care to share the recipe ? I'd love to try that, and my sister made a cranberry orange shortbread but I think the flavours would be great in a biscotti so I may try that too.

          2. re: BamiaWruz

            My mainstay in the fall and winter is a big pan of roasted veggies that I find on sale and then my fresh herbs as i try to keep them alive through the winter. I do a pan every week and eat it every day, either as a side or as part of something like a frittata or even pizza. It is cheap and really flavorful.

            1. re: Barbara76137

              Roasted misc veg is my favorite also. I especially like them in burritos with black and refried beans or empanadas. But just having them on hand to add to soups and stir-fries or just crostini is the best. Love them all.

        2. re: BamiaWruz

          Got any Moroccan recipes you'd care to share?

        3. Like others have said, squashes, particularly as soups.

          I also like to get braising in the fall...I make boeuf bourginion very often.

          I "winterized" the grill this weekend. :(

          1. two words: baked apples!
            Get the best Rome apples you can find, clean, slice the top, core and fill with cinnamon, butter, honey or maple syrup, a vanilla bean and bake until fork tender. The house fills with Autumn and the rewards are amazing. I bake off 10 to a tray and enjoy them breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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            1. re: HillJ

              Or wrap them in a dough and bake them, I was going to do this soon. Yum!

              Gnocchi is another autumny food for me. I like to sautee them in a bit of brown butter and some sage.

                1. re: SouthToTheLeft

                  I just made Mark Bittman's ricotta gnocchi last weekend, and they were not bad at all.


              1. re: HillJ

                I love a good baked apple and bake several at time. A great breakfast is a warmed baked apple with some cool vanilla yogurt on top. Easy to transport to work in a tupperware.

                1. re: cheesecake17

                  my kind of breakfast, cheesecake17-absolutely!

                  1. re: HillJ

                    I like it because it's healthy but it doesn't taste it!! Tastes like eating apple pie for breakfast...

                    Have you ever tried baked pears? Someone mentioned a baked pear recipe similar to baked apples, but I can't remember it for the life of me.

                    1. re: cheesecake17

                      Funny you should mention pears...they are actually my fav. baked fruit. I follow a vanilla bean infused version from a blogger. In a roasting pan (glass) I lightly brush extra virgin olive oil. I core & quarter as many pears as I can fit in a 9x13 (usually 5 large) and Bosc are my preferred choice for this. Over the pears I drizzle a bit more oil, a generous sprinkled of cinnamon, ground nutmeg, honey, fresh lemon juice and about 3 vanilla beans sliced from whole sticks (not seeded). I bake them at 375 until fork tender. Also fantastic with Greek yogurt or over hot oatmeal.

                      Apples & pears together this style also heaven on a plate.

                      1. re: HillJ

                        That sounds amazing! I'm going to try this tomorrow.

                        1. re: HillJ

                          This looks great! About how long does it take to bake?

                            1. re: HillJ

                              Thanks! May make them for dessert tomorrow night. Having parents over for dinner.. wanted something sweet to end the meal. This will work.. easy and I can eat the leftovers for breakfast!

                              1. re: cheesecake17

                                Perfect! Can I come too :)
                                Glad to assist!

                2. Chicken and dumplings. The ultimate soul food on a chilly autumn evening.

                  1. Soup of any kind, especially Chowdahs and squash. I love playing with garnishes and toppings to accentuate whatever's in the bowl. Soup, beautiful soup!!
                    Breads. A great many quick breads (one is my mom's recipe, made with pureed cottage cheese, dill, caraway, and several other herbs. Best thing Herself baked, ever, and it makes the house smell wonderful.)
                    Braised dishes: Meats, vegetables, greens.
                    And rices and carbs of any sort just say "comfort" to me.

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                    1. re: mamachef

                      Agree with the comment about garnishes for soups!

                      For squash I use bacon, sour cream, croutons, and sometimes something crunch like pepitas.

                      Any other ideas?

                      1. re: toomuchfat

                        I like popcorn as a soup garnish; and really small croutons baked with whatever herbs and spices will complement. I love to add a spoonful of hot salsa atop a spoonful of sour cream for bean or tortilla soups, and in the same vein have made quick chutneys or relishes that I've poured the soup around. Chopped toasted nuts with herbs are great, and fast too, and are especially delicious with squash soups. I make an apple/spice dice and saute it and use it as an anchor for curried cauliflower soup. Pepitas, definitely - if there are any left in the bag once I get them out of the grocery store. Oh, and I love those little Asian chili bar-mix crackers atop any miso or chicken soup.
                        I hope you weren't asking specifically for squash soup garnishes. How I do go on. :-)

                      2. re: mamachef

                        mamachef, your mothers bread sounds wonderful. Would you be willing to share the recipe?

                          1. re: Lotti

                            +3 I've got some cottage cheese just hanging out waiting for something to do :-)