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fall favorites

hungryjoanne Aug 19, 2011 10:20 AM

The days are getting shorter; nights are getting cooler - time to think about cooler weather cooking again, and I'm looking for new inspiration.
What's the dish you look forward to cooking when fall comes around each year?

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  1. JEN10 RE: hungryjoanne Aug 19, 2011 10:26 AM

    Sweet potatoes, lentils, split peas soup, stews, baked ham, comfort foods that take the chill away.

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      iL Divo RE: JEN10 Aug 19, 2011 04:52 PM

      agree Jen

      1. Fall harvest bread
      2. French onion soup with huge baguette slices and mounds of cheese
      3. Big pot of caramelized onions for use on hamburgers or mixing into braised Brussels with rendered crisped bacon
      4. My version of minestrone
      5. Split pea soup simmering away with a hock of ham
      6. Roasted whole chicken with hot steamy creamy cheesy potatoes and thick buttery chunks of fresh warm sourdough
      7. Italian gravy from the basics becoming better with each moment it remains on a gentle heat
      8. My favorite chili from my moms treasured 1841 cookbook that's all but thread-bare
      9. Name any stuffing with hearty gravy
      10. Our kids favorite meal 'period' Nanna's Thanksgiving

      1. re: iL Divo
        JEN10 RE: iL Divo Aug 20, 2011 09:01 AM

        Thanksgiving is my favorite meal, minus the turkey. This year I am going to just make a turkey breast for those that want some. I am going to start a new tradition with a pork roast to go with all of the fixin's.

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          iL Divo RE: JEN10 Aug 20, 2011 09:28 AM

          smart idea

    2. Underdog Rally RE: hungryjoanne Aug 19, 2011 11:04 AM

      Butternut squash soup
      Beef/tongue/tendon stew
      Crockpot braised hunks of meat

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        lcool RE: hungryjoanne Aug 19, 2011 11:07 AM

        venison,duck,goose and smoked duck
        all the traditional rib stickers -daubes,legumes,winter squash

        1. Will Owen RE: hungryjoanne Aug 19, 2011 03:46 PM

          Pots of beans, gumbo, braised meats, cabbage or cabbage relatives braised with bacon. Bacon.

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            HillJ RE: hungryjoanne Aug 19, 2011 03:51 PM

            Every recipe with the word pumpkin in the title!

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              wattacetti RE: hungryjoanne Aug 19, 2011 06:36 PM

              Cassoulet. Ducks in general but confit in particular. Pork belly. Lamb shanks. Mushrooms. Bagna càuda. Something with salt cod. Poule au pot. Beef's always welcome too.

              1. ipsedixit RE: hungryjoanne Aug 19, 2011 10:29 PM

                Apple Pie
                Pumpkin Pie
                Anything with Pomegranates

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                  ChiliDude RE: hungryjoanne Aug 20, 2011 04:28 AM

                  Read the 1st 5 letters of my Chowhound name. It is just for Superbowl fare anymore.

                  1. agoodbite RE: hungryjoanne Aug 20, 2011 06:22 AM

                    Well, here in central TX, the forecasted high is a record breaking 107 and it's already 82 outside (at 8am). Summer here never lets up until mid-to-late-October, even on a year with highs in the 90's. Still, I'm making braised short ribs, mashed potatoes and roasted summer squash for Sunday dinner (for 10) tomorrow night. Denial is the key ingredient for surviving this heat.

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                      auburnselkie RE: agoodbite Aug 20, 2011 08:09 AM

                      Ha! It's nowhere near that hot here in northern CA, but last week I bought three packages of short ribs that were priced really well, thinking wistfully of cooler days ahead. No a/c here though, and I don't think my denial's strong enough for braising today...or properly appreciating that meaty goodness. You enjoy, though; that sounds lovely!

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                        agoodbite RE: auburnselkie Aug 21, 2011 08:40 PM

                        The denial here wasn't strong enough either. I wound up doing pan-seared top sirloins with red wine/shallot sauce, the mashed potatoes, the roasted summer squash and added a salad of arugula and romaine dressed w/ a shallot vinaigrette. I was so hot and tired after cooking it all that I ate my mashed potatoes and not much else. This heat and drought is on the verge of making me bitter.

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