By Paris Kim
Sad as it is to see summer go, we can smile in the wake of its passing. Of course, at all the adventurous memories made by the beach or with friends for a warm evening BBQ. Then there’s the coming of fall season! This intimate time begins as quickly as the hot months of summer fade out– and not without some GREAT perks. It’s the start of our favorite shows and exciting sports. It’s also a time that bears amazing food with it, too. The palette of fall spices and warm food just feel so cozy for this time when leaves fall, the wind picks up, and you just want to stay indoors.
Easy Fruit Recipes
Apples are in season now, ripe and bursting with a freshness we can trace back to the sweets of summer, and pair so nicely with the spice of cinnamon.
Stuffed Apple Crisps: A fun new way to get the most out their taste is by simply hollowing them out for cinnamon baked apple bowls. No peeling, slicing, or hacking apart this rich red beauty. Bake and fill their centers with hot streusel or even vanilla ice cream to create a delicious display. Pull together your presentation with a drizzle of caramel sauce to really punch up the crisp creamy flavor. It’s the contrast of cream and spice, plus the minimal mess, that makes this a quick way to really savor this weather, and is sure to make our grandmothers proud that we could bake them something for once.
Cinnamon raisin peanut butter: Two things you love on toast united as one? We’re all for it. It can be found in markets and is simple to make yourself and store in a jar right on your counter top within reach whenever your meal feels like it’s missing a bit of fall from its taste.
Inventive Meat Recipes
The fall season’s also the right time for truly feasting like royalty. Get your fill of the savory flavors with a couple dishes focused on meat!
Pecan-crusted chicken: This dish gives the traditional breadcrumb-baked classic into a season-appropriate spin. There won’t be a holiday party coming your way without some sort of twist on the season’s fresh flavors. For example, pecans taste great for this season because, well, they are in season! Plus their subtle sweetness puts any spiced or maple dish into delicious overdrive. Why not use that subtlety for a main dish?A little addition like pecan to your entree is a great and effortless way to bring your cuisine into the present and to make sure all your guests are on the same page. You wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on the fuzzy feeling falls gives you, so let your food do the talking.
Cranberry turkey meatballs: Any dish for dining indoors can use cranberries, which is also a fruit that’s ready for harvesting when Fall rolls around. These really kick up the taste of something as basic as, say, meatballs. Plus, it’s a great way to keep off any extra pounds as the cold weather outside drives you indoors for more relaxed and lazy activities. Leave that book you’re reading by the fireplace, and take your place at the dining table to enjoy this lean alternative to beef, with all the freshness of fall accenting its already robust flavor. Get to the kitchen and start cooking!
Delicious Pumpkin Ideas
Fall is a perfect time for pumpkin, spice, and every taste that’s nice. Here are some ideas on what to pair with pumpkin flavor.
Pumpkin French Toast: The classic breakfast meal gets reinvigorated with a new Autumn theme. The cinnamon and maple flavors are perfect in combination with pumpkin. Surprise your taste buds with this great recipe from Averie Cooks.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies: Can’t choose between snickerdoodles or cheescake? Why not both? These amazing cookies from The Recipe Critic are just for you. It’s a little more complicated than your average snickerdoodle, but the result is worth the effort.
Seasonal Fall Drinks
Don’t limit your flavors to food – spice up your drinks with some amazing Fall flavors.
Delicious Buttergrog Mulled Cider: Whether you want something alcoholic or virgin, buttergrog is a great way to bring a thick, delicious drink to your table. The brains over at the Neo-Homesteading blog cooked this up and it’s absolutely perfect for the season.
Candy Corn Punch: Ok, so candy isn’t the first thing that you think of when you’re getting ready for fall – but candy corn is definitely a seasonal snack. Nellie Bellie’s drink combines delicious of orange soda with delicious whipped cream.
For more awesome Thanksgiving recipe tips, check out our Thanksgiving room full of great ideas!