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Autumn in the Kitchen

Posted: September 5, 2019 at 1:03 pm

Is it a little early to talk fall cooking? Probably. But it’s our favorite and we really can’t wait to get started with Soup Season. That’s an affectionate moniker–we actually make lots of different things when the weather finally cools, but one pot wonders are where it’s at. With that in mind, we wanted to go ahead and get started on our fall bucket list, so to speak. It’s a list of all the fun we plan to have in our kitchens between now and the holidays, when we’ll probably create another one of these dedicated specifically to special occasion meals.

Soups + Stews

Really, this is what excites us the most. And we’re pretty stoked to try this Tuscan Farro Soup recipe from the New York Times. Farro is quickly becoming one of our favorite grains–it’s got a great chewy texture when cooked properly–and this soup sounds delightfully hearty and healthy at the same time.

We’re also in a constant mission to master our own tomato soup, and this recipe from Pinch of Yum has been at the top of our list to try. We imagine it with grilled cheese sandwiches on a cool Saturday afternoon in between errands and school soccer matches.

While we already have a solid potato soup recipe, we really can’t resist a good option that has bacon in the ingredient list. So, we might move this recipe from Foodie Crush to the top of the list. Potato soup leftovers are always amazing to pack for work lunches the next day. It tends to reheat really well in a microwave.

All the carbs

Our favorite food group needs its own category, obviously.

This oven risotto with garlic roasted mushrooms and arugula from Pinch of Yum sounds amazing. You really can make risotto in the oven, and it actually takes out some of the babysitting that can make it so tedious. We’re all about roasted vegetables this time of year, so the topping on this really sells it to us. Plus, it’s got something green in there too. Perfect.

We’re also pretty high on putting all kinds of pasta in the oven. So this one-pot baked pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe obviously makes the list. It combines two of our faves, cheese + pasta, with some hearty sausage and healthy broccoli rabe. We’re guessing these leftovers will be pretty killer too.

Casseroles are great things to master. Most of them are great for meal delivery when a friend is sick or stuck at home for whatever reason, they can feed an army, and they can ultimately be made with whatever ingredients you happen to have on hand. The one we’re eyeing this season is this easy chicken and rice casserole recipe from Delish. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the ones we go back to again and again.

Dessert Island

We tend to forget all about baking in the summer. Who wants to turn on an oven when it’s 90 degrees outside? Desserts tend to become some form of fruit trifle, ice cream or popsicle straight from the freezer. But fall is when we get back to it, and we always want to try new things.

A new spin on pumpkin pie can be a bit of a risk, which is why we think now is the perfect time to go for it. You still have a few months before they need to be on the buffet in front of people. We want to try this Southern Living recipe for a coconut pumpkin chiffon pie. It sounds light, airy and it’s a combination of two of our favorite flavors. We’d like a slice right now, in fact.

This maple apple upside down cake from Food & Wine also sounds like a whole lot of our favorite things all coming together in one magnificent dessert. Apple season is upon us indeed, and we love using maple as a sweetener. This one sounds like a seasonal symphony of a dessert and we can’t wait to try it out.

To round out the full suite of fall flavors, we bring you this masterpiece direct from Martha Stewart herself–the pear-cranberry tart. We think pears are seriously underrated, and when paired with the tartness of some bright red cranberries, you have something delicious and really unexpected. Yes, please.

What are your favorite fall recipes? Are there any you really only break out of the recipe box this time of year? Share with us in the comments, and happy cooking!




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