Fall is one of my favorite times of the year! The weather is cooling off, and some mornings there is that nip in the air that makes me dream of food that’s warm, creamy, and comforting. And the food scene is hoppin’ with tail gate parties, Fall Festivals in the local communities, and party after party after party as we count down towards the big holiday season. It’s enough to make me want to skip work and spend the day in the kitchen baking, stewing, and cooking my way into a freezer full of meals that warm the soul and feed the body.
So I’d like to share with you some of my favorite recipes, and bloggers, who help me find those spot-on recipes to help warm the days and nights during Fall.
Here’s Some Great Fall Link Love:
First – fall is all about pumpkins, at least here in North America. So what better way than to start your day with a Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Shake, courtesy of Kiersten at Oh My Veggies! vegetarian food blog. The shake contains pumpkin, dairy, oats, and a variety of spices, making it a filling and healthy way to start your day off right. The recipes at Oh My Veggies! make it fun and easy to try out the vegetarian lifestyle without sacrificing taste.
Another great Fall breakfast option is to bake a batch of Apple Cinnamon Chip Muffins, from Ashley at Cookie Monster Cooking. I haven’t seen Cinnamon Chips at my local grocery store, so this recipe might justify a trip to my local Central Market or Trader Joe’s to find this trendy baking item. Partner this up with a nice cup of herbal tea and I might be ready to face the day!
For a savory afternoon snack, I can’t wait to try out the Maple-Bacon Kettle Popcorn from Michelle, the Brown Eyed Baker. I first tried candied bacon at a baby shower a few years back, and it rocked! And Kettle Corn is a “must have” treat at our local Pumpkin Patch – it’s almost synonymous with Fall. I usually make microwave popcorn, but the recipe looks simple enough that I’m tempted to try it out tonight (or rather, once I buy some traditional popcorn).
Fall is also another great excuse to break out my slow cooker and fill my home with savory aromas, which will hopefully entice my picky eaters to try something other than chicken strips and french fries. Karen Petersen at 365 Days of Slow Cooking has posted a yummy looking Cheesy Potato and Leek Soup recipe for the slow cooker, which looks fantastic! I tried making a stove top leek and potato soup a few weeks back, but this looks much easier and much tastier than the recipe I tried. Time to buy some more leeks and give it a shot!
Do you love trying out heritage recipes? What would you say to Beatrix Potter’s Gingerbread recipe? Her handwritten, 161 year old personal recipe book is up for auction, but you can find her family recipes for Gingerbread over at The Kitchn blog. There are also a great list of freezer staples that make entertaining much easier for the busy cook.
Since I have picky eaters, no Link Love post would be complete without a nod to Jenny at Picky Palate. Tonight I’m all set to try her Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet (with bacon!!), although I’ll probably have to cut back a little on the cheese to please my hubby and daughter. Jenny has excellent tips for whipping together homemade meals that help satisfy the demands of picky eaters, and her current list of recipes really hit the spot for Fall cooking.
Finally, to wrap it up, what would be better than a list of 100 Sweet Fall Treats to provide desserts and snacks for the entire Fall season. The list is divided by category, and features apple, caramel, chocolate, spice, maple, pear, pumpkin, and sweet potato treats. Marla at Family Fresh Cooking contributed many of the recipes, but also collected a great variety from other bloggers.
So – enjoy the Fall season, and enjoy cooking up some of these treats for your family foodies!