13 Of Our *Fall-iest* Dinners to Roast, Bake, Or Simmer Tonight

September 25, 2017

In south Louisiana, we joke that the four seasons are Mardi Gras, crawfish, snowball, and football. I never packed away my shorts, and thought sweater-weather only sometimes came in December or January. My relatively new reality of a real fall—brisk temperatures, changing leaves, wearing layers—still holds a kind of magic. Like new parents celebrating a baby’s first birthday, I’ve fallen (hehe) in love, with wild abandon, for all things autumn. Especially in the kitchen. I’m ready for brisket, caramelized Brussels sprouts, and steaming apple cider. In the coming weeks, my oven will host hoards of gourds, and root vegetables, and spice cakes. Weekends will be designated baking and simmering time. And here are the recipes first on my list:

Winner Bakes All

Slow & Low Is the way to go

Feeling Warm & Roasty

Tell us your fall-iest dinner—or other fall traditions—in the comments below!

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BerryBaby October 1, 2017
SOUP! All kinds, no vegetable is safe from the soup pot! Emeril's carrot soup, Pasta E Fagioli, Minestrone, Chicken Tortilla, massive vegetable (zucchini, carrots, cabbage, white beans, celery, onions, the kitchen sink!)
And it has to be served with a crusty, hot out of the oven bread😋! BB
judy September 26, 2017
MY favorite "one of the first" for fall and cool weather is Posole. Chicken or pork. I include roasted tomatillos and pasilla peppers, cabbage and fresh corn tortillas! MMMM
Sharon October 1, 2017
What a great idea! I was just wondering what to make for dinner tonight. Happen to have some pork shoulder so Posole it is! Thanks!
aesunshine September 26, 2017
Thank you for including so many vegetarian recipes!