Favorite Fall Dishes

Colorful Fall Leaves (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Today is the first day of Fall. The mornings are becoming chilly here in Virginia. It’s that time of year that the days are sunny and dry. Summer vegetables are beginning to wane. Apples are ripening on the trees. Acorns are falling to the ground. The leaves on the trees are beginning to change from green to bright fall colors. And it’s time to make my Favorite Fall Dishes.

Colorful Fall Leaves (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Colorful Fall Leaves (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Fall, or Autumn, is the favorite season for many. What are the alluring fragrances of Fall? Cinnamon, nutmeg, mulled ciders, baked apple and pumpkin pies, cool crisp air and even burning leaves.

For me, Fall means simmering soups and stews on the stove, luscious pies baking in the oven, sweet and savory salads made with Fall fruits and vegetables, and braised and roasted meats.

Here’s a compilation of some of my recipes that “fall” right into the cooler weather.

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

The Food Lover’s Favorite Fall Dishes

Cinnamon Pecans are a simple snack that can start your Happy Hour or hang around to be nibbled during the day.

Cinnamon Pecans (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Cinnamon Pecans (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

My Fig Almond Cheese Nibbles are elegant and so easy to make, your guests will be impressed. Fresh figs are a favorite fall fruit, as are dried figs.

Simple Amuse Bouche: Laughing Cow Cheese, Fig Jam, Toasted Sliced Almonds on Mini-Toasts (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Simple Amuse Bouche: Laughing Cow Cheese, Fig Jam, Toasted Sliced Almonds on Mini-Toasts (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Hubby’s Chicken Liver Pate is a sumptuous treat at our house, usually enjoyed during the fall and winter months. Inexpensive to make, be sure to whip up a large batch. Freezes well, too.

It's a party with Hubby's Chicken Liver Pate and a nice crusty baguette.  Add some red wine and you're on a roll!  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
It’s a party with Hubby’s Chicken Liver Pate and a nice crusty baguette. Add some red wine and you’re on a roll! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Last winter, I came up with this savory and slightly sweet appetizer for chilly evenings. Stuffed Mushroom Caps with Brie Ham and Dried Cranberries are a hit with friends and family.

Serve my Stuffed Mushroom Caps with Brie, Ham and Dried Cranberries at your next party!  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Serve my Stuffed Mushroom Caps with Brie, Ham and Dried Cranberries at your next party! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Velvety Butternut Squash Soup is a very elegant and easy dish for a dinner party or a casual Saturday lunch with friends. Top with some thinly sliced fresh sage leaves from your garden.

Butternut Squash Soup with Sage Chiffonade (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Butternut Squash Soup with Sage Chiffonade (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

A favorite savory fall soup is my Wild Mushroom Soup with Sherry. Goes great with some crusty bread.

Wild Mushroom Soup.  Garnished with chopped chives and sliced mushrooms and a splash of sherry! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Wild Mushroom Soup. Garnished with chopped chives and sliced mushrooms and a splash of sherry! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

My Baked Onion Thyme Soup spends an additional few minutes in the oven to melt Swiss cheese over a toasty crouton.

Baked Onion Thyme Soup, ready for a spoon! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Baked Onion Thyme Soup, ready for a spoon! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Not for the faint-hearted, my Spicy Bean Soup with Andouille Sausage adds a kick to your Fall dinner menu.

Spicy Bean Soup with Andouille Sausage makes a great meal on a cold night (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Spicy Bean Soup with Andouille Sausage makes a great meal on a cold night (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

The Food Lover’s Special Bittersweet Salad features radicchio, celery, and carrots as some of the nice fall salad vegetables that are available in your grocer’s produce section.

Bittersweet Salad and some great ambiance! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Bittersweet Salad and some great ambiance! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

If you are a beet lover like I am, my Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts is a gorgeous addition to your fall menu.

Roasted Beet Salad is a year-round accompaniment to your meal.  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Roasted Beet Salad is a year-round accompaniment to your meal. (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

My Pretty Pear Salad with Goat Cheese and Cinnamon Pecans takes advantage of those luscious ripe pears that are arriving at farmers’ markets this time of year.

Pear and Goat Cheese Salad with Cinnamon Pecans (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Pear and Goat Cheese Salad with Cinnamon Pecans (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

My Wild Rice Salad with Dried Cranberries and Apricots can be served hot or cold. I prefer it to be served chilled alongside sliced turkey breast or a grilled chicken breast.

Serve my Wild Rice Salad as a side to Chicken or Turkey for a tasty meal (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Serve my Wild Rice Salad as a side to Chicken or Turkey for a tasty meal (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

One of my absolute favorite fall pasta dishes is my Butternut Squash Ravioli in a Calvados Cream Sauce. It features all of those favorite fall flavors including Calvados which is an apple brandy.

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Calvados Cream Sauce (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Butternut Squash Ravioli with Calvados Cream Sauce (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Another hearty pasta dish for the cooler evenings, my Sausage, Mushroom and Shallot Lasagna is rich with flavor.

A slice of Sausage, Mushroom and Shallot Lasagna! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
A slice of Sausage, Mushroom and Shallot Lasagna! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Pesto is a great way to use that final harvest of basil from your garden. My Garlic Chicken Pesto Pasta features pesto. You can also buy premade pesto in your grocer’s refrigerated section.

Garlic Chicken over Linguine with Basil Pesto and Pine Nuts (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Garlic Chicken over Linguine with Basil Pesto and Pine Nuts (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Chicken Rosemary Rigatoni is a simple weeknight dinner main course. Use fresh rosemary from your garden, or use dried for a similar result.

Chicken Rosemary Rigatoni warms the heart on a cold evening (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Chicken Rosemary Rigatoni warms the heart on a cold evening (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

A light and tasty fall dish, my Hearty Grilled Fish over White Bean Stew is just begging to be served with a big slice of garlic toast.

Grilled Fish Fillet over White Bean Stew (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Grilled Fish Fillet over White Bean Stew (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Sauteed Scallops and Confetti Vegetables over Carrot Parsnip Puree offers a solution for “what to do with parsnips” and incorporates carrots in the base puree for some sweetness and color.

Seared scallops with confetti vegetables over carrot-parsnip puree (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Seared scallops with confetti vegetables over carrot-parsnip puree (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Scallops are a favorite dish at my house. My Seared Scallops and Shallots over Mashed Potatoes with Grainy Mustard Sauce and Real Bacon Bits loudly proclaim that Fall is here to stay!

Seared Scallops over Mashed Potatoes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Seared Scallops over Mashed Potatoes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

When I was growing up, my Mom’s Stuffed Bell Peppers were one of the first signs that cooler weather was going to stick around for a while. Mom made these stuffed peppers regularly in the cooler weather. I make them now, sometimes serving alone with mashed potatoes, or sometimes serving over a bed of rice. Either way, they taste like “home.”

Stuffed Peppers with Mashed Potatoes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Stuffed Peppers with Mashed Potatoes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

My Bacon-Topped Meatloaf also grew out of a recipe that originated in my mom’s recipe box. Leftover meatloaf can stuff sandwiches for a homey Fall lunch at work or school.

My Crazy Bacon-Topped Meatloaf is a wild and crazy dish!  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
My Crazy Bacon-Topped Meatloaf is a wild and crazy dish! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Once in a while, we are able to get fresh venison at our local Whole Foods. My Venison Stew is a fragrant, aromatic, rich way to use venison and root vegetables. You could use beef instead of venison with a similar result.

The venison stew is ready to plate!  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
The venison stew is ready to plate! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

There’s nothing like my Stuffed Pork Chops to announce that Fall has arrived. Easy to make, and finished in the oven, my pork chops feature sage as a lovely fall herb.

Baked Stuffed Pork Chops with Sage served with Chive Mashed Potatoes and Peas (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Baked Stuffed Pork Chops with Sage served with Chive Mashed Potatoes and Peas (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Chicken Pesto Pizza is another way to use that basil pesto. Try it for your usual Friday Night Pizza!

Chicken Pesto Pizza combines two of my favorite flavors! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Chicken Pesto Pizza combines two of my favorite flavors! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Root vegetables, such as potatoes, can Fall-ify (is that a word?) your pizza! Try my Garlic Chicken Pizza with Fingerling Potatoes for a different type of pizza.

Garlic Chicken Pizza with Fingerling Potatoes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Garlic Chicken Pizza with Fingerling Potatoes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

For me, dates also signify Fall. My Buttery Orzo Pasta with Dates, Shallots and Red Bell Pepper is a simple side dish that can accompany roasted chicken, seared pork chops, or a as a savory bed for piece of grilled salmon or tuna.

Buttery Orzo Pasta with Dates, Shallots and Red Bell Pepper serves as a bed for Grilled Tuna with Orange Ginger Sauce (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Buttery Orzo Pasta with Dates, Shallots and Red Bell Pepper serves as a bed for Grilled Tuna with Orange Ginger Sauce (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

What to do with all those tomatoes at the end of the season? My Roasted Tomatoes are a great solutions that freeze well.

Roasted Tomatoes are a simple way to use garden tomatoes that are past their prime (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Roasted Tomatoes are a simple way to use garden tomatoes that are past their prime (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

There’s no better way to enjoy fall root vegetables than my Roasted Vegetables dish. Roast potatoes, beets, carrots, parsnips, turnips…you name it! Serve along with roasted meat for a hearty Sunday dinner.

Smoked Chicken Legs with Roasted Vegetables (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Smoked Chicken Legs with Roasted Vegetables (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

One of my favorite side dishes, although I don’t indulge in them often, are my Sinful Potatoes au Gratin. Super rich and creamy, these potatoes go well with a grilled steak or chicken or even as a main dish on their own.

Roast Chicken and Potatoes au Gratin (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Roast Chicken and Potatoes au Gratin (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

What’s more indicative of Fall than Truffles? Not everyone can afford fresh truffles. A simple addition to mashed potatoes is truffle oil. Try my Truffled Mashed Potatoes for an earthy Fall side dish.

Grilled Filet Mignon Steak with Truffled Mashed Red Potatoes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Grilled Filet Mignon Steak with Truffled Mashed Red Potatoes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

My Cranberry Compote with Cinnamon and Calvados goes well with a Thanksgiving meal. Also, I like to make it in the Fall to accompany roasted chicken or pork.

Cranberry Compote with Cinnamon and Calvados (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Cranberry Compote with Cinnamon and Calvados (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Very Berry Crumble is a homey Fall dish that’s easier to make than a from-scratch pie. Substitute apples or pears for the berries.

Very Berry Crumble -- a crispy warm dessert for a chilly evening!  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Very Berry Crumble — a crispy warm dessert for a chilly evening! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

And what to do with all that zucchini? My Savory Zucchini Bread, slathered with butter or cream cheese (my favorite is Honey Nut cream cheese) or eaten plain, is versatile for breakfast or dessert. And it freezes well.

A Slice of Savory Zucchini Bread with Honey Nut Cream Cheese (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
A Slice of Savory Zucchini Bread with Honey Nut Cream Cheese (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

My favorite Fall salad dressing is my Roasted Walnut Oil Dressing. Try it on baby greens, or alongside crudites for dipping.

Salad of orange cherry tomatoes, carrots, and Bibb lettuce with Roasted Walnut Oil Dressing (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Salad of orange cherry tomatoes, carrots, and Bibb lettuce with Roasted Walnut Oil Dressing (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Last Fall, my husband created his Autumn Cherry Pie Cocktail for me. It tastes just like a cherry pie!

Hubby's Autumn Cherry Pie Cocktail!  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Hubby’s Autumn Cherry Pie Cocktail! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

I hope that these recipes taste like Fall to you! Let me know what you think.

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