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It's Finally Fall!


It’s no secret, fall is my favorite season of the year.  In fact I spend the better part of the rest of the year wishing for fall.  The chilly weather (I’ll pretend it wasn’t 90˚ F here yesterday), football, leaves changing, autumn spices, and of course pumpkin, apples, soup, and the list goes on.  So it’s finally here, and I’m ecstatic.  (On an unrelated note, what happened to that little baby in the picture from last year?  He seems to have been replaced by a big boy who uses sentences.  What will he be like next fall???)


I think pumpkin spice pancakes sprinkled with cinnamon sugar are an ideal way to start out a lazy fall morning.


Okay, if you try anything from this list, puh-lease try these chicken pot pies.  I made these for the first time last fall and they blew my mind.  Look at that flaky crust!  Seriously, I would love to eat this every single day if it weren’t so decidedly unhealthy.


Cranberry apple harvest muffins are a great breakfast to grab on the go, or a nice afternoon snack.  With chunks of apple, fresh cranberries, pecans and fall spices, they seem just the thing to welcome the season.


Cream of mushroom soup may conjure up feelings of nausea and disgust if you have only ever had the stuff from the can, but this homemade version is an entirely different thing.  Making the homemade vegetable stock for the base takes a little extra time, but every extra minute of effort is rewarded in the taste.


This is in my top three favorite cakes ever, and it’s not hard to see why.  Perfectly spiced moist pumpkin cake with a rich butterscotch filling and brown sugar frosting – I’m going into a sugar coma just thinking about it.


There are many autumn weeks when I want nothing more than to eat soup, soup, soup every night.  This broccoli cheddar soup is one of my favorites.  Rich, warm and filling, it makes for a wonderful meal.


This caramel apple cheesecake pie is the single most popular recipe I have ever posted, and for good reason.  This is one heck of a dessert – caramel, spiced apples, cheesecake, whipped cream and more caramel all in one pie plate.  It’s great for any time of year really, but especially ideal for fall.


I discovered this chicken chili at the tail end of last winter, and I’m really looking forward to making it often throughout the coming cold months.  It’s definitely on the healthier side where chili is concerned with a lean protein and lots of veggies, not to mention it is just plain delicious.


If you have trouble with forming addictions, you may want to avoid trying this caramel corn.  It is so, so, so good that I eat it compulsively and ruin my meals.  Usually Ben puts it on a shelf I can’t reach, even with the step stool, so I can pretend like I have some self control.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.


An ideal fall weekend day for me is spent making a fantastic dinner that needs to simmer or roast for hours, making your house smell amazing in the process.  This garlic rosemary roast chicken is just such a dish, and is an ideal centerpiece for a nice fall meal.


Bonfires are favorite fall pastime, and with any good bonfire there must be s’mores.  These s’mores cupcakes are a fun spin on the ooey gooey campfire treat and personally I like them even better this way.

I hope you all enjoyed this round up of some of my favorite fall foods.  I have lots of new recipes to share throughout the seasons, and I probably won’t be able to resist a mid-fall round up so keep an eye out for that :)

  • http://keepitsweet.wordpress.com KeepItSweet

    wow so many great cold weather recipes!

  • http://nikkilooch.blogspot.com Nikki

    Wow, these recipes look amazing. I have to say that I’m looking forward to the cooler days and the ability to be able to leave my oven on longer than 30 minutes without thinking that I’ve taken up residence in a sauna. The chicken chili is a must make for me this fall.

  • http://warmvanillasugar.wordpress.com Warm Vanilla Sugar

    I love all of these recipes. Fall is also my favorite season, and I love the food that goes with it!

  • http://sharissharings.blogspot.com Shari

    my, oh my, oh my! You are killing me this am……all of these look amazing & I will be printing the majority of them to try!!! Now, are you going to promise I won’t gain ANY weight from them!?!?!?!??!!? Thanks for the wonderful fall update!!!!

  • Anne Marie

    I am laughing to myself as I read this post… I have made every single one of these recipes! Seriously Annie, what did I do before your blog? My favorite of these recipes is the S’more cupcakes. I’m making them for my salad club at work on Monday, which isn’t as healthy as it sounds because it always includes a dessert. I love the oohs and ahhs I get when I make those!

  • http://chinadoll-bakingdairy.blogspot.com/ Jeannie

    Wow, I love them all! Looks so scrumptious and gorgeous! I love the caramel apple cheesecake pie the best!

  • Tasha

    OK will you just stop it! There are too many yummy things on this post that I want to make now. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Fall too!!! My five year old twin boys know it will be the first day of Fall when they get up and they are SO excited!! We already have a party planned. I homeschool them so part of school will be a Fall party today. Maybe we will make something from this list.
    Happy Fall Annie!!!!!

  • HB

    Sooooo ready for cooler weather! Ready for this beautiful season. Haven’t tried many of the above — will be sure to try soon! Loved the pumpkin pancakes from last fall! Made them tons of times! Next up though is your pumpkin cream cheese muffins. But of course, the sweetest pic above is the first!

  • http://growingongettysburg.blogspot.com Sarah

    Happy Fall!! Yummm these all look awesome. Did you see we even broke a record here in Indy yesterday? Three degrees higher than the record in 1955! I am so ready for it to cool off.

    PS. If you find any canned pumpkin in Avon let me know, I have been to every store and no one has it yet. I am craving some pumpkin muffins.

  • shelly

    YAY!!! Fall is my favorite as well! These recipes look so scrumptious -thanks for sharing!

  • Karen

    Oh my goodness, I want to leave work right now to go home and start cooking every single one of those recipes. They all look AMAZING!!! And I couldn’t agree with you more about loving fall more than any other season. Bring on the warm fuzzy sweaters. mmmmmm

  • Kim M.

    What a great post!!!! I want to cook all of this! And yes, I am hoping the weather will really start to cool off soon, I love fall!

  • http://www.pantrytales.blogspot.com Nicole Gentilini

    Fall is my favorite too! Love it! Now, I just wish Missouri would get into gear and realize it’s fall. This 90 degree weather we are having is not working for me! Great post! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

  • http://www.juliaslittlenotes.blogspot.com/ Julia

    Wow. So many great recipes here. Fall is my favorite, too, and I love Autumn foods…looking forward to giving some of these a try!

  • Larkin

    Annie, these look amazing. I love your blog- you are an inspiration!

  • http://emily-rose.net emrm85

    Fall is also my favorite season and I cannot wait to try out these recipes! I’m going apple picking next weekend and will try out those cranberry-apple muffins!

  • http://chicagocuisinecritique.blogspot.com Chicago Cuisine Critique

    Happy Fall! These all look delicious. I think i’m going to do another Fall recipe feature this Friday on my blog (I featured your Caramel Apple Cheesecake last week: http://chicagocuisinecritique.blogspot.com/2010/09/fall-friday.html)..thanks for putting all your Fall recipes in one place so I can choose a new one to add. And as always, I will make sure to link back to you. Thanks for sharing Annie!

  • Carly

    They all look so good, I too love fall and the food that is associated with it. I made your Pumpkin Whoopie Pies yesterday (even though it was 98* outside) they are delicious. Thanks for all the great recipes, love your blog.

  • Suzanne G

    Wow, I feel like I cheated on my diet just looking at these photos! I love your blog, it makes me happy:)

  • Amanda

    Fall is my favorite too! Soup is on my agenda tonight, I think I may try one of the above… now to choose…

  • morgan

    I can never find the cellophane bags…please tell me your source. I don’t like the Michael’s brand…they are not crispy. (YES, I’m ridiculous!)
    I just saw the caramel corn, and was reminded of the bags. (SO CUTE).
    THANK YOU!

  • Annie

    Yep, they are Michael’s. I don’t know what you mean by “crispy”.

  • morgan

    OK, I’ll look there again…crispy instead of limp! Your picture seems to be what I’m looking for. Thanks for the reply.

  • http://seebrookecook.blogspot.com/ Brooke

    I don’t think I have ever craved chili at 10 in the morning, but that looks amazing!

  • Marge

    Oh my gosh! Where to start? What a great way to kick off the fall season. Which one do I try first? Maybe I’ll just make the soups and chili for dinner and follow up with the desserts. hahahahha. I love your site! I haven’t been a follower very long but, I have loved everything I’ve made as well as my family. Keep up the great work. If you love to cook, this is the place to be. Thanks for the great recipes.

  • http://simplerecipes.me Juliana

    Your son is SO cute :-) And the round up is just unbelievable…everything looks so yummie!

  • http://dessertfirst-manu.blogspot.com/ Manoela

    Definitely Fall is my favorite season too!
    In Brazil now is Springtime, I miss fall so much!
    Your recipes look gorgeous! I’ll try some!

  • http://yourkindofsalad.wordpress.com Anne @ Your Kind of Salad

    Oh my! I am drooling on my computer screen! Since I live in New England, I hear me some fall as well! I’m DYING to make your pumpkin cake – I was just saying yesterday to a friend that there needs to be more butterscotch desserts! And little “man” in the first picture is so darling!

  • amy

    i just love your blog. your pictures are beautiful and i love the recipes you’ve selected, esp. this list for fall! my favorite time of year! i have been searching for a wonderful cream of mushroom soup and chicken pot pie recipe, so i cannot wait to try the ones you suggested here. they look so delicious! thanks!

  • http://www.mylifeasamrs.com Kristina @ My Life as a Mrs

    Oh my goodness… YUM! Fall doesn’t come till December down here in South FL! Maybe I’ll just crank the A/C down, make one of those yummy soups, throw on a scarf, and fake myself out!! haha :)

  • http://www.tiptopshape2.blogspot.com Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    Aaaww, Andrew is growing up so fast!!! All these recipes look amazing! Can’t wait to try them all :D

  • http://www.munchkinmunchies.blogspot.com Sue

    What a wonderful array of fabulous fall food! I don’t know where to start because it all looks so delicious! Hooray for fall!

  • http://pinkparsleycatering.blogspot.com Josie

    Awesome spread you have here! So funny – I posted the caramel apple cheesecake pie today! Yummmmm! I have to admit I’m tempted to rip off this idea and do a post of my favorite fall recipes ;-)

  • http://skinnykitchen.com nancy@skinnykitchen

    Fall is my favorite season too. All of your recipes to celebrate the season look delicious!

  • http://foodiemamma.blogspot.com Krista

    While I can’t say that fall is my favorite season, I do LOVE fall food. Those smore cupcakes are calling my name!

  • http://www.fridgetofood.com Daniel Bingham

    Oh man, this entry darn near made me cry. There are no seasons here in Thailand. Only endless tropical summer. Most people would probably yell at me to stop complaining. I’m living in paradise after all, right? Heh, paradise is nice for a week. But when you live here, the heat starts to become oppressive. We arrived here in May – perfect timing for summer to start. But now that September has begun, I’m ready for fall! I want the air to cool, the leaves to change, and I’m starting to crave food like that featured in this post. Except I’m still living in the tropical heat, surrounded by Thai food. Oh well, homesickness is to be expected.

    Thanks for sharing a little bit of fall! Even though it made me homesick it was still nice, and now I’m hungry.

  • Deborah

    I think I know what you mean by crispy. The firmness of the cellophane. The ones from Michael’s and Walmart are usually flimsy. In the area that I am from, we have a wholesale company that sells gift wrap, bags etc. and it opens to the public a couple hours a day. I purchase mine there.

  • http://mrsregueiro.blogspot.com Krystal R.

    Oh wow…this is a fantastic tribute post to Fall. I loved every single of your picks and Andrew is looking like a little cute man! soooo cute!

  • http://comfortofcooking.blogspot.com Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    Thank you for sharing all of these delicious fall dishes, Annie! They all are so mouthwatering, I don’t know how I’ll ever choose which ones to make! Ah well, I guess I’ll just have to make them all.

  • Chris

    Annie – I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your “recap” posts! It’s a fun reminder of some of your wonderful past recipes that are perfect to try right now. I am definitely making the chicken chili this weekend… Thanks for all of your great ideas and recipes!!

  • Kristin

    I just linked to this post from my blog. AMAZING!!!

  • http://yumsiliciousbakes.blogspot.com Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes)

    That is one adorable boy!!! I’m in love :)

  • http://maplencornbread.blogspot.com/ Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread

    Awesome round up!! They are all so irresistable!

  • Laura

    I have got to stop reading your blog when I’m hungry!! I want to make all of this right now… but I have to go to work instead. :(

  • http://thegracelesswonder.wordpress.com gracelesswonder

    I love fall – I’ve been waiting for it since just after Christmas last year! :) The pictures of these amazing fall dishes have made me absolutely ravenous! I can’t wait to try ‘em out!
    – BTW, I love your site!

  • http://sugarcooking.blogspot.com SugarCooking

    I don’t know how on earth I missed the pumpkin butterscotch cake on your blog all this time! I need to make that ASAP! I’d be curious to hear the other 2 tiered cakes that round out your top 3…

  • http://pajamachef.wordpress.com Sarah

    what a great list! these all look so good. what to make first…?

  • http://www.culinaryconcoctionsbypeabody.com/ peabody

    Oh, this so makes me want to make that pumpkin butterscotch cake again!

  • http://www.nathanandrachelatwood.blogspot.com Rachel

    Oh, yum. All of these look divine! I definitely want to try the pumpkin pancakes and the caramel apple cheesecake. Bookmarking these for later! :) Thanks for pulling this post together.

  • http://sweetebakes.blogspot.com Evan @swEEts

    So I’m pretty much going to go through this entire post and make every one of these recipes one by one.. starting with the pumpkin pancakes and followed by that cake! man oh man..

  • Jeannette M.

    Can I just say…When I die I want to come back as YOU…I swear your my hero….Martha Stewart who??? You make it look so easy for us “regular” folks! You’re a doctor and a mom and you pull this off…..are you human!??? (joking) Anyway I can’t wait to make the cake! Also love the picture of your son….to cute!

    Jeannette M.
    CT

  • Tara

    Annie I also adore fall! This is the best post ever, thank you! I can’t wait to make everything!!! :)

  • http://threeacres.wordpress.com/ Robin

    This post is why you are my favorite food blog! **swoon**

  • http://shepwellkitchen.blogspot.com Anne

    Wow, this all looks SO amazing! I’ve cooked/baked pumpkin into so many things, but haven’t made pumpkin pancakes yet. I can’t wait to try these out! And probably all of your other recipes.

    And what an adorable little boy :)

  • http://whattastyfood.blogspot.com Kelsey

    I am SO ready for fall.

    Pumpkin pancakes, what a good idea!

  • http://healthyvibe.blogspot.com melissa

    Hi Annie! Did you see that Pioneer Woman listed you as one of her favorite food bloggers? How cool is that? You and PW are my favorites!

  • Annie

    Yep, I’ve been on that list for a while now. I love it!

  • http://www.angelasimages.com Angela

    These recipes look amazing! I can’t wait to try some of them (or maybe all of them)! Thank you for sharing!

  • http://www.thecreativepot.net Marisa

    Yep, fall is my favourite season too. Should I feel guilty that I’m less than stoked that we’re headed for spring this side of the equator?

  • Katie

    I love fall too, and I can’t wait to try some of these great recipes!

    p.s. Your little guy is adorable!

  • http://www.feedingthebirds.wordpress.com JC

    This might be my favorite post ever — what a terrific collection of fall recipes!!

  • http://guiltykitchen.com Elizabeth

    Wow, amazing collection of fall recipes! It’s my favourite too, but who doesn’t love the crispness of fall??

  • http://www.20somethingcupcakes.com Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes

    I literally just bookmarked almost all of these recipes! I too have been so excited for the return of pumpkin and pot pies…and I’m dying to try your chili!

  • http://mannadonn.blogspot.com Maranda

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this. Oh…this is going to be a fun season! I can’t wait to try almost all of these!!!

  • http://chicagocuisinecritique.blogspot.com Chicago Cuisine Critique

    I have a Fall Friday feature of which I have now shared another one of your fabulous recipes. Check it out and thanks for sharing!
    http://chicagocuisinecritique.blogspot.com/2010/09/fall-friday_24.html.

  • http://www.bakeat350.blogspot.com bridget {bake at 350}

    A. your son is a little honey! ♥
    B. “I spend the better part of the rest of the year wishing for fall.”…I do to!!! I LOVE fall!

  • Tiffany

    I read through the pot pie recipe about the freezing afterwards since there are 6, and my question is when you have frozen them do you put them into freezer ziploc bags? And do you store them individually or all together? Thank you

  • Annie

    You can freeze them however you like. I honestly don’t remember exactly what I did.

  • http://chellebellesweets.blogspot.com michelle aetonu

    new follower! these are such fabulous recipes!

  • http://www.beabeinggood.blogspot.com Breanna

    All of these recipes look delicious! I would love to make the cheesecake pie soon…may I use your photo on my blog if I credit your website? I wouldn’t be posting it for a few weeks. If you don’t want me to use the photo, I understand.

  • Annie

    As long as you give appropriate credit with a link, feel free to use it.

  • http://risingdoughrealvanilla@blogspot.com Laura

    Hi Annie! I’m making your caramel apple cheesecake pie for a dinner gathering tomorrow evening, and I was wondering if it would work to make it through the cheesecake layer this evening and refrigerate it a full day before doing the whipped cream/topping before serving it tomorrow? I know cheesecakes can generally be made a day ahead just fine, but with the apple layer underneath I wasn’t sure!

  • Annie

    That will be fine.

  • Erin

    I love this cupcake idea!! Thanks!