10 Essential Recipes for Fall Cooking

updated May 2, 2019
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We’re definitely all thinking it: How is it September already? Is summer really over? But don’t be glum — we’re heading into one of our favorite times of year for cooking! These are the days when chilly evenings make it a pleasure to be in the kitchen, especially when the result is something that fills the house with tantalizing aromas.

We’ve gathered here some of the recipes that we think are essential for this time of year, like our favorite homemade sandwich bread, stovetop mac n’ cheese for a cozy weeknight meal, snack bars to help you through your longest days, and maple blondies for a quick and well-deserved treat.

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It was so hard to whittle this group of recipes down to just our top ten! As soon as the calendar flips over to September, just about everything even vaguely comfort food-y starts sounding “essential” in that must-make-now craving kind of way.

What we’ve ended up with is a grab bag of great recipes, all of which allow for a bit of kitchen puttering and happy homesteading. There are the recipes that are due for their annual debut, like chili and creamy mac n’ cheese, as well as those that indulge our sudden need for anything involving cinnamon, apple, or maple. I’ve also included some core recipes for meal building blocks, like beans and roast chicken. These will round out hearty meals all fall and into winter.

What are you cooking right now? What “essential” recipes should we all add to this list?

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