Q: In Chicago, and I am planning a dinner with a friend tomorrow night. I was planning a warm comfort food meal, but now it's going to be in the 60s. I'm not afraid of cooking something I've never made before.
What's a good fall meal that won't heat up my house but be of the season?
Sent by Jennifer
Editor: Jennifer, we think that you can't go wrong with a roast chicken, any time of year! Yes, you have to roast it, but it's quick — not like a slow braise. You can pair it with a fennel salad or another crunchy fall salad and a loaf of bread. That's what sounds good to us right now! And if the weather's really warm, you can close the meal with this spiced apple cider sorbet.
Readers, other thoughts for warm weather fall menus?
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