Autumn is officially here and Sunday was the first reasonable day in Phoenix since May. We had friends over to swim after church and then sat outside watching football and the Emmys.
I love the fall – college football, fairs, fire pits, Halloween costumes and of course the comfort food. I’ve been cooking like crazy lately. Here are some of the fall recipes I’ve made during the last two weeks:
Chicken and dumplings – This recipe is pretty fast and could be done on a weeknight.
Chicken pot pie hand pies – This took forever, but can be made on the weekend for a meal during the week. I made double the recipe so I have eight hand pies frozen for another meal. This dough is very forgiving and could be made ahead and then you could finish pretty easily with almost any filling you like. I want to try like an empanada filling next.
Pumpkin pancakes – This is pretty fast, and I actually like to make it for dinner instead of breakfast. We have the pre-cooked bacon from Costco that heats up in about two minutes with very little grease to clean.
Pasta with turkey sausage and broccoli rabe — I was shocked that the kids loved this. They all ate it and wanted it to have more broccoli rabe in it. I used sweet sausage instead of spicy.
Easy sticky buns – This one was OK. I really wanted homemade sticky buns, and am leery of working with yeast bread recipes. This called for sheets of puff pastry instead. My friend Sabine who writes the DIY blog for the AJC, and who is an amazing cook, says she thinks the puff pastry is already so laden with butter that it wouldn’t soak up all the good stuff.
Peach Crumble — I can’t find a link for the one I made but this one is similar. I added oatmeal to the topping as well.
So what are you favorite fall traditions? Are you planning to go to fairs? Are you having fire pits on the weekend nights? Are you going to camp? (We are wanting to go camping before it gets too cold.) How are you decorating? (I bought some cute seasonal fabric from Joann to make table runners.) What are you cooking? Do you change out pillows or add throw blankets to couches or beds? How do you celebrate fall?