Top Fall Recipe Picks

Autumn means pumpkins and squash, hearty stews, pot roasts, apples, and holiday cooking. Here are some of my favorite recipes for the fall season, and plenty of links to more.

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    Apple Raisin Cookies
    Diana Rattray

     These old-fashioned apple cookies are made with sour cream, raisins, and butter, which gives them their mouthwatering flavor and texture. 


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    sweet potato doughnuts with maple glaze and candied bacon
    Diana Rattray

     Candied bacon topping makes these baked sweet potato doughnuts extraordinary. The lightly spiced doughnuts come out moist and delicious and the glaze is just amazing.

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    Beef and Guinness Stew
    Beef and Guinness Stew. Photo: Diana Rattray

     This beef and Guinness stew is super easy to make with some bacon, stewing beef, Guinness Stout, and vegetables.

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    Sweet Potato Casserole
    Sweet Potato Casserole. Diana Rattray

    My family loves this delicious sweet potato casserole, baked with a crunchy pecan and brown sugar topping.  This is the perfect sweet potato casserole for your Thanksgiving feast.

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    Autumn Pumpkin Pie
    Autumn Pumpkin Pie. Diana Rattray

    This fabulous pumpkin pie is spiced with ginger and cinnamon. Serve the pie with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with a little cinnamon or cinnamon-sugar.


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    Pork Loin with Mustard Rub
    Pork Loin with Mustard Rub. Diana Rattray

    This pork loin roast is seasoned with spicy mustard, Creole seasoning, garlic, and herbs. Serve this flavorful pork loin roast with mashed potatoes and your favorite vegetables for a great family dinner.

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    Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese
    Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese. Diana Rattray

    This is a relatively light macaroni and cheese. Low-fat milk and a modest amount of cheese are used in this recipe. Feel free to use more cheese or top it off with buttered bread crumbs.

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    Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
    Pumpkin Sheet Cake. Diana Rattray

    This moist fall cake is bursting with the flavors of pumpkin and spices, and it's so  easy to prepare and bake. Top the cake with the frosting or cut it into squares and pipe the frosting on the individual cakes.

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    Country Pot Roast with Sour Cream Gravy
    Country Pot Roast with Sour Cream Gravy. Diana Rattray

    This tender delicious pot roast is cooked with potatoes, carrots, and small white onions. The pot roast is finished with a sour cream gravy.

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    Best Apple Crisp
    Favorite Apple Crisp. Diana Rattray

    This apple crisp is my favorite, with its buttery, crumbly oat and brown sugar topping. I used a combination of Granny Smith and Fuji apples in this fruit crisp, but any good baking or cooking apples will work well in this recipe.

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    Beef Stew with Red Wine
    Beef Stew with Red Wine. Diana Rattray

    This flavorful stew makes a hearty and delicious meal with biscuits and a tossed salad.

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    Meatloaf Sliders
    Meatloaf Sliders Photo Credit: Diana Rattray

    If you like meatloaf sandwiches, you'll love these flavorful meatloaf sliders. The mini meatloaves are baked either in burger form or in muffin cups then they're served with slider buns and your favorite toppings. Use your favorite barbecue sauce in the ground beef mixture.

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    30 Minute Chili with Cornbread
    30 Minute Chili with Cornbread. Diana Rattray

    This is a great chili to enjoy on a cold winter day. Serve this chili with fresh baked cornbread or crusty rolls.


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    Sweet Potato Risotto
    Diana Rattray

     This risotto is a fabulous savory combination of sweet potatoes, pecans, and Parmesan cheese. 

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    Cranberry Muffins With Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)
    Diana Rattray

     These wonderful muffins are loaded with texture and flavor. The flavor of the fresh cranberries stands out, and pumpkin seeds are the perfect addition for the season. 

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    Country Captain
    Luca Trovato/Photodisc/Getty Images

     With its curry flavors, you wouldn't think this dish was Southern, but it is! Country captain originated in Georgia, possibly Savannah, which was a major port for the spice trade.