Even though I was happy to welcome the cooler weather with the arrival of fall, I thought I’d miss the strawberries and tomatoes and other fresh summery produce. Somehow I’ve been shocked by all the delicious fall things we’ve been enjoying this last week.
So if you’re looking for a little autumn inspiration, here is my recommended “Stock Your Fridge for Fall” shopping list. Some items seem obvious, some you might already have, others are brand new (to me) finds. Together they make an awesome combination:
– apples (honeycrisp specifically or go pick your own!)
– red potatoes
– caraway seed havarti cheese
– dijon mustard
– deli ham
– cottage dill bread
– canned pumpkin
– homemade caramel sauce
From those main ingredients (plus a lot of things already prepped in my freezer), here are some of the items that have appeared on our menu in the last week along with some things on my to do list:
Lunches & Dinners:
Grilled ham, pear, and arugula sandwiches: Thank you, Martha! Inspired by the latest Everyday Food magazine, this recipe is my new favorite sandwich.
Beef stew with roasted smashed potatoes: Found this recipe for potatoes over on Pinterest. Reason enough you should join me there! The leftovers make fantastic breakfast potatoes with eggs in the morning.
Chicken pot pie: I switched things up and made my standard filling but baked it with biscuits in place of the phyllo dough. Extra comforting comfort food.
Pork roast with mustard roasted potatoes and applesauce: This was our favorite method for potatoes until we discovered the roasted smashed ones. Enjoy with a pork roast on the first night and make Saucy Pork and Noodle Bake with the leftover meat!
Autumn havest salad: Haven’t tried this one yet, but it is in the queue! Also a Pinterest find.
Homemade applesauce: Made in the microwave and couldn’t be easier!
Fruit tray with caramel dip: mix things up and slice those pears, too! Hard to beat a honeycrisp apple, but a nice ripe pear comes close.
Pumpkin bread: Still the best, can’t wait to make a fresh batch this year.
Fruit and cheese tray: Over the summer, I suggested apples and Laughing Cow cheese. For fall, try plums or pears and caraway havarti!
Pear bread pudding: Shared this recipe earlier this month. Makes a nice breakfast treat, too!
Pumpkin blondies with caramel: Swoon!! Made these and devoured them over the course of a weekend. Be prepared for a more muffin-like texture than a “blondie” but still worth the effort!