Maybe it’s the fact that I am going to be home for almost a full month (my next trip isn’t until October 8th, and maybe it is just a new season but I am feeling really excited about cooking. I always say that I am not the most creative cook, but I am getting more and more proficient… I just need a good recipe! And I have been saving things to my Instagram, scouring Pinterest, going through my favorite cookbooks, and just getting really excited to hunker down, be at home, and cook all of the delicious fall things!
(PS – my favorite cookbooks are all in this blog post!!! Be sure to read through the comments, too… SO many good recs!)
What I Want to Cook This Fall
All of the soups.
Soup is hands down, my favorite comfort food to eat in the Fall. I always laugh because Becca (my friend and podcasting partner) insists that soup is not a meal. I think she sees it more as a side dish? What do we think? I have always thought of soup as a meal. There’s nothing better than a big bowl (ideally with a big chunk of bread and good butter) for a weeknight dinner. So I mean you also need some bread but it’s a meal! And nothing tops fall dinner ideas than a big yummy soup a few times a week. (I also like the laziness of soup… you can make a big pot and have lunch or dinner for DAYS!)
My go-to favorite soups are this broccoli one and this vegan cream of tomato one. I want to add a few new favs to my arsenal. Nancy Meyers had posted this Marcella Hazan’s lentil soup on her Instagram which is so yummy. And I really love lentils during the colder months, they are so filling and hearty. (I would LOVE to hear your favorite soup recipes in the comments!)
Alison Roman’s Flatbreads.
One of my absolute favorite things that I had made during lockdown was Alison Roman’s sour cream flatbread. The recipe is in her Dining In cookbook (one of my favs) but you can also read it here. They are a little bit time consuming to make (really just with wait times and letting the dough rise) but my tip is to double the recipe and freeze half the dough. It is SO good. I like to eat these fresh off the stove with dip (they’re extra good served hot!) but there are a million ways to eat them. Make pizzas with them! Serve with ricotta and mushrooms… peaches and burrata… chicken tikka masala or any sort of curry. SO GOOD.
Dips to go with the flatbread. But curious: what are your favorite (ideally healthy) dip recipes? I love this labneh dip but need some more ideas! Tzatziki is another favorite.
Everything from this cookbook.
I bought this cookbook but I did not cook this book. The problem I have is that now that I have storage, my cookbooks are all in a cabinet and I tend to forget about my newer ones. I totally forgot about this book! I try to cook at least one or two new things from it every month. Most of the recipes are SO quick and easy – we’re talking gourmet meals that take 30 minutes or less. If you’ve made anything from it, tell me your favorites!
Some okra things?
I love okra, and it’s always abundant at my farmer’s market. I am not a big fan of gumbo or fried okra but there are tons of other great ways to eat it. My mom used to put it in minestrone soup and that was my FAV – think an abundance of white beans and fresh root vegetables. This okra with tomatoes recipe looks so great, I love the idea of putting it in the air fryer, and how yummy do these okra poppers look (a less spicy take on jalapeño poppers!?)