Fall Recipes from the Pumpkin Patch

For many fall means Halloween celebrations, colorful leaves and, of course, glorious comfort food.  Here are a few recipes to get your taste buds watering and your inspiration bubbling for fall cooking.


Take advantage of the rich and bountiful pumpkin harvest this season and spend some time in the kitchen creating a few fall meals for your family.  It is, after all, the main food icon of the season!


This hearty Black Bean ‘n’ Pumpkin Chili could not be simpler, but will warm you up in no time and have the family coming back for seconds.


Don’t reserve your pumpkins for just savory dishes, they make the perfect ingredient for sweet desserts, too, like this Caramel Pumpkin Po de Creme from Bakers Royale.


Warm flavors and spices of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger are distinct flavors of the fall season.  The smells of hot spiced wine and cinnamon scrolls not only put you in the fall moment, they often pull on the nostalgic strings.


Fill your kitchen with these seasonal scents as you bake tasty treats such as these soft and chewy Gingersnap Cookies.  Make sure you make plenty, as the cookie jar won’t remain full for long!



Fall is apple harvest season, so head to your local farmers market or grocery store and load up on fresh apples to make tasty baked goods.  While apple pie might be one of the most well know and possibly the most craved dessert during the season, perhaps try a new twist with this Dutch Apple Pudding Cake.



With your left over apples, a drink that complements the season like no other would have to be apple cider.  Serve it warm, cold, plain or spiked and celebrate the fall season with a drink in hand.



It may be an oldie, but a fall season isn’t quite right without the holiday favorite of eggnog.  The egg and milk concoction slowly starts to make its way onto the grocery store shelves and recipes like this one from Bon Appétit start flooding the internet, just in time for the Thanksgiving celebrations to kick in.


Why not combine some of the key fall ingredients in a single recipe which is guaranteed to impress your guests and get them into the warm flavors of the season. Cranberries, Apples, Pork and a touch of maple syrup –  this tasty Cranberry Apple Stuffed Pork Loin recipe is the perfect marriage of fall flavors.

Happy fall cooking by H. Peter Ku, D.D.S., PA



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