MVK’s Recipes for Autumn

After much thought in the past few months about where my food writing is going and what I would like to do with it in the future, I’ve decided to take a pause from writing for a few months. At first I thought I only had an either/or, just two decisions, either keep writing or stop completely. But on a long walk last week I realized I can make my own rules and stop writing temporarily. Five years are a very long time to keep my creative juices flowing week after week and I’ve started to feel like I’ve been uncreative in both my cooking and writing. I know whenever I start to feel this way about anything, I know I need to take a step back and reassess.  

That said, I’ll miss writing about my favorite season and holiday, but I have collected some of my favorite autumn recipes to get you through the next few months, plus tips for Thanksgiving Day! And on Sunday, I will be toasting my favorite city in the world with a Perfect Manhattan.

May your autumn be happy, peaceful, and full of the bounty of this glorious season!


Soups and Stews
Check out the farmer’s market and pick up some vegetables for my Late Summer Vegetable Soup.
Whenever I need some comfort, I make a pot of my Hungarian Mushroom Soup.
A delicious vegan meal, Autumn Red Curry Stew.

Main Dishes
This is one of my favorite chicken recipes, Chicken Stew with Old South Buttermilk Biscuits.
And another favorite chicken recipe, Braised Chicken with White Beans and Olives.
This recipe for macaroni and cheese is healthy and one pan!

Side Dishes
Although I love summer cooking, I admit I’m excited about root vegetables. Here are some of my favorite roasted roots recipes.
Fall means apples. Make some homemade applesauce!
I make this recipe for Roasted Delicata Squash all winter long!
Instead of the usual lettuce for salads, try my recipe for Autumn Kale Salad instead.

My mom’s recipe for pumpkin bread.
Make these popular miniature Halloween cookies!
My go-to gingerbread recipe, courtesy of Lynne Rossetto Kasper of NPR’s “The Splendid Table.”

Since I’ve cooked Thanksgiving dinner for years, I’ve collected several tips each year to make the day a bit easier. And here are two recipes for the best rolls in the world that I’ve made for the holiday!
Astor House Rolls
Flaky Dinner Rolls

14 thoughts on “MVK’s Recipes for Autumn

  1. Thanks for the collection of Fall and Holiday recipes. Although I have 3 more days of 90+ degree days to get through, I will start cooking Fall next week. I am going to miss your posts and emails, but 5 years of anything is a lot and once something becomes more stress and less fun, I firmly believe it needs to be reassessed. On a personal note, please let me know if you come to NYC, so we can meet up for coffee, Manhattan or something in between.

    • I don’t have any plans at the moment, Kate, but NY is not that far away, you never know! I hope you have a wonderful fall filled with lots of delicious food, I think it may be the best time of the year to cook! 😀

  2. I will miss your beautiful, unique photos as well as your stories of cooking and recipes. I’m counting on you continuing to share the pictures elsewhere. And I’ll drink a Manhattan to your well deserved break! Thank you!

  3. Along with your other loyal readers, I will miss the weekly posts from my dear daughter. Thank you for bringing so much joy to my life through your writing and, more importantly, for the wonderful woman you are. I love you.

    • Aww…thank you!! (I could say the same thing! ;-)) I’m still cooking and having fun in the kitchen–and having fun that I now have my Sunday mornings free again! I never say never, so it may be sooner than you think! 😀

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