Menu Inspirations for Fall

Belle Springs Farm, 2013

Belle Springs Farm, 2013

It is genuinely chilly outside this morning! I have no doubt that the heat will make another showing or two, before fall weather is here to stay. But, it’s easy to jump into all those joyous fall activities while the weather is cool.

I thought I would jot down some ideas for fall-appropriate menus, to help myself and others make the leap to the new season.

Breakfast

To any of these, you can add a side of bacon, breakfast sausage, country ham, or the like.

Hot Cereal and Fruit

  • Oatmeal (consider spicing it with cinnamon, and adding brown sugar! I also love a pumpkin oatmeal we used to make sometimes…)
  • Apples (fresh slices or chunks, or fried apples – both go great with oats)
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Toasted Nuts

Pumpkin Bread, served with Butter or Cream Cheese

Lunch/Dinner

Reuben Sandwiches, Potato Chips, Pickles

Bratwurst, Toppings, and German Potato Salad

Tomato Soup (and, right now, there’s still fresh basil to use in it!), Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Supper

Country Ham, Biscuits, Grits, Turnip Greens (or other cooking greens – collard, mustard, etc.)

Beans (like Great Northern, Pintos, etc.), Cornbread, Turnip Greens, Cole Slaw

 

In summer, our family loves to eat “veggies” for supper when we can. This might include dishes like the following:

  • Green Beans
  • Pink-Eye Purple-Hull Peas
  • Squash Casserole
  • Marinated Cucumbers, Onions, and Tomatoes
  • Corn on the Cob or Fried Corn
  • Okra

But, now it’s time to transition out of summer…

“Veggies” (could include:)

  • Turnip Greens
  • Pink-Eye Purple-Hull Peas (Yea! We’re still getting those in our CSA basket!)
  • Butternut Squash Casserole, Baked Acorn Squash, Sweet Potato Casserole, or Candied Sweet Potato Slices
  • Scalloped Potatoes and Onions
  • Cole Slaw

French Onion Soup, French Bread (preferably topped with Swiss cheese and toasted!)

Chicken and Dumplings

With all of these menu ideas, you could add a green salad and/or fruit salad to round out the meal nicely.

Apple Dumplings!

Apple Dumplings!

Dessert

S’Mores!

Apple Cake

Pecan Pie

Apple Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Fruit Cobblers

Caramel Pie

Apple Dumplings

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