Apples and pumpkins have their time to shine in the fall, but don’t forget about muscadine grapes, pears, butternut squash, sweet potatoes and assorted varieties of greens. There are plentiful occasions to gather and together as we celebrate Labor Day, Halloween, Rosh Hashanah and Thanksgiving. The Georgia Apple Festival takes place in Ellijay in October, so make the Muscadine Apple Salad or Easy Apple Hand Pies to make use of the orchards’ finest offerings. If you’re enamored with fall’s “premier” flavor of the season: pumpkin spice, try the Pumpkin Snickerdoodles or the healthier cookie alternative Autumn Breakfast Cookies. Turkey Pumpkin Chili and Butternut Squash Curry are welcome warming dishes for cooler weather. There’s a recipe for an easy Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil for Labor Day Weekend or a Saturday at home watching football with friends plus suitable sides for the Thanksgiving table too. 

  • As fall rolls in, ripe muscadine grapes are a Georgia delicacy. This salad combines them with tart Granny Smith apples, blue cheese, and pecans for a crisp and crunchy combo. Serve with a grilled chicken breast for a full meal.

  • We love baked sweet potatoes and we love pulled pork, so a recipe that pairs them is a sure winner in our book! It’s a tasty way to kick off fall—you can even garnish them to look like footballs!

  • Slow cooked beef in a flavorful sauce makes a delicious dinner for chilly nights or a perfect entree for a Rosh Hashanah meal. Serve with potatoes or your favorite side dish.

  • When it’s the best time of year for fresh apples, it’s time to make pie! For a change of pace, these hand pies are a tasty and convenient to-go treat.

  • Butternut squash is plentiful in the fall and it shines in this spicy-sweet curry. Served over rice, it’s a wonderfully warming lunch or dinner option.

  • Pears are often overshadowed by apples for fall and winter baking, but this fruit crumble with chopped pears and pomegranate demonstrates they’re an equally tasty alternative.

  • All the goodness of a Low Country Boil turned into a oven-baked sheet pan dinner. Easy prep and clean-up makes it great go-to meal to feed the guests over Labor Day Weekend.

  • Pumpkin spice meets snickerdoodles. The favorite flavor of fall is incorporated into these traditional soft, spiced cookies.

  • Instead of the usual sweet potato casserole, make this creamy, cheesy sweet potato gratin for the Thanksgiving table. It would be perfect served with ham at Easter too!

  • We’re always looking for new ways to make chili or different ingredients to complement the traditional spicy flavors of the dish. Pumpkin puree is a surprising, yet delicious addition that packs in more veggie goodness!

  • Cranberries, walnuts, pumpkin puree, pumpkin seeds, and oats make these cookies a healthy breakfast option that capture the flavors of the season.

Appetizing Recipes for Autumn originally posted on by Elegant Island Living magazine.

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