It’s fall! Well, it doesn’t quite feel like fall here in Alabama yet, but a girl can dream. (We have had temps in the high 70s/low 80s this week, so, fingers crossed!) While it’s not yet time for me to pull the wool over my thighs, I can at least fill my mouth with the taste of the season. Here are some of my favorites:
I love beer. And I love pumpkin. So why wouldn’t I love the two together? This Sam Adam’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale tastes amazing. Alas, it’s only available in multi-packs, which actually on contain two measly bottles. This season, I’m hoping to find the Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale by Anheuser-Busch.
When I was working over at Southern Living, I got a shit ton of magazines. And one of my favorites was fellow Southern Progress publication Cooking Light. I got this fantastic recipe for chocolate chip pumpkin bread from one of my old mags. To make it healthier, I subbed in applesauce for oil, cut down the sugar and used whole-wheat flour. The applesauce and the vanilla pudding make it really moist. (Hint: I also add pumpkin pie spice.)
Also, I know it’s not pumpkin bread per se, but you simply MUST try this fantastic recipe for Pumpkin Poblano Corn Muffins from Gabi at Broke-Ass Gourmet. They’re spicy and sweet! (FTR, I’ve loved everything I’ve ever made from that site.)
Butterscotch Pumpkin Cookies
I actually found one of my very favorite blogs, which used to be called Shedding It, when someone shared this recipe for the most amazing and addictive cookies you’ll ever find. Again, I made some substitutions (whole wheat flour, unsweetened applesauce instead of oil, and one egg+two egg whites), but I think you’ll find them delicious either way. And check Rachel’s hilarious musings while you’re over there!
I came across this recipe for pumpkin pancakes somehow last year, and it’s been my go-to recipe for both pancakes and waffles. They come out very thick and moist, but still very pancake-y. I like them with applesauce instead of syrup.
Also when I was working at the magazine, I had the privilege of having a boss that could really cook up a storm. She had us over to her house for an incredible lunch that Christmas, and she served up one of the tastiest, creamiest pumpkin cheesecakes for dessert. I’m not sure about her recipe, but I made this one last year and didn’t get any complaints. (Can’t go wrong with Paula, y’all.)
I’ve been known to buy several and freeze some. Maybe you’re not supposed to do that, but…I don’t care.
I am totally diggin’ on these yummy bars from Kashi.
What are your favorite fall-themed food items?