Autumn

Recipe: Mushroom and Garlic Spaghetti Dinner — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

When I want to impress people with a meatless dinner, I almost always include lots of mushrooms in the equation. Their umami-rich flavor and meaty texture have a way of winning over even the most staunch meat eater at the table. This vegetarian pasta proves this point: A slew of mushrooms are sautéed with a mix of olive oil, butter, and lots of garlic to become a rich sauce for simple spaghetti. Extra nutty, salty Pecorino Romano cheese replaces the usual Parmesan to up the savory factor of the pasta even further and make it one anyone with a fork in their hand will want to twirl. Oh, plus there's the added bonus that this dish comes together in just about 15 minutes.

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Recipe: Roasted Pears with Bacon and Blue Cheese — Fast and Fancy Recipes from The Kitchn

This is how you turn those pears sitting on your counter into the best meal you'll eat all week. With one pan and a bit of bacon and blue cheese, you'll roast the pears until they're buttery-soft and tender. This fast and fancy dinner is easy enough to pull together when you want to treat yourself on a weeknight (you can make just one or two pears) and impressive enough for a party (scaling to fill a platter doesn't require more work — just more pears). Serve everything over a tangle of dressed arugula and dig in.

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Recipe: French Chocolate and Pear Clafoutis — Quick and Easy Dessert Recipes

The French have such a sensible attitude towards breakfast: Chocolate is perfectly acceptable under the right circumstances. Probably the most famous of these acceptable chocolate-for-breakfast situations is the iconic chocolate croissant.

But there's yet another way that you can embrace chocolate at the breakfast table, thanks to the French: chocolate clafoutis.

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How To Make Tennessee Apple Stack Cake — Baking Lessons from The Kitchn

If you grew up in Tennessee, you may know apple stack cake as a homey regional specialty that sometimes bears the name of the state itself, going by Tennessee Mountain Cake in some old cookbooks. If you've never been to Tennessee but love apples and cake (or both), then you really must know about this old-fashioned dessert.

Like many classic desserts, it's a labor of love, a pastime for a weekend afternoon, but once assembled, it is the kind of cake that can be enjoyed all week long. Pair it with a warm cup of coffee or tea and see how easily a conversation lingers over this homey cake.

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Recipe: Spicy Tomato and Shrimp Soup — Recipes From the Kitchn

While this soup tastes like the balmy days of August, it has the power to instantly warm up your bones. It's brothy and light and definitely won't weigh you down, like it's trying to grasp onto those warmer days — and aren't we all, really?

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Recipe: Apple Pie Granola Bars — Recipes from The Kitchn

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When a snack attack hits, reach for these chewy, buttery granola bars. They're packed with grated apples, warming spices, and toothsome oats – perfect as a lunch-box treat or an on-the-go breakfast.

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