There are so many reasons to love fall— the beautiful leaves, the cool, refreshing air, the comfy sweaters, family trips to the pumpkin patch, and of course, the Halloween candy (some of us just can’t resist those cute little candy bars even though we know they’re not the healthiest).
But of all the things we enjoy about this fabulous time of year, do you know what we love most? Time spent in a cozy kitchen making soups, stews, casseroles, pies, cookies, and pumpkin spice everything.
In fact, the Redmond Life team has kind of mastered the art of fall food (not to toot our own perfectly-dusted pumpkin cream horns). We know how to indulge in some good old-fashioned fall comfort food while still holding true to our simple, clean, and real values. Here are a few of our all-time favorite fall recipes. We hope you enjoy!
Danielle Falkenstein, Business Development Project Manager
“I love making this recipe because it's easily adaptable and foolproof (since it all gets pureed at the end). I'll often add different seasonings or seasonal veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes, and other squashes. It's a fun recipe to experiment with and still get that warm, cozy autumn feeling. I recommend leaving out the maple syrup since the squash already gives this the perfect hint of natural sweetness. If you want to make this really creamy and yummy, I also recommend substituting coconut milk for half of the broth.”
Jackie Wang, Marketing Copywriter
“I know it’s a little cliché, but I do love fall—the colors of the leaves, crisp weather, putting the garden to bed to let it rest for a season, and memories of my mom canning or baking something delicious. One of my favorite desserts is her Pumpkin Pie Dessert Squares. I found this recipe online that is pretty close, but I’m listing a few changes you can try to make it more like my mom’s.”
- Using 2 instead of 3 eggs in the filling mixture worked fine for my mom.
- The amount of pumpkin pie spice depends on personal taste. My mom only used 2 ½ teaspoons instead of the 2 tablespoons of the online recipe.
- You can replace the pumpkin pie spice with 1 ½ tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp nutmeg, and ¼ tsp ground cloves. Add more in these ratios if you like more spice.
- You can replace the brown sugar with cane or white sugar if you don’t have brown on hand.
- If you like oatmeal, add 3-4 tablespoons of instant oats to the topping mixture before crumbling it over the top.
Natalie Baugh, Life Events and Marketing Support
"I fell in love with Zuppa Toscana when my dad would bring it home from work in a bucket from a restaurant he loved. It had comfort food potatoes, a salty broth, and healthy kale—all the components for the best yummy, cozy soup! I then discovered how easy it was to make myself, basically kale, Italian sausage, potatoes, and of course Real Salt. It warms the soul, has substance to fill you up, and is healthy 🙂. It also could be made more creamy if you want it to be. It’s a soup of wonders."
Dallan Wortham, Digital Marketing Director
“When temperatures start to drop and leaves start to fall, you'll find homemade caramels all around our house. For Halloween, they’re perfect for caramel apples, and for Christmas, they make a thoughtful treat. Plus, they can be frozen and eaten or gifted all year round. My mom actually has a secret caramel recipe that she hasn't shared with anybody. She is waiting for a "worthy heir." Although classified, she has mentioned that the key is to keep a constant eye on the caramels and to never stop stirring or they will burn. They can be added to almost any dessert or stand alone.”
Wendy Malan, Content Project Manager
“This recipe is my favorite way to use my late summer zucchini. Fun fact: This is a recipe from the steakhouse Black Angus. I used to work there and when I asked for the recipe they gave it to me!”
Corey Coulam, Marketing Project Manager
“These cookies really are the stuff of dreams. I love the flavor change from a standard pumpkin chocolate chip cookie to white chocolate with pecans. I think the flavors are a better complement for each other.”
Shawn Wilson, Real Salt Chef
“In the fall, I love making Chicken and Butternut Squash Curry. It’s a hearty, thick stew-type dish, packed with powerful flavors and aromas. The balance of this dish comes from the natural sweetness of the butternut squash and coconut milk in contrast with the rich spice from the curry. It can be served over rice, cauliflower rice, or just eaten on its own. It’s a meal that will stick to your bones and keep you warm on those cold fall evenings.”
Do you have a recipe that you can’t wait to make every fall? Let us know in the comments!