Pumpkin Pancakes

Perfect Fall Breakfast We love making pancakes, waffles, and French toast for breakfast every weekend. It is one of our favorite family traditions. During the fall months, I like to switch things up and make our favorite Pumpkin Pancakes. The pancakes …

Perfect Fall Breakfast We love making pancakes, waffles, and French toast for breakfast every weekend. It is one of our favorite family traditions. During the fall months, I like to switch things up and make our favorite Pumpkin Pancakes. The pancakes are light, fluffy, and full of fall flavor. Top a stack with butter, pure…

Pumpkin Cheesecake Baked Oatmeal.

This pumpkin cheesecake baked oatmeal is an autumn dream! It’s chewy and textured, stuffed with maple mascarpone cheese and topped with toasted pecans. Tastes like absolute heaven! Otherwise known as the best fall breakfast ever. EVER! Oh my gosh. I cannot say enough amazing things about these baked pumpkin cheesecake oats. I realize they don’t […]

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This pumpkin cheesecake baked oatmeal is an autumn dream! It’s chewy and textured, stuffed with maple mascarpone cheese and topped with toasted pecans. Tastes like absolute heaven!

Otherwise known as the best fall breakfast ever. EVER!

pumpkin cheesecake baked oatmeal

Oh my gosh.

I cannot say enough amazing things about these baked pumpkin cheesecake oats.

pumpkin oats

I realize they don’t look that special. And yes, I already rave about my pumpkin pie steel cut oatmeal. But this… this takes all the (oatmeal) cake. The steel cut oats are a creamy, hot bowl of pumpkin pie oats. This baked version is chewy and can be served warm, room temperature or even cold. It’s not creamy.

And I say “oatmeal cake” because I use my traditional baked oatmeal recipe for this – yes, that one! – and I’ve called it oatmeal cake for years. It is super chewy and decadent for oatmeal. And it tastes like a delicious oatmeal cake!

pumpkin oats with mascarpone cheese

This is like that, but with pumpkin. And a mascarpone cheese swirl. And toasted pecans. Plus, allll the cinnamon. Maybe even a drizzle of cream. 

This

is

unreal. 

I need you to make it this weekend! 

pumpkin cheesecake baked oatmeal

Baked oatmeal is one of my favorite things to make. It’s perfect for brunch, for a big family, for meal prepping for the week, pretty much anything. I love how well it reheats. You can top it with just about anything: seasonal fruit, nuts, seeds, nut butter, coconut – options are endless! It really is so customizable and delicious.

I love the texture and chew of baked oatmeal. I’ve seen many blended baked oat recipes on instagram and while they do look good, I prefer a heartier, chewy texture to my baked oatmeal. I want it to have that texture, especially when I’m making a large batch of it. 

And it’s hard to believe that I haven’t made a pumpkin version yet, but here we are. So this is what I do!

pumpkin cheesecake baked oatmeal

I add a scoop of pumpkin to my baked oatmeal recipe along with some pumpkin spice. I am notorious for loving pumpkin but NOT loving the spice that goes along with it. So I add what I find to be minimal spice. If you love the “spice” part of pumpkin, go ahead and add an extra teaspoon or so of spice.

Then, I stir together some softened mascarpone cheese with honey. Or maple syrup. Or brown sugar! Basically, whatever sweetener you have on hand, and just a small touch of it. This makes our cheesecake flavor. You could use regular softened cream cheese too, I just love mascarpone. 

I dollop the mascarpone cheese right on top of the oatmeal. When it bakes, it sinks down into the oats. It is PERFECT. 

Finally, I add a little cinnamon on top. A big handful of toasted pecans. I scoop and serve, then add a little drizzle of cream. Optional of course, but really takes it over the top.  (more…)

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Apple Muffins

On a crisp fall morning, these apple muffins really hit the spot. They’re moist, warmly spiced, and studded with tender chunks of apple. A sweet cinnamon crumble sits on top of them, offering a delicious crunchy contrast to their soft middles. Pa…


On a crisp fall morning, these apple muffins really hit the spot. They’re moist, warmly spiced, and studded with tender chunks of apple. A sweet cinnamon crumble sits on top of them, offering a delicious crunchy contrast to their soft middles. Pair one with a hot cup of coffee, and you’ll have a hard time finding a more enticing autumn treat. I speak from experience. The temps dropped here late last week, just in time for the first day of fall. I made a batch of these apple muffins to celebrate, and I haven’t been able to resist eating one […]

Caramel Cider Crush.

This caramel apple cider cocktail is so perfect for fall. Chilled apple cider poured over crushed ice, mixed with salted caramel vodka and topped off with ginger ale. It’s refreshing and tastes like heaven. All the cozy vibes! New fall cocktail alert! This is one of those cocktails that doesn’t taste like a cocktail… which […]

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This caramel apple cider cocktail is so perfect for fall. Chilled apple cider poured over crushed ice, mixed with salted caramel vodka and topped off with ginger ale. It’s refreshing and tastes like heaven. All the cozy vibes!

New fall cocktail alert!

caramel cider crush cocktail

This is one of those cocktails that doesn’t taste like a cocktail… which is my favorite kind. 

Yes, warning – you can’t even taste the salted caramel vodka in this! It tastes like a fizzy apple cider and it’s so incredible. My go-to this season with lots of crushed ice. 

caramel cider crush cocktail

Okay I’m bring this cocktail to you straight from the comments section of this website. Oh yes. A few weeks ago, reader Beth left this comment:

“You loved orange crushes when you came to Delaware. One of our local restaurants does seasonal crushes and the fall one is an apple cider crush!! A-mazing…. Apple cider, apple Crown Royal, salted caramel vodka (or caramel vodka), and Sprite. At home, we ended up skipping the Crown Royal, still amazing.”

Um, thank you forever Beth!

caramel cider crush cocktail

When I tell you that I RAN out and bought the ingredients for this… oh my word. I am not exaggerating. It sounded so autumn-y and fantastic that I couldn’t wait to try it. And while I’ve made a honeycrisp crush before, this apple cider crush takes.the.cake. 

Seriously, if you’re an apple cider fan you will LOVE this. I’ve already discussed serving it for Halloween and some of our fall parties. 

caramel cider crush cocktail

This is how easy it is!

Apple cider. A few local farms have the most delicious apple cider. I always have some on hand in the fall. 

Salted caramel vodka. It has been YEARS since I bought flavored vodka. I mean, truly – YEARS. I don’t use flavored vodka very much anymore but this is incredible. Tastes like dessert, but in a good way. I like the Stolichnaya or Smirnoff version.

Ginger ale… or seasonal seltzer. There’s a few options here that you can try! Ginger ale is the easiest. I find it’s the most delicious too. Classic ginger flavor pairs perfectly with cider. If you like a lot of spice and bite, do ginger beer instead. And if you have a seasonal seltzer – like this waterloo spiced apple (!!!), which is delicious – that also works! I like the seltzer option too because it adds fizz without sweetness. 

caramel cider crush cocktail

Of course, you can do a little cinnamon sugar rim if you like and garnish with apple slices. It’s the cutest!

You can easily make this in a pitcher for a party too! Mix together the apple cider and vodka and refrigerate it until it’s time to serve. Pour glasses and top off with the ginger ale or seltzer. 

caramel cider crush cocktail

So, yay for fall cocktails! (more…)

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Pillowy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles (V + GF)

Pumpkin cookies? We like. Snickerdoodles? Double like. Pumpkin snickerdoodles?! Loooooooove entirely! Name that movie, friends (The Grinch!), then make these tender, spicy, perfectly pumpkin-y cookies! 
They’re unbelievably soft and pillowy and un…

Pillowy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles (V + GF)

Pumpkin cookies? We like. Snickerdoodles? Double like. Pumpkin snickerdoodles?! Loooooooove entirely! Name that movie, friends (The Grinch!), then make these tender, spicy, perfectly pumpkin-y cookies! 

They’re unbelievably soft and pillowy and undetectably gluten-free and vegan. It’s a win-win-win situation. Just 30 minutes stand between you and fall-filled cookie perfection.

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apple dumplings

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, my first cookbook, turns 10 years old in a few weeks, and inside it is what I call one of the best summer desserts I’ve ever made, peach dumplings with bourbon hard sauce. These were a whim that occured to m…

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, my first cookbook, turns 10 years old in a few weeks, and inside it is what I call one of the best summer desserts I’ve ever made, peach dumplings with bourbon hard sauce. These were a whim that occured to me one morning before dawn when my then-baby (and, as of 11 days ago, a Bar Mitzvah) woke up early and lacked interest in going back to sleep and my mind drifted, as it does, to things I’d like to cook.

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Savory Bacon, Sage & Pumpkin Puff Pastry Pizza.

This pumpkin puff pastry pizza is a savory, crispy and flavorful fall meal! A ricotta pumpkin filling, caramelized onions, bacon, sage and parmesan make this taste like fall heaven. Best place to put pumpkin is on your pizza. And I’m here to declare that I love savory pumpkin more than sweet pumpkin. It is true!  […]

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This pumpkin puff pastry pizza is a savory, crispy and flavorful fall meal! A ricotta pumpkin filling, caramelized onions, bacon, sage and parmesan make this taste like fall heaven.

Best place to put pumpkin is on your pizza.

savory pumpkin puff pastry pizza

And I’m here to declare that I love savory pumpkin more than sweet pumpkin. It is true! 

ricotta pumpkin on puff pastry

Especially when it involves these incredible ingredients:

Caramelized onions

Apple cider

Bacon

Sage

Parmesan 

I mean! Can there even be a more decadent mix? I think not. FALL IS HERE. 

savory pumpkin puff pastry pizza ready for the oven

There is something about the combination of pumpkin with parmesan and crispy sage that just makes it absolutely incredible. The epitome of fall – warm, cozy, cheese, savory flavors. Sign me up for EVERYTHING pumpkin if it’s savory. I’m all about it. 

savory pumpkin puff pastry pizza

Add bacon, and well… game over. The MOST delicious combo ever.

I used to go wild and crazy for bacon but lately, it hasn’t been the thing I crave. There are a few exceptions, however, and the exceptions usually consist of fall flavors like squash and pumpkin, maybe even brown butter and definitely parmesan. It makes the savory flavor of the pumpkin pop even more. 

I also made my cider caramelized onions for this and they take anything over the top. Again, more sweet and savory flavor to make this extra delicious! 

savory pumpkin puff pastry pizza

If you have a copy of Everyday Dinners, then you know how much we loooove puff pastry pizzas. In the book, I have one for every season! I find them to be so versatile. 

You can make them for an appetizer or they can be dinner or lunch. Serve them with salad or roasted vegetables, eat alone, or even cut up into tiny bite sized pieces for snacks. There are really so many options.

savory pumpkin puff pastry pizza

I always have store-bought puff pastry on hand. First, it reminds me of one of our favorite local restaurants that has a pastry-like pizza crust. Their crust is very flaky and thin with lots of layers – very much like a pastry instead of a dough. And it’s incredible. That’s what made me start using puff pastry for pizza in the first place. 

So you can always find it in the fridge. I love to use the wewalka brand or even this just rol brand, because these come in full sheets that don’t have the perforations. The pepperidge farm version is folded into thirds and it doesn’t make as sleek of a pizza or tart on one sheet. 

savory pumpkin puff pastry pizza

The base layer of this puff pastry tart is ricotta and pumpkin – delicious. Top with the onions, the bacon, sage and more cheese.

Then you bake it off and it.is.perfection.

So flaky and buttery. Crunch and texture. Cheesy. So much darn flavor.

Don’t skip this one!

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Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dukkah & Honey

If there’s a list of the most misunderstood veggies, Brussels sprouts are likely at the top. But when done right (roasted until crispy), they’re downright drool-worthy! And when tossed with crunchy nuts, sweet honey, and savory dukkah seasoning (like a…

Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dukkah & Honey

If there’s a list of the most misunderstood veggies, Brussels sprouts are likely at the top. But when done right (roasted until crispy), they’re downright drool-worthy! And when tossed with crunchy nuts, sweet honey, and savory dukkah seasoning (like at Aba in Austin)? Next level!

This 7-ingredient crowd-pleasing side comes together in just 30 minutes and is worthy of impressing dinner guests or serving at the holiday table.

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Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Tortilla soup is one of my favorite foods. Not just one of my favorite soups (though of course it is), but one of my favorite foods in general. I love how the rich, flavorful broth contrasts with toppings like crunchy tortilla strips and creamy avocado…


Tortilla soup is one of my favorite foods. Not just one of my favorite soups (though of course it is), but one of my favorite foods in general. I love how the rich, flavorful broth contrasts with toppings like crunchy tortilla strips and creamy avocado. Now that the temperatures are cooling off for the season, you can bet that I’ll have this tortilla soup recipe on repeat. Tortilla soup (or sopa de tortilla or sopa Azteca) is thought to have originated in central Mexico, though you can find regional variations throughout Mexico and the US today. I can’t claim that […]

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash, a simple fall side dish with 3 ingredients; butternut squash, pure maple syrup, and oil, plus salt and pepper! Maple Roasted Butternut Squash My aunt LOVES butternut squash and shared this Maple Roasted Butternut Squash recipe with me years ago. It’s such a delicious side dish for fall and so simple […]

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Maple Roasted Butternut Squash, a simple fall side dish with 3 ingredients; butternut squash, pure maple syrup, and oil, plus salt and pepper!

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash
Maple Roasted Butternut Squash

My aunt LOVES butternut squash and shared this Maple Roasted Butternut Squash recipe with me years ago. It’s such a delicious side dish for fall and so simple to make. Some of my favorite butternut squash recipes are Butternut Squash Lasagna Roll Ups, Enchiladas with Butternut Squash and Black Beans, and Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese, just to name a few!

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