To celebrate fall's arrival, we've gathered our favorite menus inspired by autumn's flavors and aromas.
September 05, 2007
1 of 16Becky Luigart-Stayner
Cozy Cabin Retreat
Cozy Cabin Retreat Menu Once the air turns crisp and the leaves begin to fall, it's hard to beat retreating to a mountain cabin with friends for a weekend of relaxation. Serve this autumn-inspired, make-ahead menu for eight that you can prepare unrushed. Plus, everyone's sure to enjoy seasonal recipes such as Rich Mushroom Soup, Cider-Roasted Chicken, and Pumpkin-Orange Cake.
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Cocktail Party Menu Entertaining meets elegance with these tasty recipes that will serve up to 12 guests. The Smoked Trout with Apple-Horseradish Cream on Potato Pancakes make for an eye-catching presentation, and the Baba Ganoush with Red Pepper Swirl adds wonderful Greek flavor.
3 of 16Becky Luigart-Stayner
Continental Class Menu
Continental Class Menu Menu This sophisticated menu for eight features Bagna Cauda (the classic Italian dipping sauce that combines salty anchovies with garlic and capers) and showstopping Pistachio-Encrusted Rack of Lamb. End the luxe meal with refreshingly light Fresh Berry Pavlovas.
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Autumn Light Menu Fall produce like pears, butternut squash, leeks, and apples are the stars of this delicious and healthy recipe lineup. The dishes serve 8-10 people and are perfect for a weekend supper club gathering or harvest season celebration.
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Potluck Suppers Menu Supper clubs and potlucks are a great way to reunite with friends in the fall after summer vacation. At your next gathering, try taking the Goat Cheese Spread (left), pot pie, or spinach casserole featured in this menu. Our reviewers gave the appetizer five stars, so it's sure to be a hit!
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Soup-and-Sandwich Menu Menu Hot soup paired with a hearty sandwich makes a dynamic fall duo. This menu elevates your basic soup-and-sandwich meal and features a 15-minute Tomato-Basil Bisque and Italian BLT Sandwiches.
7 of 16Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Fall Harvest Menu
Fall Harvest Menu Menu Beautiful weather, locally sourced food, wine made on site: A meal at a Sonoma estate is nothing short of stunning. (Serves 8)
Pumpkin Patch Picnic Menu Gather outdoors to select the pick of the patch, then spend time together playing games, carving and decorating pumpkins and enjoying a country-size spread of delicious homemade offerings.
11 of 16Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett
The Ultimate Fall Party Menu
The Ultimate Fall Party Menu Menu When you have crowd-pleasing recipes, bold seasonal flavors, and a few make-ahead strategies, your party will simply fall into place.
Autumn Harvest Menu Menu You don't have to own your own farm to enjoy this seasonal menu, but it sure does help! Bursting with root vegetables, squash, and tart apples, this menu is everything you love about the season on a plate.