fall makes me happy, part iv

by Holly on October 19, 2011

in fall,recipes,silliness

Now is the time to be enjoying fall.

I mean, everywhere I look, I see orange…butternut squash, acorn squash, sweet potatoes + pumpkin. I feel the thick comfort and warmth of wool sweaters, tights, hats, mittens + adorably snuggly dresses. I taste apple cider, freshly-picked apples, apple cider donuts + apple cider caramel. I hear the winds of fall whipping their virulent gusts and giving me a reason not to go running outside. I smell cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice + spicy ginger.

And yet, even with fall’s abundant harvest, all I want is carbs.

Carbs and cheese to be exact.

Upon finally admitting my veggie-less cravings today, the white girl inside me panicked: is my hearty Midwestern stock preparing for a long, arduous winter by already demanding I eat carbs to hibernate unwanted fat on my thighs, hips and arms (but unfortunately, not my chest)? How did Laura Ingalls Wilder deal with this seasonal conundrum?

What if I’m pregnant?!?! (<- oh wait…not possible)

Have my plant-loving tastebuds suddenly turned on all things kale, spinach, eggplant, rainbow chard and mother earth? Where is my man Michael Pollan when you need him?

Most importantly…where is the justice in this cruel, cruel world?!?!?

Turns out, the only answer I could find to any of the above questions was right in front of me the whole time…the recipes section of my blog.

So please…enjoy some of my fall recipe favorites, because for the time being, I won’t.

(click on the picture to go to each recipe)

Now, pass the bagels + cream cheese and no one gets hurt.

part iii

part ii

part i

{ 31 comments }

dana @ my little celebration October 19, 2011 at 10:27 pm

I love you. And your recipes. And your hair. That is all.

emily (a nutritionist eats) October 19, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I just had squash last night (sqush + sage + brown butter) for the first time of the season and it was pretty amazing. Doooo it! I need that sandwich in my life!

Sana October 19, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Funny story. Veggies made my tummy hurt. So I ditched them for a diet of only Carbs and cheese. I am happy, tummy pain free. Oh and I gained a few lbs. NBD!

Allison October 19, 2011 at 10:53 pm

These all look AMAZING. As soon as I can eat solid food again, I’m making every. single. one. Okay fine, let’s be honest, I’ll probably make one and then have the rest on my ever-growing list of food to make when I’m not in grad school/working/doing thesis research/on an all liquid diet…. aka… next fall. Shoot. But for the record… they look amazing… and I love ellipses… Hope all is well in Wisco my friend!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 19, 2011 at 11:01 pm

I need that grilled cheese. Stat.

Cheers to being positive you’re not pregnant. It’s a fun club to be in. Really.

Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport October 20, 2011 at 2:21 am

Fall makes me happy because:
1) I got married!!!
2) It’s not freezing in Madrid…yet
3) I get to meet YOU! :)

Erica October 20, 2011 at 4:16 am

Mmmm i cant get enough soup or stuffed squash right now! Great dishes-gorgeous pictures

Amy B @ Second City Randomness October 20, 2011 at 5:53 am

The chowda’ looks like it’d be right up my alley… how convenient that my mom is bringing up a massive bag of sweet potatoes from their garden this weekend. :)

Katie October 20, 2011 at 5:56 am

I love fall!

Those pancakes look and sound amazing!!!

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 20, 2011 at 5:57 am

“I mean, everywhere I look, I see orange” <— You forgot to mention "pictures of Chelsey" due to my high squash consumption. :)

I remember your butternut squash panini story from last year. Best sandwich ever.

kelly October 20, 2011 at 6:03 am

I was just telling the husband yesterday that veggies seem to have fallen off the radar this week – in fact the only veggie I can remember was the two pickles on my burger last night…and I am already planning grilled cheese for lunch

Hillary October 20, 2011 at 6:56 am

Your pumpkin molasses cookies are one of my favorite cookie recipes ever. And I just so happen to have a can of pumpkin and a bottle of molasses on hand. Winner.

And I need that butternut sandwich. Ever since you posted that grilled cheese a few days ago, I can’t stop thinking of sandwiches. Weird, but I’m ok with it!

brandi October 20, 2011 at 8:23 am

i’ll take that sandwich, the pancakes, and the corn chowder for lunch today, please and thank you :)

Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland October 20, 2011 at 9:36 am

Can I please move back to Madison and be your roommate? I want to eat all this food, but I don’t have time to cook. I need that sandwich in my life.

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List October 20, 2011 at 9:38 am

man – a fall explosion post!! Holly, you deserve to win the FB award! such a great photographer and writer!!

Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 20, 2011 at 10:20 am

All your recipes look so delicious! All I can think about is squash, apples, and cinnamon! I LOVE fall!

Kristie October 20, 2011 at 10:43 am

I love your lustworthy fall description. I think I just fell even more head over heels for the season. And I’m completely with you on the carbs & cheese cravings. Ohhh give me cheeeese. Your fall recipes are perfection. That sandwich…oh that sandwich. Oh fall. Oh food. Oh love.

Carolyn @HealthKitten.com October 20, 2011 at 11:14 am

I posted up a turkey, kale and bean soup on the blog today – don’t let the kale outta your life! ;)

Also, I want to marry that sandwich and have sandwich babies with it. Daaaaamn.

Sarah@The Flying ONION October 20, 2011 at 12:21 pm

You are officially the sandwich queen. I love your combinations of flavor. Butternut squash and GOAT CHEESE? That is out of this world amazing. Must try it. :D

Jen@FoodFamilyFitness October 20, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Carbs and cheese. World’s perfect foods.

Megan (Braise the Roof) October 20, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Um, carbs+cheese…me too. It’s actually getting a little ridiculous. These are such pretty meals, though- excellent inspiration!

janetha October 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm

1. i love your pumpkin cookies and make them often
2. yay fall!
3. i have yet to roast a chickpea. i need to.
4. love you!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans October 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm

This makes me want to hurry up and move so I can unpack my kitchen and cook. And set up the guest room for you to come visit me asap.

Katie October 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm

I forgot about those pumpkin molasses cookies of yours! That is one of my favorite recipes of all time…fall or not. I’m so happy you re-posted them!

TeriLyn [a foodie stays fit] October 20, 2011 at 7:18 pm

I want to eat all of those. But I want someone to cook them for me. Can that be arranged? Because I’m in a carb AND a lazy funk. Bad combo.

Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Is this real life?
This can’t be real life.
Especially those sweet potato apple cider pancakes. Yup, those are definitely not real life.

Lara October 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Sweet potato corn chowder…yes please. Making my grocery list now.

Happy Fall, friend!

Kristie October 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm

All I want is carbs, cheese, chicken & buffalo sauce. And beer (I guess that’s still carbs though huh?). Especially Pumpkin Disorderly from Vintage – have you tried it? FREAKING AMAZING.

sisters running the kitchen (christina) October 23, 2011 at 8:07 am

hey holly!! oh man I love carbs too….those people who do low-carb diets are C-R-A-Z-Y. bread makes me truly happy hahaha thats funny about your “pregnant” comment… I’ve been craving gelato lately. Yesterday I drove into center city philadelphia by myself just to get it. and I was laughing at myself thinking the same thing…am I preggo!? but then quickly realized, no, that is not possible. hahaha that goat cheese squash sandwich looks AWESOME! I just bookmarked it to make.. cant wait to try it! I also just made whole wheat pumpkin scones (they are on my blog) they are awesome. love it. cant wait to dig in! have a nice sunday :)

Emily October 24, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Oh my giddy aunt, that soup looks like one of the best things ever. I will have to keep an eye out for acorn squash! I never thought of putting butternut squash in a sandwich… you genius.

Jessica October 24, 2011 at 7:09 pm

This post is the perfect example of why your readers love your “blogging voice” so much! Miss Holly, you’re hilarious and well-spoken AT THE SAME TIME….how do ya do ittt?!

Ps I’m totally eyeing that acorn squash + cinnamon chickpea soup- looks delish… although too bad it’s still 90 degrees in AZ. What the!

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