Skillet Apple Chicken Thighs
When you're craving fall comforts, cook up this quick and easy weeknight dinner. This dish is perfect for easing into fall and comes together in one pan to boot. This dish also works beautifully with pork chops—a twist that's weeknight-fast yet fit for company and makes us simply giddy for fall. Sub 4 (6-ounce) bone-in pork chops for the chicken thighs, searing 5 minutes on each side. Like the thighs, the chops will finish cooking in the apple mixture.
Pomegranate-Farro Breakfast Salad with Honey Ricotta
Farro, an ancient whole grain similar to quinoa, packs a hearty crunch in this simple breakfast salad. Honey adds a bright, sweetness to play wonderfully with the creamy ricotta cheese. For a tangier citrus flavor, go with lemon; for more floral, sweet notes, try tangerine. To keep prep simple, use purchased pomegranate arils from the produce section, or pre-prep a fresh pomegranate the night before.
This beautifully braided, chewy egg bread is a mainstay of the Jewish Sabbath table, but few have time to make one from scratch every week. The holidays are a great time to put in the extra effort and give this wonderful recipe a try―you won't regret it. Go ahead and get braiding, and then slowly pull apart this sweet, fluffy bread piece by piece when it's fresh out of the oven. It's a large loaf, but don't worry; leftovers make some of the best French toast you've ever had.
Matzo Ball Soup
This staple Passover food can be enjoyed whether you're celebrating a Jewish holiday or not. Featuring soft, dumpling-like matzo balls made from matzo meal and eggs, this soup is the ultimate comfort food. While requiring a bit more effort than a jarred version, this homemade alternative is easy and definitely worth the results. Enjoy it as is, or garnish with parsley leaves. If you're making this for a crowd, make sure to start the day before so that it's served fresh and hot, and double the recipe to make sure everyone gets seconds.
Chicken with Turnips and Pomegranate Sauce
This comforting, winter dish makes use of delicious pomegranate in two ways: The juice goes into the sauce and the arils, or seeds, go atop the chicken for an elegant touch. One taste, and you know exactly what season it is. The roasted chicken, earthy rice, and peppery turnips are classic comforts, but it's the fruity pomegranate sauce that makes the dish sing. Family friendly and crazy easy to make, this is a chicken dinner you're going to want to add to your weekly rotation.
Cheese and Chive Challah
The traditional yeasted egg bread is enriched even more by adding cheese and fresh chives to the dough. We love the flavor of fontina, but Gruyère or another Swiss cheese would also work. Allowing the dough to rise 3 times provides a fluffy, airy texture just like the breads you can buy at the bakery. At only 160 calories a slice, this festive bread is a great option when you're looking to mix things up without going too overboard. Get the kids involved when it's time for braiding, as the best part is watching the dough come to life.
Roasted Butternut Squash with Pomegranate and Tahini
Honey-Ginger Glazed Salmon
The sweet-sticky glaze makes this salmon dinner a winner with the kids. The honey-ginger glazes packs a ton of flavor without a long list of ingredients or extra time in the kitchen. With such little preparation, these salmon filets are the perfect weeknight meal that you can easily add into your cooking rotation. Complete the meal with a side of roasted or steamed carrots and a hearty spoonful of brown rice for a well-balanced meal.
Cinnamon-Apple Stuffed French Toast
Stuffed with our favorite cinnamon-apple filling, these slices of French bread encase an autumn-inspired breakfast that will put your morning bowl of oatmeal to shame. The butter and brown sugar cook with the apples to create a delicious syrup for drizzling over the French toast. Sub French bread for ciabatta, challah, or whatever loaf of bread you have on hand. Get the family together for a lazy weekend brunch, and start the day off sweet and satisfied.
Carrot-Apple Spice Cake with Browned-Butter Glaze
We challenged ourselves to come up with a show-stopping dessert that uses boxed cake mix as a starting point—and we succeeded. Fresh carrot and apple plus a splash of bourbon boost the flavor of the layers and add incredible moisture, while the browned-butter glaze is, well, the wildly delicious icing on the cake. Not only does this cake taste like fall, but it is quite the eye candy as well. Bring this to a holiday party and impress your guests with this three-layer beauty.
Beer-Braised Brisket with Honey-Lime Glaze
To make ahead, prepare through step 2, cool slightly, and chill. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes, and proceed with step 3. Don't let the ingredients intimidate you; the incredible taste of this brisket is a direct result of the various herbs and aromatics that truly bring this dish to life. Like any good brisket, this low heat and long cook time yield incredibly tender, melt-in-your-mouth brisket that's a great main dish for your next holiday party.
Glazed Baby Carrots
To save time, look for prepeeled real baby carrots in microwavable bags. With just a little brown sugar, these carrots become tender and juicy without turning to complete mush. This veggie side dish comes together in just 10 minutes, and it is a great, last-minute option that packs a punch of sweetness to silence any picky eaters. Double the recipe, and use leftover chopped carrots in grains, salads, and breakfast scrambles.
Zinfandel-Braised Beef Brisket with Onions and Potatoes
Fruity zinfandel wine adds a unique, sweet flavor to this hearty brisket dish. This flavorful main dish has truly got it all: a tender, herbaceous serving of meat with potatoes and browned vegetables. Unlike many meat and potato dishes that sometimes blend together into one, ominous concoction, the flavors of this dish blend just enough that they're complementary and cohesive, without being stew-like and mushy.
Skillet Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Carrots
The skillet is used in a few clever ways: Chicken and vegetables get a head start on the stove, finish in the oven, then come out briefly so a simple cream sauce can pick up all the roasted flavors in the pan. Using ingredients that you probably already have, this easy chicken dinner is a great weeknight meal that comes together effortlessly. Roasted carrots add a hearty crunch that's perfect for fall, and the kids won't be complaining about getting their vegetables.
Rosemary-Orange Roast Turkey
We like to give the bird a pretty finishing sheen by brushing on savory-sweet marmalade glaze. If you don't like the slightly bitter flavor of marmalade, you can substitute currant jelly for tart, bright flavor. Fresh rosemary brings the flavors of the turkey to life and will make your kitchen smell amazing. With a splash of citrus, this turkey is anything but bland, without being doused in high calorie glazes and sauces.
Honey Mustard Glazed Carrots
When carrots steam or roast, their natural sweetness really shines. The honey-butter combo we use in this recipe elevates simple sautéed carrots to a whole new flavor level. Try this dressing on any root vegetables you might have, including radishes and turnips. You may be surprised how something so easy can turn almost any vegetables into a delicious side.
Partially cover the pan as the carrots steam so they retain some texture. They will continue to soften as the glaze reduces in the pan.
Roasted Chicken with Onions, Potatoes, and Gravy
This recipe first ran in the Cooking Light May 2005 issue in a Cooking Class column that profiled Chuck Williams, founder of Williams-Sonoma. It’s our hands-down best roast chicken of all time.
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Apple-Poblano Whole Roast Turkey
This roast turkey variation is both sweet and spicy, just the thing to keep your guests on their toes. Poblano peppers and flavors from whole apples and cider give new meaning to a holiday classic. A hint of Southwest spice and chile heat blend with sweet apples for a crowd-pleasing change from traditional turkey, but still staying true to the season's staples. Ensure that you start ahead of time so that you can brine the turkey for at least 12 hours.
Whole-Grain Honey Bread
Montina grass flour, made from Indian rice grass that is very high in protein, fiber, and iron, flecks this hearty whole-grain gluten-free bread. Honey replaces white sugar as the sweetener, good news for the taste as well as the nutritional information. It lends a fruitiness and delicate floral sweetness to this tasty all-purpose loaf of bread. Make this loaf to impress guests and switch things up from your normal store-bought whole-grain loaf.