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It's officially fall, y'all! Out go the flip-flops and tank tops, here come the boots and flannel. Well, unless you're in the South. Those of us in the Birmingham office still have a few more weeks of late summer temperatures on our radar, but, thankfully, it hasn't put a damper on our autumnal enthusiasm.

And now that it's cool enough to stand the heat in the kitchen again, it's time to cook up a storm of fall flavors. Our Test Kitchen staff has a few tips to help your baking and cooking really shine this season.

Form Perfect MeatballsRecipes like this Meatball Stroganoff are perfect for warming you up on a chilly evening. But forming the meatballs can be messy, and you often wind up with unevenly portioned balls. CL Executive Food Editor, Ann Pittman, has easy tips to make your meatballs picture-perfect.

Make a Lattice PieApples are now in season, and apple pie is a natural choice for those sweet fruits of fall. Make your dessert stand out from the rest with a beautiful lattice crust, following these tips from CL's resident "baking goddess," Deb.

Time for a ToastNuts gain a beautiful warm flavor when toasted, which makes them a great autumn snack. So whether you've got a batch of almonds or a sack of pecans, just follow the lead of our Test Kitchen Director, Tiffany, and you'll have a fragrant treat in no time.

Cook Creamy RisottoRisotto is another dish that will warm you up quickly. This Italian rice dish can be used in a variety of dishes, such as our Bacon and Wild Mushroom Risotto, and it's simple to prepare. For ultimate creaminess (and ultimate goodness), be sure to follow the advice of our Test Kitchen chef, Robin.

Wax vs. ParchmentWhen you go to whip up a batch of Snickerdoodles or Bittersweet Chocolate Cookies, knowing the difference between parchment and wax paper can save you a lot of trouble. Deb, our baking expert, can tell you exactly how to use each.

Tell us: Are there any other tips you think are important to know for fall cooking and baking?