Fall is the season when I cook the most. With a crisp chill in the air, nesting instincts set in. Maple, pumpkin, apples, pears, squashes of all kinds, sweet potato and brussel sprouts are all in heavy rotation. The house fills with enticing aromas drawing family and friends around the table. Here is a compilation of 21 favorite recipes from appetizers, salads, main dishes and desserts to celebrate the flavors of fall.
Research has shown that families who sit down together to share a meal have children who are healthier, have better self- esteem, higher GPAs and have better chances at being more successful in life(http://thefamilydinnerproject.org/resources/faq/). Coming together around the table fosters a sense of togetherness and security. It is a time to recharge, reconnect, spark conversation and take an interest in each other. With today’s busy lifestyle it is sometimes difficult to find the time to share a good homecooked meal. This recipe comes together pretty easily and you can forget about it while it cooks for 3 hours. It fills the house with an incredible aroma as the roast braises in a rich beer-based onion and mushroom sauce. The result is a fork tender roast with a flavorful sauce. It is a forgiving recipe which can sit until ready to serve. At the last minute all that is needed is a side vegetable and some mashed potatoes to sop up that irresitible sauce. Believe me by the time this is ready, your family will be clamoring to eat.