Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fall Favorites...and a Giveaway!!

Well, hello pseudo So-Cal fall! As I've been (complaining) talking about lately, my hopes of a nice fall have been completely teased and then dashed lately. However, I haven't let that stop me from making some fall inspired dishes, but I have also wanted to share with new viewers of this site some of my favorites from last year. PLUS, I am having a giveaway and regular readers know how rare that is here, so stay tuned.

So as you all know, one of my favorite fall/early winter favorites is pomegranate. I have been lucky enough to be gifted with some more Pom Wonderful juice this year so look for some exciting recipes. In the meantime, let me take you back to some "old school" pom recipes.

Pom ice cream was the first ice cream I ever made and the first one without a machine. It was so worth the effort

Pomegranate Ice Cream

Pom Pizza was kind of strange sounding, but totally addictive and a classic.

Pomegranate and Prosciutto Pizza

Of course, who can forget the pumpkin recipes at this time of year. I have had quite a few...Pumpkin cinnamon rolls are so incredibly decadent and swoon worthy, I almost got a proposal!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin shortcakes with Apple Compote and Honey Vanilla Ice Cream are a perfect way to use up the canned pumpkin you may have laying around plus all of the apples of the season.

Pumpkin Shortcake with Apple Compote and Vanilla Honey Ice Cream

Butternut squash is one of my favorite things about the fall and winter, but I tried not to overload you with it last year (like I did with poms). One of my favorite and most simple ways to enjoy it was in a simple soup.

Butternut Squash Soup

Another fun way to enjoy butternut was in this super easy galette.

Butternut Squash Galette

I have an apple dessert coming soon, but in the meantime, how adorable is this mini apple crumb cake? Check out those huge crumbs too!!

Apple Crumb Cake

Persimmon crisps were just so cute and a unique way to enjoy this fall fruit.

Persimmon Crisps

Ok, now on to the giveaway. Remember those amazing agave sweetened brownies I made recently? Well, Xagave is giving one of my readers the chance to win a bottle of agave nectar and the same amazing cookbook I have had the chance to peruse. All you need to do to win is leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite fall recipe. If you would like an extra chance to be entered, you can tweet about it and leave another comment with a link to your tweet. By the way, you can follow me on Twitter, by clicking here. One week from today, I will pick a random number to win this awesome prize. Good luck!! If you're interested in ordering any items from Xagave for yourself, you can use the code "DISHINGUP" for free shipping!

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37 comments:

lisaiscooking said...

Great looking fall dishes here! My #1 favorite fall dish would have to be pumpkin pie.

Maria said...

I love this post. I want to make everything! I might start with the soup or shortcakes. YUM! My favorite fall recipe is probably apple crisp or roasted sweet potatoes/butternut squash.

Dawn said...

OMG! that galette is just calling my name. I would eat that whole thing and I don't care what anyone would say. I don't remember that one from last year, but then again I'm an old fart.
And btw, that photo of the pom ice is KILLER clear.

ashley said...

I love making cranberry apple pies in the fall.


:)

Chocolaty Lifestyle said...

Oh that ice-cream looks just too delicious.. :)) I guess I just have to try to make it. :)

Evan said...

My favorite fall recipe is pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. So yummy!

Sharon said...

Love all your beautiful fall recipes. Like Evan, my fav is pumpkin chocolate chip cookies followed closely by pumpkin bread!

Sarah said...

Whoa - those all look awesome! I think my fall favourite is still my mom's apple squares made right after an orchard pick-a-thon. Incredible, super fresh and soooo buttery yum!

Elle said...

Everything looks gorgeous! My favorite fall recipe...that would have to be apple crisp.

Bing said...

Fall is my favorite season!! I love making chocolate pumpkin bread.

The Food Librarian said...

Co-workers think I'm strange. I'm making noises looking at this post. Love it. And let's meet up in November so I can give you some of my dad's persimmon (fuyu variety)! - mary

Junglefrog said...

Some lovely fall dishes Esi! I think I might borrow some of your pumpkin recipes!!

JenHunsaker said...

Pumpkin pie is my favorite fall treat, but I'm dying to try the pumpkin cinnamon rolls. They would probably be a close second, I'm betting!

Erica said...

yum!I'll take a pumpkin cinnamon roll pleassssssse! My favorite fall dish oh gosh....pumpkin soup!

Jenn said...

I've got to try making me some ice cream on of these days.

My fave fall recipe is my sweet potato biscuits and creamy pumpkin soup. Sooooo good!!

Dolce said...

Your persimmon crisps look amazing! I think my fav' fall recipe is a pear/blueberry crumble. With cardamom instead of cinammon. :)

Vicki said...

Soup, soup, soup! Usually something with legumes and pork. Gah, now I'm hungry.

Fresh Local and Best said...

The pomegranate pizza looks amazing! My favorite fall dish is beef stew.

The Duo Dishes said...

Your apple cake is the bomb. Just know that. We love pies...apple, sweet potato, pumpkin, etc. Totally a favorite.

Anonymous said...

Favorite thing has to be pumpkin pie and I love my moms cranberry sauce-not very original I know:)-monica

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Shannon said...

i think the apple pie i made this year takes the cake... er pie :)

holy yum for EVERYTHING on this post!!! LOVE fall!

Antonietta said...

Yum, all these recipes look great!
My fall favorite has to be my mom's Thanksgiving stuffing, made with turkey liver, Italian sausage, celery, onions, mushrooms and big hunks of stale bread. MMMMMM
( I will post the recipe soon!)

Julie said...

I love Pumpkin Bread. Yum!

Lisanne said...

It is extremely difficult to decide on ONE favorite but right now anything with pumpkin is making me feel like fall; however, I did make some yummy butternut squash soup the other day and those baked apples were pretty tasty....

Kerstin said...

Oh, this is hard, there are SO many wonderful fall dishes. I think I have to go with pumpkin pie though - I love it, especially for breakfast :)

LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! said...

My favorite Fall treat is definitely Pumpkin Poundcake with a cream cheese glaze sprinkled with toasted pistachios! But your pumpkin rolls and persimons crisps might change things for me =)

Susan said...

My favorite fall food is butternut squash - in soups, with eggs or just baked and served with butter. It's golden orange color matches the fall leaves...perfect. I'd love to try it with agave since it's something new to me. And I love your photo's - they make me want to eat EVERYTHING!

Olive said...

I love the pumpkin cinnamon rolls, will try to make this in the coming months, thanks for the recipe :)

badbin said...

My favorite fall recipe is ginger pumpkin soup... mmmmmmmm...

Joy said...

Honestly, my current favorite fall dish is the apple upside down cake. I've made this more than a handful of times over the past week. I'm almost ashamed to admit that. Haha.

P.S. I'm agave queen...I LOVE that stuff. Ugh...have you tried it with fresh margarita? Insanely good.

RJ Flamingo said...

Hmm... Favorite fall dish? Probably my butternut squash soup. Or maybe it's my holiday honey cake (or the agave version I made for the diabetics in the family - so good!). Or the apple mincemeat pie I haven't made yet this season. Nope, can't choose just one! :-)

Maris said...

These are all so amazing sounding. I love anything and everything pumpkin, no question!

Natasha said...

I love anything with squash in it- spaghetti squash, butternut, but my favorite is Acorn Squash. Just roast the halves for 40 minutes and then throw some butter, brown sugar/honey/maple syrup and black pepper in to melt together into the tastiest rainy day dish.

Ilana said...

Well your pumkin cinnamon rolls look like they'll soon become my favorite!!

Thanks for the giveaway

kellypea said...

Yes, please on several of the above starting with that yummy apple crumb cake. You're killin' me with it. And nice to know I'm in good company with being annoyed by the tease of Fall. We finally have serious clouds today. Nice!

Jeanne said...

My favorite fall dish is apple crisp, so I'm looking forward to trying your apple cranberry crisp!

angela@spinachtiger said...

Oh my gosh I love this post, even if I"m reading it a month later. I love pomegranates too. I've made pom baked beans, sorbet, and salads and no post.