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November’s Culinary Theme: Flavors of Fall

Each month the Plated Culinary team gathers to brainstorm a fun, relevant food theme—for November, it’s Flavors of Fall.

Each month the Plated Culinary team gathers in the test kitchen to brainstorm a fun, relevant food theme that captures the spirit of the month—and to eat unseemly amounts of dark chocolate bark in good company. Their inspiration ranges from techniques and tools to ingredients and seasonality. From there, they create menu dishes that embrace the theme. Below, recipe editor Jennifer En dishes on November’s spotlight: Flavors of Fall.

Once again, we’re smack dab in the middle of one of the best times of year for cooking. Shorter days and cooler nights make it a joy to be in an aromatic kitchen. Fall is a great season for using simple techniques to make classic, comforting dishes that are at once warm and nourishing. It’s all about seamlessly incorporating autumn flavors into weeknight-friendly meals—think in-season produce, warm spices, and hearty proteins. Along these lines, we’ve come up with a giant grab bag of recipes that make it a breeze for you to put seasonal flavors on your dinner table.

This month, look forward to menu dishes that feature some of our favorite flavors of fall. Naturally, we make sure to take advantage of our monthly ingredient crush: butternut squash! Its rich, nutty flavor makes it incredibly versatile—as irresistible roasted alongside pork chops as it is decadent blended in a creamy soup. We also have our annual winners, of course: Glazed Turkey Thighs with Mashed Sweet Potatoes (pictured) and Beef Chili with Cheddar. There are the cozy ones, too, that include apple, cinnamon, or maple. Then we have the foundation pieces we can’t go without, like roasted chicken and creamy beans. And for those extra long nights? Pumpkin Cheesecake and Pecan Pie Bars should help you savor those additional evening hours.

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