My Best Fall Recipes

in Desserts, Dinner

{Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes}

I live in this really magical place called Los Angeles, California.

It’s a place where you have to pay, like, $2 for parking to go to the mall. Even if you don’t buy anything.

It’s a place where people sitting next to you at coffee shops are writing movies on their laptops. And then those movies get made, you see them in the theater, and it’s weird and wild.

It’s a place where palm tress aren’t native to the state, yet they fit in perfectly.

And it’s a place where you see Janice Dickason at the movie theater, dressed like she’s going to the Met Ball, with a man who’s six inches shorter and looks like he might own the state of California. Very normal.

Los Angeles is a place of make believe. So, when it’s the first day of fall and 90 degrees outside, it forces you to pretend it’s brisk out, or else you’ll get mad. Because all anybody wants to do on the first day of fall–myself included–is break out their new boots, scarves, hold hands with the boy they like and jump in a big pile of autumn leaves. Am I right, or am I right? I’m right.

This Apple Danish is super pretty. Good quality store-bought puff pastry, paired with perfect apples that you can only really get in fall. Oh and there’s lots of spices, too. It’s a winner.

This Nutty Seedy Pumpkin Bread is the epitome of the season. The smell will warm your house and make it feel super cozy and awesome.

Acorn Squash Soup with Cheesy Croutons. I’ve been making various versions of this soup since I was a youngster. Back in college, this was my go-to soup. It’s sweet, nutty and not too creamy. The cheesy Gruyére croutons totally make it.

Egg-In-A-Hole Grilled Cheese. A lil’ twist on my favorite kid-like breakfast.

Spicy Vegan Chili. Healthy, filling and good. Make a big pot on a Monday and eat the rest for the next couple of days.

And because you can’t eat chili without cornbread: Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread. They’re a perfect match.

These Soft Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies are soft, a little crunchy, creamy and taste all pumpkin-like.

Fall is sooooo cool.

{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

Blog is the New Black September 25, 2012 at 2:28 am

I want that acorn squash soup!


marissa @ the boot September 25, 2012 at 2:42 am

i love it all. :)


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 25, 2012 at 3:19 am

Everything looks lovely! I can’t wait to try some of these!


Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 25, 2012 at 4:58 am

All of these look amazing! All hail the pumpkin foods!! lol


Abby@ Totes Delish Blog September 25, 2012 at 5:30 am

I’m going to need that chili/cornbread combo up in my face ASAP!! Everything else too.


Jess September 25, 2012 at 6:55 am

You are absolutely right – I’m an east coast transplant in LA and I feel like a squirrel getting ready for winter. Stew in the crockpot, sauce on the stove, beans in the oven – all for the freezer for wintery nights that just won’t happen! What does a girl have to do to at least get some temps in the 60’s?


Adrianna September 25, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Fareal. GRRR!


christin September 25, 2012 at 7:35 am

Yep…cornbread into my life. Right now.


robyn September 25, 2012 at 8:30 am

sooo many things to love here-the pumpkin pancakes are being made this weekend!


Heidi @foodiecrush September 25, 2012 at 8:55 am

Ah, you are so right about L.A. I always told people to wait to visit in late September and early October for the best summer weather ever. It’s hard to get in the spirit of fall when there aren’t any changing leaves. But I think your recipes will do the trick. I want the apple danish and than frog in the hole grilled cheese is brilliant.


Adrianna September 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm

We have an Indian summer, for sure!


Christina @ The Beautiful Balance September 25, 2012 at 9:36 am

Holy yum! Squash soup and pumpkin sandwich cookies are on my list of things to make now!


Katie @ Blonde Ambition September 25, 2012 at 9:49 am

Same here in Northern California! I bought an amaazing pair of boots a week or 2 ago and I can’t wear them yet because it’s still 90 degrees every day!

Acorn Squash Soup was the first dish I ever tried making without following a recipe. It always finds its way to my table each autumn. I want it now!!


Adrianna September 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm

ME TOO, actually. I’m pretty sure it was one of the first things I could make without looking at a recipe.


Cathy @ Noble Pig September 25, 2012 at 10:05 am

I’m all over that acorn squash soup! Love!


Domonique September 25, 2012 at 10:22 am

I’m obsessed with this post- not only because in the UK it’s freeeezing and these recipes will for sure come to good use but for the way in which you describe L.A. ha!



Adrianna September 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm

HA. It’s a fun place to live. I love it. :)


kim@hungryhealthygirl September 25, 2012 at 10:26 am

I want that nutty seedy pumpkin bread now!!! I have to pretend it feels like Fall too….here in Texas the high yesterday was 95. :(


Adrianna September 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Super sad!


Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes September 25, 2012 at 11:16 am

I want to make the pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes!


Eileen September 25, 2012 at 11:24 am

Ha. We’re pretending it’s fall here to up in the south bay! SOUP, man. :)


LouAnn September 25, 2012 at 11:29 am

Love these recipes and the funky description of where you live


Sara September 25, 2012 at 11:57 am

Thank you for these recipes (especially the chili and grilled cheese)! I grew up in the midwest and now live in LA and although I hate cold weather/snow/winter.. fall is my favorite season. I’m missing it (and the boots, scarves, and cardies) a lot lately!


Marie September 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Those pancakes look so fluffy! and I’d love to try that acorn squash soup! :)


Laura September 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I could never live somewhere without 4 seasons. Great list.


Margherita September 25, 2012 at 11:54 pm

I love your pumpkin sandwich cookies, I made them last year and can’t wait to have some more…it’s a great recipe!


Channing September 26, 2012 at 8:12 am

Fall recipes are seriously the best! I have to say though, I’m starting to feel now about the holidays how you did about the fall arriving in stores too early a few weeks ago. It’s weird to see both fall and holiday retail emails coming all at once. So … all hail pumpkin stuff! But, I can totally wait until December for holiday cookies! 😀


Taryn September 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I know these are your “best” fall recipes, but I have to say I have a special place in my heart for your pumpkin muffins…I like pumpkin all year round so I’ve made these several times.


Christine September 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Hey what a great post!
I love the small, wooden ‘plates’ you feature in your posts. Where can I buy some?



Adrianna September 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm

That wooden “plate” is actually a small cupcake stand (it came with a glass cover). A friend bought it for me at a yard sale. I’m sure if you dig you can find one on Etsy.


Ashley September 26, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I made the soup and the nutty pumpkin bread. Thank you SO SO much for putting these recipes in my life


Adrianna September 26, 2012 at 7:01 pm

YAY! That’s so awesome.


Kiran @ September 26, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Oh yum! That apple danish has my name all over it 😀


GIGI September 28, 2012 at 8:57 am

these are all so perfect for fall. can’t wait to try some of these! my two must haves are the jalapeno cheddar corn bread and apple danishes thanks!. gigi. food and beauty blogger @


Cookie and Kate October 2, 2012 at 9:12 am

I am starting to break out my boots and my scarves, but I don’t have a cute boy to hold hands with. Ug, uggggg. I need one of those pumpkin cookie sandwiches.


Adrianna October 2, 2012 at 9:36 am

Hahah. You’ll find one! It’ll happen, promise. xo


MikeVFMK October 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm

All great fall choices but it’s the pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes that I’m looking at in a slightly uncomfortable way. Awkward but so good.


jackie October 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Where can we find the recipes for this beautiful food!!


Adrianna October 12, 2012 at 12:58 am

The names of the recipes are hyperlinked. So wherever you see the orange font, click! It’ll take you to the pages where the recipes are. :)


Amarie at The April 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm

This grilled cheese looks so delicious. Have you entered it in the Grilled Cheese Academy’s recipe showdown? If not, you should! Here’s the website:


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