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Here’s Everything In Season This Fall and What to Cook With It

Don't cry about summer ending just yet. Fall is one of the best times of year for vegetables and fruits! We rounded up everything in season now (think apples, pears, pumpkins and more), plus ideas for how to cook them.

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Acorn Squash: Turkey Sausage-Stuffed Acorn SquashTaste of Home

Acorn Squash: Turkey Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Finding healthy recipes the family will eat is a challenge. This elegant squash is one we love, and it works with pork, turkey and chicken sausage. —Melissa Pelkey Hass, Waleska, Georgia

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Apples: Deep-Dish Apple PieTaste of Home

Apples: Deep-Dish Apple Pie

This recipe is a winner! The crust is so flaky and the filling is sure to please everyone. —Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield, Massachusetts

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Beets: Minted Beet Salad

We have neighbors who share vegetables from their garden, and every year my husband and I look forward to their beets. My interest in Mediterranean food inspired this beet salad recipe—the vinegar and oil dressing with fresh mint will tone down the sweetness of the beets, and the kalamata olives add a salty touch. —Barbara Estabrook, Appleton, Wisconsin

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Bell Peppers: Mexican-Style Stuffed PeppersTaste of Home

Bell Peppers: Mexican-Style Stuffed Peppers

We've always liked stuffed peppers, but everyone is pleasantly surprised at this mildly spicy version. For convenience, you can assemble these pretty peppers ahead of time and bake them later. —LaDonna Reed of Ponca City, Oklahoma

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Broccoli: Broccoli with AsiagoTaste of Home

Broccoli: Broccoli with Asiago

This is one of the best (and most simple) ways I’ve found to serve broccoli. It’s also good with Parmesan if you don’t have the Asiago cheese. —cjintexas, Tasteofhome.com, Community

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Brussels Sprouts: Shredded Gingered Brussels SproutsTaste of Home

Brussels Sprouts: Shredded Gingered Brussels Sprouts

Even people who normally don't care for Brussels sprouts will ask for a second helping of these. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor

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Butternut Squash: Roasted Butternut Squash PanzanellaTaste of Home

Butternut Squash: Roasted Butternut Squash Panzanella

Squash was a hard sell with my family until I paired it with pumpkin seeds, cranberries and horseradish. Now they love it! —Devon Delaney, Westport, Connecticut

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Cabbage: Oktoberfest Red CabbageTaste of Home

Cabbage: Oktoberfest Red Cabbage

Four generations of our family have made this dish of red cabbage and apples, known as rotkohl ("red cabbage"). We love the tart and sweet flavors. —Diana Likes, Chandler, Arizona

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Carrots: Old-Fashioned Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese FrostingTaste of Home

Carrots: Old-Fashioned Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

A pleasingly moist cake, this treat is the one I requested that my mom make each year for my birthday. It's dotted with sweet carrots and a hint of cinnamon. The fluffy buttery frosting is scrumptious with chopped walnuts stirred in. One piece of this homemade carrot cake is never enough—better than all the other carrot cakes recipes I've tried!—Kim Orr, West Grove, Pennsylvania

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Cauliflower: Cauliflower Au GratinTaste of Home

Cauliflower: Cauliflower Au Gratin

Count on this dish to make new vegetable converts. Whenever I serve it, people ask for the recipe. Sometimes I’ll substitute broccoli for all or half the cauliflower, and the green veggie tastes just as good! —Jacki Ricci, Ely, Nevada

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Celery: Celery-Onion Popovers

I found this handwritten recipe in a cookbook I received from my mom. With onion and celery, these pleasing popovers taste a little like stuffing. —Barbara Carlucci, Orange Park, Florida

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Celery Root: Chicken with Celery Root PureeTaste of Home

Celery Root: Chicken with Celery Root Puree

Celeriac, or celery root, is a root veggie that combines well with other seasonal ingredients and adds nice texture and flavor to this puree. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Collard Greens: Bacon Collard Greens

Collard greens are a staple vegetable of southern cuisine. This side dish is often eaten alongside smoked or salt-cured meats, such as ham hocks, pork or fatback. —Marsha Ankeney, Niceville, Florida

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Cranberries: Cranberry Pumpkin BreadTaste of Home

Cranberries: Cranberry Pumpkin Bread

Put leftover cranberries and pumpkin to great use in this moist quick bread. It’s very good with my "secondhand turkey" casserole for an after-Thanksgiving meal. —Dixie Terry, Goreville, Illinois

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Fennel: Roasted Carrots & Fennel

This addictive fennel recipe is a fresh take on one of my mother's standard wintertime dishes. I usually add more carrots—as many as the pans will hold. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

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Figs: Double-Nut Stuffed FigsTaste of Home

Figs: Double-Nut Stuffed Figs

We have a family member that has diabetes, so dessert can get tricky. These sweet, nutritious stuffed figs keep us all happy. —Bob Bailey, Columbus, Ohio

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Garlic: Chicken & Garlic with Fresh HerbsTaste of Home

Garlic: Chicken & Garlic with Fresh Herbs

The key to this savory chicken is the combination of garlic and fresh rosemary and thyme. I like to serve it with mashed potatoes or crusty Italian bread. —Jan Valdez, Lombard, Illinois

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Ginger: Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame DressingTaste of Home

Ginger: Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

We love it when opposites attract. A sweet-and-sour gingery dressing goes hand in hand with soft soba noodles, edamame and crunchy slaw. Add grilled shrimp or chicken for a protein-packed finish. —Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina

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Grapes: Creamy Grape SaladTaste of Home

Grapes: Creamy Grape Salad

Everyone raves when I bring this refreshing, creamy salad to potlucks. For a special finishing touch, sprinkle it with brown sugar and pecans. —Marge Elling, Jenison, Michigan

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Green Beans: Old-Fashioned Green Beans

Mom would prepare homegrown green beans using this recipe and, boy, did they ever taste good! The bacon provides rich flavor and the brown sugar a touch of sweetness. This is one irresistible side dish. —Willa Govoro, St. Clair, Missouri

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Kale: Potato, Sausage & Kale SoupTaste of Home

Kale: Potato, Sausage & Kale Soup

I let my young son pick out seed packets and he chose kale, which grew like crazy. This hearty soup helped make good use of it and rivals a restaurant version that we love. —Michelle Babbie, Malone, New York

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Leeks: Ham and Leek Pies

I've been making these pies for years, so lots of friends and family now have the recipe. If you can't find leeks, a sweet or mild onion works just as well. —Bonny Tillman, Acworth, Georgia

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Mangos: Black Bean-Mango SaladTaste of Home

Mangos: Black Bean-Mango Salad

This fresh mango salad is a lively side dish for chicken or fish. Simple to put together and pack for a picnic, it’s a yummy way to slip more fruit and veggies into meals.—Donna Hollon, Port Orchard, Washington

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Mushrooms: Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

Mushrooms: Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

Frequently requested at family get-togethers, this rich and hearty soup is ready in a flash. Cooking for a vegetarian? Swap in vegetable stock for the beef broth. —Danielle Noble, Ft. Thomas, Kentucky

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Onions: Creamed Spinach & Pearl OnionsTaste of Home

Onions: Creamed Spinach & Pearl Onions

When I was a culinary student, this creamy dish wowed me, and I don't even like spinach. This side is a keeper! —Chelsea Puchel, Pickens, South Carolina

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Parsnips: Agave Roasted ParsnipsTaste of Home

Parsnips: Agave Roasted Parsnips

Deliciously sweet and aromatic, this side dish of roasted parsnips nicely spices up any traditional meal.—Kathleen Thorson, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

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Pears: Caramel Pear Pudding

Pears: Caramel Pear Pudding

Don't expect this old-fashioned dessert to last long. The delicate pears and irresistible caramel topping make it a winner whenever I serve it. It's nice to have a tempting fall cake that puts the season's best pears to excellent use. —Sharon Mensing, Greenfield, Iowa

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Plums: Plum Good CrispTaste of Home

Plums: Plum Good Crisp

This is a great crisp that goes well with any meal, but you can also serve it as a breakfast treat or snack.When it's warm, it can't be beat! —Peter Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas

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Potatoes: Cheese Smashed PotatoesTaste of Home

Potatoes: Cheese Smashed Potatoes

Who doesn't like mashed potatoes? Try this slimmed-down dish with any entree. —Janet Homes, Surprise, Arizona

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Pumpkin: Sausage & Rice Stuffed PumpkinsTaste of Home

Pumpkin: Sausage & Rice Stuffed Pumpkins

My children often request this dish. It also adds a great "wow" factor to a festive buffet table.—Andria Peckham, Lowell, Michigan

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Radishes: Roasted RadishesTaste of Home

Radishes: Roasted Radishes

Radishes aren't just for salads anymore. This abundant springtime veggie makes a colorful side to any meal. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Raspberries: Lemon Whirligigs with RaspberriesTaste of Home

Raspberries: Lemon Whirligigs with Raspberries

Golden whirligigs with a tart lemon flavor float on a ruby raspberry sauce in this delectable dessert. I love serving it to guests. My children also like it made with blackberries. —Vicki Ayres, Wappingers Falls, New York

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Rutabagas: Twice-Baked RutabagasTaste of Home

Rutabagas: Twice-Baked Rutabagas

Mix it up for dinner by substituting your go-to spuds dish with these rutabagas combined with bacon, cheese and cream. Even the skeptics won’t be able to resist! —Lisa Bynum, Brandon, Mississippi

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Spinach: Baked Spinach Dip LoafTaste of Home

Spinach: Baked Spinach Dip Loaf

Any round loaf works as a serving bowl for this cream-cheesy dip, with spinach, cheddar, water chestnuts and, yes, bacon. Scoop the dip with the extra bread and veggies—then eat the bowl! —Frieda Meding, Trochu, Alberta

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Sweet Potatoes: Southwest Hash with Adobo-Lime CremaTaste of Home

Sweet Potatoes: Southwest Hash with Adobo-Lime Crema

Adobo sauce adds so much extra flavor that you won't even miss the smaller amounts of butter and egg yolks in this smoky hash. Here's a tip: Add a splash of white vinegar to the poaching water right before you drop in the eggs. It helps keep them from separating as they cook. —Brooke Keller, Lexington, Kentucky

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Swiss Chard: Sausage & Swiss Chard LasagnaTaste of Home

Swiss Chard: Sausage & Swiss Chard Lasagna

Rustic and comforting, I found this rich and cheesy lasagna to be a great way to get kids to eat healthy greens—it's such a tasty casserole they'll never know the Swiss chard is there! —Candace Morehouse, Show Low, Arizona

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Turnips: Creamy Turnip Soup

In nearby Wardsboro, Vermont, they have a fall festival where one of the entrees is this delicious soup. Reheats wonderfully in a slow cooker! —Liz Wheeler, Wilmington, Vermont

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Winter Squash: Winter Squash Casserole

Winter Squash: Winter Squash Casserole

Years ago, our vegetable garden kept us well-supplied all year long. Dad stored huge piles of potatoes and squash in the coldest part of the basement. In winter the squash was so hard. Mother sometimes used an ax to cut it into small pieces for cooking! Her hard work was worth it, because we really enjoyed this wonderful casserole! —Glendora Hauger, Siren, Wisconsin

Caroline Stanko
As an Associate Digital Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.

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