Fall/winter comfort food


I’m sitting here with my window open next to my desk, and brisk 60 degree air is blowing in.


Anyway, I’m finally in the mood for fall and I wanted to share my favorite comfort foods to cook in these chilly months. You may notice that I have a favorite person whose recipes I use often in the mix. . .

pioneer woman frito chili pie – this is what is pictured above. It’s hearty, flavorful, and perfect topped with freshly grated medium cheddar and diced red onions!

meat lasagna – I’m horrified at the photography from this post, so much so that I’m determined to redo this recipe this fall. This is EASY to make and very much a crowd pleaser!

pioneer woman potato soup – One of my absolute favorites for the fall.

pioneer woman chicken & dumpings  – So delicious, especially perfect for family coming to town. While it does reheat well, the dumplings are better on day 1 of the soup!

oven “fried” breaded pork chops – Justin is a huge fan of these and I like them too! It’s a nice change up from the usual chicken focused weeknight meal.

baked chicken thighs with creamy garlic spinach sauce – Chicken thighs save me from complete dinner boredom. They are usually moist and delicious, and can handle a whole slew of flavors.

and because I can’t leave out sides. . .

Cheesy Bacon Jalapeno Corn Dip – Simply, I don’t make this enough. It’s so good! Great for football on Sundays or in addition to a weeknight meal.

Baked Green Bean Fries – I’ve made these a few times! They lack a little bit of flavor so I usually double the cayenne pepper!

In general, if I’m looking for something new to cook, I’ll check out Damn Delicious, Skinny Taste, Smitten Kitchen, or Pioneer Woman. If I’m looking for something to bake, my go-to is Sally’s Baking Addiction!

Do you have a favorite website to look for new dinner ideas? I finally experienced a breakthrough that made weeknight cooking easier, but I’m always looking for new recipes to add to the mix!




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Comments (30)

  1. Posted October 17, 2017

    I agree with the underlying theme here that essentially everything Pioneer Woman is delicious.

    Also I love roasting full chickens this time of the year. It’s so good for a big dinner and for leftovers during the week.


  2. Posted October 17, 2017

    The green bean fries look so good! Going to try them this weekend, or the next. Thanks! 🙂

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  3. Courtney Mills says
    Posted October 17, 2017

    Thank you for sharing some of your favorite fall recipes. I wasn’t sure what to make for dinner tonight. I’ll e trying the oven park chops and green bean French fries.

  4. Lisa C says
    Posted October 17, 2017

    I love all the food blogs you mentioned! Some of my favorites for just regular weeknight meals are:

    Perry’s Plate
    Dinner: A Love Story

  5. Jill says
    Posted October 17, 2017

    I love skinny taste and pioneer woman as well. My other favorite is “our best bites.” I love their black bean soup, chile cheese soufflé bars, chicken taquitos, and so many more.

  6. Steph says
    Posted October 17, 2017

    You gotta check out Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. She’s amazing

  7. Michelle Meyer says
    Posted October 17, 2017

    love melskitchencafe
    love your site too!

  8. Lily says
    Posted October 17, 2017

    Barefoot Contessa at Home cook book is liiiiiife! The PB& J bars are a serious crowd pleaser. My hubby requested those in lieu of a cake on his bday! =)

  9. Gina says
    Posted October 17, 2017

    One of our family favorites is Ramen Beef Vegetable Soup from a great food blog, Plain Chicken. It is so easy to make and is packed with flavor. Perfect soup for fall.

    *Tip: If you make the soup, I alway break up the Ramen noodles into tiny pieces. It’s easier for kids to eat. Also, if it’s too thick, you can thin it with either a little beef broth or beef bouillon dissolved in a cup of water.

  10. Heather says
    Posted October 17, 2017

    I wish I had 60 degree temps! Florida get with the program! Anywho, I love Laurenslatest.com and Peanutbutterfingers.com for new recipes!!

  11. Karly says
    Posted October 17, 2017

    yessss! Finally its below 70 here in South Louisiana! Made my first fall chili last night. Skinny Taste is my FAV!!! She’s the best!

  12. Posted October 17, 2017

    all of these recipes sound fantastic! total comfort food for chilly nights! <3

  13. Lisa says
    Posted October 17, 2017

    Love Skinnytaste too and the best recipes are for the Instapot. The Instapot has changed my life – never use the crockpot anymore. It sautées, pressure cooks meals so fast and they turn out great! It has made my life so much easier!

  14. Jessica says
    Posted October 17, 2017

    Iowa Girl Eats is another great one!! Love her blog so much and great recipes.

  15. Katie says
    Posted October 17, 2017

    Mels kitchen cafe.com – we literally love everything she makes. Check it out- you won’t be disappointed!

  16. Jen says
    Posted October 18, 2017

    Another vote for our best bites! They are THE BEST cooking blog. I’ve been a reader since 2008. Those girls haver never let me down! I’ve found a few duds on the pioneer woman blog though, so now I have trust issues with pw. Ha!

  17. Crystal says
    Posted October 18, 2017

    Until I read your post about lasagna, I had never made lasagna from scratch; only bought the frozen lasagna from the store. And then I made this recipe and fell in love. lol Now I’ve made homemade lasagna (your recipe only) countless times and never buy frozen. I often made it for company and everyone loves it. What’s not to love? So easy and so delicious! 🙂

  18. ashlye says
    Posted October 18, 2017

    A few other food blogs to check out:
    Cooking Classy
    The Recipe Critic
    How Sweet Eats
    Deep South Dish

  19. Liz says
    Posted October 18, 2017

    My favorite blog for recipes is Half Baked Harvest. While some of the recipes have a lot of ingredients, they aren’t complicated and are complete show stoppers. I’ve had people at work ask me what restaurant I got my food from when I heated up leftovers. Everything I’ve made from there turns out great. And the photography is stunning.

  20. Dana says
    Posted October 18, 2017

    Thank you for the links! It’s always fun to learn the foods my favorite bloggers enjoy, especially because I love trying new recipes. Sally’s Baking Addiction and Damn Delicious are some of my go-tos as well!

  21. breanne says
    Posted October 18, 2017

    That Frito pie looks delicious! I love anything from Our Best Bites or Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. I haven’t made anything from either of those sites that my family hasn’t liked.

  22. Jasmine says
    Posted October 18, 2017

    I love melskitchencafe! I always look to her first. She has great recipes and detailed posts with tips and tricks. Her recipes are 85% of what I use!

  23. Katelyn says
    Posted October 18, 2017

    Another shout out for Mel’s Kitchen Cafe! My all time favorite….everything she makes is awesome!

  24. Posted October 18, 2017

    These all look amazing!! I’ll have to try a few.

  25. lindsay says
    Posted October 18, 2017

    You have to try the Pioneer Woman’s Chicken and noodles soup. SO DANG GOOD! http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/homemade-chicken-and-noodles/

    Cheat Tip – I use a roasted chicken and chicken stock, instead of boiling the raw chicken. It takes too long for me. I also like to add a little Rotisserie Chicken Spice from McCormick.

  26. Lisa says
    Posted October 19, 2017

    I love the potato soup from Pioneer Woman! I make it several times in the Fall and it freezes really well! I like to make double batches of recipes so we can have dinner and leftovers the first couple of nights, and then freeze the rest for the colder winter months.

    I really love http://www.allrecipes.com, as well as http://www.sixsistersstuff.com. They have some great recipes!

  27. Christina Munoz says
    Posted October 19, 2017

    I LOVE Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. Her recipes are delicious! I’ve never had one I didn’t like. I’m also a big fan of Brown Eyed Baker! She’s my go-to for dessert.

  28. Nicole says
    Posted October 21, 2017

    Hi Kate! Thanks for sharing my Chicken Thigh recipe! It’s been such a popular recipe on my site and I’m grateful so many families have made it a favorite 🙂 I’m thinking about adding a dairy-free version to the post. So many dietary restrictions these days. Another great site for dinner recipes with healthy option; pinchofyum.com

  29. Karen Branscum says
    Posted October 27, 2017

    Southernplate.com is another food blogger I follow. Christy Jordan has super easy, simple ideas & great meals…my fall fav is her creamy vanilla chai tea recipe! Yummo!

  30. Jessica C. says
    Posted October 9, 2019

    Kate, your lasagna recipe is THEE BEST!!! It’s our family’s absolute fav! I see it mentioned once above, but pinchofyum.com is another amazing food blog resource! She (Lindsay) runs a great IG page and is just a really sweet and wonderful lady to follow, all around! Like you! 💕
    Thank you for such a nice variety of content! My favorite thing about you is how real and relatable you always are! Even though we’ve never met, I feel like I know you! (Which could be weird for you if I were to ever run into you! 😂😂 😂)