Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fabulous Fall: Fall Recipes

Fall Recipes

I love to eat well most any time of the year, but especially in the fall and winter.  I love casseroles and soups.  Here are some of my favorite fall recipes:

1 onion, chopped
1 (16 ounce) can chili beans
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer
2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning
3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts
shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)
sour cream (optional)
crushed tortilla chips (optional)

1. Place the onion, chili beans, black beans, corn, tomato sauce, beer, and diced tomatoes in a slow cooker. Add taco seasoning, and stir to blend. Lay chicken breasts on top of the mixture, pressing down slightly until just covered by the other ingredients. Set slow cooker for low heat, cover, and cook for 5 hours.

2. Remove chicken breasts from the soup, and allow to cool long enough to be handled. Stir the shredded chicken back into the soup, and continue cooking for 2 hours. Serve topped with shredded Cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips, if desired.

**It was absolutely amazing. I used the "Hot" rotel and "Hot" taco seasoning to make it spicier. Very easy and very good!

18 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup light-brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup light-brown sugar, firmly packed
6 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups (8 ounces) pecan halves
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Place rack in center of oven. Heat oven to 375 degrees. To make the crust: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add salt, and mix to combine. Add flour 1 cup at a time, on medium speed, mixing until fully incorporated after each addition. Continue mixing until the dough begins to come together in large clumps.
2. Press dough about 1/4-inch thick into a 9-by-13-by-1-inch baking pan. Prick the pastry with the tines of a fork. Chill until firm, about 20 minutes. Bake until golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
Reduce oven to 325 degrees. To make the filling: Place butter, brown sugar, honey, granulated sugar, heavy cream, and salt in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 1 minute. Remove pan from heat; stir in nuts and vanilla.
3. Pour filling onto the cooled crust. Bake until filling bubbles, 15 to 20 minutes. Carefully transfer pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Run a paring knife around edges of the pan, and invert onto cooling rack, leaving the pastry on the rack. Invert rack with pastry onto a cutting board, leaving the pastry on the board, filling side up.
4. Use a sharp knife to cut into 1-by-3-inch bars. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

*I forgot to take a picture of mine, but these were delicious. I think the honey adds a lot of flavors to the treat. Enjoy!
Other Favorites Include:

What are some of your favorite fall recipes?

Monday, September 19th: Fall traditions
Tuesday, September 20th: Fall clothes/trends/makeup
Wednesday, September 21st: What do you do for Halloween/a Halloween memory
Thursday, September 22nd: Fall decorating
Friday, September 23rd: Things you are looking forward to for fall
Monday, September 26th: Fall TV shows(new, returning)

Tuesday, September 27th: Fall recipes
Wednesday, September 28th: Fall travel/road trips
Thursday, September 29th: Favorite Football pastimes....assuming you like that sort of thing :)
Friday, September 30th: Thanksgiving memories


Jessica said...

All of those recipes sound amazing!! I think I'll have to link up today. ;)

Christina said...

That sound delicious. I'm adding that to my cool weather recipes!

P!nky said...

Those recipies look DELISH!!!!!!

star said...

Those pecan squares look so yummy! I might have to bake some soon! Of course, my fave thing to bake in the Fall is pumpkin bread! Im making some on Saturday!

Natasha said...

anything with pumpkins is my favorite!! oh these are making me hungry...other must haves are sweet potato casserole, stuffing, cranberry bread, and chili!!

Our Family of Four said...

I love fall baking.. those pecan squares look really good!

Shari said...

Yum, these all sound/look great! I need to see a photo of this rotel chicken. Sounds too good to be true!

Mateya said...

Yum! Thoe pecan bars are making me drool!

Neely said...

That soup looks AMAZING!

Nicole said...

Those pecan squares look awesome!

Heather said...

YUM! Taco Soup is my favorite soup to eat in the Fall!

Heather said...

Caroline, I love yummy, warm fall food too! Thanks for sharing those great recipes. And, thanks for linking up for Fall In Love! I am having the best time with it and, I hope you are too! I have found some truly great blogs! Like yours! :) Oooh, I have to tell you...I had the best time shopping for the fall blog swap. Loved it! XO

Miss Chelsea said...

I'm droolin over that taco soup! I think I need to make this soon

Casey @ Classic with a Pop said...

Everyone always raves about taco soup, and every year I say I will try it...and then never do. I think you've convinced me to add it to the top of the list this year :)

Pamela said...

We loooove the chicken taco soup!! I discovered it last year. It's so good!:)

Amber said...

That soup look soooo good!

Ashley said...

Taco soup is sooooooo good!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

That soup sounds so yummy! And easy - even better!