Six Must-Have Fall Comfort Food Recipes

I decided that I wasn't going to do a typical recipe post this Saturday because 1) I honestly have been out and about all week and 2) it seems like my archive of recipes to which I can refer has been growing (as time tends to do)! That means I can actually sit down and take a look at what has been created in the past and what would go well together. The fall season is finally starting to feel a little more like the stereotypical fall with cooler mornings and nights but it still has a bit of southern California to it. However, I'm already looking forward to spending my time making autumnal foods that are pretty much the comfort foods you crave at times. Personally, that looks like a lot of oven time for me (roasting, baking, etc). Here are six of my favorites throughout 2013 so far that definitely work as fall dishes - I made sure to snag two soups, two sides, an entree, and a dessert for you to gander at!

Roasted Acorn Squash Soup
It is totally squash season and the beautiful thing about squash is that you don't need to do much to it to make it delicious. Roast those suckers and you can move on to making it into side dishes, soups, entrees, and whatever. This recipe calls for it to be pureed into a creamy warming soup that will have you wanting to curl up on the couch.

Cream of Mushroom Soup
I've got to say that I'm pretty proud of this soup myself. I suppose winning a 2013 OC Fair award for Best Recipe is also a good indication of how tasty this spin on a classic Americana dish is. I mean, I made it twice within a month due to high demand. There's a great deal of comfort that derives from a cream of mushroom soup. I'll thank Campbell's for that nostalgia that people get but I do have to say that this recipe is the made from scratch version. It is also fairly simple so do not fear it. Embrace it and make something amazing to share with your family. They'll seriously thank you.

Thyme Roasted Potatoes
If there is something that Duc absolutely believes I make very well, it's roasted potatoes. I'm not sure how that came to be but somewhere along the lines of all my cooking, I learned how to make possibly the perfect roasted skin-on potatoes. This particularly recipe calls for a lemon-thyme dressing with it too that makes it all the better. It will give you that autumnal comfort food feeling without the heavy after-dinner fullness.

Roasted Savoy Cabbage
Here's a side dish many can enjoy but might not have seen before. It's a quick and easy roasting of the savoy cabbage with a bit of lemon, Parmesan, salt, pepper, and oil. If you're a fan of brussel sprouts, you'll find comfort in these.

Chicken Pot Pie
Okay, this recipe from scratch does take a bit more time but it is absolutely well worth it. What says comfort food better than a whole chicken pot pie with its steaming filling underneath flaky pie crust? I am telling you - this got devoured within minutes by my friends who got to have some. It is ridiculously delicious, and I am so eager to try making it again sometime. Bake it for your loved ones and watch your points go up in those relationships.

Rum Raisin Bread Pudding
Warm desserts seem just right for the warm weather, and a bread pudding fits that criteria. Add in some warming alcohol, and you've got yourself a match made. This recipe calls for some rum so it's sure to strike a delicious chord with some. You'll also realize that actually, bread pudding is not that difficult to make!