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Hot Mulled Cider
Another warm, wintery drink to sip on as the snow falls, this hot mulled cider is spiced to perfection.
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Don’t mourn the end of summer—celebrate the start of fall by planning out all the cozy, comforting weeknight dinners you can create. Here, your checklist for every homey, spiced, stewed, slow-cooked recipe to make this autumn.

Sweet Potatoes with Apple Butter
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Creamy sweet potatoes mashed with fruity apple butter make for the perfect fall side dish.

Old-Fashioned Apple Pie

This is a purists' pie that tastes of nothing but apples, with just a hint of spice and butter.

Beef Stew in Red Wine Sauce

Deeply flavorful and packed with tender chunks of flatiron steak, this is the quintessential beef stew.

Butternut Squash Soup with Crisp Pancetta

Sweet and creamy squash soup gets a delicious salty crunch from crispy pancetta.

Hot Mulled Cider
Another warm, wintery drink to sip on as the snow falls, this hot mulled cider is spiced to perfection.
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Chef Ken Oringer of Toro in New York and Boston preheats the Thermos he uses to transport his deliciously spiced cider by filling it with boiling water and letting it sit for a few minutes. Pouring the mulled cider into a Thermos that's already warm helps keep the drink hot.

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This cozy cocktail is spiked with white wine.

Pear-Cranberry Hand Pies
These flaky little pies may be the ultimate grab-and-go dessert.

These flaky little pies may be the ultimate grab-and-go dessert.

Caramel Lady Apples

Easy to eat in two bites, these crunchy, chewy desserts are easy to make at home.

Three-Chile Beef Chili
Credit: Fredrika Stjärne

With coffee, dark beer, smoky bacon and three kinds of chiles, this is one deep, rich, spicy pot of beef chili.

Pumpkin Pie

This luscious pumpkin pie is light (almost soufflé-ish), with a flaky crust and great spice.

Roasted-Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Tanya Holland spikes her mashed potatoes with roasted garlic and Tabasco, so they’re a little spicy and deeply flavorful.

Mulled Red Wine with Muscovado Sugar
Faced with two half-empty bottles of Zinfandel, the F&W Test Kitchen came up with this warm mulled wine, spiced with fennel seeds and cinnamon. We imagine ourselves drinking it by a bonfire on a chilly October night, but we would pretty much enjoy it in any situation on any night.
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Here’s the perfect way to use leftover red wine.

bourbon pecan pie
Credit: Con Poulos

This easy pecan pie tastes of dark caramel, toasted nuts and a little bit of bourbon.


Rubbing a simple lemon-and-butter marinade all over a whole chicken before roasting creates superjuicy, flavorful meat and crisp skin.

Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
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This unbelievably simple side dish counters the slight bitterness of brussels sprouts with a sweet maple-syrup pan sauce.


Chef Laurence Jossel created this stripped-down version of the classic French stew, with creamy white beans, luscious store-bought duck confit, smoky French garlic sausage and slab bacon.