Kick off the season with dishes like French onion soup and fruit-filled slab pie.

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Beef and Fonio Meatballs with Sweet Potato Stew
Credit: Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Lydia Pursell

With the first hint of cool breeze, we feel it—a burning desire to start making fall recipes.

It doesn't matter if it's still 75 degrees outside and summer isn't quite over yet. Our minds instantly drift to hearty meals and some of our favorite seasonal produce. Some of our editors have pear dishes on the lineup, including Pear and Shallot Tarte Tatin with Whipped Goat Cheese; others are gravitating toward sweet potatoes and planning to make recipes like Sweet Potato Yeast Rolls.

We've rounded up 13 recipes total that you can try over the next few months, whether you're looking for a new dessert to bake (how about bread pudding?) or a soul-warming dinner like Beef-and-Fonio Meatballs with Sweet Potato Stew. Read on for those recipes, and all of the other fall dishes we'll be enjoying this season.

Whole Roasted Pumpkin with Green Beans and Red Curry Rice

Whole Roasted Pumpkin with Green Beans and Red Curry Rice
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"I am partial to any food in which you can eat the vessel it is served in. (Yes, I am the person who orders the bread bowl any chance I can.) I am particularly excited to make this recipe where a whole pumpkin is stuffed with rice, red curry paste, and coconut milk that meld together in the oven to form an almost risotto-like filling. The flavors sound so warm and comforting and it is exactly the type of meal you want on a cozy fall day. Not to mention, it seems like the perfect dinner party centerpiece dish that is as impressive to serve as it is delicious to eat." –Khushbu Shah, Restaurant Editor 

Get the Recipe: Whole Roasted Pumpkin with Green Beans and Red Curry Rice

Crispy Comté Frico Cheeseburgers

Crispy Comté Cheeseburger
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"As summer fades into the rearview mirror, my love for hamburgers most certainly does not! These Crispy Comté Frico Cheeseburgers satisfy my cravings in a deliciously fall way, with quick-caramelized onions and their namesake twist—Comté frico buns! Simply toss the buns on lacy, just-browned mounds of cheese and let them cool while you finish the burgers in the skillet. The result is layers of flavor—and a double-down crunch—that you'll want to enjoy with every burger from now on." –Josh Miller, Food Editor

Get the Recipe: Crispy Comté Frico Cheeseburgers

Vanilla Ice Cream Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel

Vanilla Ice Cream Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel
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"Bread pudding is one of those desserts that just feels like fall, especially when you add in the cozy elements of caramel and my cold weather drink of choice: whiskey. Combine all that with the simplicity of taking your 'leftover' vanilla ice cream (is there such a thing?) to save the time and effort of making a custard, and you'll be digging your spoon into some autumnal comfort in no time." –Adam Campbell-Schmitt, Associate News Editor 

Get the Recipe: Vanilla Ice Cream Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel

Pan-Roasted Chicken Thighs with Lemon and Cherry Tomatoes

Lemony Chicken Thighs with Burst Tomatoes and Swiss chard Pesto
Credit: Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Lydia Pursell

"I've been wanting to make this skillet-roasted chicken thigh recipe ever since I first saw it in Food & Wine's Fall Wine Issue, and now that it's finally fall and I can contemplate turning my oven back on, this dish is going to be on heavy rotation. The combination of bright cherry tomatoes, cooked down in rendered chicken drippings with lots of garlic, and zippy lemon paired with juicy chicken thighs hits all of my buttons. I love one-pot dishes, and this one is a keeper." –Karen Shimizu, Executive Editor

Get the Recipe: Pan-Roasted Chicken Thighs with Lemon and Cherry Tomatoes

Crispy Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms with Marinara and Parmigiano-Reggiano

crispy hen-of-the-woods mushrooms with marinara and parmigiana-reggiano
Credit: Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Audrey Davis

"I've yet to meet a mushroom I didn't like, and hen-of-the-woods is definitely one of my favorites. Add on marinara sauce and salty, nutty Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and I'm sold. Now that the temperatures are (finally) dropping, these crispy mushrooms are one of the first early-fall meals I have on my list." –Bridget Hallinan, Staff Writer

Get the Recipe: Crispy Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms with Marinara and Parmigiano-Reggiano

Beef-and-Fonio Meatballs with Sweet Potato Stew

Beef and Fonio Meatballs with Sweet Potato Stew
Credit: Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Lydia Pursell

"If chef Pierre Thiam has his way, fonio will become as ubiquitous in American kitchens as it is in West Africa. This recipe is an excellent entry point for cooks who are new to working with the grain, and a satisfying addition to the repertoire of extant fonio fans. The meatballs are packed with nutty, earthy, flavor balanced by savory Parmesan and thyme, and it's worth your while to make a double batch to freeze half for later, and simmer in the sweet-potato-thickened tomato sauce for a soul-warming and smile-inducing meal. (Future you thanks you already.)" –Kat Kinsman, Senior Editor 

Get the Recipe: Beef-and-Fonio Meatballs with Sweet Potato Stew

Pear and Shallot Tarte Tatin with Whipped Goat Cheese

Pear and Shallot Tarte Tatin with Whipped Goat Cheese Recipe
Credit: Victor Protasio

"This tart is deliciously sweet, sour, and savory. You start by making a caramel with sugar and vinegar and then nestling your roasted pears and shallots over top. I don't usually make the whipped goat cheese as it is A++ on its own." –Anna Theoktisto, Recipe Developer/Tester at Meredith Food Studios

Get the Recipe: Pear and Shallot Tarte Tatin with Whipped Goat Cheese

Sourdough Buttermilk Waffles

Sourdough Pancakes Waffles Recipe
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"After a long summer of it being too hot to turn on the oven, sourdough is finally back on rotation in my kitchen. These Sourdough Buttermilk Waffles are the perfect, low-lift way to use sourdough starter discard while also prepping for a cozy and festive weekend breakfast." –Lucy Simon, Wine Intern

Get the Recipe: Sourdough Buttermilk Waffles

Sweet Potato Yeast Rolls

Sweet Potato Yeast Rolls Recipe
Credit: Victor Protasio

"Sweet potatoes are so versatile, and this recipe shows just that. It's a great way to have sweet potatoes on the table for the holidays, but not in a traditional way." –Jasmine Smith, Recipe Tester/Developer at Meredith Food Studios

Get the Recipe: Sweet Potato Yeast Rolls

Lemon Curd Tart with Chia and Pine Nuts 

Lemon Curd Tart with Chia and Pine Nuts
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"I love a good lemon tart, but often find myself wanting a crunch to break up the silky curd. This Lemon Curd Tart with Chia and Pine Nuts satisfies that craving while adding a nuttiness that's unlike anything I've had in a citrus dessert before. And it's so beautiful, which is always a bonus, especially when planning a menu for a fall dinner party!" –Nina Friend, Associate Features Editor

Get the Recipe: Lemon Curd Tart with Chia and Pine Nuts 

French Onion Soup with Roasted Poblano

French Onion Soup with Roasted Poblano
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"Even though I live in Los Angeles these days, and the concept of 'fall' doesn't quite exist beyond a few gray mornings, I still find myself craving soup more frequently between the months of September and December. I've had my eye on making one of my all time favorite restaurant soups at home: the gooey French onion soup with roasted poblano from Tzuco in Chicago. The poblanos add a really nice mild heat that cuts through the richness of the broth, which makes this soup really satisfying. The pile of melted Gruyère on top, helps too." –K. Shah

Get the Recipe: French Onion Soup with Roasted Poblano

Chicken in Red Wine Vinegar 

Chicken in Red Wine Vinegar
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"This ultra-classic Lyonnaise dish from the much-loved Paula Wolfert is exactly the thing for a blustery fall day. 14 tablespoons of vinegar? Worry not—the glossy sauce is tangy, sure, but mostly it's just luscious (thanks to some balancing crème fraîche and a touch of honey) and utterly delicious." –Ray Isle, Executive Wine Editor

Get the Recipe: Chicken in Red Wine Vinegar

Pear-and-Cranberry Slab Pie

Pear-and-Cranberry Slab Pie
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"It's finally fall, which means it is finally cool enough to turn my oven back on, and thus, for me, it is Pie Season. I'll kick it off by baking this sweet-tart slab pie, filled with juicy pears and tangy cranberries and just the right ratio of fruit to crust. Don't skip the turbinado sugar; it adds a sweet crunch to the buttery crust." –Kelsey Youngman, Associate Food Editor

Get the Recipe: Pear-and-Cranberry Slab Pie