Fall is a delightful time. (Photo: PICSELI, Unsplash)

Fall is here, and that means it’s time to transition from skillets to slow cookers. Usually when fall rolls around, I try to cook comforting foods like soups and warm sandwiches. When everyone is obsessing over pumpkin spice everything, I’m trying to figure out what meal I can lazily throw into the slow cooker to feed us for the week.

While we’re on the subject of pumpkin spice, the availability of this flavor has gotten completely out of control. I remember when pumpkin spice was available in a latte or maybe a cookie. Now, I see all types of random pumpkin spice-flavored treats, such as marshmallows, pudding and even Peeps. Yes, Peeps. This may be an unpopular opinion, but Peeps are already pretty disgusting—and I can’t imagine that adding pumpkin spice flavoring makes them better.

Enough of my rant about pumpkin spice. While there won’t be any pumpkin spice in my autumn cooking, I am looking forward to other fall-inspired flavors such as apples and cinnamon. Those are fall flavors, right? As you prepare for fall, I hope you’ll find a bit of inspiration in my fall to-cook list.

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Slow cooker potato, corn and jalapeño soup
Soup is already so easy and yummy to make, but when it’s as simple as throwing it into the slow cooker, you can’t help but be excited to try it.

Spiced chai Bundt cake
There’s nothing more comforting than a chai tea latte in the cooler months. Adding chai spices to a dessert sounds even better, and what’s easier than Bundt cake?

Fig and prosciutto flatbread
I never knew how much I liked figs until I used them as a cocktail ingredient. Figs are a fantastic addition to fall cooking, and this flatbread seems simple. Paired with prosciutto, it’s the perfect balance of sweet and salty.

Maple bourbon Old-Fashioned
I love Old-Fashioneds, but for some reason, I never thought to add maple syrup to an already-classic cocktail. Maple is most definitely a flavor I associate with fall, so a maple Old-Fashioned is a beverage I can’t wait to try.

Braised cabbage with bacon
I loved cabbage as a child, but until recently, I never cooked it. For some reason, I was afraid it wouldn’t taste like my grandmother’s cabbage. But I think with this fall-inspired dish, I’m ready to bring my love for cabbage back into rotation.

What dishes are you excited to try this fall?

Shawanda Mason is the creator and blogger of Eat.Drink.Frolic. For recipe questions or to chat about eating, drinking or frolicking, she can be reached at [email protected] or by following her on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.

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