November Monthly Mouthful

As the daylight hours get shorter and the weather gets colder, it’s mighty tempting to find a cave and hibernate with the bears until springtime. But what’s the one thing that keeps us going all season long? FOOD! This month we asked our fabulous Monthly Mouthful-ers:

“What is your favorite fall comfort food? Be it holiday dishes or everyday classics, what foods make you happiest in the fall?”

For the most part, responses centered around hearty dishes and vats of soup. For our part, we enthusiastically second the call for lots of soup! I’ve already gotten a head start and can’t wait for more. But read after the jump for everyone’s responses and add your own in the comments below!  Here’s to a fall and winter of juicy braised meats, piping hot soups and steamy baked good fresh from the oven.

Jessie from Cakespy:

Most definitely chili and cornbread. Something about the combination of hearty, rich chili with the lighter, slightly sweet cornbread just seems to chase away the chilly, grey Seattle fall days.

Nicole from For the Love of Food:

Oh, this is an easy one.  It is definitely homemade pumpkin pie!

Cate from Sweetnicks:

Soup, soup and more soup!  My favorite is a Beer Cheddar Soup that I’ve been perfecting over the past few years because a favorite restaurant haunt would not divulge their recipe.  Love doing a neighborhood Soup Night, and the weather is just starting to get chilly enough for it.

Ruth from Once Upon a Feast:

Fall comfort food is any of a million slow simmering stews or hearty soups.  The kind my father used to say would “stick to your ribs”.   The kind that warm the house before they even get to your mouth.

Melissa from Alosha’s Kitchen:

Fall to me means braised meats. Braising is one thing I learned about last year that I fell in love with, especially short ribs, butter lemon chicken quarters and osso buco. Comforting, hearty and freakin delicious.

And I would be remiss not to mention soups. I love soup of, seriously, any variety. It’s possibly one of my favorite things to eat. I just started making my own and they’re wonderful!

Rita from Clumbsy Cookie:

For me Fall equals chestnuts! I love the smell of them roasting in the streets where vendors sell them in every corner. I also love to eat them boiled with anise. They’re definitely my favourite fall food!

Marc from No Recipes:

Pork Kakuni. It’s the bacon cut of pork braised in dashi for 4-5 hours in a cool oven. Most of the fat renders out and what your left with is tender meat loaded with collagen that just melts in your mouth.

Gilli from So So Simple Food:

Of course we are presently in Spring so we are currently enjoying asparagus, broad beans lovely new potatoes etc. So I will cast my mind back to my favourite fall comfort food. After a long summer of fresh lighter food I usually can’t wait for the stodge.

There are so many favourites to choose from… but I believe the favourite protein should be accompanied by creamy mashed potatoes, buttery peas (frozen will do) and some roast squash. Then the protein should be either a juicy garlicky herby roast chicken or a marbled scotch filet (US rib eye) steak, well seasoned, cooked rare to medium or pan fried snapper dressed with lemon juice.

Can I add another one please? (I will anyway sorry). A Corned Beef Dinner consisting of
simmered beef with onions and carrots accompanied with mashed potatoes cabbage and mustard sauce.

In fact I did a blog about the corned beef dinner last year. Have a look. My mouth is salivating at the thought of all that yummy food.

Lore from Culinarty:

Love this month’s theme and I bet there are a lot of foodies out there who have more than one fall favourite. Oddly enough when it comes to fall I have one clear favourite (ask me about spring or summer and I’d have to make a list, I just couldn’t pick one). Fall is all about the homey and comfy aromas of Stuffed Cabbage Rolls slowly cooking on the stove top. And when it’s finally served with sour cream I catch myself thinking it cannot get any better than this.

Christie from Fig and Cherry:

Mushrooms, mushrooms, mushrooms! Field, oyster, button, shitake…in pasta, for breakfast, baked whole – any which way really. It’s Spring now Sydney, but I wish it was Fall for the mushrooms. Also, a big bowl of steaming pumpkin soup flavoured with ginger, fresh red chilli and a big scoop of sour cream can’t be beat on a chilly afternoon!

Radish from Sassy Radish:

Roast Chicken and Mashed potatoes — I really don’t think there is anything better. It is my all time favorite thing. Oh yes, and my famous porcini barley soup which is now demanded at every Thanksgiving.

As always, thanks to everyone who participated! If you were not contacted for this month’s Monthly Mouthful and would like to be included in future Monthly Mouthfuls, please e-mail us at chewonthatblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

Add your own Fall favorites in the comments below!

  • Emily

    We’re having a comfort food recipe contest.

    Check it out for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to

  • Melissa

    Mmmm I like Radish’s soup recipe.

  • Cakespy

    Yum…I’m comforted and warm all over just reading about everyone’s favorite foods! :-) Thank you, it was fun!!

  • lk

    As I was born and raised in Asia (Msia & Spore), I have never experienced 4 seasons in a year. But my favourite comfort food in this period is our Chinese rice ball (tong yuen). It is the Chinese tradition to mark the beginning of winter.

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