Autumn Flavors – A Collection of Recipes

by Jenn on October 26, 2010

in Gluten Free,Photography,Tastes


It is finally  Autumn.  The air spirals out of chilly noses in the mornings wisping into swirls of steam as children hurriedly rush to school.  I’ve got my mug on my desk always filled with tea and a bit of honey, and there is that renewed sense of energy that everyone gets when the lazy days of Summer are over.  The leaves are yellow and orange, one last burst of colorful energy, desperately trying to hang on to the unforgiving branches of the trees.  We are in the last few days of glistening in the sunshine before the long gray Winter decides to take up residence for a while on the edge of our little lac, nestled up against the already snow-covered Alps.

And I am officially becoming homesick again.  Growing up in New England, Autumn was my most treasured time of year.  The leaves changing turned our bright green cheery forests into a firestorm of color, glowing sunny yellow and fire-engine reds down onto the ground below us.  Living in the hills of New England in the Fall is akin to living inside a kaleidoscope, and all it takes is the slightest twist of the wind to shower down the rainbow of colors around you, turning dying leaves into sparkling ephemeral jewels floating in the air as if in a fairy land.

Chocorua Camping Village, New Hampshire

Switzerland is very beautiful, don’t get me wrong.  And the Autumn has been gorgeous.  But it’s not New England Fall.  It’s not trips to the local family orchard with my sister and her boyfriend, nor is it camping with my parents’ crazy puppy in the mountains.  It’s not hanging out at the local bar to watch the Pats games, or allowing  maple sugar candy to linger on my tongue after a visit to the local cider mill, the sweet maple bliss slowly dissolving and ushering in sweet childhood memories with my grandmother – she would always tell us the same story about how she used to own a motorhome every time we passed by the same old abandoned one on the familiar road…  And it’s not celebrating the holidays with our parents and closest loved ones who are currently an ocean away.  Sometimes Skype just doesn’t do justice to moments that are meant to be shared in person.


Connecticut Orchard Happiness is...

But life en Suisse is about new memories, and I’m loving it as well.  I’m actually starting to feel that familiar comfort every time I see the SBB railway stations that dot the landscapes…

La Gare St. Maurice

And those mountains.  I don’t care if I see them every day, it will never be enough to absorb their grand majesty.  They are gorgeous from across the lake:


But they are even more amazing up close:


And then of course, there is the food.  Cheeses I never knew existed, and fondue I only dreamed of before I came here.  Oh and did I mention chestnuts?  Our new weekend tradition is to pick up a bag of marrons chauds, our numb fingers eagerly breaking open the shells, staining our hands with charcoal-black from the few that got roasted a little too long…

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So maybe my Autumn memories can blend together, the new with the old.  Cherishing the familiar long established traditions while constantly finding new and exciting ones to share.  This Autumn, I wanted to share some of the recipes I’ve made Jenn Cuisine that feature my favorite flavors of Fall.  Maybe they are comfort foods you grew up with, or maybe there’s something new you’d like to try.  It’s always a balance, the aged versus the thrilling unknown, but I am finding I like it best when I have a little bit of both around in my life.

*Note – updated to include the latest recipes on Jenn Cuisine!

Pumpkin Quinoa Pudding with Dates & Raisins
White Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles
Pumpkin Shrimp Bisque
Pumpkin & Curried Chickpeas with Savory Tomato Peach Sauce
Buttercup Squash Soup
Butternut and Pumpkin Soup
Pan-Fried Butternut Squash
Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Salad
Butternut and Sweet Potato Hash with Turkey Sausage
Toasted Squash Seeds
Winter Market Risotto
California Style Pumpkin Cheesecake
Maple Pumpkin Granola
Butternut & Red Pepper Soup
Stuffed Acorn Squash

Root Vegetables:
Gluten Free Potato Gnocchi with Truffled Pesto
Mustard Roasted Potatoes
Mountaintop Rösti with Ham
Sweet Potato Thai Curried Soup
Rösti, a Swiss tradition
Moitié-Moitié Swiss Fondue
Clam Chowder
Beet Chips
Butternut and Sweet Potato Hash with Turkey Sausage
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Pommes de Terre au Gratin
Sweet Potato Chips
Celery Root Mash
Savory Buckwheat Groats with Spinach, Sausage, and Celeriac
Gluten Free Pot Pie

Castagnaccio – Italian Chestnut Cake
Pumpkin Chestnut Tortellini
Chestnut Pumpkin Fritters
Cream of Chestnut Soup
Chocolate Chestnut Quickbread

Maple Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Maple Berry Pots de Créme
Maple Pumpkin Crème Brûlée
Mini Apple Pies
Fried Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake Pillows
Maple Buckwheat Groats with Pears and Dried Currants
Maple Pumpkin Granola
Maple Brined Pork Roast

Apples & Pears:
Banana Apple & Currant Scones
Cider Brined Roast Turkey
Poached Apples with Frangipane Cream
Mini Apple Pies, Gluten Free
Apple & Fig Pork Loin Roast
Vanilla Riesling Poached Pears
Salad of Gorgonzola Stuffed Poached Pears


Hope you enjoy making some Fall favorites this Autumn season!