Candied Sweet Potatoes

Sometimes, the old way is the best way. Folks have been turning the humble sweet potato into a caramelly, candied celebration for much longer than we have been spiralizing and making chips out of them. And for good reason — these butter-soft, sweet treats will melt in your mouth. Ingredients 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled...

Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing

Pick up some prepared cornbread or make your own for this crowd-pleasing stuffing. Spicy chorizo gives the whole pan a bit of heat, and there are enough vegetables to make it interesting. This recipe works well as a Mexican-inspired main dish or as a hearty side with simple roast chicken. Ingredients 1/2 cup ground Mexican-style...

Apple-stuffed Pumpkins

Two great harvest-time foods bake together for a comforting fall dessert. Buy the smallest mini-pumpkins you can find (about the size of a grapefruit), or substitute small sweet dumpling squash. Pumpkins become lush, edible bowls for apple pie filling, sweetened lightly with maple syrup. For a sweet finish, top with a dollop of whipped cream...

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies are lightly sweet, laced with the flavors of molasses and spice. Here, a bit of whole wheat flour is easily disguised by the spices. Use your favorite cutters to make little figures, or stars or whatever strikes your fancy. Royal icing is traditionally made with raw egg whites (see Notes for raw egg...

Apple and Celery Stuffing

This version of a classic side features tart apple to wake up your palate, along with the classic flavor of celery and plenty of herbs. Ingredients 3/4 loaf whole wheat bread, cubed to make 8 cups (10 slices) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 4 stalks celery, chopped 1 medium carrot, quartered lengthwise...

Pumpkin Sheet Pie with Oat Crust

Instead of making two pies, make one sheet pie for a little variation on the traditional. If rolling out a sheet of pie crust seems daunting, try this easy press-in crust, more like a pecan-studded granola bar than a pastry. Garnish the squares with whipped cream and serve up to guests. Ingredients 2 cups rolled...

Pumpkin Puddings

Craving pumpkin pie? Try this streamlined pumpkin pudding in easy, single-serving ramekins. Skip the crust and get right to the pumpkin-spice flavors you crave, sweetened with a touch of maple syrup. A dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream makes it even more special. Ingredients Butter, for ramekins 1 15-ounce can of pumpkin 1/2...

Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs and Icing

You can get as elaborate as you want with your cut-out cookies, depending on how many shapes and sizes of cutters you have. A few drops of food coloring (look for natural food dyes) will make your frosting into whatever seasonal colors you want to play with, as well. You can also use the royal...

Indian-spiced Pork with Roasted Veggies

Use a sheet pan to make a delicious Indian-inspired meal where the veggies and spiced pork bake in one pan. Pork tenderloin takes on a spicy crust, and the juices mingle with cauliflower and red onions. Ingredients 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon curry powder 1/2 teaspoon cumin...

Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole

Brighten up your meal with this sweet potato side, accented with tart cranberries. Ingredients 3 large sweet potatoes (3 pounds) 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries 1 15 ounce can coconut milk, full fat 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional) 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon allspice 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup whole...