Editor’s Top 10 Recipes: September

September 13, 2011

Editor Jill Melton picks her top recipes to salute summer and welcome fall.

Tennessee Whiskey CakeRoasted TomatoesBaked Rigatoni with Sausage, Butternut Squash and SpinachZucchini Bread with WalnutsPennsylvania Dutch Crumb CakePistachio PestoOrzo VeggiesComte Onion TartLasagna with Cheddar CheeseApple CakeBroiled Tomatoes in Basil VinaigretteJill Melton, Editor
Had your fill of peaches? Whip up this easy molasses and cinnamon spiced cake that says "hello fall!"Your house will smell divine. Recipe: Tennessee Whiskey Cake
Roast, roast, roast. Take advantage of the last of the fresh tomatoes by slow roasting, packing in jars and using all winter long. Recipe: Roasted Tomatoes
This is my favorite fall casserole: rigatoni with sweet butternut squash, sausage and spinach in a creamy cheese sauce. Divine. Perfect for an evening with friends. Recipe: Baked Rigatoni with Sausage, Butternut Squash and Spinach
Zucchini Quick Bread, a no brainer. Perfect for the kids' lunch boxes. Recipe: Zucchini Bread with Walnuts
This streusel laden cinnamon coffee cake screams fall. You make one big streusel mixture--half of which is combined with milk for the base and the remainder sprinkled on top for a super thick, crunchy streusel. Great for breakfast or dessert. Recipe: Pennsylvania Dutch Crumb Cake
Don't let that garden-fresh basil go to the dogs. Nab it before it bolts and puree up some pesto with crunchy pistachios, for dabbing in soups, stews and pasta all winter long. Recipe: Pistachio Pesto http://www.relish.com/recipes/pistachio-basil-pesto/
This is a dish I go to at all times of the year, but it's best in the fall with red bell peppers, zucchini and fresh basil. Recipe: Orzo Veggies
Sweet, nutty Comte cheese combines with caramelized onions in this French tart, perfect for dinner with a crisp salad and white wine. Recipe: Comte Onion Tart
Chillier nights call for robust lasagna. Perfect for a gang, this one uses Cheddar cheese for a nice change. Recipe: Lasagna with Cheddar Cheese
Apples are sheepishly making an appearance at the farmer's markets. Local Mutzu's are the best in Tennessee; crisp and tart perfect for eating, and in this apple cake. Recipe: Apple Cake
One last summer fling. Accompany a great grilled steak and fresh corn with this salad that uses late summer tomatoes bathed in a vinaigrette. Recipe: Broiled Tomatoes in Basil Vinaigrette
September is possibly the best food month of all. Farmers' markets are still packed with tomatoes, eggplant, corn and zucchini, but have made room for butternut squash, peppers and greens: the best of both worlds. Here are a few of my favorite seasonal recipes. Enjoy!
Had your fill of peaches? Whip up this easy molasses and cinnamon spiced cake that says "hello fall!"Your house will smell divine.


Recipe:
 Tennessee Whiskey CakeRoast, roast, roast. Take advantage of the last of the fresh tomatoes by slow roasting, packing in jars and using all winter long.


Recipe:
 Roasted TomatoesThis is my favorite fall casserole: rigatoni with sweet butternut squash, sausage and spinach in a creamy cheese sauce. Divine. Perfect for an evening with friends. 


Recipe:
 Baked Rigatoni with Sausage, Butternut Squash and SpinachZucchini Quick Bread, a no brainer. Perfect for the kids' lunch boxes.


Recipe:
 Zucchini Bread with WalnutsThis streusel laden cinnamon coffee cake screams fall. You make one big streusel mixture--half of which is combined with milk for the base and the remainder sprinkled on top for a super thick, crunchy streusel. Great for breakfast or dessert.   


Recipe:
 Pennsylvania Dutch Crumb CakeDon't let that garden-fresh basil go to the dogs. Nab it before it bolts and puree up some pesto with crunchy pistachios, for dabbing in soups, stews and pasta all winter long.


Recipe:
 Pistachio Pesto 

http://www.relish.com/recipes/pistachio-basil-pesto/This is a dish I go to at all times of the year, but it's best in the fall with red bell peppers, zucchini and fresh basil.



Recipe:
 Orzo VeggiesSweet, nutty Comte cheese combines with caramelized onions in this French tart, perfect for dinner with a crisp salad and white wine.


Recipe:
 Comte Onion TartChillier nights call for robust lasagna. Perfect for a gang, this one uses Cheddar cheese for a nice change.

Recipe:
 Lasagna with Cheddar CheeseApples are sheepishly making an appearance at the farmer's markets. Local Mutzu's are the best in Tennessee; crisp and tart perfect for eating, and in this apple cake.


Recipe:
 Apple CakeOne last summer fling. Accompany a great grilled steak and fresh corn with this salad that uses late summer tomatoes bathed in a vinaigrette.


Recipe:
 Broiled Tomatoes in Basil VinaigretteSeptember is possibly the best food month of all. Farmers' markets are still packed with tomatoes, eggplant, corn and zucchini, but have made room for butternut squash, peppers and greens: the best of both worlds. Here are a few of my favorite seasonal recipes. Enjoy!
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