Editor’s Top 10 Recipes: September

on September 13, 2011
Mark Boughton/styling:Teresa Balckburn

Tennessee Whiskey Cake

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

Mark Boughton/styling:Teresa Balckburn

Roasted Tomatoes

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

Mark Boughton/styling:Teresa Balckburn

Baked Rigatoni with Sausage, Butternut Squash and Spinach

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

Mark Boughton/styling:Teresa Balckburn

Zucchini Bread with Walnuts

Zucchini Quick Bread, a no brainer. Perfect for the kids' lunch boxes. Recipe: Zucchini Bread with Walnuts

Mark Boughton/styling:Teresa Balckburn

Pennsylvania Dutch Crumb Cake

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

Mark Boughton/styling:Teresa Balckburn

Pistachio Pesto

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/

Mark Boughton/styling:Teresa Balckburn

Orzo Veggies

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

Mark Boughton/styling:Teresa Balckburn

Comte Onion Tart

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

Mark Boughton/styling:Teresa Balckburn

Lasagna with Cheddar Cheese

Chillier nights call for robust lasagna. Perfect for a gang, this one uses Cheddar cheese for a nice change. Recipe: Lasagna with Cheddar Cheese

Mark Boughton/styling:Teresa Balckburn

Apple Cake

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

Mark Boughton/styling:Teresa Balckburn

Broiled Tomatoes in Basil Vinaigrette

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

Jill Melton, Editor

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!

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