My Fall Baking To-Do List

A few days ago I shared with you all of my favorite recipes for the fall season that I have made and posted to date. There are quite a few of them (150!), but there is still so much more that I can’t wait to make. There are tons of different ways I find inspiration for what I make in the kitchen – cookbooks, magazines, other blogs, family requests, etc. – and for this fall my head is already brimming with ideas. I already have a list in my mind of the recipes I definitely want to tackle over the next few months, and thought it would be fun to share it with you. I’d love to know what your kitchen goals are for the upcoming fall season, as well as any recipes you’d like to request to see here on the site. Enjoy the list!

In no particular order…

Recipes to Make:

1. Maple-Walnut Fudge. I tried to make this over the weekend and failed miserably. I will conquer it.

2. Chicken Noodle Soup. Amazingly, I’ve never put together an awesome homemade recipe. This is near the top of my list.

3. Chicken Tortilla Soup. A regional restaurant, Max & Erma’s, serves an amazing version of this. I love how cheesy and spicy it is; need to make this at home!

4. Serious Chili. I usually make mine with ground beef, but there’s a version I’ve been dying to try with cubed steak meat, molasses and beer, chiles, and a ton of other great ingredients. Sounds divine.

5. Classic Apple Pie. I need to perfect this fall classic. Look for this soon!

6. Rye Bread. I’ve tried a few times without much success, but bought a Jewish cookbook a little while ago, which has an authentic recipe, and I can’t wait to try it.

7. Sourdough Bread. I must master it – it’s the perfect bread for warm and cheesy paninis during the cool months!

8. Tomato Soup. Nothing warms the soul like a bowl of hot tomato soup and a perfect grilled cheese sandwich.

9. Focaccia. Because it’s soooo good.

10. Pumpkin Roll. I’ve never made one. I need to remedy that.

11. Pasta. Homemade pastas like tortellini and ravioli, and to perfect dishes like lasagna.

12. Butternut Squash Risotto. I fell in love with butternut squash last year, and I can’t wait to try it in risotto.

13. Rice Pudding. I’ve never even eaten it, yet made it, but I’m intrigued by it and need to introduce it to my taste buds.

14. Meatloaf. I want to make an out-of-this-world, melt-in-your-mouth meatloaf. It’s so classic, I want an awesome recipe in my arsenal.

Stuff to Buy:

In addition to recipes to try, there are also a few new kitchen toys I plan on buying…

• Double Sided Pie Toppers from King Arthur Flour

Autumn and…


Pie Crust Shield from King Arthur Flour – Because my pie crusts sometimes get a little too dark.

Panini Press. I haven’t decided which one I’m buying, but I’m eyeing up this Cuisinart Griddler.

Immersion Blender. If I’m going to be rocking soups like tomato and tortilla, I think one of these is in order!

So… that’s where I’m at in prepping my kitchen for fall. I have a list of recipes to conquer and some new toys to buy. I’m looking forward to enjoying batches of soups and stews while cool air pillows through the windows from outside.

How about you? What recipes are you hoping to tackle this season? Any new kitchen gadgets you’re planning to purchase?


110 Responses to “My Fall Baking To-Do List”

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  1. The Waspy Redhead on September 8, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I love love love those pastry cutters. What a great idea. Also, you will love an emersion blender. I use mine at least 2-3 times per week.


  2. Gloria on September 8, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Nice list. When you say pumpkin roll I assume you mean one of those roulade cakes rolled up into a log? If so, Ina Garten’s Pumpkin Roulade with Ginger Buttercream recipe is fabulous!

    Butternut squash risotto sounds pretty awesome too. Looking forward to it!


    • Michelle on September 8th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

      Hi Gloria, Yep, I meant the pumpkin log. Thanks for the suggestion for Ina’s recipe – I love her stuff and it sounds amazing, I will definitely try it!


    • Susan on September 8th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      Yes, the pumpkin roulade from Ina is awesome! I make it twice every holiday season. It’s always perfect!


  3. Phyllis on September 8, 2011 at 12:38 am

    I have the Cuisinart Griddler. It does not disappoint. I purchased a pie crust shield before and it did not work but it was tin. Yours looks like it would be more pliable. or pieable. Thanks for all your fall recipes! I am so ready for fall!


  4. Kristen on September 8, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Love my immersion blender! They are great for milkshakes.


  5. CouponClippingCook on September 8, 2011 at 12:51 am

    I know what you mean….I have so many recipes I can’t wait to make too. Just need more time in the day! Your recipe wish-list sounds delish already. Looking forward to seeing these posts.


  6. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen on September 8, 2011 at 1:02 am

    I am constantly singing the praises of my Cuisinart Griddler. I’ve never actually used it for a panini, but use it all the time for burgers, fish, pancakes, etc. I love it!

    I can’t wait for the Rye bread recipe – it’s my favorite kind of bread, especially as part of a delicious Reuben!


  7. Mari on September 8, 2011 at 3:21 am

    I really need a pie crust shield, I run into the same problem you do. I really want to try and make a pumpkin roll this fall. Wish me luck!


  8. MayDays on September 8, 2011 at 3:27 am

    I got my mom a Cuisinart Griddler for Christmas 2 years ago and she still uses it almost constantly. LOVES the thing. The possibilities for amazing paninis are endless!

    You’re killing me with your description of that chili – I have to know what this stuff tastes like! I’ve always had the classic stuff…beef, tomato sauce, a little sugar, TONS of chili powder. Once upon a time I threw in peanut butter and it was AWFUL…but those ingredients sound like the makings of some really unique and awesome chili!

    I grew up on my mom’s version of meatloaf; the classic stuff made in a bread pan with the ketchup slathered on top. I hated it. I started making it the way my husband’s mom did and now I think it’s awesome. Crushed up saltine crackers, egg, meatloaf sauce in a can (I think it’s Hunts), ketchup, salt & pepper to taste. Just dump it all into a bowl, mash it all into the ground beef, and then mold into a loafish blob (lol) and bake on a broiler pan. SO good. I won’t eat it any other way now!


  9. Kelly on September 8, 2011 at 3:27 am

    Butternut squash risotto is amazing! I made mine with chorizo.


  10. linda on September 8, 2011 at 4:53 am

    i adore the photo of the dough…”dusted,” “fluffy” & ready for creativity!
    i so enjoy my immersion blender… (ina garten’s rosemary & white bean soup is perfect for the IB!)…
    btw: check out ina’s roasted tomato basil soup…very good.
    i purchased KAF doubled sided pie topper as well as crust shield & have yet to use them…hopefully you will be my inspiration!
    i want to make a great yeasted sweet bread (BEB’s chocolate babka is my goal!)


  11. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on September 8, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Oo! I am more than ready for that pumpkin roll


  12. Notyet100 on September 8, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Wow,…wht a list


  13. Katrina on September 8, 2011 at 6:17 am

    Everything sounds so yummy! Happy baking!


  14. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on September 8, 2011 at 7:05 am

    I’d like to come hang out in your kitchen this fall:-)


  15. Jodi Pavlik on September 8, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I look forward to the tortilla soup recipe because Max & Erma’s is soooo good, but I don’t get to have it as often as I would like!! You will conquer pumpkin roll easily…it’s easy :) Thanks for sharing your awesome recipes and cooking/baking adventures!


  16. Nicole on September 8, 2011 at 7:42 am

    LOVE my immersion blender. Make a great butternut squash soup with it. AND it came with attachments that are perfect for doing crumb toppings for dutch apple pie! It is KitchenAid.


  17. Susan on September 8, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Yum! Nice list, I have made a faccacia and a pumpkin roll with good results. I want to try a creme brulee and a sourdough bread. Otherwise just want to get started baking. I recently moved to a small ski town in the Rockies and it definately feels like fall which always brings out that domestic urge to bake.


  18. Liz Brooks on September 8, 2011 at 8:07 am

    I really need a pie crust shield too!!
    I love pumpkin roll-it’s not too hard and SO pretty at the end :) You’ll love it.


  19. corinne on September 8, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Both an immersion blender and the Griddler are good purchases – my roommates just moved away with their Griddler so I’m saving up to get my own! Must have more applesauce paninis!


  20. amanda @ fake ginger on September 8, 2011 at 8:13 am

    I don’t know if you shop at Costco but mine had that exact Griddler for $30 recently. I’m kicking myself for not buying it and I keep hoping I’ll see it there again.


  21. The Doll Baker on September 8, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Oh yeah! Soups, breads, pumpkin roll and rice pudding- sounds like it’s going to be delicious Fall season. Btw, thumbs up on the Cuisinart Griddler; I have had mine for a couple of years and love it!


  22. Rodzilla on September 8, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Looking forward to rice pudding and meatloaf the most.

    speaking of meatloaf, I thought you might enjoy this.


  23. Lisa Williams on September 8, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I am going to try my hardest to tackle a perfect pie crust so I can make an apple pie. I don’t know what it is about me and pie crusts but I always fail! I refuse to by store bought!


  24. Benthe on September 8, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I’m so excited for the pumpkin season. They ain’t so budget here in Holland but I want to try so many recipes with them!


  25. Barbara on September 8, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Great list. Maple-walnut fudge. Yum.

    I have a tried and true recipe for Rye Bread. It took a while to find one I really liked.


  26. Sarah on September 8, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I absolutely LOVE my Cuisinart Griddler. We have used it for all 3 meals and snacks. It is perfect for pancakes or reubens or chicken. Everything! I am looking forward to everything on your list and to start tackling some on your favorites so far. Thank you!


  27. Renee on September 8, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Your to-do list looks fabulous.. can’t wait! Check out Ina Garten’s Saffron Butternut Squash Risotto… it is amazing.. and Paula Deen has killer bacon cheeseburger meatloaf if you’re looking for ideas :)


  28. Kristin on September 8, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I got the Cuisinart Griddler for my dad, he wanted it, I figured it would end up in the cabinet like all of the other unused appliances, I was wrong, he loves it and uses it several times a week.


  29. sherri lynn @ life of a wife on September 8, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I love your fall list! I want to make lots of different breads! And also pumpkin and apple recipes. Just the standard fall fare.


  30. Bev Weidner on September 8, 2011 at 9:12 am

    HECK. YES.

    My fall to-do list is to make 3,693 soups, run 2,025 miles (not really) and snuggle under 146 blankets next to a fire.


  31. Cassie @ Bake Your Day on September 8, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I’d love to have an immersion blender too! And I love butternut squash risotto, I hope you like it! I’m looking forward to seeing that and all of these posts!


  32. Kelly @ JAX does design on September 8, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Mmmm, I love rice pudding! My grandma used to make a couple of different kinds that were both delicious. Now I make my own version using her vanilla custard recipe and adding rice to it (lately I’ve been using brown rice). And I have an awesome recipe for a really different meatloaf – it’s made with ham and has a sweet & sour sauce. SO good :-)

    I have the Cusiniart Griddler – it works great.


  33. Rebecca on September 8, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Great list-I see quite a few I look forward to seeing from you!


  34. Kathleen on September 8, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I have the Cuisinart Griller/Griddler I love it …. So many ways to use this appliance.. buy it!


  35. Robyn {Planet Byn} on September 8, 2011 at 9:50 am

    my immersion blender changed my life – i use it everyday to make a smoothie for breakfast!


  36. Kristin on September 8, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I love my Griddler…it’s great for panini. I also love M&E’s chicken tortilla soup, so I hope you can re-create it!


  37. Marilyn on September 8, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Oh fun! I’ve been scheming too. :-) I’d also like to perfect an apple pie, and just yesterday I pulled out a stashed recipe for gingerbread whoopie pies with lemon icing for filling. Mmmm….


  38. Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat on September 8, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I can’t wait to see these recipes! I make a mean chicken matzah ball soup, that you could easily add noodles too. Which Jewish cookbook did you buy? I’d love to take a look!


  39. Ally on September 8, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I’m so excited to read about a butternut squash risotto!


  40. NanaBread (Jeanne) on September 8, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Here’s my tip for seriously delicious homemade chicken noodle soup – start with a rotisserie chicken. I buy the ‘plain’ flavored roasted chicken at my grocer’s deli counter, then put it in a big soup pot with 2 quarts of organic chicken broth, carrots, celery and onion. I let that simmer for 2-3 hours, then remove the chicken with a big slotted skimmer and let it cool before picking it apart. I then add the chopped chicken back to the pot with some salt & pepper and add my favorite brand of thin egg noodles. The roasted browned flavor of the rotisserie chicken will give your soup tremendous flavor, and the store has already done all the work for you. Love it! PS – the immersion blender is also handy for making milkshakes!


  41. Karen Thompson on September 8, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I have a couple “fall type” cakes (fresh apple and oatmeal spice – possibly even prune) that I’d like to convert to cupcakes. THey all have glaze type frostings – so I thought they would be easy for eating out-of-hand, just like a really good apple. I also want to tackle the world of “sourdough” – I’m thinking I will start with a King Arthur crock and starter. KAF is my go to flour and special items. My biggest issue is finding taste testers – because my husband and I sure don’t need to eat all these goodies!


  42. Diana on September 8, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Can’t wait to get back to all the winter soups! We practically eat a liquid/stew diet all winter.
    I love my immersion blender, but wish I had spent the extra for the battery powered one-the cord just gets in the way. Great for making jams too!


  43. brooklynsoul on September 8, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I can’t wait for the tortilla soup! I love Max & Erma’.


  44. Melissa on September 8, 2011 at 11:06 am

    The Griddler is amazing. I have mine in storage right now because I’m moving and I’m having separation anxiety. It’s awful. But you need one. :)


  45. Bridget on September 8, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I like the fall preview. I can also say that Paula Deens Bacon cheese Burger meatloaf is a good choice. (taste wise! totally not healthy) I am also trying to perfect my sour dough bread making skills. I’m getting closer. I have been working with the King Arthur Sour Dough Bread starter and it has been fun to give some to friends as well.


    • Karen Thompson on September 8th, 2011 at 11:59 am

      Bridget — did you start with the crock and their starter?


  46. Jen of My Tiny Oven on September 8, 2011 at 11:16 am

    What a great list!! I can’t wait to read and drool as you work your way through!


  47. Martha in KS on September 8, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Our heatwave has finally dispersed so I’m going to do some canning (or jarring). I’ve got a watermelon ready for watermelon pickles, and I’m going to try making peach butter. Thanks, Mother Nature, for the cool weather!


  48. Brenda on September 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Risotto in any form is fabulous! I tried Ina Garten’s Butternut Squash Risotto last year and loved it. I’m tempted to share my chili recipe with you. My husband and I entered it into a chili cook-off at his work and won first prize. It’s made with brisket and it’s YUM!! :-) I also make a Pumpkin Bread and Molasses Cookies in the fall. They’re both pretty good, but I get requests for the Pumpkin Bread. It’s amazing! Have fun! :-)


  49. Miriam @ Overtime Cook on September 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Love this to-do list. I wish I was organized enough to get mine in writing like this.

    You should definitely get a panini press- I absolutely love mine. I grill vegetables directly on it, then take them off, put them between two slices of bread with some cheese, and have the most amazing grilled vegetable panini with so little effort and so little mess!


  50. Genny on September 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Your list has many of the same recipes that I’d like to try, too! I have a feeling that yours will be better, so I’ll just wait for your recipes! I could use one of those pie crust shields too, as I have the same problems with my pies and I love to bake pies! Just like the others, I love Fall too! Can’t wait for your recipes!


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