Ready to celebrate fall’s arrival? We’ve partnered with Orlando Soria, founder of Hommemaker and creative director for Homepolish, to create an easy autumn stew and spiced apple cider perfect for warming up a cool evening.
I love living in LA, but the one thing that always kinda bums me out about being here is that our summers often linger long past their welcome. By the time a cool, refreshing autumn day comes around I’m fiending for some sweater weather. I relish these days and find them cause for celebration, including a nice meal and a cocktail—namely, a chicken stew and apple cider cocktail. See how I made these delicious and easy fall recipes.
I recently acquired some beautiful Dutch ovens and was excited to use them. And what better way than a simple fall stew to warm everyone up and get them excited for the season? I chose this lovely “hollandaise” color because of its warmth and vibrancy. Colorful cast iron cookware not only makes cooking more exciting, it also can add visual interest to shelving when not in use. I just loved how they contrast with this beautiful slate blue shelving.
If you ever want to trick someone into thinking you’re making them the best home-cooked meal they’ve ever had, just sauté some onions. People will be like, “What are you making?! It smells delicious!”
This recipe is pretty healthy so if you have any crazy paleo friends or people who just hate carbs, they’ll be totally into this. It’s also easy because you just have to throw everything into a pot and stir it. If you’re making it while hosting a dinner party and there are people over who you don’t feel like talking to, you can always use the stew as an excuse to run into the kitchen and avoid them. “I’m sorry, I have to go stir the stew. Please excuse me.” But really you can just leave it alone and it’ll cook by itself, becoming more and more delicious by the moment.
Because no fall fête is complete without a heartwarming beverage, I opted to serve a spiced, spiked cider. This is a super simple recipe. I’ve learned over the years that adding freshly squeezed lemon makes anything taste fresher and more homemade, so I added it to a store-bought spiced cider, garnishing with apple slices and fresh rosemary.
Want another easy fall recipe perfect for crisp autumn nights? Get the recipe for Roasted Carrot and Garlic Soup from Adventures in Cooking.