If you’ve been following me on Instagram you probably noticed I’ve been cooking up a lot of yummy, comfort food this last week.  Before sharing this blog I had to try every single one, and make sure they were as delicious as they looked on Pinterest.

1. Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup from Damn Delicious.  I found this recipe relatively easy, super creamy despite no actual cream, and full of flavor.  My family also loved it and I’m excited to make it again to see if it’s freezer friendly.  I topped mine with sour cream instead of goat cheese since that’s what we had on hand, and it was still good.

2. Cheesecake Stuffed Baked Apples from Creme de la Crumb.   This was an AMAZING fall inspired dessert, perfect for a crowd.  I added some of the suggested toppings (toasted pecans, caramel, graham crackers) and it was a hit with the grown ups.

3. Crockpot Chicken Gnocchi Soup from Pinch of Yum: this is my favorite Olive Garden soup and my hope was the slow cooker version was just as delicious.  But, there was some skepticism (how many of us are pumped to try a great crockpot recipe only to have a hot bowl of mush at the end of the day?) so I made sure I was home to supervise for this one.  Thankfully, it turned out great and did NOT turn into a clumpy disaster.  This made a huge batch fit for a crowd and  I served this with Copycat Olive Garden salad for an at home Olive Garden night.

4. Harvest Sweet Pan Chicken from Well Plated.  One of the best parts of Fall is the delicious veggies and apples- a combination of Brussel sprouts, apples and sweet potatoes this was a yummy dinner but my kids were a little finicky on this one.  This dish takes away a lot of time and dishwashing spent in the kitchen which any cook can appreciate.  I paired this with a local wine (Wollersheim River Gold) which a sweet white, but would also like to try it with an apple based wine.

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