Fall is here. Between the beautiful foliage and all the fall flavors, New Jersey is a great place to be. Head to your local farm, grab some apples and pumpkins and enjoy all the delicious seasonal food that fall brings along with it. Here are some great ideas to help you with your menu.

Apple Cider Mimosas

What better way to celebrate the fall than with these delicious mimosas? Simply combine your favorite champagne with apple cider from your local farm. If you want to get extra fancy, dip your glass in a cinnamon and sugar blend for a decorative rim. Garnish with a little slice of apple, and you’re ready to enjoy.

Donut French Toast

Sometimes our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, especially when it comes to seasonal food. It’s easy to get excited and grab more then you many need. If you find yourself with some leftover fall flavored donuts, you can bring them back to life by turning them into French toast. Just slice the donut into half-inch pieces. Dip them in a bowl mixed with two eggs, 1/2 a cup of milk and a little vanilla. Melt some butter in a skillet and cook the French toast donut slices until they’re golden brown on both sides. Serve with syrup.

Apple Pie Crescent Rolls

You don’t have to be a great baker to make a killer apple pie. Using Pillsbury crescent rolls cuts your time and effort in half – not to mention, they are baked in perfect little individual servings. Roll out the crescent rolls into triangles. In a small bowl, combine a little brown sugar with 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice. Spread a small spoon full over the triangles. Slice your apples and toss them in melted butter. Add an apple slice to the large part of the triangle and roll closed. Top with remaining butter and crushed pecans. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes. Let them cool before serving. Don’t forget the whipped cream and ice cream.

Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo

Most pumpkin flavored food focuses on dessert. I love this recipe because it allows me to enjoy my favorite seasonal flavor for dinner, too. This is a great dinner for the pumpkin lover in your life. Melt better in a large pan and add freshly chopped garlic. When the garlic is fragrant, add 1 can of pumpkin purée and 1/2 a cup of heavy cream. Season with a little nutmeg and stir well. Add some pasta water until the sauce is the consistency you like. Stir in fettuccine and serve hot.

Please don’t forget to shop locally. We are so fortunate to be within reach of amazing New Jersey farms. These farmers work hard to provide us with the freshest produce. Say “thank you” by stopping in and buying some seasonal items.

By Tara Ippolito-Lafontant

Tara Ippolito-Lafontant is a long-time Bergen County resident and local foodie. This stay-at-home mom is the creator of Al Dente Diva, a page where she shares recipes, entertaining tips and cooking hacks with her followers. Visit her on Instagram (@AlDenteDiva) for a peek into her everyday culinary adventures.

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