25 Reasons Fall Is The Most Delicious Season

Don’t expect to see me eating anything that isn’t covered in cheese for the next six months.

1. All you have to do to make dinner is turn on the oven and put some stuff in it.

Recipe: Parmesan-Roasted Cauliflower

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2. Two words: whiskey drinks.

Like a Honey Bourbon Toddy, say.

More stuff like this: 23 Delicious Ways To Drink Whiskey Tonight

3. Also, three words: apple cider donuts.

To me, you are perfect.

4. Washed down with apple cider, of course.

5. Eating cheesy pasta every day is a valid lifestyle choice.

Recipe: Orecchiette Carbonara with Charred Brussels Sprouts

More stuff like this this: 7 Pastas To Eat When It’s Cold Outside

6. Fall marks the triumphant return of root vegetables.

Recipe: Roasted Fall Vegetable and Ricotta Pizza

7. Using adorable squashes as bowls is not only permitted but encouraged.

Recipe: Roasted Squash With Thai Curry Squash and Spinach Filling

8. If there’s no foliage near you, you can just watch the M&Ms change color.

9. And the crisps transition gently, sweetly, from peach to apple.

Recipe: Easy Apple Crisp With Oatmeal Streusel

10. You can once again enjoy the sweet, scalding beauty of hot coffee.

You’re great too, iced coffee. But sometimes you can be a little bit…cold?

More: 14 Coffee Drinks To Break Your Coffee Rut

11. It’s finally cold enough to buy those sugary roasted nuts on the street in NYC.

And remember that they’re like .005% as good as they smell. And NEVER LEARN.

12. There is no joy equal to the joy that golden heaps of Halloween candy bring.

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And when life hands you candy, make candy salad.

13. You can make everything in skillets. Even dessert. Just because you feel like it.

Recipe: Skillet Cranberry Buckle

15. There’s no reason not to add pumpkin to every single baked good.

Recipe: Pumpkin Gingerbread Squares

16. Your pretty Le Creuset gets to come out and play after spending the summer in a cupboard.

Recipe: Caramel Chicken

If you don’t have a fancy Dutch oven of your own yet, here’s the one we like best.

17. Hey, pears. Missed you.

18. Football season means DIP. Dip as far as the eye can see!

Recipe: White Pizza Dip

19. The world collectively remembers that hot, melted chocolate qualifies as a beverage.

Recipe: 10 Commandments Of Awesome Hot Chocolate

20. There will be autumnal cocktail parties, and at those parties there will be autumnal snacks.

Recipe: Butternut Squash Tart with Fried Sage

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21. There’s nothing more satisfying in life than biting into a fresh fall apple.

Honeycrisp, how do I love to eat thee? Let me count the ways.

22. Thyme, rosemary, and sage are back in action.

Recipe: Fresh Herb and Citrus Turkey Brine

23. For the next six months, no one can judge you for eating pie for dinner.

Recipe: Braised Short Rib, Stout, and Potato Potpies

24. Every hunk of meat tastes better when it’s braised.

Recipe: Pork Shoulder Braised with Apples

25. Best of all, fall means you can forget about going out. Every crisp, autumn night is the best night to stay home and gain five pounds.

And god bless them, every one.

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