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Here’s Everything To Cook This September With What’s In Season

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Creamy pastas, big-batch soups, and the best desserts of the year.

Fall eats are finally almost here. 🍎

In September we move towards delicious fall flavors — like creamy pumpkin and sage pasta, cozy apple cinnamon desserts, and roasted corn chowder that’s the perfect start to soup season. Here’s exactly what to cook this month!

A list of September's in-season produce.


A ripe plum cut into thin slices.

A bowl of breakfast quinoa with yogurt, pistachios, and plums.

Creamed corn with bacon and fresh herbs in a skillet, being stirred with a wooden spoon.

A bowl of creamed corn with bacon, red pepper, and green onion.

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Corn is still in season throughout September, but as the weather gets cooler you’re probably ready to ditch summer’s corn and tomato salad for something heartier. Take this cozy creamed corn, which gets a kick from fatty bacon, tangy peppers, and green onions.

Recipe: Creamy Confetti Corn With Bacon

Pork chops with cinnamon apples in a cast iron skillet.

A pork chop plated under cinnamon sliced apples.

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You can whip up this easy weeknight meal in half an hour. Start with bone-in pork chops, which is prepared with impossibly delicious apples cooked in butter, cinnamon, cayenne, and cider.

Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops

A bowl of uncooked freekeh.

A salad with freekeh, fresh herbs, figs, feta cheese, and balsamic drizzle.

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If you’ve never heard of freekeh, it’s an ancient grain with a nutty, earthy, and slightly smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with sweet, ripe figs that are now in season.

Recipe: Lebanese Freekeh and Fig Salad

A plate of penne pasta with tomatoes, eggplant, ricotta, and basil.

A close-up of a fork taking a bite of eggplant pasta.

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For the most traditional version of this recipe, cut the eggplant into cubes and fry it on oil on the stove. That being said, you can lighten this dish up by baking the eggplant in the oven before tossing it into your pasta.

Recipe: Simple Pasta Alla Norma

A cast iron skillet with avocado, peppers, and blackened shrimp.

Three tortillas topped with peppers and onions, shrimp, sliced avocado, and cilantro.


Beet Poke Bowl

A poke bowl over rice with beets, avocado, carrots, seaweed salad, edamame, and sesame seeds.

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Swap the raw fish for beets marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, and ginger. Then get creative with your favorite poke toppings like avocado, pickled onion, mango, seaweed salad, and more.

Recipe: Beet Poke Bowl

A pan of white fish in a tomato broth with fennel.

A piece of white fish on a plate with bursted tomatoes and fennel on top.

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All you need are five ingredients to make this flavorful fish recipe. Cook tomatoes, fennel, and onion in a skillet until the tomatoes burst and get juicy. Then add the cod or a similar fish like halibut, hake, or haddock and poach until opaque and flaky.

Recipe: Poached Fish in Buttery Tomato Fennel Broth

A salad with perfectly arranged sections of walnuts, goat cheese, craisins, grilled chicken, and apples over lettuce.

A close-up shot of an autumn chopped chicken salad.

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You don’t have to be a “salad” person to appreciate the goodness that is this dish packed with all your favorite fall flavors. It’s tangy, sweet, savory, crunchy, creamy, and straight-up crave-worthy.

Recipe: Autumn Chopped Chicken Salad

A rectangular tart filled with sliced pears, crumbled gorgonzola, caramelized onions, and pecans.

A utensil taking a slice of the pear, gorgonzola, onion, and pecan tart.


Horiatiki Salad

A Greek horiatiki salad with chunks of tomato, cucumber, sliced green pepper, olives, and chunks of feta cheese.

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This classic Greek salad doesn’t contain any lettuce whatsoever: rather, it’s made with thickly sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, sliced green pepper, red onion, kalamata olives, and creamy feta cheese in a simple lemon and olive oil dressing. Serve it with your favorite grilled protein. Get the recipe for horiatiki salad here.


Mango and Tofu Curry

A bowl of tofu mango curry garnished with yogurt and fresh herbs.

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Whether you’re vegetarian, are trying to cut back on your meat intake, or you just want to try something fresh and new, this tofu in a curry made of mango, chili pasta, cumin, and coconut milk won’t disappoint.

Recipe: Mango and Tofu Curry

A cast iron skillet with chicken thighs and crispy shallots.

Two chicken thighs with spinach on a plate.


Thai Cashew Chicken

A big bowl of cashew chicken with bell pepper, broccoli, and scallions.

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Take advantage of the season’s fresh produce like red bell peppers and broccoli to whip up this Thai-inspired dish tossed in a mixture of soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, garlic, and ginger.

Recipe: Thai Cashew Chicken

Ingredients including corn on the cob, zucchini, squash, eggs, cheese, and olive oil on a countertop

A slice of sweet corn and zucchini pie on a plate.

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This light yet satisfying veggie pie calls for layers of zucchini, squash, sweet corn, grated cheese, and a little bit of beaten eggs to hold everything together. Serve it for brunch or really any time of day.

Recipe: Sweet Corn Zucchini Pie


Plum Galette

A juicy plum galette with golden crust and a slice missing.

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We highly recommend making the crust from scratch to take this recipe to the next level, but if you use store bought pie crust, your secret it safe with us.

Recipe: Plum Galette

Lentils stewed in tomato sauce in a pan with a wooden spoon.

Four eggplant halves stuffed with a tomato-lentil mixture.

A process shot showing four stages of making the pumpkin roll cake.

The pumpkin roll with cream cheese filling sliced into little pieces.

A top down shot of two mango margaritas with salt on the rims and thinly sliced jalapeños.

A close-up shot of a mango margarita with a salted rim and two sliced jalapeños for garnish.

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While it might not be beach weather anymore, the sun is still shining, which means you could use a refreshing cocktail in hand. This simple homemade margarita recipe will taste like something that you’d normally order it at a fancy cocktail bar.

Recipe: Spicy Mango Margarita


Okra Succotash

A skillet with corn, onion, tomato, and okra.

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Head to your local farmer’s market and load up on fresh produce to make this end-of-summer side side, which pairs perfectly with your last few barbecues of the season.

Recipe: Okra Succotash

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