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Recipes For a Weekend Fall Fête

Recipes and Photography by Meredith Steele As far back as I can remember, I’ve associated the State Fair of Texas with the coming of fall. Maybe it’s the slight chill in the air as restaurant patios return to overflowing and waiting in line for brunch is once again the norm. (As long as there’s a mimosa in my hand, I tend not to care how long the line is.)

About this same time, we dust off our patio at home and celebrate fall’s amazing and finally cool weather with friends and family. For fall get-togethers, I have a collection of recipes I rely on—like fried chicken for picnics, butternut squash galette for brunch, sticky ribs for backyard dinners. Here are a few of my favorites plus a quick, easy recipe from my new Effortless Entertaining Cookbook.


Mustard-Glazed Ribs with Pear Salsa

Butternut Squash and Bacon Galette

Roasted Pear & Roquefort Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette and Caramel

Fried Chicken with Maple Paprika Butter

Mushroom and Pancetta Tart

Roasted Spiced Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate Arils

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MEREDITH STEELE is a recipe developer, food writer, food photographer and author of InSockMonkeySlippers.com, an award winning family food blog celebrating creative and fresh foods. Her recipe development and photography company, MBS Recipe Development specializes in multimedia recipe development for commercial and small business who’s clients include everyone from Ziploc® to small wineries. Meredith’s work has been published online, in various print media, and has been nominated for the SAVEUR awards. She can also be found across the pond writing a monthly column for JamieOliver.com. When Meredith is not in the kitchen, she’s roaming Dallas, Texas with her husband, curly-headed pixie of a daughter, and big floppy-eared dog.

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