S E P T E M B E R – N OV E M B E R 

The farther summer progresses, the more I look forward to autumn produce with dreams of cool-weather squashes, sweet potatoes, apples, and pears. In terms of local availability of produce, autumn plays a close second to my summer favorites by entering with a bang. For the recipes that follow, I make use of ripe pears in just about every kind of dish—appetizers, salads, and desserts—and either find an easy way to bake apples or convert them into post-dinner cocktails. Sweet potatoes are reinvented in several new ways, whereas easy chicken dishes inspire most of my entrées as long as they are encrusted with Parmesan and pumpkin seeds or stuffed with pancetta and croissants. A little earthier and always fresh, fall produce brings natural decadence to the table with seasonal squashes, fruits, and herbs.