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A Taste of Fall

Fall is full of flavours—warm spices, earthy vegetables, and hearty meals that give you all the warm and cozy feels. Whether you’re a kitchen connoisseur or an amateur chef, we’ve found the perfect fall recipes that will have you falling in love with cooking (and eating) all season long.


If you’ve scrolled through Instagram or created a recipe pinboard lately, you’ve probably stumbled across the new apple nachos trend. Trading sweet for savory and tart apples for tortilla chips, it’s a fun dessert, movie night snack, or after school snack for the kiddos that can be ready in just a few steps.


  • 1-2 apples of your choice (try Pink Lady for a crisp texture or Granny Smith for a pop of tartness)
  • ¼ cup of smooth peanut butter, melted (for a nut free version, try caramel sauce)
  • ¼ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Optional: a sprinkle of chopped walnuts, mini m&m candy, dusting of cinnamon


  • Slice your apples thinly (use a mandolin if you have one) and arrange on a plate or tray
  • Drizzle your melted peanut butter or caramel sauce over top
  • Sprinkle with chocolate chips and additional toppings of your choice
  • Enjoy!


Few things make you as warm and cozy as your favorite mug filled to the brim with a hot beverage. And nothing captures the flavours of fall like apple cider. While there’s no shortage of instant apple cider on the market, there’s something special about the homemade kind (not to mention, it’ll make your house smell incredible). Visit Bulk Barn for all your spices and then pop into Winners to look for a new mug before you head home and try this recipe.


  • 10 apples, cut into quarters (Granny Smith or Honeycrisp will give a strong apple flavour)
  • 1 orange, halved
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp whole allspice
  • 1tsp whole nutmeg
  • 1/2c packed brown sugar


  • Combine all ingredients in a large stockpot and fill with water, ensuring the water covers everything by at least 2”. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 2 hours
  • Remove the orange halves and mash apples with a potato masher or wooden spoon. Continue to simmer uncovered for 1 hour
  • Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Be sure to press on the solids with a wooden spoon to ensure you capture all juice. Discard the solids.
  • Enjoy in your favourite mug and garnish with a cinnamon stick if desired.


Is there a more perfect Fall meal than soup? Unlikely. Aside from being yummy, soup can be a great way to add more veggies to your diet and it’s easy to make in a large volume and freeze for quick meals on the go. Whether you love creamy bisque, a homestyle chicken noodle, or a hearty chili, you can easily freestyle your recipe to make a delicious and nutritious meal with whatever you already have at home. But, if you need a little inspo, check out this recipe for a fall classic: butternut squash.


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh sage
  • ½ tsp minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 4 cups broth (vegetable or chicken)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat and add onion, and salt and pepper and sauté until soft. Add the squash and cook until it begins to soften, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, sage, rosemary, and ginger. Stir and cook until fragrant, approximately 1 minute.
  • Add the broth and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover. Simmer until squash is tender, approximately 20-30 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly and blend in a blender or with an emulsion blender until smooth
  • Serve with biscuits or crusty bread and enjoy



Try one, or all of these recipes, and bon appetit!