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The weather may be getting colder but that doesn't mean the glory days of backyard barbecues are over. Entertaining expert Nathan Turner keeps the grilling going well into the fall season with these fun decorations, expert hosting tips and seasonal recipes.
Serve fall foods.
Set up a versatile chili bar to keep entertaining easy. Serve a pot of chili and various toppings so people can load up their own bowls. Some of my favorite fixings include shredded cheddar, sliced jalapeños, corn chips, sour cream and diced red onion. You can customize your spread any way you like. Serve the toppings in tin cans for a festive touch.
Keep the pot of chili warm on the grill or serve it in a heavy Dutch oven to keep it hot
Keep the pot of chili warm on the grill or serve it in a heavy Dutch oven to keep it hot.
"Nothing warms you up on a cold day quite like a bowl of hearty chili," says Turner. "What makes this one special is the addition of espresso powder, Mexican beer and pureed Anaheim chiles. They add an incredible depth of flavor that makes this meaty meal even more satisfying."
Hearty, warming recipes help transition your cookout from the summer into the crisp, fall weather (think stick-to-your-ribs recipes like stews, grilled meats and braised dishes). Fall favorites like baked beans, macaroni and cheese and corn bread make a great accompaniment for meaty main dishes.
"I love the zesty heat that jalapeños add to this classic corn bread. If you're not a fan of spicy foods, scrape the seeds and ribs out of the chiles before slicing."
Set the scene.
The enchanting colors of the changing leaves will do most of the work outdoors, but you can enhance those cozy fall feels with a few simple decorations. A folding table covered with horse blankets, set with wooden cutting boards, definitely makes for a festive impression. Add a few wild flowers in a sturdy jug or collect some colorful leaves and branches in jars.
Keep it cozy.
Have toasty throws and comforting quilts folded and ready for anyone who gets cold outside. And, if you have an outdoor fire pit, now is definitely the time to light it up.