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A Fall Dinner Plan With Make-Ahead Recipes

Updated on September 24, 2014

This Fall Dinner Idea Is Comfort Food At Its Best!

The weather is starting to cool and fall is approaching. Now is the time to start planning a special fall dinner. Whether it is for your family, your friends or both, this menu plan features delicious recipes some of which can be made in advance. They are not the easiest recipes around but they are definitely some of the tastiest ones. If you are looking for an amazing fall family meal, this fall dinner might be just what you are looking for.

Mix 'N Match Fall Dinner Ideas

On this page you will find links to my best-ever recipes for chicken pot pie, tossed salad and country seed bread. You will also find more links to some other menu ideas and a whole lot of fall-themed dinnerware and décor items. I hope you enjoy your visit and take a moment to say hello at the end.

Of course you can choose to try any of the parts of this meal plan on their own. Maybe you would just like to give the chicken pot pie a try or the low-fat salad. Maybe you will simply be intrigued by the country seed bread. I hope you find some ideas to take away and try to that if you try some of my recipes that they become favorites of yours, too!

"Food is the most primitive form of comfort." ~~ Sheila Graham

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie
Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

The Best-Ever Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

One of my absolute favorite recipes!

This IS the best-ever chicken pot pie that you will ever eat. It has an unusual cheesy crust and is packed with vegetables. I know I'm blowing my own horn here and that you might think I need a piece of humble pie but I'm telling you this is one of my all-time favorite recipes and more than worth the effort when you want to impress your family and friends!

Check out my recipe for this down-home country pie by clicking right here!

My Favorite Pie Pan

My favorite pie pan is by Pyrex and has handles, just like this one.

This is Amazon's top rated glass pie plate. I know from experience that this style of pan is great because of the handles. Pyrex deliberately set out to make a pie plate that is easy to use and the handles on this plate from the Grip-Rite series certainly make it easier to put pies in and out of the oven!

Pie Bird in a Pie
Pie Bird in a Pie

Pie Makers Need Pie Birds

Pie birds are also called pie vents and pie chimneys.

If you have never seen them before, watch out. Once you do you may decide you have to have one and just one little old pie bird may lead to two and so on and so on and so on! Even people who do not bake are sometimes lured in to having a collection of pie vents that they wind up displaying on the kitchen windowsill!

To see a page filled with a fock of pie birds, visit A Pie Bird, A Pie Baker's Tool.

Fiesta Fall Dishes

Set a fall-themed table this year! Fiesta china is made with a focus on customer safety, preservation of natural resources and a lower environmental concerns.

Are you aware that Fiesta dinnerware is still being made in the United States? Homer Laughlin China Company reintroduced fiestaware in 1986, making a product that is suited to modern life. It is safe for your everyday use and can be put in the dishwasher, the oven and the microwave oven. It is made with a lead-free glaze that has been vitrified which yields a very strong, restaurant quality china. What I think is especially amazing is the wonderful range of colors that this china is available in, like these fall colors.

Click here to check out Amazon's bestselling Fiesta dinnerware set.

Garden Salad by Lauren Hamilton
Garden Salad by Lauren Hamilton | Source

The Best-Ever Garden Salad Recipe

The salad I team with this chicken pot pie is one that wins rave reviews all the time. It is a recipe from the Looneyspoons: Low-fat Food Made Fun cookbook which I call The Best-Ever Garden Salad Recipe. The authors, also know affectionately as the ladies or Janet and Greta Podleski, call it the Beyond Belief Garden Salad and it really is beyond belief! You can find the recipe by clicking right here. What is extra special about this salad recipe is that it is delicious AND it is low-fat. What a winning combination!

Click here to buy this Garden Salad print from AllPosters.

The OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner

This salad spinner will make washing lettuce quick and easy!

The OXO Good Grips salad spinner really is an amazing salad spinner, I love mine! It makes washing lettuce less of a dreaded task and even my teenage sons are willing to wash the lettuce with this handy little kitchen tool. You can read all about it by clicking right here.


Thank you for...

Always "rising" to the occasion

Never letting things rub

against your "grain"

Being there when I "knead" you

No matter how you "slice" it,

you're a "cut" above the rest!

~~ Anonymous


The Best-Ever Country Seed Bread

Those words certainly express my feelings of gratitude for my bread recipe. It is delicious and it is reliable, turning out time after time and year after year. It is a bread machine recipe but you'd never know the difference between it and an old-fashioned loaf of bread, especially when the smell is wafting down the hall while it is baking. You will also be more than satisfied when you bite into a freshly cut piece with or without butter. This bread is perfect with this fall dinner, with a chicken dinner or with a pot of homemade soup.

The Best-Ever Country Seed Bread Recipe is definitely a winner, reach it now by clicking right here.

More Great Recipes

The Best-Ever Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe Is By Martha Stewart

One of the foods that I have fond memories of from growing up are biscuits, buttermilk biscuits.

The Best-Ever Corn Chowder Recipe

If you love corn chowder and you are looking for a great corn chowder recipe, you have come to the right place.

The Best-Ever Country Seed Bread Recipe

The Best-Ever Country Seed Bread Recipe is a delight to throw together using your bread machine...

The Best-Ever Cranberry Coffee Cake Recipe

This combination of sweet cake and tart cranberries is absolutely perfect.

The Best-Ever Creamy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

The Best-Ever Creamy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe is Umm, Umm, Good!

The Best-Ever Easy BBQ Turkey Recipe

Recently, we had Christmas dinner in July and, of course, that dinner had to include a turkey

The Best-Ever EASY Pumpkin Pie Recipe

If you are looking for a simple and easy pumpkin pie recipe, you have found it.

The Best-Ever Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe

We've been eating this super delicious egg salad sandwich for almost twenty years.

The Best-Ever Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

If you love chicken pot pie, you know that there is absolutely nothing as yummy or comforting as a fresh, HOMEMADE CHICKEN POT PIE...

The Best-Ever Looneyspoons Garden Salad Recipe

This green salad is my favorite and comes from one of my all-time favorite cookbooks.

The Best-Ever Sloppy Joes Recipe ~ Easy & Delicious

Sloppy Joes. YUM. Ffast and easy and devoured by every member of our family...

The Best-Ever EASY Baked Beans Recipe

A cheater recipe that makes an easy addition to any meal.

The Best-Ever Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipe

Chocolate pudding is easy and fun to make and yummy to eat!

© 2009 Treasures By Brenda

Are you planning a special fall feast or a wonderful family dinner?

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      9 years ago

      Very nicely done lens. I love the recipes. I will try it out someday. :)

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      texan203 lm 

      9 years ago

      A great lens, thanks for all the ideas.

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      9 years ago

      I *really* like eating turkey especiialy!...

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      9 years ago

      Your information is great, but on top of that you have used the most wonderful color palette to share your information. I love it!

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      9 years ago from USA

      Planning! Who knew?! Lol - awesome ideas. ***A SquidAngel Blessing Boost *** for you : )!

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      diaperbagdiva lm 

      10 years ago

      I totally love some of your ideas. I'll definitely be checking back here in the next month or so as I get ready to feed the fam for Thanksgiving!

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      10 years ago from Massachusetts

      Tonight I'm having a ham dinner, which isn't fall, but the vegetable sides are. Butternut squash, corn on the cob, and apple pie for dessert. I'm going to check out your ham lens before we throw it in so I can get some tips. Thanks for the suggestions!

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      10 years ago

      What a wonderful and well thought out lens! I love the fall too and love cooking fall meals. Thank you so much for putting this all together. Bravo!

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      10 years ago

      Wonderful lens!

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      lasertek lm 

      10 years ago

      Yes! This lens has helped me a lot. Thanks.

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      10 years ago

      Hey, I love make-ahead recipes! It makes it so much easier than trying to prepare everything at the last minute. Oh, and the Fall-Colored Fiesta Dinnerware you have above is very pretty!!! Your page looks wonderful! Please take a look at mine. I'm doing some Halloween pages plus pages on other things. They can all be accessed through my main page,

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      10 years ago

      very informative lens!!!

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      10 years ago

      My wife really liked this lens and your aprons. Good ideas and recipes, thank you for sharing your insights!

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      10 years ago

      This time of year, life is so hectic that it is imperative to plan ahead and if you can make your meals ahead of time, that is time saver. Thank you for this wonderful lens dahling.

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      10 years ago

      I host fall feast every year for all my friends but I always wait till very last minute to start planning.

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      Moe Wood 

      10 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      We already had our fall feast. Planning ahead definitely takes the headache and anxiety out of it.

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      10 years ago

      Awesome lens! Love the menu planning idea.

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      Lisa Auch 

      10 years ago from Scotland

      wow there are some great topics and lenses here. great job of putting them all in one neat place!

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      10 years ago

      This puts me in a cozy Fall mood; lensrolled on Autumn Quotes and Sentiments.

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      10 years ago

      I love cooking, I love eating, I love your great lenses. Thanks you for your great fall feast ideas.

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      Tony Payne 

      10 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great lens and an excellent way of showcasing some other great lenses. Nicely done, and you now have me feeling hungry.

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      11 years ago

      Some wonderful ideas. I will borrow a few of them for my "small" fall feast.

    • Kiwisoutback profile image


      11 years ago from Massachusetts

      I don't have any fall feasts planned, but I've been dropping hints left and right with my Mom to have one. It all looks delicious!

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      Susanna Duffy 

      11 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I wasn't planning anything special but I've changed my mind after reading your suggestions for a Fall Dinner

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      11 years ago from British Columbia

      These recipes sound great, Brenda! And you're really fun to read!

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      11 years ago

      You've been busy! LOL

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      11 years ago from Western Mass

      what a complete lens!

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      11 years ago

      I am hosting Thanksgiving this year so I am looking for some wonderful food to feed my family on my first time around as host.

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      11 years ago

      Excellent lens Brenda - Blessings.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      11 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great Lens with Lots of Ideas for Fall Recipes. Thanks for your friendship, Brenda. This lens has been featured on: A RocketMoms Thanksgiving Day Feast :)

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      Dianne Loomos 

      11 years ago

      Blessed and featured on Angels Unaware!

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      11 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wonderful Fall Dinner Lens. The aprons add a nice effect pretty and colorful. The chicken pot pie looks delicious and nicely highlighted. Pot Pies is something I haven't made before. I will have to visit your recipe collection, too and try some more of these tasty recipes. Thanks for sharing. Lensrolling to A RocketMoms Thanksgiving Feast! :)

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      12 years ago

      terrific lens with a lot of great info 5*

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      Jennifer Sullivan 

      12 years ago from Chicago, IL

      This page is so colorful, I love it!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      12 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Love those leaf aprons! Very nice lens...and went to the pot pie recipe...looks yummy!!

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      oztoo lm 

      12 years ago

      This is brilliant. I love the way it is put together. Great recipes for fall too. Thanks for lensrolling my Pumpkin Soup Recipe to this wonderful page.

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      momto4 lm 

      12 years ago

      Great lens! Lots of great dinner ideas! I love the aprons! 5 *'s!!

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      lakern26 lm 

      12 years ago

      Lensrolled right back at you to my Homemade Pumpkin Cake lens ;)

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      lakern26 lm 

      12 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Great assortment of recipes and products. I love how you pulled everything together - very well done! 5*

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      12 years ago

      Redneck Martha is quite jealous of this lens, so I am lensrolling it, favoriting it and 5*'ing it. Because no one should listen to Redneck Martha when it comes to cooking- indeed they should listen to Treasures By Brenda! Love and thanks, Darcie

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      Sue Dixon 

      12 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      What a helpful lens- lots of good ideas!

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      Achim Thiemermann 

      12 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I could easily fall for a peach cobbler dinner... :-)

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      Spook LM 

      12 years ago

      I'm very suitably impressed. (Sighs) will us lads ever be able to catch up? Thanks for eveything you do.

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      Bambi Watson 

      12 years ago

      Beautiful lens!

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      12 years ago from Massachusetts

      Make sure you save a slice of chicken pot pie for all of us at Squidoo, that looks delicious!

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      12 years ago

      This was a delightful read! You've done a beautiful job of bringing the spirit of Autumn into this lens with adorable fall themed items and pictures. Too cute!! I don't know what I ever did before I got my salad spinner. I love fresh garden greens and use it almost daily. :)

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      12 years ago

      This really feels like fall is here! And your recipes always sound yummy! Aprons are so pretty!

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      tandemonimom lm 

      12 years ago

      Though we're still having temps over 100 here in the desert, I'm looking forward to fall and some of these scrumptious fall recipes!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      12 years ago

      A beautifully crafted lens! I especially like the fall aprons and the whimsical art of Debi Hubbs.

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      Susan Deppner 

      12 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I absolutely need to plan a special dinner with your recipes, which are fabulous! Love the fall colors and features on this page. Gorgeous!


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