Autumn in southeastern North Carolina brings with it a variety of seasonal tastes and inventive concoctions to bring to the dinner table or holiday get-together.
Here at Intracoastal’s Long-term Rental offices, we’ve experienced quite a few local favorites of the fall season, and we can’t wait to share them with you! So go ahead and grab a pen and paper; you’re going to want to start your grocery list as soon as possible if you’re going to give a some of these ideas a try.
Although our region’s fall season tends to be hit-or-miss at first on cooler weather, there are a number of soups and stews to be enjoyed as the temperatures gradually drop. One of our favorites is a potato leek soup; versatile, creamy and filling, this dish is equally satisfying on milder evenings or following a brisk autumn day spent raking the leaves. Most recipes are simple, centering on potatoes, leeks, and chicken broth, but if you’re feeling more adventurous, give this one a try.
Chicken noodle soup may double as good for the body and the soul – but what does that mean for a good old-fashioned chicken pot pie? Hearty, and as heavy as you want to make it, a chicken pot pie is a southern stand-by featuring a flaky pie crust, chicken stock, milk, flour, vegetables, and – of course – the shredded chicken that gives it its name. It’s a take on the shepherd’s pie, so you can tailor it to what you have available or what you prefer. Or, you can try this recipe for yourself.
It wouldn’t be a countdown of fall recipes for the locals of coastal North Carolina if we didn’t mention a classic seafood-based stew! The nifty thing about stews is that, for the most part, you can wing it based on personal taste and what’s available. For what we have in mind in this recipe, the idea is to bring land and sea together in a savory amalgamation featuring a tomato base, plenty of seasonal herbs and veggies, and whatever your favorite seafood delicacies are; shrimp, mussels, and any kind of flaky white fish tend to blend well with the rest of the flavors present in the dish.
It’s not a holiday party without pumpkin or pecan pie! Depending on your preference, there are tons of great recipes out there you can use to craft your own delectable version. Or, if you’re crunched for time, we recommend seeking the help of a local bakery. You can sample and savor these southern favorites as they crop up in your neighborhood’s shops, then compile your own recipe based on what you did and didn’t love about the others!
Not all sweet treats have to be heavy or paired with the perfect dinner to make them a great addition to your list of fall favorites. In fact, some of them are quite portable, so you can take them on scenic hikes or even to the office to give yourself something to look forward to throughout the day. Try your hand at mixing your own special blend of seasonally inspired granola, brimming with pecans, grains, cinnamon accents, raisins or dried cranberries.
This fall, make sure you feast like a local! With just these suggestions, your menus are bound to make you and your family feel right at home here in southeastern North Carolina. And for more tips on local living and what’s happening in your neighborhood, keep an eye on our blog!