Let’s Cook! October’s Dinner Party Menu

Time for all the cozy fall cooking…

I’ve been batch cooking lately, and in this season, it’s workin’ for me! Last Sunday I made beef stew and doubled it! I put half in the freezer (some really good freezer friendly meals here) and we had leftovers for lunch for a few days.

It’s been saving the day, but I’m craving a really fun go-all-out festive meal. You know the kind, the one you can’t just throw together during the week?! So putting together this menu felt therapeutic. I’m ready to get in the KITCHEN and have some actual fun… not just survival cooking!

ashley brooke blog dinner party menu

This menu is very fall in the BEST way, but I just want you to note the actual restraint on not only sharing pumpkin recipes… because it was hard and I should get points for that, right?! Tell me what you make and love!

P.S. As always, everything will have a gluten- and dairy-free option (if it isn’t already GF/DF friendly), so you can proceed with confidence.


October’s Dinner Party Menu

It’s time to really cook in the kitchen!

Apples & Tequila Cocktail


A crisp cocktail on a cool fall evening next to possibly a fire, nothing better—and this one checks all the boxes!

Recipe Here

Dairy-Free Creamy Onion Dip

Danielle Walker

Onion dip! Such a crowd pleaser, and I was thrilled to find this dairy-free version of the classic. Would be fun to serve while watching football and enjoying a cool fall afternoon before dinner.

Recipe Here

Colorful Beet Salad

This somehow seems fresh and fall and moody all at once! Beets paired with quinoa, carrots, and spinach is both flavorful and nutritious. Win win!

Recipe Here

Roasted Kabocha Squash

Love & Lemons

Roasting squash in the fall just feels right… spaghetti, acorn, delicata, all of it! And new to me, kabocha. This sounds really simple to prepare, and the addition of the sesame ginger dressing takes it next level.

Recipe Here


Maple Roast Chicken

via New York Times

A roasted chicken just seems… right! This one looks both simple and delicious. Plus, you can easily swap out the butter for a diary-free version, if need be. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

Recipe Here

Mini Apple Butter Pop Tarts

Minimalist Baker

I pinned this recipe (our Pinterest is on fire lately!) the other day, and I just cannot wait to make them! Such a yummy fall dessert (vegan/GF!) and a fun one… hello, pop tarts!

Recipe Here


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