“Fall is my second favorite f-word. Food is my first.”
Even in Arkansas the crisp autumn winds are starting to make their appearance ringing in the colder seasons. Like many of you, I crave the fall weather every year. I love watching the leaves slowly change and stepping outside to take in a deep breath of fresh 50 degree air. If I could, I would choose fall over all the other seasons. I know, call me crazy. But like Lana I experience a summertime sadness and find myself counting the days until the -er months arrive.
There’s just something about the fresh bite of autumn air that almost renews the soul. It reminds us it’s time to wind down and recharge for the new year to come. Within this, I find that cozying the house is my way of nesting before resetting in the new year. And one of my favorite rooms to cozy-up, of course, is the kitchen.
We’ve all fallen prey to the reimagined trends. Rustic, which once meant simple or unsophisticated, has now been polished up to be one of the biggest home and kitchen trends. Farmhouse is no longer just for the farm and has been reinvented to bring crisp, warm tones to many homes across the U.S. Retro accessories are making a comeback and this time of year sets the runway for them to strut their stuff. Luckily for us, all of these trends offer an array of warm, earthy tones with accessories eagerly waiting to be picked for the perfect spot in our homes.
Without further ado, it’s time to grab your choice beverage, cozy-up and follow along as we discuss some fall kitchen accessories to warm up your home this season.
Cooking Up Some Magic
Warm up your soul with soups and stews in your Dutch oven. I talked a lot about the amazing ways you can use your One Pot Wonder in my last post, so I won’t give away too many secrets on how to warm up on those cold evenings. There are so many options for different autumnal meals to make in your Dutch oven. You can stew, roast, bake and braise. But other than what they can produce, they’re just pretty. This cast iron pot basically come in any color and are a timeless kitchen accessory.
Along with a Dutch oven being an autumn must-have, let’s not forget its ancestor, the cast iron skillet. The cast iron skillet dates back to the early 1700s and boy did it age gracefully. My favorite time to whip out the cast iron is on weekend mornings when it’s time for breakfast hash. Nothing says home more than a permanently displayed cast iron on the stove. After waking up on a colorful Saturday morning with your steaming cup of coffee, it’s time to cook up a warm breakfast with your trusty cast iron.
We also can’t ignore a good set of pots and pans. In fall, you’re more than likely making heartier meals that call for a bit more attention and ingredients. This also means you are probably using more of that cookware you have stored away. I love the image of dinner cooking on a gas stove with a lineup of copper pots and pans. The warmth in the copper makes for an inviting atmosphere for a dinner with family and friends. If you’re lucky and have a hanging pot rack in your kitchen, they are aesthetically pleasing this time of year.
Baking is Love Made Visible
Some people were meant to be bakers and then there’s me: only attempting the fine art of baking once the crisp autumn air strolls through my window. Baking, especially from scratch, takes time and patience. The key ingredient to bake something successfully, is love. There’s nothing like the internal warm embrace of a bite of something fresh baked.
I love the art of baking because, for the most part, the dish you use to cook with can also double as a charming serving dish. I am lucky enough to have inherited vintage Corningware baking dishes. If you have one, or two, or a set of these, you’re set for life (or at least for a while). These have been my go-to dishes for all of my baking needs. The blue floral pattern has been around since the 70s and is still serving up those retro, farmhouse vibes here in 2020. Whatever you’re baking, whether you’re serving it in a vintage dish or possibly a bold, red Rachel Ray dish, it’s bound to bring warmth to your home.
One accessory we often skimp on are measuring cups. It’s easy to pick up a colorful plastic pair from Target or Walmart, but investing in a metal or ceramic pair will last you much longer. As simple as these cups are, they can really make a kitchen look sophisticated with their display.
Another thing to add to your shelves this fall is a classic rolling pin. If you’re an avid autumn baker you’ll be grabbing for this tool often and it will also look lovely displayed next to a tin-potted succulent on your shelves! But, one of my favorite vintage accessories is a sifter. Sifting is essential for flour and other dry ingredients. I grew up with a vintage stainless sifter in the house and it’s what I always used to bake. Not only is this accessory nostalgic for me personally, but I think we can all agree that the design of a vintage sifter strikes this feeling in all of us. This baking tool is full of patience and love and should be proudly placed upon your shelves or cabinets this season.
Coffee, Tea and Wine, Oh My!
There’s nothing that warms the soul like a perfect cup of coffee on an early autumn morning. Waking up with coffee is a staple for many of us. Now-a-days, we have the quick convenience of a Keurig brewing our choice of roast in less than 60 seconds, or the classic pot of coffee that does the job, but can be a lackluster and routined experience. With many of us working from home, we notice that autumn mornings may come with slower starts. It’s time to embrace the reset we’ve all been waiting for.
One of my favorite ways to brew coffee this time of year is the French press. The French press has been around for centuries, bringing life into households across the globe. You can find a vintage copper press online for your farmhouse fall theme, but today majority of them will have the familiar filter design with the metal press. What I love most about the French press is the simplicity in the design and the control it allows you to have for your brew. Let it sit and take a seat. Open a window for the morning breeze and within a few minutes your brew is ready.
A great partner to your French press is the kettle. I love a good, traditional copper kettle displayed on the stove this time of year. But not only is a kettle beneficial for your French press, it’s essential for an afternoon tea on a cold, cloudy day. I have a giant stash of tea in my house, but I always find myself reaching for it only at the start of the -er season. A sturdy, vintage kettle should be a household staple for the fall and winter months.
To wrap up your cozy, fall day we’re busting out the crockpot. This accessory is going to be the perfect night cap. You can find any basic crockpot and it will do just fine. But there’s something about the warm amber color and retro floral crockpots that add a pop to your rustic theme this time of year.
And though many-a-meal can be made in this one pot haven, we’re popping bottles and talking mulled wine. I love using a bold Cabernet Sauvignon. You can use any old bottle of red, but cabs typically pack the flavor I’m looking for. Not only does the crockpot serve as a classic, cozy serving dish, but also will keep your mulled wine warm vs making it stove top. Imagine having friends over and the aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove filling the room. Everyone picks out a mug of choice, accompanied with an orange slice and a cinnamon stick for serving. The perfect end to the perfect day!
Leaves are Falling, Autumn is Calling
If you’re not sure how to kick start your sweater weather season, these ideas are a great starting point. There are many ways to dress up your kitchen this fall but these reimagined classic, retro and rustic accessories will do just the trick! These dishes, drinks and accessories are sure to warm things up giving your home autumnal vibes this season.
As always, be brave in trying new things and always cook with love!
Haley | Founder of Haley’s Kitchen