From pork chops topped with quince sauce to a lentil soup with kumquats, these recipes will lead you into winter.

The Recipes You Should Be Cooking This November
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While November brings us one of the biggest feasting holidays of the year, we also have to eat every day of the month leading up to the occasion. That being said, we’ve gathered up all of the recipes you need to enjoy festive fall offerings without burning yourself out on cranberries, potatoes, and dinner rolls before the big day even arrives.

Cranberries are appearing in grocery stores nationwide and will stay on stands a few weeks after Thanksgiving, offering plenty of time for you to make a cranberry apricot sauce to serve atop pork chops or with toast. 

Cranberry rugelach makes for a delicious sweet treat to grace the dessert table at any holiday gathering, from Thanksgiving to Hanukkah. Quince is in season as one of the prime fruits we only really see during fall. With a shape similar to a pear and juiciness that is reminiscent of a ripe apple, quince offers a natural sweetness that makes it the perfect fruit for jams or sauces once cooked down. For a unique approach to quince that you can keep in your cupboard year-round, try pickling them with a blend of coriander, bay, cloves, and other warm spices. 

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You may have already pulled your space heater or weighted blanket out of storage to help make chilly mornings and evenings a bit more bearable. Keep the warmth coming with a few soup recipes using seasonal delicacies like sunchoke, golden beets, and kumquats. Yes, kumquats can make an amazing addition to soup, adding a sweet citrusy flavor when combined with lentils and bacon.

Add some greens to your breakfast, lunch, or dinner with bok choy, arugula, and fennel; all are at their peak as we move into late fall. Whichever of the dishes below you indulge in this month, you can sleep easy (and with a full stomach) knowing that you are taking advantage of the best offerings the month of November has to showcase.

Sauces and Sides

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