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*This is a sponsored post. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Happy Fall Ya’ll!

I LOVE the Fall season! Pumpkins, cute fall decorations, cool weather, boots & scarves, and let’s not forget Fall flavors! I’m currently obsessed with Fall & pumpkin everything, so when Longhorn Steakhouse contacted me to do a Fall blogger challenge, of course I jumped on it and immediately started brainstorming!

2014 Blogger Challenge. *Photo Credit: Longhorn Steakhouse

2014 Blogger Challenge. *Photo Credit: Longhorn Steakhouse

First, you should know that I do NOT cook (until now), I have been known to burn a box of mac-n-cheese. So this post is by far one of my most proud moments!

My hubby on the other hand, used to be a chef! So, of course he does most of the cooking in the house! UNTIL now! That’s right! This girl right here cooked up a storm last night for this feast of a challenge. * Ok rant over*

The first thing that I did was visit my local Longhorn Steakhouse to try their new Fall menu items & get inspired with what I was going to create. I’m a huge rib fan, so was excited to try the Apple Cider Baby Back Ribs. I paired these with their Potato & Leek Au Gratin and Blue Ridge Wedge Salad. The hubby ordered the Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Mushroom Truffle Bisque.

The menu selection for Fall inspired flavors was great, the one thing that I DID want to see (being Fall and all) was something of Pumpkin incorporated into a dish, not only the novelty desert items. BUT this pumpkin idea is what led me to one of my inspired menu creations!

Longhorn Fall Menu Items! Blue Ridge Wedge Salad, Apple Cider Ribs, Chicken Parmesan, & Mushroom Truffle Soup

Longhorn Fall Menu Items! Blue Ridge Wedge Salad, Apple Cider Ribs, Chicken Parmesan, & Mushroom Truffle Soup

For the blogger challenge I was to include one or more of the quintessential Fall ingredients:

-Pumpkin

-Leeks

-Potatoes

-Apples

-Mushrooms

Being the overachiever that I am, I decided to use ALL ingredients in my menu creation!

I had the opportunity to chat with Executive Chef of Longhorn Steakhouses, Michael Senich about my menu ideas. He gave me a few great suggestions on adding vinegar to the ribs beforehand so that the sweet glaze I was using wouldn’t overkill my ribs. He also gave me the fabulous idea of making a mushroom side bread, which then led me to the idea of a mushroom & leek bread pudding.

And FINALLY…drum roll please!! These are my completely homemade from scratch items that were inspired by the Longhorn Steakhouse Fall menu!

For starters, we created a Creamy Pumpkin Soup flavored with maple syrup & pumpkin pie spices, topped with sliced apple & crumbled bacon pieces.

Tastefully Kate's Pumpkin Soup

Tastefully Kate’s Pumpkin Soup

For the main course we served a rack of Maple Glazed Ribs, accompanied with Mushroom & Leek Bread Pudding (seriously SO good), and Potatoes Au Gratin. We hand sliced every little potato & cubed and toasted the bread for the bread pudding. It was SO rewarding at the end tasting something you created entirely from scratch!

Tastefully Kate's Maple Glazed Ribs, Mushroom & Leek Bread Pudding, & Potato Au Gratin

Tastefully Kate’s Maple Glazed Ribs, Mushroom & Leek Bread Pudding, & Potato Au Gratin

For dessert I made mini Apple Pie’s in Phyllo cups, topped with homemade caramel sauce, paired with vanilla ice cream. These were incredibly amazing! Also, pretty easy to make! The hardest part was dicing up fresh apples for the filling, but the fresh flavor was incredible!

Tastefully Kate's Mini Apple Pie's in Phyllo Cups

Tastefully Kate’s Mini Apple Pie’s in Phyllo Cups

All in all, I’m so grateful that Longhorn challenged me to create a Fall inspired menu! I stepped out of my comfort zone & learned just how rewarding it is to make items from complete scratch, I also have a new found respect for the culinary world on how they take in every small detail & ingredient to quickly create amazing dishes.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what other dishes I can create…perhaps a Flavors of Christmas Challenge?! :)

PS- I’m going to be doing individual blog posts with each recipe that I made here in this post if you want to try at home! It would have been one LOOONGG post if I included the recipe’s 😉

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