The Lyric Staff’s Favorite Recipes – Fall 2020

Looking for something new to cook up this fall? Here are some of our staff’s current favorite recipes!

1. Apple crisp

“Don’t forget to top it with the most important ingredient—vanilla ice cream!” – Kate Casner, Digital Marketing Associate

It’s finally apple season, which means time in the kitchen to cook up some yummy apple recipes! It is a true fall dessert, and it is reminiscent of generations past. The delicious smell will waft through your house in a matter of seconds, and this apple crisp will surely delight your friends and family. Here’s an easy recipe for it from The Chunky Chef!

2. Donuts

“What can be better?” – Matt Chapuran, Executive Director

Though you can get scrumptious donuts from your favorite bakery or local Dunkin, making them is much easier than you think! Though they might take some time (around two hours to prepare), they are incredibly worth it in the end. Chances are, you probably have most of the ingredients sitting in your pantry already. Here’s a simple recipe for homemade glaze donuts from Sally’s Baking Addiction!

3. Kale pasta (recommended by Aja M. Jackson, Interim Production Manager)

If you’re looking for a new kind of pasta to cook this fall, give kale sauce pasta a try! This recipe is easy and simple to cook, but the result is creamy and absolutely delicious. Here’s Aja’s special recipe:


  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 oz pasta
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 10 oz kale (despined)
    • Pre-shredded kale is a time saver!
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cumin (if available)
  • Creole (if available)


  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Medium skillet / saucepan
  • Large pasta pot
  • Skimmer and ladle
  • Glass bowl
  • Blender
  1. Clean, break apart and peel garlic. Any preferred method will work. The garlic does not need to be cut down, the full clove is ideal. Bring the saucepan up to medium heat with oil and peeled garlic. Cook on medium until you can smell the garlic cooking. Immediately remove from heat and leave in a glass bowl to cool.
  2. Fill a large pot with salt water, about 2/3 full. Bring water to boil, then add kale. Boil kale just past the very bright green stage. Skim kale out of the water and into the blender. You could also strain the kale, though be sure to save the water! Begin to re-boil the same kale water for the pasta.
  3. In the blender that is full of kale, add the cooled garlic oil and one ladle of the kale water. Blend. Sometimes the blend starts quickly, other times you may need to add more small amounts of the kale water to get the blend going.
  4. Once the kale water is boiling, add pasta and cook to taste. If your sauce blending is going well, you can discard the water when you strain the pasta.
  5. The sauce should be smooth. This may take several minutes of blending. If you can see bits of kale in the blender, keep going.  At this stage begin adding pepper, creole, cumin and/or additional salt to taste.
  6. After straining the pasta, return the pasta to a large pot. Pour sauce from the blender into the pot. Stir and adjust seasoning to taste. Keep range on very low for mixing.
  7. Plate and serve! Some ingredients you can add to the pasta include chicken sausage, plant-based ground sausage, ground fresh parmesan, and roasted bell peppers.

4. Edible cookie dough

“I love to make edible cookie dough for myself as a nice comfort food while I settle into a blanket to watch a movie.” – Julia Thorn, Digital Media Assistant

Who can resist a spoonful of delicious cookie dough? It’s a staple comfort food and late night snack—and it’s super easy to make. It takes only a few minutes to prepare, and it’s safe to eat since it is made with heat treated flours and no eggs, so you can scoop away without a worry in the world! Cooking Classy has three simple recipes: chocolate chip cookie dough, chocolate chocolate chunk cookie dough, and funfetti sugar cookie dough—give these a try and enjoy!

5. Apple cake (Recommended by Courtney O’Connor, Artistic Director)

To wrap up our list, we have another apple recipe, which is incredibly fitting for the season! This easy-to-make apple cake is perfect for an after-dinner dessert, and it will surely satisfy your hungry heart! Here’s Courtney’s recipe:


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 2 heaping tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup oil
  • 6 medium Gala/Fuji/Honey Crisp apples
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, cinnamon, and oil.
  3. Peel and slice the apples and add to the mixture in a bowl, coating as you go to keep apples from turning brown.
  4. Mix together the baking soda and flour and add to the ingredients in the bowl.
  5. Mix well (best with a fork) until all of the flour is absorbed by the wet ingredients.
  6. Pour mixture into a greased one 9×13 or two 9” round pans. Bake for approximately 55 minutes.