Food: Soups, Salads, and Breads

Continuing with this week's fall food theme, I bring you – soups, salads, and breads. Normally, these are presented as a first course (with the bread being left on each table throughout the meal). However, I would encourgae your to consider hosting an enmtirely S, S, and B menu. These are such "fall" foods (not to mention, easy to make and super budget-friendly) and can be prepped (or even made up entirely) days before the wedding.

Zucchini Nut Bread

(from: Martha Stewart)

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An excellent (and tasty) fall choice – in most northern states, zucchini is so plentiful that you may be able to score them for free. Also, nix the nuts if you think there's even a slight possiblity that one of your guests might be allergic.

Homemade Cheese Straws(from Martha Stewart)
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A traditional foodie centerpiece in most fall weddings. Cheesy, doughy, and surprising easy to make.

Challah Crowns

(from: Food Network)
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Traditionally served at the Jewish Sabbath (the blessing of which actually begins Sabbath). These are doughy and tasty and perfectly appropriate for serving at any denomination's wedding.

Spinach Salad with Roasted Fall Vegetables(from: Martha Stewart)
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Nothing says fall like the words "spinach" and "roasted".

Mixed Green Salad with Lemon, Olives and Anchovies(from: Rachel Ray)
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From the queen of the 30 minute meal comes this minimum work but maximum taste salad. Excellent for a wedding meal served with full flavored red wines.

Beet and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad(from: Giada De Laurentiis)
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The beets in this delicious green salad add a pop of flavor and color. If you can't find affordable goat cheese – try feta.

Tuscan White Bean and Garlic Soup (from: Giada De Laurentiis)
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Anything with Tuscan in it's name is going to be pretty much perfect for a fall wedding menu. The garlic in this tasty soup gives it a rich, savory flavor – minus the extreme bad breath.

Pumpkin Soup with Cranberry Compote and Roasted Chestnuts(from: Martha Stewart)
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Pumpkin soup sounds scary but it is actually a rich and creamy soup that smells just incredible. And the dollop of cranberries is like the cherry on top!

Vegetarian Lentil Soup with Croutons(from: Martha Stewart)
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Follow Martha's suggestion and serve this meatless soup in a small-ish ramekin or bowl and top with bunches of croutons (buy them store bought and save time toasting you own).