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Fall Favorites


People say that fall is their favorite time of year for a variety of reasons. Some like the colorful leaves and cooler temperatures. Some, like me, look forward to preparing seasonal favorites. I thought I would highlight some of our favorite fall dishes.

We love apples and have already enjoyed some of our favorite apple recipes such as Apple Dumplings, homemade applesauce, and Cranberry Apple Pie.

Sweet Potatoes, winter squash, and pumpkins are plentiful and we have enjoyed Corn and Squash Soup, Roasted Butternut Squash, Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake.

I tried a new recipe for a Sweet Potato Cake this fall for a church event. The recipe was intriguing because the cake was topped with toasted pecans and crumbled bacon! (It's pictured at the top of this post.) It is a nice moist cake and the brown sugar in the cream cheese icing is a good complement. I don't think I will add the bacon in the future though. 🙂 If you'd like to check out the recipe, it's called Betty Crocker Sweet Potato Sheet Cake with Bacon Cream Cheese Frosting.

I have made the Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake in the past and I wanted to share a tip from my friend Linda. This recipe calls for mini-chocolate chips. They do seem to work better in cakes by staying suspended in the batter. The regular size chocolate chips can sink to the bottom. Linda told me that she used a nut chopper to chop up the larger chips and she even gave me this little nut chopper so I could try it out. I can attest that it works very well!

Just looking back through these recipes I found several others that I haven't made yet this year. So many good fall recipes; so little time!

Another favorite fall activity here in the area is going to Gerald's to stock up on Christmas baking supplies. I heard recently that they have moved to a new location. I called and found out that they are now located in the Center West shopping plaza in Berea at 1601 Cedar Lane Road. I'm looking forward to checking out their new store soon to stock up on pecans and to get a few chocolate covered raisins. 🙂

Do you have a favorite fall recipe or two that you look forward to each year?


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A good squash recipe

picture of squash

We drove up to North Carolina in late November to get one last bag of apples before the orchards closed for the season. Our favorite orchard had already closed but we found a few others which were still open. We also got a few other things including a really large butternut squash. Rob helped me peel and cut it up right before Christmas and we got twelve cups of peeled, cubed squash from this one large specimen. I found several recipes for roasting squash and sort of combined a few of them to come up with the following version. It was so good that I made it three times in one week! Even little Maddie liked it. 🙂

Really Good Butternut Squash

4 cups peeled, cubed butternut squash
2 Tbsps. olive oil
2 Tbsps. minced fresh parsley
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. salt
dash pepper
Parmesan Cheese

In a large bowl combine squash, oil, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper. Spread in large, heavy roasting pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until tender. (I used a large, dark sheet cake pan so I lowered the temperature by 25 degrees.) Top with grated Parmesan Cheese. Enjoy immensely. 🙂

picture of Roasted Squash


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