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October 20, 2009


shelly p

Since it is fall I decided to make stuffed acorn squash. Yuck, did not turn out so well! So much for the fall themed dinner!

Kim Ross

Thanks for the chance to win, Michele! I found this recipe in Cooking Light for Blueberry Coffee Cake. My dad and husband both love it!


* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 3/4 ounces)
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 3/4 cup granulated sugar
* 6 tablespoons butter, softened
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 large egg
* 1 large egg white
* 1 1/3 cups low-fat buttermilk
* Cooking spray
* 2 cups fresh blueberries
* 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.

3. Place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 2 minutes). Add vanilla, egg, and egg white; beat well. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix after each addition.

4. Spoon half of the batter into a 9-inch round baking pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with 1 cup blueberries. Spoon remaining batter over the blueberries; sprinkle evenly with remaining 1 cup blueberries. Sprinkle the top evenly with 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Note: If using peak-season fruit, using 1 1/2 cups blueberries instead of 2 cups, and only 1 cup buttermilk instead of 1 1/3 cups. This will make the batter thicker so the berries won't sink to the bottom.

Marcia Whyte Smart, Cooking Light, MAY 2008


I love to make Dutch Brown Bread, a quick bread with buttermilk in it, with cloves, cinnamon and ginger - it's DELISH and smells like fall!

Unfortunately, in the past few years, I developed an allergy to pumpkin, squash, and all veggies and fruits in that family - all melons, squashes, etc.


susan m

I love a roast cooked in the crock pot! Especially good after a long day at work and dinner is ready!


I actually want to try and make some of that saltine cracker brittle that everyone talks about every year during the holidays. It sounds so simple and cheesy, but sometimes those are the very best recipes...

2 sticks butter
1 c. brown sugar
12 oz. chocolate chips
Saltine crackers
Grease 9x13 pan. Line with Saltines. Boil butter and brown sugar. Cook for 2 minutes. Pour over Saltines and bake at 400 degrees for 7 minutes. Remove from oven and spread chocolate chips on top. Put in oven for 1 minute and spread melted chips. Put pan in freezer until frozen, about 4 or more hours. Break apart.


I love to make Taco Soup when it gets cool. It doesn't need a thing except some corn chips and sour cream. Thanks for a chance to win.

Kriss Cramer

My favorite pie is pumpkin pie and my Mom's is really good. Nothing fancy, just yummy. I also enjoy my mother-in-law's 5-Cup Salad (also called Ambrosia). It's so simple to make and so good. I don't know why I don't make it throughout the year, but instead wait until Thanksgiving to have it. Here's the recipe:

1 c. chunck pineapple, drained
1 c. mandarin oranges, drained
1 c. marashino cherries, reserve some juice
1 c. marshmallows
1 c. sour cream

Mix together, add a little of the cherry juice for color, chill, and serve.

Lizzette Merrfield

Looking forward to the smell of Turkey roasting in the oven on Thanksgiving day.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Marcia in Colorado

After seeing Julie and Julia, we've made bouef bourguignon three times in cold weather; I think it's the best thing I've ever made and every time the weather nips up a bit here, Jim's asking for it again! I've watched Julia on the old PBS The French Chef series on DVD and don't know where I was back then. I sure would've been a better cook sooner had I watched.

congrats on the new stamps!!!! Can't wait to see.

Alecia Castro

Fun giveaway, can't wait to see the new stamps!!

My all time fave things are pumpkin pie (any old recipe, just love it), green bean casserole (recipe on the Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup can), and pretty much everything that my mother makes. :o)

Thanks for the chance!!


This time of year, we love Pumpkin Crunch. :D YUM!!
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. chopped nuts
1 tbsp. melted butter
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tbsp. flour
1 pkg. yellow cake mix (2 layer size)
1 c. pumpkin
1/2 c. water
3 eggs
Combine crunch ingredients. Set aside. Combine batter ingredients. Pour half of batter into a greased 9"x13" pan. Then top with half of crunch mixture. Add remaining batter and top with rest of crunch. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool before cutting.

Denise Bryant

I love cooking meatloaf or stuffed bell peppers for dinner at this time of year. They are so hearty and satisfying.... Also chicken and dumplings. I like a recipe I found for a crockpot that has sage in the dumplings. Love the smell of sage!
I think I gained 5 pounds just reading this post....

Annie Frazer

Wonderful layout. I love chicken and dumplings. One of my most favorite meals. But they have to have real homemade dumplings.


Linda C.

It is funny how you want to cook comfort food when Fall arrives! But, I also like fast & easy so I fix soup with only 4 ingredients. You brown 1 lb. of ground beef & drain the fat. Add one can of minestrone soup, one can pinto beans & one can of rotel. That's it! If you need more liquid just rinse a couple of those cans out and add the liquid. Easy, peasy & yummy!!

Stephanie Zito

My favourite Fall meal would have to be homemade cabbage rolls! My mother makes a huge roasting pan full! I'm not certain on the recipe but I know she puts in ground beef, rice, lots of fresh garlic and fried salt pork. She then rolls them in preboiled cabbage leafs (so they are tender) and bakes them for a few hours in tomato juice. Yum!

Megan B

We enjoy making pumpkin squares and gingerbread cookies...yum!!! :)


Soup! Soup! Any kind of soup - just as long as it comes steaming with a generous piece of fresh crusty bread. Yum!!

Andi Sexton

New stamps??? Oh can't wait to see them:)

This time of year is definitely more comfy foods... Tonight I made a meatloaf...and mashed potatoes...

1 1/2 lbs. hamburger
3/4 c. oatmeal
3/4 c. chopped onion
1 T Worcester Sauce
1 egg beaten
1 t salt
1/4 t pepper.

Mix all ingredients.
Put in 350 degree oven for 55 minutes!

And, for super tasty mashed potatoes, add a head of garlic to the water when the potatoes are boiling.. smash some of them into the potatoes as well as a cube of cream cheese and milk.. yum.yum.yum.


I have several favorite recipes, but what I'm really looking for is a great way to make sweet potatoes that are not too sweet!

We make our turkey stuffed with lemons, orange, onion, and heads of garlic. Our mashed potatoes are made with a few heads of roasted garlic, ghee, chicken stock, and chives. And our dressing.....well, that's a family trademark and shhhhh....a secret!!!

Happy Fall to all! :>

Deb L

I love to make pumpkin bread once fall hits... but what I'd really like to find is a butternut squash soup recipe that we like. We've tried all sorts, and have yet to find the perfect one.... which means I guess we'll just have to keep experimenting! lol The fun part of cooking! :o)


i have a wonderful pumpkin cake recipe that is perfect for this time of the year...it has one of my favorite ingredients in it: chocolate chips. i just LOVE the combination of pumpkin and chocolate!!

Prairie Girl

I look forward to pumpkin pie, especially on Thanksgiving! However, this year my pumpkins were not ready yet for our (Canadian) Thanksgiving this month. Yes...I use my own pumpkins...it is harvest time, afterall! Instead, I made a very delicious Apple Pie from here:
and an Amaretto cheesecake topped with poached pears! Yum!


Chili in the crockpot. Yummmm.

Lisa Plumb

Ooooo - can't wait to see new stamps!!!
I invented a new recipe today for lunch. I had leftover acorn squash so I spread a thin layer on half of a whole wheat tortilla, added some mashed black beans, chopped olives and monterey jack cheese and voila - Harvest Quesadilla! I served it with salsa, sour cream and homemade guacamole and it was a hit at my house!


I am going to *attempt* to make caramel apple pie....now I have to find a recipe! :)

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