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What's Cookin'?, October 8, 2007 - You Can Cook With Confidence & Style
October 07, 2007


Fall Has Arrived !

Make Something Delicious Happen Today!
Try A Restaurant Recipe!

Welcome Everyone! Welcome to another issue of What's Cookin'?"

We're back to cooler, windier and much wetter weather here in the Pacific Northwest (USA).

Regardless of the weather, or maybe because of it, this can be a wonderful time of year. The farmers are harvesting their corn and potatoes and squash and - I rejoice! Great sources of nutrition and culinary endeavors are on the way!

The leaves turn into amazing colors and provide us with unbelievable beauty. And the cooler air is perfect for hand-in-hand walks with the person you love, followed by a warming and comforting bowl of hot soup or chili or another delicious Autumn recipe.

Soup is a wonder food. With bread or a salad, it easily becomes an entire meal.

"A recipe that is not shared with others will soon be forgotten, but when it is shared, it will be enjoyed by future generations." Please Share a Recipe.

Enjoy your recipes and the company of those you share them with!

Featured Recipes This Month

Cream of Potato Soup
This is a soup you must try! It is one very good way to make use of the newly harvested potatoes now at the markets.

Pumpkin Soup
Preparation time: 10 minutes (unless you use fresh pumpkin - see Pumpkin Muffin Recipe for information). Serves 6

Cream of Tomato Soup
Preparation time: 10 minutes. Serves 6

It's also Squash Season!

Acorn Squash
Lots of squash is available this Fall and this recipe will be appreciated by everyone.

Cider For A Fall Treat!

Mulled Apple Cider Recipe For Fall
Preparation time: 10 minutes. Serves 10-12

Measurement Conversion Table


  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 whole allspice
  • 4 cinnamon sticks


  • Combine the above ingredients in a large sauce pan
  • Place over low heat and bring to a boiling point
  • Simmer for 5 minutes and strain
  • Serve hot in cups or mugs

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    And please remember to visit these two pages for many more Fall menu ideas and recipes!

    Fall Menu Ideas # 1

    Fall Menu Ideas # 2


    Halloween is nearing and if you are having a party, make it easy on yourself with the recipes below.

    Did You Know?

    Halloween costume parties never occured prior to 1900. Mass-produced Halloween costumes did not appear in stores until the 1930s, and trick-or-treating did not become a fixture of Halloween until the 1950s. In the United States, Halloween has now become the sixth most profitable (or expensive) holiday (after Christmas, Mother's Day, Valentines Day, Easter, and Father's Day). And then - and this is really strange - I read that the average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night while sleeping! This raises two questions in my mind: how does anyone find out such things and why would anyone want to know! :-)

    When It's Cold Outside ...It's Chili

    I have no idea where I first found this recipe but it was a very long time ago because the restaurant has used it every October for many years. Nor do I actually know why it has always been called "Scarecrow Chili." What I do know is that the restaurant customers love it and even though the recipe says it serves 16, don't count on it. The restaurant customers frequently order two bowls of it! Add some Cornbread Muffins and you've got a great meal.

    Scarecrow Chili
    Preparation time: 15 minutes. Makes 4 quarts - 16 servings.

    Fall and Winter are seasons when we yearn for Comfort Foods.
    Please visit that page, too!

    My first large electronic cookbook, "Real Restaurant Recipes: Food That Built a Business - Volume One."

    The e-cookbook contains over 200 restaurant recipes (all categories and meals).

    Subscribers to "What's Cookin'?" can purchase the electronic cookbook using the link Real Restaurant Recipes Volume One.

    You can cook with confidence and style.

    Purchase the cookbook and save it to your computer. Use the recipes throughout the year. You, your family and your guests will all be pleased!

    Thanks to those of you who purchased the electronic cookbook this month. Special thanks to Rainell Metzger from California who took a moment to email this very nice message:

    Hi Donna,

    What a delight to have discovered your web site and cookbook! I took your suggestion and saved it on my desktop - reliable recipes with a click of the mouse.

    Last night I tried your spinach salad and made a batch of your bran muffins and talk about perfection! Can't count the number of bran muffin recipes I have tried over the years, none of them that exciting. Until now.

    Thank you so much for your work and I look forward to receiving your e-newsletter and cooking many good meals using your e book.

    Happy Dining!
    Rainell Metzger

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    ”See” you soon! Be happy and stay safe.


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