21 Fall Recipe Round-Up

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Fall is the season when I cook the most.  With a crisp chill in the air, nesting instincts set in.  Maple, pumpkin, apples, pears, squashes of all kinds, sweet potato and brussel sprouts are all in heavy rotation.  The house fills with enticing aromas drawing family and friends around the table.  Here is a compilation of 21 favorite recipes from appetizers, salads, main dishes and desserts to celebrate the flavors of fall.

Sweet Potato Hummus

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Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

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There is a church I drive by every day which posts weekly messages that give me pause.  This one especially resonated with me.  Thanksgiving for most of us gives us an opportunity to express gratitude.  Many families go around the table and ask everyone what they are grateful for.  Our tradition is to have a paper and pad available for people to jot down what they are grateful for, no limits, and place these sentiments in a gourd shaped soup tureen.  During dessert we pass the tureen around and read  out loud the messages and try to guess who wrote them.  The act of writing gives one time to pause and reflect without putting someone on the spot.  Over the years, there have been memorable and moving reflections shared.  Going back to the roadside church board, how powerful would it be if we chose to pause daily to reflect on things to give thanks for?   Awakening to gratefulness in our daily lives brings the focus on what is important, celebrates life and reduces negativity.  Thanks-giving everyday, minus the turkey.

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If you are still looking for Thanksgiving cooking inspiration, here is a collection of some of my  popular favorites.  Click on the highlighted title to access the original post. Continue reading

Easy Pumpkin Mousse With Peanut Brittle Topping

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This creamy mousse gets its silky smooth texture and thickening from Greek yogurt.  It comes together quickly in a food processor.  Crumbled peanut brittle on top  gives it a satisfying crunch. It can be made up to 2 days in advance so it is perfect for stress-free entertaining.  It is elegant enough for company or simple enough for a weekday family meal.

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