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Oct. 11, 2010 3:05 pm 
Updated: Oct. 11, 2010 6:41 pm
It's October and the weather is changing fast.  Leaves are falling, pumpkins are making there way onto porches.  We all hate seeing the summer end but there is something special about the fall. We are all getting the soup pots out, gathering our old family recipes together and checking the pantry's for supplies.  What can be better then a hot bowl of chili and cornbread on a cold day.
I have put up jars of green tomato relish, peach chutney and tomato sauce.  I also experimented with a couple large jars of whole peaches in Brandy.....for those cold winter days when a juicy fragrant peach will be the perfect end to a wet cold day. The brandy is just a sweet addition.
So for those who relinquish there hold on summer and reluctantly enter the winter months just remember your childhood when your grandmother had a pot of homemade delight on the stove, or mom had hot cookies in the oven. 
Dust off your recipe box and replenish your pantry and enjoy the winter cooking, creating and entertaining friends and family with your magnificent cooking ability.
I love seeing the exchange of recipes and the questions coming out. It's a sign everyone is getting into the mood.
Oct. 11, 2010 3:23 pm
You described the ending of summer perfectly! I can smell all the wonderful cooking smells. It seems in the summer we cook to eat, but in the Fall it's a whole process! I love the smells of the big pot of soup or stew and some kind of goodie in the oven. Your peaches with brandy sound fabulous!
Oct. 11, 2010 6:41 pm
Thanks Marie. Fall is my favorite time of year! I just love the smell of those crisp, cool foggy mornings that turn into warm sunny afternoons and the early evening chirp of the crickets. As for Fall chili, my family's Halloween night tradition is a dish my Mama always made.... Chili-ghetti! Our kids and grandkids come over, we eat Chili-ghetti and cornbread, then take turns passing out candy to all the little goblins as they show up at our front door. Yes, I too love Fall.
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About Me
I started cooking when I was 13 years old. I now have 3 kids and 8 grand childen. Cooking and creating good food is my life. I have recntly completed my first cook book and am in the process of trying to get it published
My favorite things to cook
I love all foods. I love to discover new cuisine and experiment. I love to de-construct an every day dish and bring it back to life in a whole new way.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite time of year is the holidays. My mother made the holidays very special so I love entertaining and creating new dishes every year. We have a traditional Christmas Tree Cutting day where we have a big family brunch-go cut our trees the come back and serve trays of cookies and hot chocolate.
My cooking triumphs
Was my first wedding cake. I become a commercial cake decorator at 19 and my first cake was 4' tall. It was a great feeling. I also catered a party for a fund raiser as one of my catering events and I got more attention then the candidate that put on the party.
My cooking tragedies
The only big tragedie I can recall was when I was 17 years old and I made my first pumpkin pie with the help of my mother-in-law. I put salt in place of sugar-like a cup and half and didnt know it til they came out of the oven Well-who puts salt in a 5 gallon container. They looked great. I had to start over.
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