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Comfort Food weather please show your face! 
Aug. 13, 2010 8:34 am 
Updated: Aug. 17, 2010 7:56 am
I don't know about any one else but I am so ready to cook some hearty meals, chilis, stews casseroles and such.  I want to settle in with a big bowl of corn potato chowder or chili and just dive in!!  I love fall with the apples cooking, and wienie roasts and hot chocolate and cider over a fire!  Soon it will be here I know, until then I shall just dream!
Aug. 13, 2010 8:41 am
I love fall to (or Autumn as its known to me) but I will be sad say goodbye to those long lazy summer evenings, and knowing that the cold winter is just around the corner. Although this year I have Christmas in England to look forward to, so excited to be going home to family for the holidays...
Aug. 13, 2010 8:52 am
I am with you! I hate summer with a passion. Every summer I get depressed and have very little desire to cook. And we have had the last two weeks of mostly 100+ temps. ugh! Fall can't come soon enough for me! And chili sounds so good, but I just can't seem to eat it when it's hot outside!
Mrs. C 
Aug. 13, 2010 9:31 am
You had my attention at "HEARTY!" We have been cooking light, making use of veggie season, but cooler weather will change the menu, for certain! Soups and chowders, YAY!
Aug. 13, 2010 10:30 am
Ok my first response disappeared so at the risk of creating an echo.... YES! All those lovely foods mentioned above, and the return of baking as well....only a few weeks left!
Aug. 13, 2010 10:31 am
I am so ready for Fall...couldn't wait til then for a big ol' pot of beans and cornbread, so I made a big batch about 2 weeks ago!
Aug. 13, 2010 2:35 pm
You Bet! I too love autumn and just could not wait any longer, so I mixed up a batch of ham and beans last night and put them in the crockpot to cook all night. This morning it was two loaves of chocolate zucchini bread, and have cornbread in the oven. I can already smell apples and cinnamon in the breeze.
Aug. 13, 2010 3:20 pm
I am ready as well, though I love summer, I also love hearty meals. I did have to break down the other day and turn the oven on for my son's birthday, he requested a pot of chili, cornbread and cupcakes! It was yummy to have!
Aug. 14, 2010 8:27 am
Don't even talk about cornbread - it's like my favorite thing. My hubby doesn't care for it so I will make it in my cast iron skillet and sometimes just eat it right out of it! What's even better is if I fried eggs or bacon in the skillet and there are still grease and crumbies from the bacon and eggs and then I pour the batter over top of that! It makes a heavenly crust for the cornbread!! zero calories too! HAHAHA
Aug. 14, 2010 8:15 pm
I made Lentil Chili in my rice cooker a few weeks ago I take that to work in my mug w/ some oyster crackers. I use my toaster oven alot to cook everything from meatloaf to corn bread :O) I do this year around in the winter I will turn the big oven on for lots of things at once but not every day cooking.
Aug. 15, 2010 6:55 am
Isn't summer wonderful with all the fresh vegetables, corn on the cob, BLTs, fresh green beans, etc. This is what is so great about summer. Love the fall/winter when I can really start making hearty dishes, soups, stews, baking more often. I'm craving the heavier meals too right now. At the moment, though, I am enjoying the rewards of summer.
Aug. 15, 2010 7:37 am
It has been a very hot summer and it has been too hot to eat big, hot hearty meals. Although corn is a heavier meal it won't be long before the soups, stews and chilis are here. I love the fall the best, once school starts back after labour day the days are a little cooler and the heartier meals seem more appropriate; and of course baking too. I kind of take time off from cooking in the summer to look after all the outside flowers and lawn and then when it seems to be waning it is time to be inside again and cooking. It's all good!!!!
Aug. 17, 2010 7:56 am
The one thing I miss the most is the roasted fall veggies I can't get enough of when the weather turns cooler. They are delicious as a side dish or a main entree with brown basmati rice but my favorite of all is to make a lasagna with them, using whole grain pasta and fresh mozzarella and basil. I make a light bechamel with fat-free half and half instead of the usual meat sauce and sprinkle shredded parmesan on top. The veggies vary but a typical mix might be butternut squash, red bell peppers, fennel and crimini mushrooms, all roasted with olive oil and garlic and if I have leeks and chard, I saute those for another layer. If there's baby spinach on hand, I add that raw to the squash layer, which gives a nice texture. The combinations are endless and no one misses the meat. I also love hearty soups and miss them in the summer when it's just too hot to consider making anything but a chilled soup. Right now we are still in the 90's here in Northern Ca so all this yummy fall cooking is in the future. Great topic!
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I learned to cook watching my mom and my Grandma's cook - who all are the best in the world! I have huge garden and I can a lot of stuff for winter. My daughter would'nt dream of eating a pie that was store bought! And we raise chickens. There is nothing that compares to farm fresh eggs. They just make your baked goods taste better.
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Comfort food! If it's fattening, chocolate or salty I'm in! I love to take leftovers and transform them into something wow!
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My mom always made sugar cookies with us kids at Christmas time and do the same thing now! I used to love to pick out a recipe and Mom would let me got to town in the kitchen! At Christmas I also make tons of candy's, breads, and cookies that I give away to neighbors and family for gifts.
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I love to enter canned goods and baked goods in the county fair! I have won quite a few ribbons! I recently had a recipe published in Nebraska Life Magazine's cookbook. I was so excited.
My cooking tragedies
One time I tried to make pierogies when I was about 15. Well I didn't realize how much a cast iron skillet would smoke when it got hot! I ended up filling the house with a lovely smokey aroma! I never have made them again! Another time I tried to make chicken satay, and my husband and daughter about gagged when they tried the sauce. As they said peanut butter doesn't go with chicken! But I loved it. They were scraping the sauce off the chicken. They won't let me live that one down!
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