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Formerly Faceless Recipes 42 (XLII) 
Oct. 9, 2011 6:16 pm 
Updated: Oct. 16, 2011 9:51 am
It's FALL!
The cooler weather and beautiful colors make this my favorite season of the year.
When I think of fall, I think of apples, cider, and pumpkins.
You'll see these flavors and more in this blog.
Apple Cider Biscuits
 By: Taste of Home's Fast Family Favorites
We really enjoyed these. They aren't overly sweet, just slightly. The cinnamon is a nice touch. They are tender, flaky, and delicious.
Rosemary-Butter Sauce
 By: Lindsay
I had high hopes for this, but it was just okay. I followed the recipe, but the sauce never thickened up. It simmered for a good 30 minutes, but was still pretty thin. The sauce tasted mainly of wine. The rosemary flavor just wasn't there.
Chunky Pumpkin Chili
By: Inspired by Home Cooks

 I'll admit, I was pretty skeptical of this recipe. Like so many people, I associate pumpkin with sweet desserts. Though in the back of my mind, I am fully aware that it is used in many savory recipes, I've never really gone there - until now. This was delicious. The pumpkin flavor is not overwhelming, but it's there, in the background, along with the pumpkin pie spice.  The only change I made was out of necessity - I didn't have quite enough tomato juice, so I used a little tomato sauce and water to round it out. I'll definitely be making this one again!
Pumpkin Delight
By: Annette Clark

 I had high hopes for this recipe, but it didn't pan out for me. It seems several other reviewers made the mistake of omitting the whipped topping from this recipe and using it for a garnish. I think they were on to something. I followed the recipe. I have a LOT of experience in the kitchen, but followed this recipe any way so I could accurately review it. There is definitely too much filling for a standard graham cracker pie crust. (This might work well in the new larger ones I bought after making this. Too late. But the recipe just states "graham cracker crust".) This does lack some flavor. The amound of whipped topping dilutes the pumpkin and spice flavors. My pie was allowed to chill for about 5 hours before cutting, but was still too soft. I think this would work better if the milk and topping were both cut by 1/2 cup and pumpkin spice pudding replaced the vanilla. THEN you'd have a pie that has pumpkin flavor and doesn't fall apart when cut. But then it wouldn't be the same recipe at all.
Banana Apple Bread
By: afcouwen
I was really between three and four stars with this recipe.  The finished bread is delicious, but there are a number of flaws with the recipe. The baker is instructed to combine the wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry ingredients in another bowl, but is never told to mix the two together.  The loaf pans called for (7x3 inches) are too small.  I used 8x4 inch pans and they nearly overflowed. The baking time, as others have noted, is off and the temperature is too low. Like others, I increased both time and temperature. The foil simply stuck to the top of the loaves and tried to take the banana slices with it when removed. Even after baking for what seemed like an eternity AND passing the toothpick test, the bread was gooey on the bottom after cooling and cutting. But it tasted great.

Banana Bran Zucchini Bread
By: smiithh
This is tasty and moist. It does have a different texture (from the bran). The pumpkin flavor isn't really noticable, but the banana really comes through. This is more of a cake than a bread since it isn't baked in a loaf pan. Min required less baking time than stated - about 45 minutes.

Thanks for dropping by!!

Oct. 9, 2011 6:37 pm
Your animations certainly fit in with the season! Wonderful pics! Thanks for bringing more of these faceless recipes to light!
Oct. 9, 2011 6:39 pm
So glad you are back! I've missed your blog. Lovely photos as always!
Oct. 9, 2011 6:57 pm
I surely have missed your blog!! #42...seriously!?! We thank you!! Great animation, too!
Oct. 9, 2011 7:05 pm
Hi Pam. Thanks for posting. Hope all is well with you and your family!!!
Oct. 9, 2011 9:12 pm
Oh Pam, still delightful after all these blogs! Love Love your blogs:) These all look great but my funny family, well a couple of em, have an issue with fruit n bread/pastry. Most all of em don't like pumpkin anything. Your photos are Amazing! Thanks for giving these great recipes a Happy face!
Oct. 10, 2011 2:01 am
Oh Pam I just love your blogs with all the cute animations and your pictures are just totally awesome. Glad to see you back again. And thanks for all the time you put into the blog...and the cooking. Happy Fall to you!
Oct. 10, 2011 2:54 am
Pam, Your FFR blogs are great! And Your Blog Bedazzlins are awesome. Thinking about trying out that banana apple bread recipe with three 9x5 pans...that would probably eliminate the gooey bottom problem, and 3 loaves of it still wouldn't last very long around my house anyway! Glad you're around and I hope all is well in Pam-Land!
Oct. 10, 2011 6:32 am
Happy Fall Pam! This is my absolute favorite time of year too! I was just thinking about your wonderful FFR blog just last week and wondering when you'd be writing another one. And, here it is! Thanks Pam, I enjoy your blogs immensely!
Oct. 10, 2011 9:51 am
Thanks everyone! I've had to take a haitus, partly due to having a much LARGER class of second graders than last year - more work. It's good to be back.
Oct. 10, 2011 2:35 pm
Love your blog Pam. Nice to have you back!
Oct. 14, 2011 2:19 pm
I've missed you! Your animations are adorable and your photos terrific. The reviews are very helpful too.
Oct. 15, 2011 5:11 am
Great blog Pam. I love your pictures. :) You should be very proud - 42 FF blogs! You have inspired many within AR with your photos. Thanks!
Oct. 16, 2011 9:51 am
Another great blog Pam. As always, your pictures are great and your reviews are so helpful. I love the pumpkin bowl too. I saw it the last time I went shopping and it was so tempting. I stood there and looked at the depth of it and the bright orange shininess of it and knew I could never pull off a good picture. You sure did though! I cannot wait to see what you serve up in it next.
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About Me
I have three teenage sons who are picky eaters (especially the middle one). I try to cook things that they might enjoy trying, but they're not always willing to try new things. My husband started out a picky eater when we met back in 1986, but he's gotten much better and is willing to try ALMOST anything I make. In my spare time I teach second grade. I have introduced my students to cooking and/or new foods over the years.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try all sorts of new recipes, so I don't really have a favorite thing to cook. I enjoy using fresh ingredients from the garden and canning those ingredients to use year-round. I also enjoy baking treats for my second grade class. I'll try almost anything if I think my family will eat it. Of course, I've been known to try a recipe because I want to, whether they'll eat it or not.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love making the pumpkin pies and other desserts for Thanksgiving. I always like to try one new dessert for each holiday. Baking Christmas cookies is a tradition that goes back as long as I can remember.
My cooking triumphs
I've made some pretty cool cakes for my boys' birthdays. They include a firetruck, baseball, football, and Pokeball. I've also used shaped pans to decorate everything from Barney and Elmo, Power Ranger, Jeff Gordon's #24 racecar, football helmet, a dog and dog house, a monkey, a giant cupcake, and a penguin. Some recent cakes have been a pizza, chef's hat, and Topsy-Turvy (Mad Hatter Cake.) The last one didn't collapse - that was a real triumph! One of my best triumphs has been teaching my boys to cook. They'll never go hungry.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I cooked a turkey I relied on my thermometer to tell when it was done. It wasn't.
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