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            Happy October!
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                Mmm! REAL candy apples (recipe below)
    Ah, OctoberIsn't it fun?
         And so pretty!

Hello, fine fellow foodies! It's October already and I have lots to share! I'm Patti Saunders Mays in Boise, and I'm so glad you're here. I'm the one responsible for how often you visit my site, how much you like it, and whether you tell your friends.And that's important! 
This site is all about casual, affordable recipes that are kitchen tested, relatively easy, family friendly and exceptionally good.

Enjoy my site! Copy, re-post and use the recipes (please, oh please give me credit!) and by all means - come back soon! I revise and update often!  - Patti Mays
         Farmers' Markets in the Fall!
There's just something so neat about fall at Farmers' Markets. The colors! The smells! The abundance of the harvest!
                I love it. 
I've read many times that definite changes in seasons are good for our mental health. I agree with that, although I do get grumpy when summer/fall are over so quickly and YET ANOTHER long Idaho winter sets in. Oh well - it just means more fireplaces, popcorn, hot cider and hot toddies! :) (and better mental health??)

This month I have lots of NEW, EASY, AND SUPER
                (click on links for the full recipes)

                               RED CANDY APPLES
                         Easier than you think. . .
                             and talk about a big hit!

   2 cups sugar
    3/4 cup water
    1/2 cup light corn syrup
    1/2 tsp red food coloring
    6 medium-size apples
Butter, for parchment paper

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; butter the parchment, and set aside. In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine sugar, 3/4 cup water, corn syrup, and food coloring, if using. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium-high. Insert candy thermometer and continue to boil until temperature reaches between 300 degrees and 310 degrees (hard crack stage), about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, insert a sturdy,pointed wooden stick into the top of each apple, pushing about halfway through; set aside. When mixture reaches temperature, immediately remove from heat. Working quickly, dip apples in sugar mixture until completely coated. Transfer to prepared baking sheet; allow to cool.


Picture & Recipe from Plain Chicken Blog. LOVE that site!
If you think the picture looks good, wait 'til you taste the meal. One of the best chicken dishes I've ever tasted. SOoo much flavor, and the sauce is just indescribable. OUT of this world! Best chicken EVER.
                 CLICK HERE
My friend Sharry sent me this email after she made this recipe. . .

"Patti, this is truly one of the best chicken dishes I've ever made. Rich liked it so much that he asked me to make it again just a few days later. And THEN he wanted me to make it the following weekend when we had company for dinner! I get the idea this one is going to be a regular favorite in our home. THANK YOU for this delicious recip


Picture and recipe from Very
The perfect quick dinner for those busy fall and winter evenings! This one-skillet meal is unbelievably flavorful, and it's easy to make. I love it served with fat noodles on the side, but John likes it best over mashed potatoes. Or -  it's delicious all by itself! Give it a try! 
              Click here


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Lawdy, Lawdy! This fills your whole house with a rich, spicy, fall-ish aroma while it's cooking. And if you like that - wait until you taste the cake! Oh boy. Seconds?  Yes, please! Thirds? Why not??  Click Here

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Quick, easy, and seriously good. I like to make this with Angel Hair Pasta, but trust me - it's delicious with ANY pasta! 
            Click Here


This is a WINNER! Everybody loves this soup! It has so much flavor, and it's such a nice change from summer food. This is hearty enough to serve as a main course, or as a yummy starter for a full-fledged dinner. BUT WATCH  OUT!! THIS IS ADDICTIVE!   Click Here
This was on last year's October page, and I got so many great comments about it I decided to post it again this year. I think this is probably one of my very favorite dishes (all right, I know I say that about a lot of things). I don't know what it is - the combination of flavors and juicy tenderness of the chicken just gets me goin'. LOVE THIS STUFF!!  I don't get to make it very often because John doesn't eat chicken (or any poultry). So this is a rare delicacy for me indeed! Sometimes I make it anyway and give him a tuna sandwich. . .  :)

The first time I had this schnitzel I had an out-of-body experience. :> The word "Schnitzel" is just a fancy term for "tenderized cutlets" and it is SOOOOO good!  So much flavor and it's ultra-tender. This particular recipe is "fancied up" with capers,  artichokes, and lemon, and man oh man, is it ever good.  
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  HOMEMADE ALMOND ROCA WOO-WEEE! This is some good eatin! And it's such an easy recipe! Thank you for sharing, Chef-In-Training.                                                       CLICK HERE





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