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Ah, October. Isn't it pretty?

I've always thought of October as my own "personal month" in that I have it all to myself - sort of the calm before the storm :>  That is, of course, until Halloween hits, and that night is pure bedlam here at the Mays Mansion. Fun! But boy do we get the kids! The treat for
us is when it's over!  Haha!

Hello, fine fellow foodies! It's October already and I have lots to share! I'm Patti Saunders Mays in Boise, Idaho, and I'm so glad you're here.  As the owner of Great Cooking, I'm the one responsible for how often you visit my site, how much you like it and find it helpful, and whether you tell your friends. And I take that responsibility very seriously.
This site is all about casual, affordable recipes that are kitchen tested (that's important!), family friendly and exceptionally good.

I have a robust sense of humor and you'll find that throughout the site as well.  Enjoy! Copy, re-post  and use the recipes (please, oh please give me credit!) and by all means - come back often!  - Patti Mays

Be sure to visit my HALLOWEEN PAGE
for creepy crawly fun recipes just for

                Tastes like you worked all day! :)

This recipe and image are from the blog "Spend with Pennies."
 I ADORE that blog and have learned a ton from them. Check
them out if you haven't already. Highly recommend!

Ingredients. . .

  • 5 cups Blueberries
    (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 3/4 cup Oats
    (Regular or Quick)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions. . .

  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Grate the rind of the lemon and squeeze the juice of half of the lemon.
  3. Toss blueberries, with sugar, lemon rind, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 3 tablespoons flour. Place in a 2qt baking dish.
  4. With a fork, combine the butter, brown sugar, oats, flour and cinnamon until crumbled. Sprinkle over blueberries.
  5. Bake 35-40 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the fruit is bubbly. Cool slightly and serve warm.



       Farmers' Markets in the Fall!
There's just something so neat about fall at Farmers' Markets, and our Boise Farmer's Market is no exception. The colors! The smells! The abundance of the harvest! It is just divine.

The weather is cooler and it just seems that people are happy to welcome the seasonal changes.  I read somewhere that definite changes in seasons are good for us emotionally.  I agree with that, although I do get grumpy when summer/fall are over so quickly and YET ANOTHER winter sets in.


I have some terrific "welcome fall" recipes to share and so many new things for you to explore. Take a look at the RECIPES section (it's really growing!); the HOMEMADE PET TREATS, the FIVE INGREDIENTS or LESS section and the ever-popular DUMP CAKE collection; a terrific resource when you're in a hurry to make a quick 'n easy dessert. And again, thank you for stopping by.  I ADORE my fellow foodies!

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(click on links for the full recipes)

       CREAM PIE
NO bake! NO cook! EASY!
I make this easy recipe starting in October and make it several more times over the holidays. It's perfect! So easy and really good. NOTE: It needs to sit in the 'fridge for at least a hour before serving. 3-4 hrs is best.

If you love spinach-artichoke dip, you are going to love, love, LOVE this recipe!  Of course it isn't anywhere near as rich as the dip, but it has that same out-of-this-world flavor.


The first time I had this I had an out-of-body experience. :> The word "Schnitzel" is just a fancy term for "tenderized cutlets" and it has become one of our very favorite meals. It has so much flavor!  Plus it's ultra-tender, and best of all, it's easy to make! This chicken Schnitzel recipe is "fancied up" with capers,  artichokes, and lemon, and man oh man, is it ever good. 
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"HOMEMADE" Parmesan Yeast Rolls. These are incredibly good and SO easy! Use frozen bread dough and only 4 other ingredients.  Just perfect to go along with hearty soups and stews. And a nice change from hot bread or regular biscuits.

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This is perfect for using all those zucchinis that loving friends & neighbors leave on your doorstep :>. We often have it as a main dish, with just a fresh tossed salad on the side. It is easy and good and just perfect for fall! We just love it.
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Mmmm! This recipe is just delicious and a nice change from regular hot bread or rolls. The only problem with this recipe is that once you make it, your family will want you to make it all the time! :>
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I know. Sounds gross but this is super easy and soooo good. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream for an extra-special treat. Oh boy...
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OUT of this world! So good you just can't believe it. It sounds complicated but it's EASY and it's refreshingly different without being weird. People will think you've slaved for hours. Every single time I make this, I get asked for the recipe. DIVINE!
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Other yumm-o things to try (these are some of my faves!).  BLACK & WHITE BROWNIES (rich and decadent and starts from a mix! YESSS!), APPLESAUCE CAKE has only FIVE ingredients. Makes your mouth water.

RICE PUDDING with BUTTERSCOTCH SAUCE (mmm! Don't expect there to be any leftovers. :> ) or try my ever-popular HUSBAND'S DELIGHT casserole, with big noodles, hamburger, spaghetti sauce, cheese, sour cream. Husbands and kids LOVE this casserole!
Along that same "always perfect" theme is what I named my "LITTLE BLACK DRESS" casserole. I call it that because you can dress it up or dress it down; it's a fabulous go-to recipe that is always appropriate, whether for family nights or for company. It's always a hit!

And of course it would NOT be Fall without corn! Try this yummy, easy COMPANY CORN from Paula Dean. This dish gets raves, and considering that it's so simple and calls for readily-available ingredients (probably in your pantry as we speak). This is an all-time WINNER.
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And don't forget to visit the HALLOWEEN PAGE for creepy spooky fun recipes and ideas.