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  Everything starts changing... 

The harvest season begins. Cooler weather, that wonderful "fall aroma," back-to-school,
fresh peaches, the deep golden glow of  sunflowers. . .  life is so incredibly good.


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Thank you for visiting! 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 and whether you tell your friends. And I take that responsibility seriously.
Great Cooking is all about casual, affordable recipes that are kitchen tested, family friendly and exceptionally good. I have a robust sense of humor that I just can't keep a lid on, so you'll find that throughout the site as well. Please enjoy! Copy, re-post and use the recipes (please, oh please give me credit!) and by all means - come back often! I add, update and change regularly.  - Patti Mays


 Indian Summer.
  I just love it!
Our summer of 2014 here in Idaho has been a hot one this year, and we're happy to welcome the slightly cooler weather.  It's still summery but there's just that "feeling" in the air that fall is on its way.

The kids are back in school (yesss!), corn and wheat fields are tall and colorful, sunflowers are bursting, and the tops of trees are just barely beginning to show some different colors.  Even my hydrangeas are getting big, perky and bright cobalt blue (they don't do well in 108 degree weather!) so I'm a happy camper.

I have some terrific end-of-summer 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 TREAT section, the FIVE INGREDIENTS or LESS section and the ever-popular DUMP CAKE section - a terrific resource when you're in a hurry to make a quick, easy dessert.  And again - thank you so much for stopping by.  I absolutely ADORE my fellow foodies!

PS: I wrote an eBook! It's called "Was It Something I Said? Common Things We Do That Drive Others Away Without Knowing It" It's the most helpful little eBook ever and it's only $4.99.
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                                SOME FAVORITE
(click on links for the full recipes)

This is perfect for using all those zucchinis that loving friends & neighbors leave on your doorstep :>.  This is DELICIOUS! We often have it as a main dish, with just a fresh tossed salad on the side.  It is easy and good! We love it.

PEACH COBBLER DUMP CAKE  Mmm! Super easy and soooo good. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream for an extra-special treat.  Oh boy...



Another late-summer winner!  When I first made this I really didn't expect it to be so flavorful.  It's especially easy to put together and man, oh man, the flavor is out of this world.  I always get comments and raves about this recipe.

                     Well, possibly. . . 

Now THIS is a great idea! A perfect way to make a BLT! The bacon won't curl and the sandwich will lie flat, so all the yummy ingredients don't keep falling out. Wish I'd thought of this!   

Just weave uncooked bacon strips into a tidy little square. Broil or microwave (use wax paper rather than tinfoil) until bacon is done, and plop that delicious little square onto the bread along with the lettuce, tomato, mayo and salt & pepper.

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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. Terrific dish!

              Other yumm-o things to try
     (these are some of my faves!). . . 

BLACK & WHITE BROWNIES (rich and decadent and start from a mix!  YESSS!),  APPLESAUCE CAKE  has only FIVE ingredients.  A terrific, moist cake that fills the whole house with a fabulous fall-ish aroma while it's baking.  Makes your mouth water.
RICE PUDDING with BUTTERSCOTCH SAUCE (mmm! Don't expect there to be any leftovers. :> ) HUSBAND'S DELIGHT casserole, with fat noodles, hamburger, spaghetti sauce, cheese, sour cream.  Husbands and kids LOVE this casserole!
                                 OK I admit, I do too.

Right 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 huge hit! 
And of course it would NOT be September 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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