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Turkey Sweet Potato Soup

Talk about a bowlful of fall color! This healthy, colorful soup is one of my oldest recipes, often made with leftover Thanksgiving turkey but also with the last of a rotisserie chicken, some leftover roasted chicken or, wow, chunks of smoked chicken. And it's extra easy to make, there's no need to even sauté the onion and celery before adding the rest of the ingredients. Just chop 'em up and cook 'em! The results? A very tasty, satisfying soup, a great way to return to "normal eating" after an indulgent holiday. Real Food, Fast from Scratch. Another Quick Supper , a Kitchen Parade Specialty. Hearty & Filling. Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Low Fat. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

When picturing a Thanksgiving meal, my mind’s eye moves straight to the pumpkin pie, its crust golden and flaky, the filling tawny orange flecked with spicy brown. But some years, it’s good to part with tradition! Treat your family to this luscious bread pudding, if not for Thanksgiving then before or after. While it’s a bit homely looking, you’ll be licking the dish clean! The original recipe is what makes America obese: the portions were enormous and laden with fat and sugar! Even with half the calories and a third the fat, you’ll find the revised recipe generous and rich. ALANNA's TIPS Use fresh rather than stale bread – it will more easily soak up the pumpkin-infused egg and milk mixture. If the bread is crusty, think about removing the crust before tearing into cubes. For texture contrast, top with a few toasted pecans. If you bake ahead of time, reheat the pudding before serving. The sauce can easily be made in advance, then reheated. If you’ve wanted to expe

Gourmet Chocolate Mocha Cookies

Close your eyes and imagine-taste deep-dark decadent chocolate cookies laced with espresso, then imagine-taste deeper, bits of melty chocolate inside . It's a chocolate lover's dream cookie, right? It's also one of my oldest cookie recipes and a "must-make" for a Christmas cookie tray and all the chocolate lovers in your life. If you crave chocolate cookies that are almost like brownie cookies or fudge cookies or flourless chocolate cookies, here you go, get to baking! Super Chocolate-y, Contains Almost 1.5 Pounds of Chocolate! Crackly on Top, Chewy Inside. Delicious with Cold Milk. Freezes Beautifully.

Homemade Applesauce

How to make applesauce from scratch, offering control over the apple varieties, the texture, the amount of sweetness (we like it best without added sugar!) and added flavorings like lemon or vanilla. It's plain in appearance but vibrant in flavor. For a festive bright-red homemade applesauce for the holidays? Add cranberries! Real Food, Fresh & Seasonal. Budget Friendly. Just One Ingredient! Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Great for Meal Prep. Easy DIY. No Added Sugar. Low Fat. Weight Watchers Friendly. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real . Naturally Gluten Free.

Molasses Cookies

For all my fellow molasses lovers, here is an old-fashioned cookie with that classic molasses flavor we adore. It's my forever-favorite recipe for Molasses Cookies, all crinkly and cracked on top. For a real treat? Spread a little Molasses Ice Cream between a couple of Molasses Cookies: instant Molasses Sandwich Cookies! Homemade Old-Fashioned Cookies Made from Scratch. Great for After-School and Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies. Ships Well.

Molasses Ice Cream

For all my fellow molasses lovers, here is an unexpected but not to be overlooked recipe, a most surprising and alluring no-cook ice cream made with, get this, molasses! It's a big surprise, you'll never once find it in a grocery store! For a real treat? Spread a little Molasses Ice Cream between a couple of old-fashioned Molasses Cookies for instant Molasses Sandwich Cookies! Homemade Ice Cream, an Unusual Flavor Made from Scratch. Just Four Ingredients. Great for After-School and Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies. Pairs Well with Fall Desserts.

Wine-Braised Pork Roast with
Garlic Mashed Potatoes

What a wonderful way to cook a pork roast! The meat, even an inexpensive cut, is oven-roasted and turns out moist, tender and flavorful. And the sauce – oh, the sauce – is deep and dark and yet slightly sweet, thanks to rich spices, wine and aromatic vegetables. Wonderful with Garlic Mashed Potatoes! Real Food, Fresh & Comforting. Hearty & Filling. Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Low Carb. Low Fat. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free.

Dog Cookies & Kid Treats

The recipes: My dog's favorite cookie recipe, All Natural Dog Treats. Plus, just in time for Halloween, "Black Cat Bites" for kids, they masquerade as "Reindeer Rations" at Christmas, "Bunny Pellets" at Easter. Plus, Homemade Fudgesicles, so easy! Let’s be clear: The first recipe is for dogs, not people. Repeat: Dogs. But are they good cookies for dogs? Or are they cookies for good dogs? Both, I’d say, since the good dogs I know chew ‘em up and beg for more. Make up a batch for your favorite canines. Woof! Yummy-woof! Woof! In contrast, Dog Chow for Kids is definitely people food, well, kid food anyway. With just a tad of imagination, it’s amazingly versatile. At Halloween, Dog Chow transforms magically into Black-Cat Bites. At Christmas, surprise, out comes Reindeer Rations. At Easter, whip up a batch of Bunny Pellets. The recipe remains the same. Only the name is changed to entertain the innocent. HOMEMADE FUDGESICLES are de

Colorful Red & Yellow Bell Peppers:
Recipes to Add Color to the Table
Yes, These Are Healthy Recipes Too!

Two recipes to make good use of the colorful bell peppers that show up in early fall. The first is a quick sauté. The second is a pickle which may be canned or kept for a few weeks as a refrigerator pickle. Both add so much color to a table! COMPLIMENTS! "...it was so good!" ~ Carol The farmers market is bursting with garden produce. There’s no resisting the baskets of sweet peppers in bright summer skins of red, yellow and orange. Here in the Midwest, August and September are when savvy shoppers purchase peppers in the farmers market. They are often smaller and misshapen and the flesh is thinner. But they are often quite inexpensive: I've seen ten for $1. PIED PIPER PICKLES Clean 2-1/2 pounds of red and yellow sweet peppers. Cut each into six pieces. Place in boiling water for three minutes, then drain. Meanwhile, combine 2 cups sugar, 2 cups tarragon vinegar, 2 cups water, 1/2 teaspoon celery seed, 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed, 2 cloves crushed

Retro Recipe: Chicken à la King

Chicken à la King is my idea of perfect retro deliciousness. Think bites of moist chicken, bell pepper, mushrooms and peas draped in a dreamy cream sauce. Think more healthful than it looks and sounds. Think quick, think supper. That's Chicken à la King. Chicken à la King is a recipe that seems to morph into something new every twenty years or so. While the dish is likely of American origin, the source of this version is a cookbook picked up in France awhile back. While tempted otherwise, I’ve made only modest reductions to the butter and cream. First, the portion sizes are relatively small. More importantly, since it’s the height of summer and fresh produce is so plentiful, it’s easy to fill out this rich entrée with a grilled vegetable (green beans, anyone?), a nutrient-packed salad and a fresh-fruit dessert. In this way, we balance our calorie intake over the course of a meal, a day, even an entire week. ALANNA’s TIPS Make only what you’ll serve immediate