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Vanessa Druckman

Vanessa, also known as Chefdruck, is a foodie, writer and mom living in Chicago with her husband and four children. Whether you're planning a holiday dinner party or small impromptu get together with friends, Vanessa has easy menu ideas and helpful tips to minimize your time in the kitchen so you have more time to spend with your friends and family. Vanessa's personal blog can be found at chefdruck.com

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Fall Menu Recipe Ideas

Cooking for the Season: Fall Harvest Cooking

Fall is a great time of year to spend some time cooking and really savoring food.  It is actually my favorite time of year to play in the kitchen because of all the delicious fruits and vegetables available.

Baked Apple Dessert Recipe

Try These Easy to Make Fall Recipes

I usually like to have something tasty ready for my kids and husband when they get home, and they each have their favorites. The kids like these Sugar Honey Baked Apples and I love the scrumptious and homey smell that fills the house when I take them out of the oven. And, the smile on my husband's face when he comes home from work and smells these Cinnamon Raisin Stuffed Apples cooking in the oven warms me to the core. 

Corn and Broccoli Casserole Recipe Idea

Bubbling casseroles are a nice dinner side and they're also easy to throw together in addition to making great leftovers.  This Corn and Broccoli Casserole is so good, your family won't even notice that they're eating veggies.

Recipe for Broccoli Soup Appetizer

Chef John's Creamy Broccoli Soup

After Labor Day, I like to keep my fridge stocked with at least one homemade soup at all times.  Soups are not only a great fall meal, they are great to make ahead of time and have ready at a moment’s notice.  This Chef John's Creamy Broccoli Soup as well as this Slow Cooker Wild Rice and Chicken Soup are some of my favorites to whip up.

Vanilla Wafer Apple Dessert Recipe Idea

Vanilla Wafer Apple Crunch

Although I love all types of fall cooking, desserts are my absolute favorite. From Pumpkin Pie to this Vanilla Wafer Apple Crunch, fall desserts are delicious. Served warm with a little drizzle of cream or some vanilla ice cream, there's no better way to end a beautiful fall day.

1 Comment for Seasonal Fall Cooking

Easy roasted brssuel sprouts: (courtesy of barefoot contessa)Ingredients: * 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts * 3 tablespoons good olive oil * 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt * 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepperDirections:Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.Cut off the brown ends of the Brussels sprouts and pull off any yellow outer leaves. Mix them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour them on a sheet pan and roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Shake the pan from time to time to brown the sprouts evenly. Sprinkle with more kosher salt ( I like these salty like French fries), and serve immediately.Here is a whole slew of other brssuel sprout recipes that can easily fit into paleo/zone plans:

- dDgxscVKIJRNx on Jun 02, 2012

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