Hurrah! The oppressively hot days of summer have ended here in North Carolina, and the weather has finally started turning cool. The A/C has been turned off and the windows have been thrown open, letting in the chill and the scent of autumn. The leaves haven't started to turn just yet, but it's only a matter of time. For me, this glorious weather makes me want to put on cozy sweater and start cooking up a storm in the kitchen. The hot summer months make kitchen work too uncomfortable (I have no summer kitchen in my home, but I clearly need one!), and the cooler temperatures of autumn always bring me back into the kitchen. Combine that with all of the delicious flavors of fall -- pumpkin, apples, squash, mushrooms -- and you have a recipe for deliciousness!
I recently stumbled upon this amazingly simple and unbelievable delicious recipe, and it's a must try. It's the heaven-sent child of apple crumble and pumpkin pie.
Pumpkin Crunch Bars
1 15oz. can pumpkin
1 12oz. can evaporated milk
1 1/2 C. sugar
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1 Yellow Cake Mix
1 C. melted butter
Combine first 5 ingredients and pour into greased 9×13 pan.
Sprinkle cake mix on top of pumpkin mixture and pour melted butter over top.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Top with whipped cream and enjoy!
A good cookbook always gets me in the mood to try new flavors and dishes, and I hope these get you into the kitchen as well!
101 AUTUMN RECIPES
Pumpkin and cinnamon and hearty delicious soups ... mmmmm ... my mouth is watering already!
THE COOK'S ILLUSTRATED COOKBOOK
2,000 delicious recipes from America's Test Kitchen. What a collection!
NEW ENGLAND SOUP FACTORY COOKBOOK
Because ... soup!
SLOW COOKER RECIPES
There is no better time to bring out the slowcooker than autumn!
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MaryBeth is a dog-mom, teacher, and amateur archer. When she's not throwing tennis balls for her dogs or sending arrows downrange towards a bullseye, she can be found nestled up with a good biography or historical fiction novel, sipping a cup of a tea. She's exactly what you expect of an English teacher, except for bows and arrows.