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Sep/Oct 2019 Table of Contents

In my humble opinion, fall is simply the best time of year. I was always a bit of a nerd in school, so fall signaled the start of a new year of classes, back-to-school shopping, and the beginning of the marching band season. Nowadays, I love slipping on a cozy sweater while enjoying a good book and crunching leaves outside while wearing my favorite pair of boots. And when it comes to cooking, fall is second to none. From apples to cinnamon to caramel to pumpkin, it’s hard not to get a flutter of excitement! This issue is about celebrating all that fall has to offer starting with its signature flavor: apple. We have a slew of apple recipes for you to choose from, paired with a handy apple-picking guide to help maximize your efforts. For those who enjoy a bit of tailgating before a football game, we have a few recipes—both lighter and heartier—to serve up to your crew. And it’s not fall until you enjoy a warm bowl of homemade soup after a brisk day outside, which is why we know you’re going to love the soup recipes we have in store. Schedules start to fill up quickly in the fall. There’s far less time available to cook dinner, which is why we think you’re going to enjoy our collection of all-day slow cooker recipes. Toss in the ingredients before you set about your day, set the timer, and let the slow cooker take care of the rest. Instead of planning for an hour or more in the evening to throw together dinner, you just need to grab a spare 20 minutes to sit down and eat, freeing up your schedule to other activities. And to further help you in saving time, we also provided a collection of cake mix desserts that require very little prep but turn out to be oh-so-yummy. From exploring corn mazes to taking a hay ride to heading out to the local harvest festival, there are plenty of reasons to relish this time of year, and we hope that the recipes found in this issue will help you enjoy the season to its fullest.

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Apples

Apple picking is one of the highlights of any fall season for me. I love the slight chill in the air as you bundle up in your favorite plaid shirt and the boots that have been stuck in the closet for months. I love hopping on some giant tractor as it carries you to the… Read Recipe


Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

The only thing that can make coffee cake more appetizing is to add in a touch of apple. A warm apple-cinnamon filling with a crunchy walnut topping makes for a breakfast you’d think jumped right out of the pages of a lifestyle magazine. Pair it with a mug of fresh coffee for an idyllic start… Read Recipe


Ultra Cozy Potato Soup

Potato soup is one of those comfort foods that’s able to zap away any lingering chill after a brisk walk on a fall day. We included a few other veggies in this particular batch to give the soup a more well-rounded flavor, but feel free to omit if you’re looking for just the classics. Read Recipe


Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Tacos are one of the best dishes to serve to your family because they’re so easy to customize to each individual’s personal tastes. Offer up sliced jalapeños for those who prefer something spicier or guac and sour cream for those who enjoy a milder flavor. You provide the base while they do the rest! Read Recipe


Soda Berry Bake

You only need four simple ingredients to pull off this sweet, gooey, irresistible dessert. While we used mixed berries for our version, feel free to use a single kind if you’re going for a more uniform look. Read Recipe


Spiced Meatballs

Meatballs are a crowd-pleasing choice anytime they’re offered, but they’re especially well suited for tailgates. Not only are they filling and easy to snack on, but they also simple enough to warm up in a slow cooker (or even eat cold!). Read Recipe


Sep/Oct 2019

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Editorial Staff

Editor: Jessica Thelander
Executive Chef: Addie Gundry
Photographers: Megan Von Schonhoff and Tom Krawczyk
Cover Design: Matt Paulson
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