Better Homes and Gardens October 2007 Recipes

Delight your family with these delicious fall meals, ranging from flavorful entrees inspired by freshly harvested apples, to rich chocolate desserts.


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Apple Pecan Salad
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Apple Pecan Salad

    Roasting brings out the buttery richness of Fuji apples and chopped pecans. A honey and cider vinegar dressing provides a touch of sweetness.

    Tip: If there's dressing left over, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to two days.

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Apple-Glazed Roast Chicken

    The crispy skin of this roasted chicken gets its flavor from a sweet-tart blend of apple jelly and cider vinegar. The oven coaxes out the apples' warm, caramel flavors and tones down sweetness.

    Tip: To save time, cook the rice and chicken together in a casserole dish with a tight-fitting lid. That way, the rice will remain moist as it bakes.

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Apple Upside-Down Cake

    This gooey cake bakes up from a no-fuss, one-bowl batter spiced with ginger and cinnamon.

    Tip: For extra spice, top off each slice with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream.

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Apple-Sausage Rigatoni

    You can complete this five-ingredient recipe in less than 30 minutes -- and that includes stirring together the rich sauce of cream and gorgonzola cheese.

    Tip: Cut calories (and some fat) by substituting chicken or turkey sausage.

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Peanut Butter and Apple-Bacon Sandwiches

    Apple-smoked bacon adds autumn flavor to this classic midnight snack. Stack the sandwich with Granny Smiths for tart flavor; for sweetness, try Golden Delicious apples.

    Tip: For added fiber and crunch, layer the bacon, crisp apples, and peanut butter on grilled whole wheat bread.

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Apple-Cheddar Soup

    Turn a proven crowd-pleaser -- apples and cheese -- into this creamy soup. Chunks of potatoes add heartiness.

    Tip: Garnish the soup with slices of Granny Smith apples for tart flavor; Pacific Queen apples make a sweeter alternative.

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Mile-High Caramel Apple Pie

    Four pounds of apples go into our towering pie, but you don't have to peel a single one. Just slice the fruit and pile it up. Warm caramel sauce drizzled on top provides extra sweetness.

    Tip: To evenly roast the apples for this pie, spread the fruit in a single layer across your pan.

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Oat Pastry

    The oats baked into this flour crust give our Mile-High Caramel Apple Pie (previous slide) a delicious, rustic touch.

    Tip: For best results, make this pastry with quick-cooking oats instead of regular rolled oats.

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Curried Cider-Pork Stew

    Curry gives this colorful stew a touch of spice, while fresh apples and pork add fall flavor.

    Tip: For a delicious side dish, try our creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

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Chunky Applesauce

    For rich flavor, simmer this sauce all day in your slow-cooker. For a chunkier variation, cook it on your stove.

    Tip: Try this apple dish as a side to our Pork Chops with Caramelized Onions.

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Classic Minestrone

    Serve this traditional soup of fresh veggies and pasta as your main course -- or as a yummy side dish to our Chicken Panini.

    Tip: For dessert, try our Caramel-Apple Pudding Cake.

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Seafood Minestrone

    Fresh shrimp and bay scallops add filling protein to an Italian classic that takes just 30 minutes to make.

    Tip: For dessert, try our Spiced Rum Cake.

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Slow-Cooked Minestrone

    Ground beef or turkey turns this vegetable soup into a filling meal. Fresh-grated Parmesan cheese makes the perfect topper.

    Tip: For dessert, try our Autumn Fruits with Cinnamon Custard.

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Minestrone with Mushrooms and Feta

    Feta cheese adds a bit of Mediterranean flavor to this chunky soup. Mix in cubes of grilled chicken or turkey for extra protein.

    Tip: For dessert, try our Gingerbread Cupcakes.

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Sesame-Ginger Wheat Berry Salad

    Wheat berries, a healthy alternative to white rice, add nutty flavor to this napa cabbage-based salad.

    Tip: For dessert, try our Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies.

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Spicy Barley and Rice

    Chipotle peppers add a fiery kick to barley, brown rice, and fresh spinach; toasted walnuts add a satisfying crunch.

    Tip: For dessert, try our light Berry Lemon Trifle.

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Swiss Oatmeal

    This recipe calls for nutrient-rich steel-cut oats; add fresh berries for an extra healthy boost. Prepare the oatmeal ahead to save time in the morning.

    Tip: For a sweet side, try our fresh Fig and Fruit Salad.

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Squash-Quinoa Soup

    Quinoa, a tiny beadlike grain, gives this chicken and butternut squash soup a slight crunch.

    Tip: For dessert, try our Praline Baked Apples.

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Bulgur-Mushroom Stovetop Pilaf

    This colorful dish provides 68 percent of your recommended daily Vitamin C intake; top it off with cracked black pepper and feta cheese.

    Tip: For dessert, try our Cranberry-Raspberry Tarts.

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