What’s for Dinner? Sunday Link up #116

Fall is into full swing – the weather is cooling off and soups are finding their way to the table.  With so many things to do these days, you still have to ask the question…

What's for Dinner-

 Here is a collection of fabulous recipes!  A collaboration of ideas ~

So come on in and party with us!

Share your latest and greatest recipes here –   Feel free to post linkys that are food related  as well!

A HUGE thanks to everyone that shared last week!  There were so many amazing recipes.

Please remember to visit at least two for every one you share – it just takes a minute!

 Here are the most visited posts from last week:

 Please stop by and visit them – let them know how fantastic they are!

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Organic Eating: How to Get Started

Eating organic food isn’t just a trendy dieting fad.  Many people like to buy organic so that they can cut down on pesticides used in food production, and sometimes GMOs (genetically modified organisms) as well.  If you’re interested in trying to organic food as much as you can, there are a few things to remember.

Understand What Organic Means

It’s important to understand the different definitions of organic.  In the US, organic crops have to be grown without synthetic pesticides and GMOs.  Livestock should be raised with outdoor access and mustn’t receive hormones or antibiotics.

Why Eat Organic?

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Patty Pan Squash with Sausage and Pasta

Summer is over, but if you’re lucky enough to still have some patty pan squash, here is a hearty recipe that is simply delicious!

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Autumn Dinner Parties: How to Get Them Right

If you’re thinking of throwing a dinner party in the weeks ahead, you should match it to the time of year.  Autumn is a great season, and it’s a great season for food too. There are so many great ideas that you can do.  Of course, dinner parties are about the atmosphere and the experience as much of the food, and that applies at any time of the year.

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Preparing Food Fit For A King On A Beggar’s Budget

Is eating well costing you a fortune?  Good food can be expensive and if you don’t want to live on prepared meals – no one does – then you’re going to have to make room in your shopping budget.  Just think about how much cooking and eating well actually costs.  You need to buy the equipment, use the energy to heat or cool it and of course the actual food itself.  If you’re buying all organic produce that can easily cause the costs of good food to balloon.  So, what’s the answer?  Eat at McDonald’s for the rest of your life?  Actually, there might be some clever ways to cut costs out of cooking and cheapen the deal on a great, sumptuous meal.

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Nor’wester Grilled Cheese and Mushroom Sandwich

We have so many amazing foods here the Pacific Northwest, I thought it would be fun to create a grilled cheese sandwich from some of the local ingredients.

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What’s for Dinner? Sunday link up #115

It’s been a long and busy week that ended in a far too short mini vacation.  Although it’s fun to get away, it was wonderful to be home.  And then, the question…

What's for Dinner-

 Here is a collection of fabulous recipes!  A collaboration of ideas ~

So come on in and party with us!

Share your latest and greatest recipes here –   Feel free to post linkys that are food related  as well!

A HUGE thanks to everyone that shared last week!  There were so many amazing recipes.

Please remember to visit at least two for every one you share – it just takes a minute!

 Please stop by and visit them – let them know how fantastic they are!

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Cabbage Soup – A Hearty Fall Meal

Cabbage is one of those local crops that loves the cold weather.  It’s fairly easy to get right now.  I love to make soup that brings back childhood memories. When I was about 8 years old, we had some friends in our neighborhood from Portugal. We loved going to their house for Cabbage soup and linguica (a Portuguese sausage). I have not found sausage quite like the ones she made, but I did learn to make the soup! I like to serve mine with cheese biscuits, but you can add some chunks of sausage to the soup or on the side as well.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – Gluten Free

What could be better in this cool fall weather than some warm pumpkin cookies and milk?  These are gluten free, but you can use regular baking flour as well.

Click here for directions to cooking the pumpkin (fresh is always best)
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Warming Fall Food Doesn’t Have To Be Unhealthy

It always seems easier to eat a healthy, seemingly balanced, diet in the warm weather; summer tends to be full of grilled meats fresh off the BBQ, salads, and fruit smoothies.  The cravings for sugary food and heavy carbs tend to be less frequent due to the warm and hot weather.  The sunshine also means that you’re more likely to be outside and getting active on a regular basis, so those extra calories from ice cream and the cheese on your burger are burned off quickly.

People tend to feel that as fall approaches and the colder weather gets into full swing; any ideas about a healthy, balanced diet have to be flung out of the window and replaced with hot pizza and various pies (yum).  However, this is not the case; fall brings with it an array of fresh, seasonal produce that can help to create delicious, healthy, and hearty meals that will fill and warm you up.  If you’re cooking from scratch; there’s no reason you can’t stick to a balanced lifestyle, full of your favorite food and recipes; there are even healthy choices to be had when you’re out and about, so don’t panic!  The following are some ideas, tips, and things to consider regarding your fall appetite, and the changes in food you’ll notice from summer.

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