In my part of the world, fall is approaching.

@GardenGerty (155069)
United States
September 16, 2010 8:19am CST
I told hubby last night that it must be true, because I suddenly want to make soup. Yesterday I made cheesy broccoli soup with the parts I trimmed from my broccoli for broccoli salad. I also worked on tidying up the crisper drawer, and took the older looking (but not spoiled) celery and making cream of celery soup. Today I will make some butternut squash soup, as I have thirteen squash of various sizes I picked from the garden. I can put some of the soup in the freezer. Made about a quart of each so far. I also want to make ham and beans. I had everything on hand for everything else, but I do not have chestnuts, which I usually put in my squash soup, and I do not have ham. I will shop tomorrow. How can you tell it is fall? Do you have special foods you like to cook in the cooler weather?
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@carolscash (9492)
• United States
20 Sep 11
I am a huge fan of soup, but my husband really doesn't like it. I think that when the weather begins to turn off cool that it is time for casserole dishes, soups, and stews. I love home made beef stew and although I don't make it often I do like it. I also have been thinking about fixing a pumpkin pie and I really don't even like them. I would like to find a recipe for some type of pumpkin cobbler. Anyone have a good idea for one?
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@GardenGerty (155069)
• United States
20 Sep 11
A pumpkin yummy or a pumpkin dump cake is good, whichever way you call it. Mix your pumpkin, eggs, and canned milk and spices just like for a pie. Pour it in the bottom of a 9x13 pan, then spread a dry yellow cake mix on the top. Sprinkle with pecans if you like, then melt a stick of butter and pour over that. Cook at 350 for 45 minutes or more.
@quita88 (3715)
• United States
16 Sep 10
I'm a lot like you.I cook stews tho. My hubby isn't a fan of soups or stews so I fix a pork roast for him first....then half what is left and make a stew for me and hash for him. The changes I am seeing are leaves falling, my humming birds are quite active but realize they are migrating. There is change in the air even tho it's still hot and I see my winter birds coming in for a drink in my bird baths. As for food, I usually do the usual and potatoe soup will go over best here. I like to add cheeses and make them yummy. Corn bread and red beans sounds goood too.
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@GardenGerty (155069)
• United States
16 Sep 10
Hearty breads are great. I think I still have a pork roast in the freezer as well. The days are not really that cool all the time, but today was cool. A month ago we were around 108, so 80-90 feels cool.
@quita88 (3715)
• United States
16 Sep 10
I love hot bread from the oven ! I love pork roast. It cooks up so tender and smells so wonderful ! Today has been about 98,,,,,,,,,,,but now it is about 82 and looks like a T storm.. I hope it cools down a lot. My elec. bill was a lot less, thand God !!
@peavey (16937)
• United States
16 Sep 10
Oh, yes! I love to make soup when the weather begins to cool down and look forward to it every year. I made butternut squash soup already, with the intention of freezing some, but I ate every bit of it! I have two more butternuts I can cook and a few more on the vine yet. I will make tuna chowder soon now, I've been wanting it for a few weeks, but it's been too hot for things like that.
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@peavey (16937)
• United States
16 Sep 10
I make butternut soup by baking the squash first, then sauteeing onions in butter, then I add some chicken stock and the cubed squash, heat it all through, then puree it in my blender. It's so good for a cold day (but obviously good for a warm day, too, since I ate it!) Tuna chowder is a lot like clam chowder.
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@GardenGerty (155069)
• United States
16 Sep 10
I have never had tuna chowder. Do you do anything special to your butternut squash soup? The recipe we usually use has chestnuts, but we cannot get them until around October. Dragon 54U says she puts a pear in hers. I have pears, so I will do that next.
@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
16 Sep 10
Soup is one of my favorite foods. I fix it the year around just not as much in the summer. I have never made squash soup. I like squash but the soup has never appealed to me. My fave is beef & veggies. My neighbor may get to come home from rehab tomorrow. He loves my soup. I need to check w/his wife today & see if he's coming home. He's the one that broke his hip, bless his heart.I also like chili when it gets cooler. Right now we are still having 90 degree days. Yuck!, i'm ready for some cooler weather.
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@GardenGerty (155069)
• United States
16 Sep 10
Tomorrow will be back in the 90's. I was surprised that I liked the squash soup. We put crumbled blue cheese and pecans on top.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
16 Sep 10
i LIKE BLUE CHEESE & PECANS & SQUASH. I might like it. Send me a bowl & i'll try it.lol.
• Pamplona, Spain
16 Sep 10
Hiya GG, Can smell that wonderful Soup from here GG. It must taste wonderful too as I can almost taste it as well. None of my lot in this House like that kind of Soup they probably would eat it if they went with their Friends to eat a Restaurant but they would not eat it here. Well I tend to make more Soup with Noodles in and the vegetables and a little bit of meat I do apart. Vegetables and meat are all fresh so all that I do myself. Sometimes I add in some fried potatoes(cubed and diced) and that is what gives it a different touch. I keep it very simple as they are forever eating those small things in Bars so I donĀ“t want to waste my efforts do I?
@GardenGerty (155069)
• United States
16 Sep 10
I have one that does not eat noodles or dumplings. The fried potato touch sounds good.
• Pamplona, Spain
19 Sep 10
Hiya GG, Yes when I make them the fried Potatoes I put them on the top of the lentils or chick peas or the meat with greens that I have done and then I cover it with the saucepan lid for about ten minutes that way the fries keep warm and they add taste to dish I have done. Also because I add this I get a lot less protests too as they love fried potatoes any Day of the Week.
• United States
16 Sep 10
I too like making Soups and that is a sing of winter approaching in my brain. But I also like making stews and chili. Nothing like coming in from the chilly outside to warm up the belly.
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@GardenGerty (155069)
• United States
16 Sep 10
I need to make some good breads to have with my creations.
• United States
16 Sep 10
mmm now reading this again made me hungry.
@KrauseHome (36449)
• United States
19 Sep 11
Well, the closer it gets to October it does feel like Fall is in the air, and you start seeing more leaves falling and changing colors, and you start enjoying being able to cuddle up in your warm blankets while watching a movie or at night when you are sleeping. It is also a good time to start enjoying more foods like soups, or oatmeal, etc. I actually miss homemade soups like chicken noodle, or dumplings, etc. and thinking seriously about boiling up some chicken soon along with some potatoes, etc. just for a nice warm soup from scratch.
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@GardenGerty (155069)
• United States
20 Sep 11
That sounds really good. Tonight we will have potatoes with bratwurst, and my hubby is making homemade barbecue sauce.
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@Eskimo (2315)
19 Sep 11
1 year on and it is autumn (fall) in U.K. Getting much colder, and leaves turning, looks like it might even be a worse winter than last year (if that's possible). Birds seem to have disappeared (for moulting?) for longer than normal. Not seen any geese flying south yet, but probably will soon. I must be unusual, because I just don't like soup, never have, and some (like tomato soup) actually makes me vomit.
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@GardenGerty (155069)
• United States
19 Sep 11
I do not remember winter as being bad here in Kansas last year, but it did hang on a long time. We did not seem to have Spring in between winter and summer. Over 100 degrees in May. It may be that you have an aversion to mixed foods I have seen some with that issue. I bet the texture of the tomato soup is tough for you.
@chrislotz (8137)
• Canada
4 Sep 11
Even though it is 12 months later, after you posted this discussion, fall is just around the corner again. It is Sept 4th today but it feels like it is still July. We are lucky this year and are having a beautiful summer now that it is here. We really didn't get any summer weather until the middle of July so hopefully that means we will get a longer summer and it stays really nice out for awhile yet. I make home made soup almost every sunday no matter what time of the year. I made a pot of turkety soup last week and the week before I made a pot of chicken soup. I make enough to last us all week, about 6 containers, for the two of us, for lunchs. We, my daughter and I, take it to work with us for lunch. We work together cleaning house so it's quite handy as we just use one of our clients microwaves to warm it up, they don't mind. We aren't having cooler weather right now but I still cook and bake. Last night I baked 2 cheese cakes and 2 carrot cakes. It cools off nicely at night time where I live so my kitchen didn't get hot, all I did was open the window. Cheers and have a good day my friend, Chris
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@GardenGerty (155069)
• United States
19 Sep 11
Yes, it is fall again. Finally. We had an early and miserably hot summer. I am baking breads of various types today and I am having an urge to do a lot of cleaning. Soup is both economical and nourishing. I will make a casserole tonight.
@Hatley (163781)
• Garden Grove, California
22 Sep 10
hi GardenGerty yes fall is here but we have had several really hot days here in Garden Grove California. The calendar is really the only way we know its fall here as we do not always get the snappy cold weather other states get. I love to have beef stew and corn bread during this season.Also when I was cooking for myself I loved to make different pasta dishes, spaghetti and Italian meatballs were one of my favorites as well as Shrimp scampi and fetticine Alfredo . yum yum.Now I do not get to cook for myself and am at the mercy of our cooks here at Gold Crest. lol
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@GardenGerty (155069)
• United States
14 Oct 10
After I posted this, we had another bit of summer, 90 plus degree. Now we have the changing trees. I am going to have to get some more plants in.
@maezee (42013)
• United States
26 Oct 10
Yes!! I am the same way. Fall is definitely here, and it's usually when I start craving things like cabbage soup and chilli - those are two of my favorites. I just made an AMAZING cabbage soup about a week ago - it was relatively inexpensive, nice and spicy, and best of all.. delicious! I love winter cooking. Plus, you have the advantage of being able to heat up your house a little bit by doing so!
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@GardenGerty (155069)
• United States
19 Sep 11
It is fall again, and I am going to bake breads today. Your soup sounds good.
@Ladyslipper (1327)
• Philippines
14 Oct 10
Here in our country we don't have fall. Usually when the -ber months are here it gets colder and stormy. During this season I have this urge to cook beef stew, stir fried noodles, chicken congee, rice noodles and creamy macaroni soup. Too bad my husband is not fond of eating those kinds of foods. Last week I cooked chicken noodle soup and macaroni. He has no choice. He ate them. lolz.
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@GardenGerty (155069)
• United States
14 Oct 10
You can come cook for me. My hubby does not eat pasta of any kind and so I do not cook it. All the things like the chicken and beef stew sound really yummy.
• United States
23 Sep 10
Oh yes, fall is here, too! And yes, I am looking forward to making soups and stews and using the oven again now that cooler weather is on the horizon. Although, today it's 92 degrees again, so hot stuff will wait a bit longer.
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@GardenGerty (155069)
• United States
14 Oct 10
It was cool, then hot again. Now it is getting cool again, and the leaves are now turning. I am baking lots of good bread. Unfortunately it disappears really fast.
• United States
17 Sep 10
I don't like soup so I don't get that feeling of wanting soup, but I can tell fall is near when it's starts getting chilly overnight. I don't really cook anything different for the fall, other than I start to make hot cocoa. It is just about fall here and I'm not liking it haha. I do like that I can get ready to plant more tulip bulbs and decorate for Halloween though.
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@GardenGerty (155069)
• United States
14 Oct 10
I want to get some more tulips to plant. It is a fun time to do more baking, too.
@JoyfulOne (6232)
• United States
16 Sep 10
Fall seems to be rolling in really fast where I live (up by Lake Erie) Like you, as soon as the weather starts chilling I want my homemade soups and stews and stuff. I like doing that stuff in a crock pot. Besides saving energy, the closed up house smells good all day long lol. I can tell it's fall because of the changes in nature around me. The geese have been flying south in massive flocks, and the deer have been feasting in the clover in the one field behind my house. Glad your butternuts produced well. The summer weather was weird in my area this year! I did everything I could, but mine never developed one measly squash! Cukes and beans were the only things that did well. This is the first time in many years where I don't have excess produce to stick in the freezer for winter.
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@GardenGerty (155069)
• United States
16 Sep 10
Weeds produced best of all for me. The squash and pumpkin vines seemed determined to over take me.
@ElicBxn (63163)
• United States
16 Sep 10
it was coolish this morning, but its still too hot to think about soup around here...
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@GardenGerty (155069)
• United States
16 Sep 10
It will be hot here tomorrow. I have a deep freeze to put the soup in.
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@dragon54u (31640)
• United States
16 Sep 10
Yep, I've had the urge to make soup, too. Today I'm making chicken stew because I need to use up some vegetables but the problem is that it will be in the 80's in a couple of days. Fall is coming, though! There's a tree just south of my back yard that always is the first to color its leaves for me. It started a couple of days ago and is so pretty!
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@GardenGerty (155069)
• United States
16 Sep 10
Oh, it will be 90 again tomorrow. I can freeze much of what I made. I just decided I would not waste the celery this time. I have round quart containers to store in, and that makes a nice amount of soup for a meal.
@ladym33 (10979)
• United States
16 Sep 10
Mmm, sounds like you have been busy making soup. I have wanting to make some chili and I have some left over hamburger meat from tacos yesterday, but since I have to take my son to gymnastics tonight as well as other things I am going to use it to make a quick meat sauce for spahgetti, that is an easy meal I can make, the doctor told me I am suppossed to stay in bed for the next 3 days because of my back but I don't see how since a mother's work is never done. It is getting a little chillier here, not really chili though I would just say pleasant. I have a couple of zucchinis coming in the garden that I hope will make it. I also have a lot of tomatoes that are not quite ready to pick yet and lots of peppers of various types. So those will go in my chili once I finally get to make it. I have only had one zuchini survive this year so I am really hoping these two make it, but we had a terrible windy rainy morning so we shall see.
@GardenGerty (155069)
• United States
16 Sep 10
I did not have any luck with zucchini this year. This was my first year for a garden in a long time. I used old seeds. You need to find some way to get off your feet. Hope tomorrow is better.
@SomeCowgirl (32191)
• United States
16 Sep 10
The other day the sky was overcast and I was sure that was a sign of fall, I also needed to put a blanket over me as I was just a bit chilled. Today it is a beautiful and bright sunny day, seems more like summer. I can not wait for the leaves to change colors, I can't tell that any have in our yard. I love the foliage!
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@GardenGerty (155069)
• United States
16 Sep 10
There is just something about the length of daylight and such that says it is on its way.
@Jifrauen (24)
• United States
16 Sep 10
I went to a friend's house the other night and we had a bowl of chili. After dinner, she pulled out a pumpkin pie, topped with whipped cream. It was delicious. I knew it was fall. Everytime I bite into pumpkin pie, I get chills. I love the fall, the change, the leaves, the crisp weather. It is something in the air.
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@GardenGerty (155069)
• United States
16 Sep 10
That definitely sounds like a fall menu. I am looking forward to pumkin pie as well.