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October 2001 Issue
by Ronda L. Halpin
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    "Once in a young lifetime one should be allowed to have as much sweetness as one can possibly want and hold."

    - Judith Olney

Welcome to the October issue of Seasoned Cooking. With Halloween just around the corner, kids everywhere are dreaming about as much candy as they can haul home. But, just as you want to encourage them to have a good time, you might also want to offer them more than candy. That's where Seasoned Cooking comes in. We're here to help you with everything from party food to yard decorations.

We begin with a visit to Tir Nan Og and the Halloween party at Victoria's Vegetarian Victuals. Everything from toasted pumpkin seeds to a delight called Halloween Supreme is covered. If you're thinking about handing out popcorn balls to the trick-or-treaters, make sure you check out Home Cookin' for the best recipe in the Midwest! From there, you'll want to check out our special Halloween feature. With thoughts on everything from carving pumpkins to decorating yards, your Halloween party plans are already well on their way.

Moving on, we find ourselves at the Rush Hour column with a look at fall salads and the special place they have on our dinner tables. This month's recipe features the season's best apples and broiled pork tenderloin with a tangy warm dressing. If your tastes are leading you towards seafood, try the Teriyaki Salmon offered in Phil's International Flair. You might not have salmon quite as fresh as Phil's but the recipe will still be great!

And before you think that the only sweets to be had in October are the kind in trick-or-treaters' bags, stop by the Happy Endings column for a simple fruit crumble that's sure to please any sweet tooth! Combining peaches and blueberries under a simple crumb topping is the key to this easy recipe that is meant to be baked while you sit down and enjoy a meal with your family.

Speaking of families, I want to leave you with a reminder that Halloween is one of those holidays that offers us all an opportunity to spend some quality time with those we love -- whether it be decorating the yard together, planning the perfect costume or carving a spooky jack-o-latern. Have a great month and here's to a seasoned lifestyle!

    Ronda L. Halpin

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