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September 2008 Issue
by Ronda L. Halpin
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    "In the hands of an able cook, fish can become an inexhaustible source of perpetual delight."

    - Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)

Welcome to the September issue of Seasoned Cooking. When setting out to make an elegant dinner for a special occasion, I often turn to fish. That is exactly what led to the delightful recipe in the Rush Hour column this month. An elegant meal of striped bass takes on a southwestern flavor when paired with great seasonings, a fresh tomatillo salsa and hearty black beans and rice. The special occasion in this case was my husband's birthday and we started the day in a gourmet fashion as well by enjoying the lovely bread pudding recipe featured in the Rise 'n Shine column. Needless to say, a good day was had by all.

September brings us the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. In that spirit, we bring you a blend of recipes and ideas from both seasons. From our summer side, we begin with fresh tomatoes in the Kitchen Focus column. It includes a super simple recipe featuring pasta, bacon and some of summer's finest vegetables. We move on to the Through the Kitchen Window column and a trip to the farmers' market featuring Rossana's great artichoke find and the delicious meal that follows. It's a great summer tradition and a lovely way to enjoy fresh produce. Finally, we give a final hurrah to summer with a special ice cream feature. You'll be wanting to make the great ice cream pie recipe that's offered again and again.

Moving on to autumn, we begin by asking you about your favorite fall activity in the Seasoned Opinions column. Then we spend a little time with seeds and nuts. First, in Phil's International Flair, we take a look at how to roast pumpkin seeds. Phil shares easy recipes that offer both salted and unsalted varieties. Then, in the Ingredient SpotLight, we get a look at almonds and how they can fit into both sweet and savory recipes. Of course a few recipes are shared to get you started! Finally, we welcome cooler weather with a spicy cookie that reminds us of brownies that are packed with cinnamon and, yes you read that right, cayenne! It will warm you, heart and soul! Find it in the Happy Endings column.

There is a lot more to be discovered in this issue. Enjoy it and share it with your friends. And don't forget to tell us about what you like and don't like by using our feedback forms in every article. Enjoy the opportunities to spend time with friends and loved ones that August brings and here's to a seasoned lifestyle.

Ronda L. Halpin

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