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Recipes: Some of My Favorite Fall Recipes

Around this time of year every single woman you may (or may not) know go into full-on “Domestic Diva” mode.  Whether it be the cleaning, the decorating, wrapping presents, buying presents or hosting fabulous get-togethers, we somehow manage to do it all and pull it off as though it were effortless. But, out of all of these fun holiday chores, my favorite one (by far) is the cooking.  I know some of you groan when you hear that.  If any of you follow my Facebook status updates, about three times a week, my boyfriend “continues to be a lucky man” because he has another fabulous hot meal I’ve created.  I love good food.  And, so far, he hasn’t complained once.  So, in the spirit of “giving”, I’m dedicating this post to a few of my favorite fall recipes.  Please feel free to add comments with your favorite recipes! I love trying new things and I know my boyfriend fully appreciates it too 🙂

The Infamous Turkey Loaf                                                                                                                      


  • 1 1/2 lb. ground turkey   
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs – if there is a wheat allergy, subsitute with tortilla crumbs
  • 1 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt, garlic salt, dry mustard and sage
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup (condensed)


Mix all ingredients together and bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes, or until turkey is no longer pink in the middle. 

Side Note: The loaf will seem creamier than normal meatloaf.  This is due to the soup mix.

Not sure what to do with left over turkey?  Try Turkey Tetrazzini!


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour or gluten free substitute
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups of turkey
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 package and 7 oz. of spaghetti (can use gluten-free pasta as well)
  • 1/2 cup parmesean


  • Cook spaghetti and set aside
  • Melt butter in large saucepan on low heat
  • Blend flour and seasonings
  • Cook on low heat, stir till smooth and bubbly
  • Remove from heat
  • Stir in broth and cream
  • Heat to boiling, stir constantly for about 1 min.
  • Stir in spaghetti and turkey
  • Pour in an ungreased 2 quart casserole
  • Sprinkle top with cheese
  • Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees    

Need a side dish?  Try Green Bean Casserole!


  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup (condensed)
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 4 cups of cut, cooked green beans
  • 1 1/3 cups of French’s Fried Onions


  • Stir soup, milk, soy sauce, beans and 2/3 cup of the onions into a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes until mixture is hot and bubbling
  • Stir mixture and sprinkle with remaining onions
  • Bake 5 more minutes

… And for Dessert – Apple Cranberry Tart


  • 1 unbaked, room temperature 9-inch tart shell (or make your own)
  • 1 roll (about 7 oz.) almond paste
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 5 medium-sized apples, peeled and sliced to make 5 cups
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup uncooked oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour or gluten-free substitute
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tbsps. unsalted butter, very cold or frozen
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Flatten almond paste on a sheet of wax paper with a rolling pin to form an 8-inch circle
  • Press almond circle into the bottom of the unbaked part of the tart shell
  • In a bowl, combine cranberries, apples, sugar and 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
  • Pour on top of almond circle, into tart shell
  • In a bowl, combine the remaining cinnamon, oats, flour and brown sugar
  • Cut butter into very small pieces and mix into cinnamon mixture until crumbs form
  • Spoon crumb mixture evenly over the top of the apple mixture
  • Bake 50-60 minutes
  • Sprinkle with sliced almonds during the lasst 5 minutes of cooking time.
  • Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Need a drink?  Try a Pumpkin Martini!

Equal parts of:

  • Vanilla vodka
  • Pumpkin smash liquor
  • Baileys

Add whipped cream and cinnamon sticks to finish

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