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An Autumn Salad from Karen Cushman

Print Recipe Warm Sal­ad with Roast­ed Squash, with Cran­ber­ry Vinai­grette, Hazel­nuts, and Chèvre I must admit I’m more of a free-form cook. I don’t real­ly fol­low recipes but adapt them to what I have on hand or what my cre­ative juices are call­ing for. Usu­al­ly. The fol­low­ing recipe I love so much that I make […]


Lucy’s Easy Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding

Read­ing Ahead rec­om­mends McDuff Moves In, a pic­ture book about a res­cue dog’s search for a new fam­i­ly, writ­ten by Rose­mary Wells and illus­trat­ed by Susan Jef­fers (The Gryphon Press, 2019). This recipe is includ­ed in the book and fea­tured here with the per­mis­sion of the pub­lish­er. Print Recipe Lucy’s Easy Vanil­la Bean Rice Pud­ding […]

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Cozy Reading Chili

We’ve been out­side enjoy­ing the sum­mer and fall weath­er, but now it’s time to set­tle in for a win­ter’s worth of read­ing. Enjoy this yum­my chili while you read.


Pumpkin Muffins

Author Melanie Heuis­er Hill believes that Gram, from her book Giant Pump­kin Suite, would be bak­ing these pump­kin muffins this month.

Woodcut frog by Claudia McGehee

Squashed Fly Cookies

My British mom was fond of mak­ing these for us as chil­dren. It is a cook­ie (or “bis­cuit” if you live in the UK!) she knows from her own child­hood. The moniker may sug­gest an unusu­al, rather dis­agree­able ingre­di­ent, but in real­i­ty, no insects were sac­ri­ficed for the dough!

Potato Latkes

Potato Latkes

One of the tra­di­tion­al foods served at Han­nukah cel­e­bra­tions, this recipe for Pota­to Latkes will have your nose twitch­ing and your mouth water­ing! Hap­py Han­nukah!


Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

We rec­om­mend giv­ing kids cook­books for the hol­i­days. Yumm. For kids who are inspired by rel­a­tives who cook, TV cook­ing shows, or their innate wish to make (and eat) good food, a cook­book will trav­el with them through­out life. (And it’s a sneaky way to encour­age read­ing and math!)

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Vinegar Pie

In hon­or of our Book­storm, Pre­sent­ing Buf­fa­lo Bill: the Man Who Invent­ed the Wild West, we dis­cov­ered that on the wag­on trail, when fresh apples weren’t avail­able, apple cider vine­gar made a tasty pie.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Inspired by our Book­storm fea­ture this month, Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Life and Times of Pete Seeger, there was a pot of stew bub­bling in many a hobo camp dur­ing the Great Depres­sion and many a hoo­te­nan­ny in the ’50s and 60s’. This quick-to-assem­ble ver­sion can stay in your slow cook­er until you’re […]

Lighthouse Beef Stew

Lighthouse Beef Stew

Author Aimee Bis­sonette writes, “To accom­pa­ny your read­ing of Miss Col­fax’s Light­house, here’s the type of recipe Har­ri­et would have cooked in win­ter months. It gets incred­i­bly cold on Lake Michi­gan in the win­ter and Har­ri­et was always so busy! She would have need­ed some­thing that was pret­ty easy to make (no time to fuss) […]

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Twisted Tots Hotdish

We would­n’t be sur­prised if Trav­is’s grand­moth­er had a frozen ver­sion of this hot­dish stored next to the state fair but­ter­head. This recipe is a sta­ple across the Mid­west.