In the fall and winter, I absolutely love the butternut squash and autumn squash soup you can get at a various restaurants. My favorite is probably the autumn squash soup they have at Panera Bread, so I have scoured the internet for recipes that are copycats for those delicious restaurant squash soups.
I love making spritz cookies - these are the kind of cookies you make using a cookie press. They're pretty easy to make. It took me a while to get the hand of the cookie press. I've been making them for years now, but I have to admit that at first - my spritz cookies really didn't resemble anything. They just kinda looked like blobs. Now, the first few years I made spritz cookies, I make plain ones. Then I discovered this recipe. I never looked back.
The kids will love this variation on roasted pumpkin seeds...they're like cinnamon toast!!!
These pumpkin seeds certainly aren't the ones you'll remember from the days roasting pumpkin seeds with mom or grandma when you were a kid...but they're sure to be a hit on game night with the grown ups! They're made with whiskey and bacon drippings!
Halloween is a fun time of year and when you get together either with your family on the weekend around Halloween to play games, why not serve a healthy snack using the seeds from the pumpkins you probably carved? I remember my mom roasting the pumpkin seeds when I was a kid...what I didn't know is how much of a pain it is to clean those things off in order to roast them. But it's worth it.
A note about Orange Bread, from Jondi. I have grown up eating Orange Bread. My mom used to make this all the time at Christmas. I love the way it makes the whole house smell when the orange peels are boiling. It's amazing.
We ran a contest on our Twitter and asked our followers to send us their favorite burger recipe. The winner, DanielleK, sent us this one and she won a copy of the game "Burger Up" and its expansion "Burgers of the World." We chose this one because it is so unique, but when it came time to try it...we were both a little worried it might be too weird. But...it was pretty good!
A note from Jondi about this dip -- I'm not always a huge fan of cranberries and I don't like jalapenos at all. But for some reason, when you put them together in this dip they are delicious. This episode was all about games we like with mechanics we don't like, so I thought this dip was the perfect recipe to share!
There are many different versions of Stack Cake out there, this one is more like the "old fashioned" style that used to be used in southern mountain towns. There is actually a little bit of history that goes with these cakes, which is kind of neat. Cakes used to be (and still can be) quite expensive. So when small towns would have town gatherings, like a barn dance, each family would make and bring one layer of a cake and it would be assembled (or stacked) using dry spiced fruit or apple butter.
When I first heard about pumpkin chili, I seriously thought it sounded like the most horrible thing in the world. But then someone made it for me. It is the smoothest, most wonderful version of chili I think I have ever had and it is a perfect meal for a game night with your friends because you can make a big pot of chili and it serves everyone. No hassle!