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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tastes and Smells of Autumn

For all the new cooks, reluctant cooks, and solitary cooks out there, autumn is a difficult time of year.  The grand array of holidays and the multitude of reasons to make gorgeous food is astonishing.  So what can you to enjoy the taste and aroma of autumn food without cooking all day?

First, take a small pan and put a cup of water in it.  Sprinkle some cinnamon or cloves or both on top and heat the water for a few minutes.  The aroma is wonderful.

If you are having guests and want something to serve, bake-and-serve cookies are good.  You can buy them in a roll of dough or portioned pieces.  Cook them for about 8 to 10 minutes.  Great!

For something more adventurous, try your own cinnamon rolls.  Buy frozen hot roll dough.  Allow the dough to thaw slightly. 
Place 1 cup of sugar, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons of butter in a cake pan.  Allow the mixture to melt in the oven, about five minutes, or until sugar is dissolved.  Optional:  You may add coconut or nuts.  Turn off the oven.  Stir. Take the pan out of the oven and allow to cool until it will not burn you.  Turn the rolls over in the sugar mixture until each piece is completely coated.   Return the pan of rolls to the oven until they are risen, perhaps an hour.  Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy!

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