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Cooking Corner

October 8, 2011
Reinbeck Courier

Now that October is here I can officially say autumn is here. September has a lot of summer days, but not so with October. The weather forecast is for some warm days this week-very good for the harvest to get in full swing, but also being outside to prepare for winter. When October comes we here in Iowa know harvest time is here. We hope once again we will be blessed with abundance and time to do this sometimes overwhelming task that is ahead. You can say what you want about the fresh beauty of spring, the laid-back days of summer and the bright clean white of winter. However, a few of you would disagree that the beautiful days of this week, that fall is the grandest of all.

One of the nicest things about living in Iowa, or a northern climate is the ever changing seasons. For a few weeks, nature puts on one of its most spectacular displays as the trees and shrubs finish out the growing season in a brilliant display of fall colors.

Jack Frost usually gets credit for the beautiful colors, but in reality, fall color is controlled by both the genetic factors and environment. Carotenes are the yellow pigments produced all growing season in the leaves. You just don't see it because, the chlorophyll, the green pigment is so dominate. In autumn when short days and cool temperatures slow down the production of chlorophyll breaks down and disappears. Then the yellow pigments that have been masked by chlorophyll show up. Some plants produce red and purple pigments that only get brighter when in the fall sugar content increases because of the temperatures. Fall color starts in September with poison ivy and sumac and ends in November with the willows. Frost and freezing temperatures will stop the coloration process and blacken the leaves and the trees will be bare. The only reason I can find why some people don't like fall.

Right now we are in the middle of football season here is a treat that you'll go running back for more!


1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup butter

6 cups popped popcorn

1 cup salted peanuts

Heat honey and butter until blended. Mix in popcorn and peanuts in a large bowl, and stir in honey mixture. Spread mixture into two large pans.

Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

"I like the fall-mist and all"-Dixie Williams



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