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Linda Hoskins

I am already thinking ahead to Thanksgiving. Every year, I try to add something a little different, or change up a traditional recipe. For example, i like to try different ways to make cranberry sauce or offer a different vegetable than the traditional green bean and mushroom soup casserole. I would love to hear from you readers your favorite Thanksgiving recipe. Perhaps you made something new and different last year and it was a hit. Please share those recipes. Thanks.

     I have a great sounding recipe perfect for this fall season that comes from Jean Porter of Highland IL. It’s a bread recipe that calls for pumpkin, so you know it’s gotta be good! This recipe makes two loaves.

Holiday Pumpkin Bread

   submitted by Jean Porter

1 cup boiling water

1 cup quick oats

16 oz can pumpkin pack

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 cups packed brown sugar

4 ex lg. or jumbo eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 cup sour cream

4 1/2 cup flour

1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp salt

1 Tbsp baking powder

3/4 cup Golden raisins

1/2 cup chopped pecans

     Place oatmeal in a bowl, pour boiling water over. Cover and let sit for about 20 minutes. Mix all ingredients together, pour into two well greased 9×5 loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until the toothpick comes out clean.

     Cool for 10 to 20 minutes in a pan, then remove to racks.

     This next recipe comes from Bob Hobbs of Madison County, Illinois. This sounds like a perfect fall dessert for those not crazy about pumpkin.

Bundt Cake

   submitted by Bob Hobbs

1 box yellow cake mix

1 pkg instant vanilla pudding

3/4 cup veg. oil

3/4 cup water

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

1/3 cup chopped nuts

     Mix dry cake mix, oil, dry pudding mix and water. Add vanilla. Grease Bundt pan with butter. In a small bowl, mix sugar, cinnamon and nuts. Place half the sugar mixture into bottom of pan (be sure to cover pan evenly). Add half the cake batter. Repeat layers. Bake 40 to 50 minutes at 350 degrees.

     if you have a recipe to share, please send it to letscook! or mail to Mascoutah Herald, PO Box C, Mascoutah IL 62258. Thanks so much and as I like to say, Happy Cooking!

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