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 National Cookie Month, Spinach Lovers Month, Popcorn Poppin' Month, National Tomato Month, National Seafood Month, National Chili Month, National Pork Month, National Pretzel Month, National Dessert Month, National Apple Month,
Eat Country Ham Month, National Pickled Peppers Month, Vegetarian Awareness Month and National Pasta Month.
Find daily "October Is" postings on Sally's Place in our The Daily Dish section.

New Articles

Raising an Adventurous Eater
This is a new series by Leena D. Saini, whose second article is First Flavors: How to Safely Introduce "Baby-Friendly" Spices

First Annual San Diego Sriracha Festival
Andrea Lita Rademan showcases the San Diego Sriracha Festival, for fans of America's favorite hot sauce.

Jon Rusciano, in his "My Rhone Adventures" series visits Domaine de la Janasse.


If you are looking for ethnic recipes, look no further than our Sally's Place Ethnic Recipes Section.

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October 1, 2014
Happy Halloween

October is a sure indication that fall is here.  Think fall soups, spices, apples, squash, persimmons, cranberries, and pumpkin pies plus the first of our major fall holidays arrives at the very end of the month. Halloween is traditionally a children's holiday with parties and trick-or-treating.  But adults can get in the swing of things too. We've provided lots of recipes for that purpose, no matter your age.

I hope you take some time to enjoy all that fall has to offer.  Go apple picking or visit a local pumpkin patch.  Make some hot chocolate and pumpkin bread.  Get ready for the cool weather with a glass of fine wine.  Fall is the perfect time to slow down a bit and enjoy the falling leaves, the smell of mulled cider on the stove and the taste of your favorite homemade soup.


All the best in food, wine, and travel.

Happy October,


Sally Bernstein


Sally's Recommendations

Gourmet Edible Mushrooms Calendar 

Taylor Lockwood presents another stunning collection of gourmet edible mushroom photos from America and around the world. 11 inches x 8.5 inches, saddle-stitched, with thirteen months, including the following January and mini-months. Price $14.95. Click here to order.


With school in full swing and busier schedules upon us, McCormick products make getting weeknight meals on the table easy. With new products like Skillet Sauces and Gluten-Free Recipe Mixes, as well as their collection of recipes at, McCormick is helping families create convenient, flavorful meals any night of the week. Want to know if you'll love these products without even tasting them? Free FlavorPrint recommendations created by McCormick offer personalized recipe and product suggestions tailored to your individual flavor profile - making the question "What's for dinner?" obsolete. You'll see their FlavorPrint at 


Fall is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate Fall than making Butternut Squash Soup! Just combine 1 jar of Dave's Gourmet Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce, 4 cups of low-sodium chicken broth, and 1 onion (chopped). Saute the onion until tender and add the broth, pasta sauce and 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. If you would like a smoother soup - puree in a blender until smooth (optional). Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with a drizzle of plain Greek yogurt and some fresh sage.

Olive oil from Texas?  I needed to know more.  It seems that Texas produces over 500 tons of olive oil and after tasting the Texas Olive Ranch oil, I now see why. Texas Olive Ranch 100% Pure Texas Extra Virgin Olive Oil is pressed from arbequina variety olives grown at their ranch in South Texas. The arbequina variety was developed in Spain and is especially suitable for growing in the sandy loam soil of the Middle Rio Grande Valley, where the climate is very similar to southern Spain. In addition to the arbequina variety, they grow two other varieties: arbosana, also Spanish in origin; and a Greek variety called koroneiki. Harvest is the first week in September near Carrizo Springs. Online ordering available.   


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