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  1. This fall, say hello maple and so long pumpkin spice

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    Come on, admit it. You're so over the pumpkin-spice craze.

    Maple-Pecan Squares
  2. Cookbook review: ‘Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook' is like a friend who always has a good recipe up her sleeve

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    Cherry Bombe is a biannual indie magazine, weekly radio show/podcast and annual conference that celebrates women and food. And this month's release is a cookbook, a compilation of tried-and-true recipes from women who are famous both in the food world and other industries. Think model and cookbook author …

    By Kerry Diamond 
and Claudia Wu Clarkson Potter, 256 pages, $35
  3. Can you eat a jack-o'-lantern? And other thoughts on cooking with whole pumpkins

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    The pumpkin is sweating, and so am I.

    I've got my knife an inch into the watermelon-sized orb, which is staring at me all like, "I'm too cute to be dinner!"

    Pumpkin with farro, cranberries and walnuts is good hot or cold.
  4. Fresh figs take a starring role in this fig cake

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    Figs are showy fruit.

    They can't help themselves. Even the plainest, drabbest fig will reveal a scarlet belly, flecked with shimmering seeds, once you take a bite. Whether they're sliced or halved, arranged in a tart shell, on a crostini or just on a plate, there are few visions more enticing. This is why most fig …

    Chopping fresh figs and folding them into cake batter is not something you usually see, but that’s exactly what happens in this recipe for fig cake.
  5. From the food editor: Five things I'm enjoying in the food world right now

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    Sometimes your notebook is scribbled with little thoughts here and there, things you come across in the food world and want to share but aren't sure how or when. Well, folks, I need to get some of this off my chest. Here is a somewhat random collection of culinary things I am really enjoying right now:

    Espresso Sea Salt Cookie Sandwiches with a cooked buttercream frosting, from St. Petersburg home bakery Wandering Whisk Bakeshop. Photo by Jennifer Jacobs.
  6. This recipe for Meatless Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash is perfect for Meatless Monday

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    This meal is so healthy, I am not even sure how it's so delicious. It's a perfect plate for Meatless Monday: filling yet fun, with "meatballs" made out of crushed nuts and strands of spaghetti squash. The whole thing freezes surprisingly well, too, just note that the squash will be a little watery upon defrost.

    Meatless Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash. Photos by Michelle Stark, Times Food Editor.
  7. Satisfy Chinese takeout craving with Kung Pao Cod

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    Eating healthy doesn't mean there isn't room for occasional treats like Chinese takeout or a drive-through for our favorite one-of-a-kind cheeseburger. As long as we keep these kinds of meals reserved for true cravings, not convenience, then I can probably keep our healthy eating in check.

    Kung Pao Cod will satisfy your craving for Chinese food. Using pan-seared cod reduces calories and fat.
  8. Recipe for Autumn Sweet Potato and Mushroom Soup

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    What's for dinner? It is the eternal question and, nationwide, the "I'm out of ideas" face can be spotted on folks wandering the grocery store in search of inspiration.

    Autumn Sweet Potato and Mushroom Soup is simple to make. You can start with the base recipe and make your own tweaks, subbing in other hearty veggies for the sweet potato and using your favorite herbs and flavoring ingredients.
  9. Party like you're a kid on Halloween with these kid-friendly books and recipes

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    Do your kids love Halloween candy and costumes, but quaver at creepy decorations and horror stories? If so, we've got your back. Try reading these three Halloween books, which will make you laugh, warm your heart, occasionally make you groan in disgust, but never truly scare you. Children can help make the accompanying …

    Frosted Sugar Cookie Pumpkins are a treat for the whole family.
  10. Five ideas for quick loaf breads to make this fall

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    Ah, fall. That time of year when we start stocking our homes with candy and come to the slow and not altogether unwelcome realization that comfort foods are a staple for the remainder of the year. • We're leaning all the way in with this collection of quick breads, loaves of pure joy that are simple to make …

    Zucchini is bland and moist enough to lend just the right touch to Lemon Poppyseed Zucchini Loaf.