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The Most Popular Fall Recipe the Year You Were Born

Do you love fall flavors like apple, pumpkin and maple? Take a look to find out what food with a fall twist was popular the year you were born.

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1940: Potato PattiesTaste of Home

1940: Potato Patties

I love finding ways to use holiday leftovers. These potato cakes use the mashed potatoes, stuffing and breadcrumbs. To go all out, add meat and cheese. Jeri Psikal, Norman, Oklahoma

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1941: Brown BettyTaste of Home

1941: Brown Betty

I had the idea to make a savory version of the family-favorite brown betty using vegetables in place of fruit, while keeping the classic crunchy bread crumb topping. The result is a creamy, decadent side that will turn anyone into a Brussels sprouts fan. Shauna Havey, Roy, Utah

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1942: Banana BreadTaste of Home

1942: Banana Bread

Banana bread rises to a whole new level when you add maple syrup, sour cream and pecansand a cinnamon-spiced streusel. Its a comforting, home-style treat for breakfast or any time of day.David Dahlman, Chatsworth, California

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1943: GingerbreadTaste of Home

1943: Gingerbread

I experimented with aniseed this past holiday season and fell in love with the licorice flavor. It really enhances the gingerbread spices and fig sauce in this extraordinary cake. Shelly Bevington-Fisher, Hermiston, Oregon

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1944: HamburgersTaste of Home

1944: Hamburgers

Do you have leftover cranberry sauce? Put it to good use with these hearty, yummy turkey burgers, and finish it up with some sweet potato fries. Voila! Dinner is done.- Nancy Bourget, Fort Hood, Texas

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1945: Bread PuddingTaste of Home

1945: Bread Pudding

I always make this bread pudding recipe for my dad on his birthday and on holidays. He says it tastes exactly like the bread pudding with nutmeg he enjoyed as a child. Donna Powell, Montgomery City, Missouri

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1946: Pork ChopsTaste of Home

1946: Pork Chops

Everyone cleaned their plates when my mother made these succulent, tangy-sweet pork chops when I was growing up. Now I get the same results when I serve them to my family alongside applesauce and au gratin potatoes. Cheryl Miller, Fort Collins, Colorado

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1947: Club SandwichTaste of Home

1947: Club Sandwich

My family thinks this sandwich is pure heaven, thanks to the cranberry-pecan mayo. It's so good, they ask me to make it all year long. Judy Wilson, Sun City West, Arizona

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1948: Chiffon CakeTaste of Home

1948: Chiffon Cake

This confections a real winnerin taste and in looks! Its impressive, but I think that anyone can prepare it, regardless of baking expertise. I'm the third generation in my family to make it.—LuAnn Heikkila, Floodwood, Minnesota

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1949: Beef StewTaste of Home

1949: Beef Stew

While inventing a new form of comfort food, I made a stew of carrots, turnips, parsnips and rutabaga. When I'm in the mood to change things up, I add potatoes or chicken. Maria Davis, Flower Mound, Texas

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1950: Jell-O SaladTaste of Home

1950: Jell-O Salad

Since this tangy salad keeps well, I make it a day ahead for my Christmas menu. It's also a great choice to take to a holiday potluck - even people who aren't fond of cranberries think it's yummy. I got the recipe from a friend at church who likes to cook and bake as much as I do.-Betty Claycomb, Alverton, Pennsylvania

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1951: CobblerTaste of Home

1951: Cobbler

This is a common dish from where I was born and raised in Pennsylvania. It's a classic Dutch-style apple cobbler recipe. Easy, quick and delicious, who couldn't love this golden brown delight? Andrea Robson, York, Pennsylvania

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1952: Baked AlaskaTaste of Home

1952: Baked Alaska

For years, I was a flop at making pumpkin pies. So I pulled out this recipe, which I got at a cooking class. It's been a success ever since. Linda Sanner, Portage, Wisconsin

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1953: Glazed HamTaste of Home

1953: Glazed Ham

I cook this ham for Christmas and for Easter, but my husband thinks that twice a year is not enough. If it were up to him, we'd eat this every day! When I have larger hams, I double the glaze. If any glaze is left, we use it on pancakes the next day. Jeanie Beasley, Tupelo, Mississippi

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1954: Pot PieTaste of Home

1954: Pot Pie

Our neighbors and a friend from back home are always after me to make "those yummy potpies". That's all the encouragement I need, since we really like 'em, too! Ada May Smith, Citrus Springs, Florida.

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1955: Baked ApplesTaste of Home

1955: Baked Apples

Cinnamon, nutmeg and walnuts add a homey autumn flavor to these stuffed apples, but the slow cooker does most of the work for me. Graciela Sandvigen, Rochester, New York

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1956: LasagnaTaste of Home

1956: Lasagna

This is a hearty meatless meal that my family enjoys. If you're not a fan of pumpkin, you can use butternut squash instead. Wendy Masters, East Garafraxa, Ontario

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1957: Thumbprint CookiesTaste of Home

1957: Thumbprint Cookies

These cookies are the result of a recipe inspiration and an afternoon spent experimenting in the kitchen with my daughters. I took the cookies to a meeting and they were a hit. So yummy with a cup of coffee! Jennifer Needham, Woodstock, Georgia

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1958: Angel Food CakeTaste of Home

1958: Angel Food Cake

For our daughter's wedding, a friend made this lovely, angel food cake from a recipe she's used for decades. It really is one of the best angel food cake recipes I've found. Serve slices plain or dress them up with fresh fruit. Marilyn Niemeyer, Doon, Iowa

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1959: Tuna CasseroleTaste of Home

1959: Tuna Casserole

When I was in the Navy, a co-worker's wife shared this recipe with me. Ive tweaked it over the years, but it still brings back memories of my "family" away from home. Yvonne Cook, Haskins, Ohio

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1960: Apple PieTaste of Home

1960: Apple Pie

You'll love the smell in your kitchenand the smiles on everybody's faceswhen you make this scrumptious caramel apple pie recipe. It takes me back home to Virginia and being at my granny's table. Jean Castro, Phoenix, Arizona

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1961: MartiniTaste of Home

1961: Martini

My girlfriends begin requesting this cocktail in fall and continue to ask for it through the holidays. Every sip is like a taste of pumpkin pie! Cathleen Bushman, Geneva, Illinois

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1962: Waldorf SaladTaste of Home

1962: Waldorf Salad

Cranberries grow in the coastal area about 50 miles from our home. When they become available, I always make this creamy salad. Faye Huff, Longview, Washington

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1963: CanapesTaste of Home

1963: Canapes

I cant stop nibbling these flaky squares loaded with harvest ingredients. The frozen puff pastry helps simplify the prep work. Lauren Knoelke, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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1964: Spritz CookiesTaste of Home

1964: Spritz Cookies

As far back as I remember, I have loved cardamom. My grandmother often added the spice to her baked goods. I usually make these cookies in a camel design with a camel spritz press I found at a thrift shop—it reminds me of a time when I rode a camel in the desert while deployed with the Navy. Of course, any design will do! —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado

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1965: Buffalo WingsTaste of Home

1965: Buffalo Wings

Cranberry wings remind me of all the wonderful celebrations and parties we've had through the years. My daughters friends cant get enough of them. Noreen Danek, Cromwell, Connecticut

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1966: Mallow PieTaste of Home

1966: Mallow Pie

This was one of my mom's favorite pie recipes. She was a great cook and was always generous with her recipes, yet she rarely shared this special one. Ruth Ferris, Billings, Montana

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1967: SangriaTaste of Home

1967: Sangria

Letting this sangria sit in the fridge overnight improves the fruitiness, making it the perfect make-ahead drink for a holiday party. It's also nice with a splash of brandy. Maria Regakis, Somerville, Massachusetts

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1968: MeatballsTaste of Home

1968: Meatballs

I tried these meatballs at a birthday party for a friend, and now I make them all the time. They are super easy to make and perfect for a potluck or a Sunday afternoon football game. Lisa Castelli, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

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1969: KabobsTaste of Home

1969: Kabobs

Skewers with seasoned steak, bread and veggies are grilled and topped with provolone cheese for a fantastic meal. Coleslaw, spruced up with chopped walnuts, is a great side for the kabobs. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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1970: AmbrosiaTaste of Home

1970: Ambrosia

During last-minute menu planning, I often include this classic ambrosia salad recipe because I keep the ingredients on hand. Judi Bringegar, Liberty, North Carolina

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1971: Eggs BenedictTaste of Home

1971: Eggs Benedict

There are so many ways to experiment with eggs Benedict, and this is my favorite version. The earthy flavors of mushroom and spinach blend beautifully in this new twist on an old classic. Elizabeth Dumont, Madison, Mississippi

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1972: Cheese BallsTaste of Home

1972: Cheese Balls

Save some of your home-roasted pumpkin seeds to coat this creamy onion spread from our home economists.

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1973: Apple Swirl CakeTaste of Home

1973: Apple Swirl Cake

I bake my family-favorite fall cake to usher in this abundant season. It looks so luscious that eating one piece is nearly impossible. Jamie Jones, Madison, Georgia

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1974: SouffleTaste of Home

1974: Souffle

Talk about impressive! This side dish never fails to impress even the toughest of critics--my family. Linda Evancoe-Coble, Leola, Pennsylvania

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1975: Gelatin MoldTaste of Home

1975: Gelatin Mold

When I take this dish to potlucks during the holidays, people always ooh and aah. Feel free to top with whipped cream for added appeal. —Carol Mead, Los Alamos, New Mexico

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1976: QuicheTaste of Home

1976: Quiche

I enjoy preparing hearty country breakfasts for the guests at my bed-and-breakfast. This fluffy golden pie, which has lots of cheese and bacon, is a most satisfying entree.Mark Clark, Twin Mountain, New Hampshire

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1977: Amaretto SourTaste of Home

1977: Amaretto Sour

An amaretto sour had always been one of my favorite cocktails. This version has a special touch that makes it perfect for enjoying throughout the holiday season. Amber Forbes, Roper, North Carolina

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1978: CrepesTaste of Home

1978: Crepes

For brilliant breakfast or dessert crepes, I tweaked my grandmother's recipe. If you want a little crunch, stir in some toffee and chocolate bits or nuts. Kristin Weglarz, Bremerton, Washington

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1979: Caramel ApplesTaste of Home

1979: Caramel Apples

We used cinnamon and chocolate to give a fun and tasty twist to traditional caramel apples. Rolled in nuts, coconut or colorful candies, they'll delight kids of all ages. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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1980: BagelsTaste of Home

1980: Bagels

Enjoy pumpkin pie flavor with these classic bagels. For a change, adjust the spices to suit your taste buds. Kristy Reeves, LeRoy, Kansas

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1981: Baked BrieTaste of Home

1981: Baked Brie

As family arrives for a get-together, I make sure this fruity and savory Brie is in the oven so the aromas of cinnamon and apples fill the house. Alicia Gower, Auburn, New York

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1982: Pumpkin PieTaste of Home

1982: Pumpkin Pie

Tired of traditional pumpkin pie? The maple syrup in this special pie provides a subtle but terrific enhancer. Lisa Varner, El Paso, Texas

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1983: Bloody MaryTaste of Home

1983: Bloody Mary

In the Midwest, Bloody Marys garnished with meats, cheeses and veggies are works of art. My beverage has skewers of bratwurst, cheese curds and dill pickles. Kathryn Conrad, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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1984: Poke CakeTaste of Home

1984: Poke Cake

I get compliments on this cake wherever I take it. It is very much an adult cake, with the hit of coffee and the warmth of the brown sugar and caramel.Leigh Doutt, Pueblo West, Colorado

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1985: Pasta SaladTaste of Home

1985: Pasta Salad

Tackle gatherings to go with a bright pasta salad. This tricolor toss-up with broccoli, tomatoes, olives and a hardworking dressing is the easiest one you could take. Amanda Cable, Boxford, Massachusetts

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1986: Monkey BreadTaste of Home

1986: Monkey Bread

I love making this pumpkin monkey bread for a holiday brunch. Leftovers reheat well, and the sauce is good enough to make extra to use as waffle and pancake syrup. Emily Main, Tonopah, Arizona

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1987: EnchiladasTaste of Home

1987: Enchiladas

Whether canned or homemade, cranberry sauce delivers a healthy dose of vitamins to this dish. A little bit sweet and a little bit smoky, these enchiladas are a delightful way to use leftover chicken or turkey. Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

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1988: TrifleTaste of Home

1988: Trifle

There's more to pumpkin than pie, as this impressive trifle proves. It looks so elegant with alternating layers of gingerbread cake and pumpkin/butterscotch pudding. Try making it ahead of time for a fuss-free dessert when you're planning to entertain guests. Lyla Lehenbauer, New London, Missouri

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1989: Sloppy JoesTaste of Home

1989: Sloppy Joes

I make this dish in the fall and sneak grated vegetables into the sloppy joe mixture. Its especially good when children dont like to eat their vegetables! Just walk away until the end of the day and let the slow cooker do all the work. Also delicious: Top the filling with a little shredded cheese before serving. Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

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1990: HummusTaste of Home

1990: Hummus

I love to serve this pumpkin hummus with sliced apples, pears and pita chips. Top it with toasted pumpkin seeds, a drizzle of pumpkin oil and even fried sage leaves. James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor

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1991: Veggie BurgersTaste of Home

1991: Veggie Burgers

These faux burgers are so packed with flavor that nobody notices they're also packed with protein, fiber and vitamins. Pamela Vachon, Astoria, New York

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1992: RisottoTaste of Home

1992: Risotto

This easy pumpkin risotto tastes like fall and gets a flavor boost from the curry. Andrea Reaves, Stephens City, Virginia

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1993: Mini CheesecakesTaste of Home

1993: Mini Cheesecakes

Cheesecake is the ultimate comfort food, but a big slice can be too rich. These bite-sized cheesecakes topped with apples and creamy caramel dazzle the senses. Brandie Cranshaw, Rapid City, South Dakota

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1994: Caesar SaladTaste of Home

1994: Caesar Salad

This cheese bowl salad looks impressive but is a cinch to make. I won't tell if you don't! Melissa Wilkes, St. Augustine, Florida

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1995: Gingerbread MenTaste of Home

1995: Gingerbread Men

Making Swedish pepparkakoror gingerbread cookiesis a holiday tradition in our family. I entered these at the Iowa State Fair and took home a blue ribbon.Kathleen Olesen, Des Moines, IA

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1996: PanzanellaTaste of Home

1996: Panzanella

This colorful salad is easy to makeand it's even easier if you use precut chunks of butternut squash. You can use pecans in place of the almonds or watercress instead of the arugula or spinach. Nancy Buchanan, Costa Mesa, California

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1997: MimosasTaste of Home

1997: Mimosas

Mimosas are just so elegant for Sunday brunch. My recipe uses tart cranberries to balance the sweetness of champagne and orange juice. Shannon Stephens, Lake in the Hills, Illinois

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1998: Creme BruleeTaste of Home

1998: Creme Brulee

I've never met a creme brulee that I didn't love! I'm not a big pumpkin fan, but this is fantastic. Tamara Leonard Merritt, Raleigh, North Carolina

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1999: PizzaTaste of Home

1999: Pizza

Got Thanksgiving Day leftovers? Forget ho-hum turkey sandwiches and try this unique take on pizza instead. Get creative with different variations: use whole berry or jelly cranberry sauce; add dollops of mashed potatoes on top; drizzle with turkey gravy; sprinkle with stuffing or dressing; or try unique pizza crust varieties. Carla Parker, Anderson, South Carolina

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2000: CupcakesTaste of Home

2000: Cupcakes

These apple pie cupcakes are always a hit! They are so easy to make and the flavor just screams fall. Of course, they're just as delicious any time of year. Jennifer Stowell, Deep River, Iowa

Grace Mannon
Grace is a full-time mom with a Master's degree in Food Science. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and writes about her hits (and misses) on her blog, A Southern Grace.

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