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October 8, 2012

VUKCEVICH: Welcome cooler weather with fall recipes

As summer fades into oblivion, everyone is talking about not missing those most unwelcome heat waves of a few weeks ago, and asking if summer goes, why won’t the guests!

Celebrations for Oktoberfest continue locally. Did I hear that something is happening Saturday on Falls Street in Niagara Falls that promises to be another Oktoberfest, Western New York style. Watch for the latest update on these pages.

I am looking forward to a taste of a pumpkin spice latte coming with a friend from Buffalo — she won’t share the recipe — and am equally excited about the contributed recipes below, for red cabbage, apples and sausage; and Cindy’s pumpkin walnut bread.

I hear through the grapevine, or pumpkin patch, that the latte is from Starbucks?

Yes, squirrels are stocking the larder for winter. Dry brown leaves and acorns have been crunching underfoot for weeks now. Under cover of darkness, a new season has slipped in, and it is dark at 7 a.m.! 

Autumn is here, bringing fresher air, cooler weather, shorter days and confusion about what Oktoberfest is really about. But I digress.

Friends tell me that Buffalonians celebrate Oktoberfest in fine fashion until the end of this week, as did folks of Wheatfield, many years ago. This lovely town east of Niagara Falls International Airport, has a fascinating history. Joshua Pettit came in 1810 and settled near the Niagara Iron Works where he opened a historical society of North German settlements in Western New York. 

Wheatfield! The name stems from the agricultural use of the town lands, the growing of wheat in days gone by. 

Oktoberfest began as a celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria — who later became king — to Princess Therese of Saxon-Hildburghausen on Oct. 12, 1810. 

Authentic German-inspired red cabbage, apples and sausage

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