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Letter from Rach: Fall in Love with Fall!

Each month, Rachael pens a personal letter to the readers of her magazine, Rachael Ray Every Day. Here’s what’s on Rach’s mind for October, and what’s cookin’ in the magazine. Don’t forget to get your copy of the issue, out on newsstands now!

Fall is my favorite season for many reasons, but pumpkin and butternut squash are on the long list of what I look forward to when the weather changes from hot to cold and crisp. As you’ll read in our Pet Project story (page 106), pumpkin is great for dogs. My pit bull, Isaboo, and I share a devotion to orange-flesh vegetables.

Coincidentally, October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month! Isaboo is the light of my life and the most loving of creatures. My first love, however, was Boo, my first pit bull. Boo talked all the time—snorts, grunts, grumbles—and, man, could she sing! Isaboo is very quiet and always worried. They’re very different in many ways, but one thing they share is a deep love of butternut squash and pumpkin! Both dogs would rather eat warm squash than a big steak. Maybe there is a little more Boo in Isaboo after all.

We all need more good news of good works in the world, so we’re thrilled to launch our Feed It Forward initiative, a contest for charity founders who shape our communities in ways big and small. Get all the details on page 21.

Our Dinners for a Deal story (page 43) is all about food you can make in the microwave. I gotta be honest: I only use mine for popcorn. But I work for our readers, and I’m trying to embrace this strange device as much as I can!

And now that fall is here, football is back—yes! Eat up with our tailgate recipes on page 39. The air is cool. We have sweaters longing to be touched and cuddled and great food that brings us all closer. So have fun stealing all the best bits of Halloween candy from your kids or your give-out bowls, roll in some leaves, don’t act your age and fall in love again with fall.


Rachael Ray