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New recipes to try as autumn approaches

Summer is on its way out the door, and soon autumn will be here. The air will be cooler and crisper, and much of the gardening season is over. It’s time to start thinking of some new recipes, perhaps soups and stews, and some apple desserts.
Some recipes contributed by Taste of Home to try out in the coming days include:
APPLE CIDER BEEF STEW
INGREDIENTS
2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons canola oil
3 cups apple cider or juice
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium beef broth
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 medium carrots, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
3 celery ribs, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
2 medium onions, cut into wedges
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
Fresh thyme sprigs, optional
DIRECTIONS
n a Dutch oven, brown beef on all sides in oil over medium-high heat; drain. Add the cider, broth, vinegar, salt, thyme and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/4 hours.
Add the potatoes, carrots, celery and onions; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until beef and vegetables are tender.
Combine flour and water until smooth; stir into stew. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. If desired, serve with fresh thyme.
SLOPPY OTTOS
INGREDIENTS
1 pound bulk spicy pork sausage
1-1/2 cups sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
2 medium green and/or sweet yellow peppers, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
8 pretzel or regular hamburger buns, split
8 slices provolone cheese
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat 4-6 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Add sauerkraut, peppers and onion; cook and stir 8-10 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender.Spoon meat mixture onto bun bottoms; place cheese over meat. Replace tops. Place on a baking sheet. Bake 4-6 minutes or until cheese is melted.
HEARTY BAKED POTATO SOUP
INGREDIENTS
5 pounds baking potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 13 cups)
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 cup butter
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup half-and-half cream
3 tablespoons minced fresh chives
Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, crumbled cooked bacon and minced chives
DIRECTIONS
Place first seven ingredients in a 6-qt. slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low until potatoes are very tender, 6-8 hours.
Mash potatoes slightly to break up and thicken soup. Add 1 cup cheese, cream and chives; heat through, stirring until blended. Serve with toppings as desired.
Freeze option: Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally.
CARAMEL APPLE  SCONES
INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cold butter
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons half-and-half cream
1 large egg yolk
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup shredded peeled apple
1 tablespoon caramel ice cream topping
DIRECTIONS
In a small bowl, combine the flours, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, whisk the cream, egg yolk and vanilla; add to dry ingredients just until moistened. Stir in apple. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 10 times.Pat into a 5-in. circle. Cut into 4 wedges. Separate wedges and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes. Drizzle with caramel topping.