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Pumpkin pie with a pecan sandy crust

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How do you make a Thanksgiving classic pumpkin pie even better? Replace your basic pie crust with this delicious pecan sandy cookie crust instead! Pecan candies bring a delicious buttery, nutty goodness to everyone’s all-time favorite holiday pie. The unexpected twist adds some mild fun without upsetting the pumpkin pie purists. Note: Process cookies in […]

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What’s the difference between stock and broth?

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For most of my cooking life, I thought “stock” and “broth” were just two different terms for the same thing. (Perhaps one was old-timey and the other new age.) I didn’t really think much about those savory meat-flavored liquids beyond the occasion I wanted to make soup. But as it turns out there are actually […]

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12 fun facts you never knew about pumpkins

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Nothing says “October” more than a beautiful, orange pumpkin, but this most beloved symbol of fall is hiding some fun little secrets. Think you know everything there is to know about these great big gourds? Here are 15 fun facts you never knew about pumpkins: PUMPKINS ARE FRUITS, NOT VEGETABLES Fruits are considered to be […]

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20 Sweet ways to use up leftover Halloween candy

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Extra large haul this year? Fewer trick-or-treaters than you expected? Whatever the reason, come November 1 you may be left with a lot more candy that you counted on. Here are 20 ideas for what to do with all that candy: DONATE IT Get it out of the house. MAKE CARE PACKAGES FOR GRANDPARENTS If […]

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Tuscan risotto with kale, mushrooms, and walnuts

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This classic dish gets upgraded to main meal status with the addition of hearty mushrooms, Tuscan kale, and crunchy walnuts. It’s so easy to prepare, and better yet, you can have this elegant vegetarian dish ready in about 35 minutes. This traditional method of making risotto involves standing at the stove and stirring for around […]

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The best apples for eating fresh

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It’s fall and apples are everywhere. If you’re tempted to stock up while they’re in season, think first about how you’ll use them. Will you be baking? Making applesauce? Or do you prefer to eat them fresh, right out of your hand? If it’s the latter, here’s a list of delicious apple varieties you should […]

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Which apples are best to use in apple pie?

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Who doesn’t love homemade apple pie? Come fall, it’s a must-make dessert for just about any baker in America. But if you’ve never made one, or if you think yours could improve, perhaps you should play around with your choice of apples. But wait! With more than 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United […]

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Old Fashioned Caramel Apples

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Crisp fall apples, bathed in delicious, gooey caramel — it’s a Halloween delight you simply must make this year! The good news is that they’re super easy to make and tons of fun to personalize. Dip them in crushed nuts, candy or Oreos then decorate with drizzles of white or milk chocolate.  The combos are […]

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You can thank inventor, Joseph Lee for that crispy casserole topping

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What do homemade meatballs and crab cakes, crispy-topped casseroles, and crunchy fried shrimp all have in common? They all benefitted from one man’s interest in creating a perfect breadcrumb. Joseph Lee (born in 1849), an African-American son of slaves, was a pioneer in the automation of bread and bread crumb making, overcoming the poor odds he was dealt […]

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Tips and tricks to save your smoothie

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Smoothies are a fun way to get your daily fruits and veggies, but sometimes things can go a little awry. They can turn out too thick, too thin, or just plain “blah.” But there’s no reason to throw all of that goodness down the drain just because it doesn’t taste right the first time. Turn […]

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The humble pretzel’s twisted path to becoming an Oktoberfest favorite food

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The first keg has been tapped and the beer is flowing freely at the massive two-week-long Oktoberfest celebration in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. More than 6 million people will descend upon the city to enjoy parades, music, rides, and of course, to guzzle nearly 7 million liters of beer — but revelers can not live on […]

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Does pumpkin pie have to be refrigerated?

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If you only eat pumpkin pie in the fall, it’s easy to forget the rules of safely storing them. You may wonder if pumpkin and other custard-style pies can be left on the counter overnight or if you need to clear space in your fridge. And now that we’re on the topic, can pumpkin pie […]

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This is why vodka doesn’t freeze

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Vodka drinkers often like to keep their favorite alcohol chilled in the freezer. It gets nice and frosty, yet it never freezes solid. So what gives? Will vodka ever freeze? The short answer: Yes it freezes, but it’s not something you have to worry about in your home freezer. It all has to do with […]

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Cooking and canning your own crockpot applesauce

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October is National Apple Month, but we don’t need an official title to tell us that. Apples are everywhere. Grocery stores, local shops, farmers markets. I’ve seen whole bushels for sale for just $6. They’re probably piling up in your fridge drawer by this point, and you may be wondering what to do with all of […]

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How to make your jack-o-lantern last longer

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From funny faces to scary skulls, there’s no limit when it comes to pumpkin carving creativity. Displaying your handiwork is one of the Hallmark’s of Halloween. But that excited fall feeling quickly fades when your masterpiece becomes a mushy mess on the front porch. Of course you know your jack-o-lantern won’t last forever, but here are a […]

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Can you store open tin cans in the fridge?

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I’m willing to admit my dark kitchen secret because I know you’ve done it too. I, on occasion, leave food in its open tin can and pop it back in the fridge. Not proud of it. It happened just last week. I was done baking for the day and found myself with half a can of […]

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Healthier hacks for your Pumpkin Spice Latte order

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Fall is the season for swopping swim suits for sweaters and popsicles for PSLs. Yes, another Pumpkin Spice Latte season has arrived. But before you head to Starbucks to wrap your hands around a warm cup of PSL goodness, wrap your brain around the fact that each standard Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte has 380 calories […]

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How to pick the best butternut squash

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Fall has finally arrived and winter squash are stocked on the shelves — acorn, spaghetti, and of course, butternut. Butternut squash is a must-have fall vegetable that dates back nearly 10,000 years ago. It’s true! Archaeological evidence suggests that squash was first cultivated in what is now known as the Central America. Squash was one of […]

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Football whoopie pies are a total touchdown for game day desserts

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Football season is officially underway, so bring on the weekly goodies! These football-shaped whoopie pies will score points for being delicious as well as adorable. They’ll be the MVP of your tailgating table. Note: If you’re making these in the off season, or if you’re short on time, you can, of course, make this recipe […]

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Why do we give apples to teachers?

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These days, it’s more likely for a teacher to be seen with an Apple iPad on her desk than a Golden Delicious. But it wasn’t that long ago that giving a crisp, shiny apple to a teacher on the first day of school was common practice. But where did this tasty tradition start? The true […]

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Why do sliced apples turn brown?

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You’re happily slicing up some apples for a fresh fall salad (Yay! It’s fall!), when you get distracted by someone knocking at the door. You come back 30 minutes later to discover that beautiful, crisp apple is now sad, brown and totally unappetizing. What causes this to happen? What sorcery is it that steal away […]

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Pumpkin and sage stuffed shells

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The best thing about fall? The food, OF COURSE! While summer is the season for fresh fruit and farmers markets, fall is time for casseroles, crock pots, and delicious comfort foods. Which takes me to my latest recipe… We had two days of fall-like weather last week and already I’m inspired to break out the […]

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10 things you never knew about Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Forget about falling leaves, cozy sweaters or football games, the official signal of fall has arguably become the arrival of the Pumpkin Spice Latte to Starbucks cafe menus nationwide. But before you take a sip of your first PSL this season, here are 10 fun facts you need to know about (almost) everyone’s favorite fall […]

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10 creative ways to use your blender besides smoothies

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Your blender is your best friend when it comes to mixing killer morning smoothies. But blenders are way more versatile than pureeing fruits and veggies. Try these ten hacks and you’ll be getting lots more use out of your blender in no time. MAKE SORBET High-powered blenders can crush through ice with no problem, so […]

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Kick off football season with Meatball Sub on a Stick

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This Meatball Sub on a Stick recipe is a fun take on an old classic. It’s perfect as dinner, an appetizer, or as a Game Day snack. You can make this recipe your own by making mini meatballs from your own family recipe, or if you’re all about speed, stock up on store-bought frozen meatballs. […]

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What’s the difference between ice cream and custard?

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Creamy. Cool. Sweet. Satisfying. I could be describing ice cream, or I could be describing custard. The truth is, they’re both very similar, and even the most serious sweet tooth among us might have trouble telling them apart in a blind taste test. Yet, they are two distinctly different frozen dairy treats. Here’s proof: THEY […]

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