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Squash September: Pumpkin Caramel Corn Cupcakes

The last time I went grocery shopping, I bought four cans of pumpkin purée. Yes, FOUR. I now have no cans of pumpkin left. In fact, the last can of pumpkin I used was for the sweetest, most delicious cupcakes. I'm an atrocious baker. Something won't set right, or I'll forget baking powder, or the… Continue reading Squash September: Pumpkin Caramel Corn Cupcakes

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Cuban Chicken Rice Bowl with Chimichurri

It has been so dreary here this weekend; cloudy, rainy & chilly. All I've wanted to do this weekend is lounge on the couch and eat cookies and watch reruns of Buffy. Sounds like a great weekend, right?   I did manage to go to the grocery store yesterday, so I can mark that off my… Continue reading Cuban Chicken Rice Bowl with Chimichurri

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Squash September: Smoked Pork Chop & Squash Hash with Pumpkin Polenta

Time for Round 4 of Squash September! I kind of concocted this recipe with the help of Food Network Magazine's most recent issue (October 2015); it features a recipe with pumpkin polenta---and I love me some polenta! Although, I had never made polenta from scratch before...I always use the pre-made log you find in the pasta… Continue reading Squash September: Smoked Pork Chop & Squash Hash with Pumpkin Polenta

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Squash September: Spaghetti Squash Carbonara with Proscuitto & Peas

Well, guys & gals, it's time for Round 3 of Squash September! Today we'll tackle a spaghetti squash dish that makes you forget all about that carb-filled pasta. Spaghetti squash may not be the same consistency as actual spaghetti, but it's more or less the same shape---and it holds together pretty damn well. It even adds… Continue reading Squash September: Spaghetti Squash Carbonara with Proscuitto & Peas

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Broccolini Fusilli with Mozzarella Pearls

I had never heard of broccolini until a few weeks ago. What is this strange vegetable? Baby broccoli? An asparagus-broccoli crossover? Some mutant Monsanto Frankenstein?!? Well, the long and short of it is---it is none of the above. Apparently it's a hybrid of broccoli to something called Kai-lan, which is the Cantonese version of Kale… Continue reading Broccolini Fusilli with Mozzarella Pearls

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Meatless Monday: Copycat Piccadilly Mac & Cheese

A long time ago...in a galaxy not very far away...there was a Piccadilly Cafeteria inside the mall in Wichita Falls, Texas, where I grew up. This Southeastern regional chain was a long-standing staple of Wichitan cuisine. Opened for nearly 50 years, Piccadilly welcomed mass amounts of people after church on Sunday's and made some of… Continue reading Meatless Monday: Copycat Piccadilly Mac & Cheese