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What to Do With Leftover Canned Pumpkin

So many things to say about pureed pumpkin.  It’s a wonderful canned pantry item, simple, with one ingredient and one ingredient only (make sure you don’t buy spiced pumpkin pie filling, which is a different product!).  It saves a whole lot of work, as cooking and pureeing a fresh pumpkin, while delicious, is a bit of a time commitment.  Canned pumpkin lasts forever (well for months and months, anyway).  And it’s super versatile. And thank goodness for all of the above because most of us buy an extra can or two for Thanksgiving, just in case, and then have to …

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12 Brussels Sprouts Recipes for the Holidays

I am a card-carrying Brussels sprouts fan, and I’m assuming if you are reading this you are too.  And maybe you’re looking for a new Brussels sprouts recipe or two to fall hard for this holiday season.  I hope one of these makes your day and your holiday menu. 12 Brussels Sprouts Recipes for the Holidays 1. Warm Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Mustard Vinaigrette Classic and comforting, but with a lively vinaigrette.   2. Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad Alex Guarnascelli’s sophisticated but not at all complicated Brussels are pretty close to divine.   3. Shredded Sauteed Brussels Sprouts An …

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Chicken Soup Recipes From Around The World

We’re in comfort-food mode.  And one of the comfort foods my family loves best is chicken soup. And guess what? Pretty much every part of the world has a version. Isn’t it great when you welcome the influence of other cultures on your life and food? Imagine eating only one kind of chicken soup for your entire life… Oh no, that’s not good. Here are five chicken soups from around the world to sample. Avgolemono Soup The Greek classic, tangy with lemon, silky and thickened from a bit of egg whisked in, rippled with cooked orzo and chunks of chicken. …

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26 Things to Make with Leftover Cheese

Whether you purchased packaged shredded cheese or shredded it yourself, sometimes you don’t use it all up, and there is no way this is going to waste.  In fact it’s one of the best “leftovers” ever – I actually buy cheese and shredded cheese all the time without the slightest notion of what I will make with it, because I know when I have shredded cheese in the house, only good things will happen. Cheese Choices While some of these recipes might stipulate a particular kind of cheese, almost always it’s up to you which one you’d like to use.  …

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The Downton Abbey Dinners

We were late to the Downton Abbey game, my family was, but what we lacked in timing we made up for in zeal. We slammed down the first three seasons over the course of a couple of months in what felt like the equivalent of a chugging contest (do you remember the scene where Tom’s brother comes and asks for a beer? And Mr. Carson acted as though he had asked for a bottle of Jagermesiter and a funnel?). During several seasons of Downton Abbey, when it originally aired, I decided to cook dinners to eat while watching the show that …

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5 Dishes for Early Fall

Happy Labor Day! (Is saying that really a thing? Why is that a thing?) If you have kids, they may be back to school, or they may be counting those final hours. As they pack up for the first days of school, I always take a long look at those backpacks filled with school supplies. All those pencils with their sharp little tips (or those mechanical pencils filled with lead and ready to go), those bright and shiny notebooks, that binder with its neat dividers and loose-leaf paper distributed just so. If you have kids (or even if you don’t), …

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