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Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes store bought cookies look so good that you can’t pass them up. I bought a dozen pumpkin spice white chocolate chip cookies the other day. They were so tempting, I had to have one in the car before I even made it home. But that’s where the excitement ended. The cookies barely had any spice flavoring to them, and they were greasy on the bottom. Not even milk could make it right. So, I set out to make a better version on my own. Try this recipe if you like your pumpkin spice cookies to have tons of cinnamon and clove flavor along side the smooth white chocolate, and just say “no” to bad store bought pumpkin spice cookies. Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Chip Cookies Makes about 3 dozen small cookies, or 18 large cookies Ingredients 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour 1 cup canned pumpkin 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips 1…

15 Festive fall cocktails to make with apple cider

Apple cider is everywhere this time of year, so why not pick up some extra and enjoy it in a cocktail? Apples easily pair well with just about any alcohol, so whatever your vice, there’s probably a festive fall version. Here are 15 fall apple cider cocktails you’ll have to try this season. Apple Cider Moscow Mule Here’s an adult way to enjoy that apple cider. Just add citron vodka, ginger beer, lime juice and a touch of cinnamon. Bonus points for having the trendy cups, but any container will do. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/493847915372994041/ Apple Cider Sangria This is the perfect “make-ahead” drink when you have a bunch of friends coming over and want to share — or maybe not. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/417920040400628178/ Apple Cider Mimosas This “recipe” is as simple as it gets. Champagne and apple cider — but why mess with a good thing? https://www.pinterest.com/pin/176273772894955021/ Spiked Apple Cider Apple cider with an adult twist. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/56787645279754913/ Apple Cider Whiskey Cocktail…

Pumpkin recipes perfect for fall

Autumn is the best time to get back in the kitchen. The fall flavors are delicious, the aromas are blissful, and our appetites are basically craving anything pumpkin. It’s hard to go wrong when a fall recipe calls for a can of pumpkin and the usual suspect companion spices — cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. The combination invokes pleasant memories of back-to-school, football games, Halloween and hayrides. Try these four cool weather pumpkin recipes and enjoy the season. Hearty Pumpkin Oatmeal Yields: 2 servings Hearty pumpkin oatmeal is a seasonal take on a classic cool-weather breakfast. The chopped dates and walnuts along with the crunchy apples will make this a household favorite. Ingredients 2/3 cups pumpkin 1 cup rolled oats 3/4 cup water 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp ground cloves pinch of salt 1 cup milk of your choice 1/4 cup dates (6-7), chopped 1 apple, chopped 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped Directions…

Artichoke dip stuffed bread appetizer perfect for fall football games

The part I enjoy most about fall football season is the food — no shocker there. Most specifically, the appetizers — we can get burgers anytime. With the NFL regular season kicking off, I thought I’d share this unusual take on the classic artichoke dip and pitas. It’s fun and easy to eat, and more importantly, incredibly delicious. When you bring this to the tailgate or table, it’s sure to win big. I first saw this recipe at a tailgate. A crafty friend of mine made and stuffed the loaves ahead of time, wrapped them in foil, and popped them on the grill alongside the burgers and dogs. Try is both ways and see which you prefer. They’ll never be leftovers — guaranteed. Artichoke DIP stuffed bread Serves 4-5 Ingredients 1 fresh french loaf 8 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped 6 oz. package of cream cheese 1/2 cup mozzarella 1/2 cup soup cream…

Spinach, ricotta stuffed peppers, a satisfying vegetarian alternative

Spinach, ricotta stuffed peppers are just the kind of recipe I like — cheesy, flavorful and easy to make. Best of all, they’re vegetarian, so it’s another satisfying meat-free dish to add to your recipe box (aka Pinterest page) if you’re cutting back. For the filling, cook up some garlic and onions, then add spinach and season. Mix ricotta and parmesan, then add to the spinach and mix more. Stuff this into 5-6 pepper halves and bake. I also like to toss tomatoes into the pan to get them right to the point that the skin slides off and the juicy middle pops in your mouth. Serve with rice or pasta if you’re making going for a dinner, but just a pepper, and some tomatoes — and maybe a small slice of bread — can make a fantastic light lunch. *Note, mushrooms are also a great addition. Chop up some of your favorite fungi and add to…

Easy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

While pumpkin pie, the king of fall foods, isn’t exactly a breakfast mom would approve of, you can still satisfy your morning sweet tooth without the guilt — or the gluten. These pumpkin pancakes are quick and easy, but they are also quite impressive. You’ll create an instant family favorite, guaranteed.  Not gluten-free? Substitute any quick-ready pancake mix you choose. This recipe leaves lots of room for customization — my favorite part of cooking. Top these pumpkin beauties with warm, sliced apples, cinnamon and walnuts, chocolate chips or even sliced peaches if you’re making them early enough in the season. These gluten-free pancakes freeze really well, so go ahead and double the batch. As you work with the ingredients, remember you want the batter to be pourable, but not runny. It should run off a spoon, but not spread too quickly in the pan. Easy Gluten-free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes Serves 2-3; Time: 10…

Tomato, zucchini, goat cheese and thyme tart recipe

Any recipe that uses up a good amount of veggies is a hit with me. I tend to go overboard at the farmers market — this time of year everything looks so delicious! — but it’s important not to let food go to waste. According to a Guardian report, roughly 50 percent of all produce in the United States is thrown away amounting to $1,600 in annual food waste for every family of four. With this staggering number in mind, I’ve made it a point recently to keep recipes on hand that use unusual vegetables, vegetables in bulk, or difficult herbs sometimes delivered in the CSA. Juices and stews are great for this task, but sometimes your veggies are just too darn pretty to hide. Tarts and galettes are a great option for showcasing those shiny vegetables, while also allowing plenty of space for layering and packing in leftover produce. You could easily throw in another layer of zucchini to…

Caprese garlic bread, a can’t miss

Garlic bread and sauce can be a meal in my house. But what do you do to give an upgrade to this basic bread staple? Add melty mozzarella, fresh sliced tomatoes and green basil, of course. Serve as a side with pasta, or eat all on its own. Caprese Garlic Bread Serves 6-8  Ingredients 1 loaf Italian bread, halved 1 stick butter, softened 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella 2 medium tomatoes, sliced 1/4 cup balsamic reduction 6-8 fresh basil leaves, sliced Himalayan cooking and table salt Directions  Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a medium bowl, add butter, garlic and salt. Mash together until soft and blended. Spread mixture on both halves of bread. Place bread halves on a baking sheet, and bake about 15 minutes or until bread is lightly toasted and just barely brown. Evenly sprinkle the mozzarella over both halves of the loaf. Top with tomato slices, and bake…

5 watermelon recipes to try before the end of summer

What would warm weather be without big, sloppy slices of watermelon? Given that this summer essential is more than 90 percent water, it’d be easy to assume that it has little or no nutritional value. But the low-calorie fruit is filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that soothe sore muscles, improve cardiovascular health, and pack about one-third of the daily recommended vitamins A and C, and lycopene that can even combat cancer. August through October is watermelon harvest in most of the country, so there are usually lots of great, local picks at farmers markets and grocery stores this time of year. But how can you be sure you’re selecting the perfect melon? To avoid mushy melons, a good rule of thumb states that you should choose the one heaviest for its size. The melon should also have a deeply colored cream spot on the bottom — the color signifying the watermelon had plenty of time to…

3-ingredient easy mango sorbet recipe

In a world of sugary land of desserts, one sweet treat brings all the flavor without the guilt. Sorbet is often served at higher-end restaurants or even as a palate cleanser between courses, but you need not go to a fancy restaurant or shell out $6 a pint for the store-bought stuff. Make it right at home. This 3-ingredient recipe is perfect for people wanting to eliminate processed sugars or dairy from their diet, while still looking to indulge with friends and family. But don’t get sorbet confused with sherbet. Sorbet (pronounced sor-bay) is typically made from two ingredients — fruit and sugar. Due to the lack or milk, it has a slightly icy texture and needs to sit a bit at room temperature before eating. Sherbet is also made from fruit and sugar, but according the the FDA, sherbet must contain between one and two perfect milkfat. (For reference, ice cream must…