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October’s Entertaining Tips: How to host an Election Party

Regardless of which side of the aisle you fall on, I am not here to talk politics.  But if you watch the same news as I do, you might have noticed there are quite a few people out there who are all that excited about November 8th.  Some are nervous about the outcome, and some are concerned about their options. I know that we aren’t even through Halloween yet, but time is a-flyin’! Every four years we host an election night party as the results from each state roll in on TV.  Usually, its a low key potluck, and the people in our nerdy crew are actually interested in the…

Chocolate Dipped Pumpkin Cheesecake Pops

Ok, so Halloween is a week away.  I know.  Can you believe October is almost over?  I can’t even.   In the spirit of Halloween, lets make these really amazing (and easy!) Chocolate Dipped Pumpkin Cheese Cake Pops.  But before we do that, lets take a trip back to last Halloween. You know those things in life that at the time feel mortifying, but as time passes, you begin to see the humor in them? For me, last Halloween was one of those times… To be honest, Halloween isn’t my favorite holiday (Thanksgiving is where its at!), and I don’t put all that much thought into what candy we pass…

French Stuffed Pumpkins

If you have spent any time with me, you will know that Italy has my heart. The food, the people, the history, the beauty…  Did I mention the food? My obsession with Italy might overshadow my similar love for France.  I may not love it quite as much as Italy, but you better believe anywhere captivating enough to persuade the likes of Julia Child go to culinary school is more than captivating enough to earn a special place in my heart.  The pastries!  The cafes!  The wine!  The cheese!  The bread!  Paris more than deserves its reputation as culinary destination.  Not to mention the history, art, and natural beauty.  While…

Pumpkin Caramel Cobbler

Occasionally I run across recipes that sound amazing, but upon execution are just bad.  I am going to risk of sounding really overly dramatic today, but bear with me.  Sometimes I catch the bad recipe before its too late and am able to make some changes to salvage things.  And sometimes I don’t.  Two times, in my adult life, really stick out.  Both times I was making a recipe that received rave reviews and lots of hype, but definitely did not come even remotely close to expectations. The first was just absolutely disgusting and the second just fell totally flat.  But both recipes were made using a common key ingredient.…

Pan Sauced Penne with Vegetarian Bolognese

Every family seems to have the one dish or recipe that they could make with their hands tied behind their back.  In my family, its red sauce.  And anything that you put red sauce on.  So of course this Pan Sauced Penne, falls into that category. Pasta is a comfort food.  A something for everyone kind of dish.  It can be on the lighter side (like pesto), or extra heavy and rich (like lasagna or Alfredo).  Most people like it.  And its fairly easy to not screw up.  For that reason, its a good “first time you cook for a date” meal.  For this reason specifically, my younger brother, who…
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