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Entries from November 2008

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

November 23rd, 2008 · 66 Comments

My sister bought me a bundt cake pan as a present years ago, and I absolutely love it. But, I’ve only actually used the pan a handful of times. I lugged it from Nebraska to New York, then from my apartment to Geoff’s, and it has been sitting neglected in his cupboard ever since.
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Tags: baking · dessert · quick fix · recipes · thanksgiving

Chinese Pork Chop Noodle Soup

November 19th, 2008 · 54 Comments

When I buy groceries, I like to pick at least two or three types of meat for weeknight meals, and I usually don’t have a clue what I’m going to do with them. But I never thought that my Trader Joe’s pork chops would end up floating in noodle soup.

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Tags: asian food · dinner · quick fix · recipes

My Practice Pumpkin Tart

November 14th, 2008 · 68 Comments

No matter how elaborate a feast my sister and I prepare every Thanksgiving, there are those in our family who will mutiny if there are any traditional dishes (like green bean casserole) missing. Unfortunately for them, my sister and I love to experiment (and hate using cream-of-anything soup). So I’m always on the lookout for […]

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Tags: baking · dessert · dinner · recipes · thanksgiving · weekend project

Pumpkin Walnut Bread

November 6th, 2008 · 57 Comments

I’ve made and sampled a million different pumpkin breads, most of them tasting about the same. That’s why I pounced on this recipe – it’s different. It doesn’t knock you over the head with spices or turn into a dark brown loaf, but instead bakes up into a delicately flavored moist and dense quick bread. […]

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Easy Minestrone Soup

November 4th, 2008 · 81 Comments

I love minestrone soup, and this version is quick, easy and healthy, making it a perfect weeknight meal. You can mix and match different seasonal vegetables and make it with or without meat, but don’t leave out the kale.
I didn’t even realize I liked kale until I tried this recipe. This member of the cabbage […]

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Tags: dinner · italian · quick fix · recipes

Perfect Pumpkin Pancakes

November 2nd, 2008 · 92 Comments

I love leisurely Saturday mornings spent sipping strong French-pressed coffee and devouring stacks of fluffy pancakes. And these are the fluffiest, moistest, hands-down best pumpkin pancakes I’ve ever tried. The secret is whisking the egg whites until they’re foamy and then gently folding them into the batter – the pancakes turn into delicate soufflés. I […]

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Tags: breakfast · recipes