Pumpkin Cake with Chocolate Ganache

This was a cute pumpkin-shaped cake we had at this year’s Halloween party.  A lot of steps, but not particularly difficult…just required two cakes baked in bundt pans.  This would also be fun for Thanksgiving.  This came from Shugary Sweets.

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Honey Teriyaki Drumsticks

So we got a pressure cooker.  It was kind of intimidating at first, but lucky for us, our friend Missy had started this craze, so I jumped on her bandwagon and learned how to use the pressure cooker from her (seeing a trend here?  Missy taught me how to cook!).  We love both this recipe and the pressure cooker!  Easy, quick, great options – definitely a good purchase.  This was a winner of a recipe from Skinny Taste, though I should have thickened the sauce before serving.  We had this with some sautéed zucchini.  Awesome!

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Feta and Roasted Red Pepper Dip

My friend Talia and I went to the winery next to the barn, and of course had to try anything cheese related…which included a feta and red pepper dip.  It was so good that I had to try to reproduce it!  It took a few false starts, but it came out well.  We served this for our Kentucky Derby party.

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Caprese Pasta Salad

This was a pretty pasta salad for our Kentucky Derby party this year.  Colorful and it had a lot of flavor.  And of course pasta salad is always great for a crowd.

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Pecan Pie

Although I am not much of a dessert person, I do try to have something on hand for our parties – and a pecan pie seemed just right for our Kentucky Derby party this year.  Easy and it makes a pretty pie, too.  This comes from Smitten Kitchen.

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Hummus

This is one of my favorite homemade hummus recipes – great every time.  I have used both dry and canned chickpeas and it’s been good either way.  I also add a sprinkling of sumac when it is done.  Great with veggies and pita chips.

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Fish Nuggets

This was a really fun and tasty way to get some fish in – I’m pretty bad about remembering to defrost it and cook it, even though we both love it!  This was a Cooking Light recipe, I used Mahi for the fish, and we had it with brussels sprouts.

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Baked Ziti

My favorite baked ziti recipe – easy and always awesome.  I usually just make it with ground beef and season a lot, but it would also work with ground turkey or sausage, as the original recipe (from Smitten Kitchen) suggests.  We’ve also done this with shirataki and liked it just as much. 🙂

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Italian Wedding Soup

My friend Missy is doing a meatball cooking challenge this year, and I was thus inspired to make Italian wedding soup, because hooray meatballs.  I used Ina’s recipe, because I’ve had luck with it in the past.  The (turkey) meatballs were a little bland, but I also didn’t have every single thing on hand.  Still really good, especially leftover!

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