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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili #PumpkinWeek

Chili has never been easier, just throw everything in your slow cooker and let it do the rest. Try this vegetarian version with cauliflower and pumpkin.

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Hi and welcome to day 2 of #PumpkinWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections. We are celebrating our love of the season with a whole week of pumpkin goodies, leading up to National Pumpkin Day. 17 Food Bloggers have come together to share over 65 recipes with you. In addition to homemade pumpkin puree, pie, and cookies, we are also sharing savory pumpkin dishes like hummus, chili and pumpkin corn chowder. Come back every day for #PumpkinWeek recipes. You can also find these great recipes and more on Love and Confections’ #PumpkinWeek Pinterest Board!

Check out all the #PumpkinWeek Bloggers and their recipes:

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Recently my friends hosted a chili cook off and obviously I participated. Normally I stick to my dad’s tried and true chili (which has won competitions in the past) but I decided to do something completely different. I figured what better time to experiment than with a crowd of people to eat at least some of the potentially disastrous results?

I based this recipe off of my dad’s but with lots of substitutions including black beans, pumpkin puree, and cauliflower. When I first tasted it I felt like something was missing only to realize it was meat. So while it wasn’t a failure, as a meat-eater this chili was just okay. Seems kind of wrong to post a recipe that I’m not screaming is the best thing in the whole wide world but that’s life, not everyone likes the same things. If you are vegetarian it may be right up your alley and it is for you that I post this recipe. To me chili just isn’t the same without meat! The chili I voted for (and which won) was made with pulled pork – something I definitely need to try.

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One year ago: Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream

Three years ago: Stuffed Flank Steak with Potato Cakes and Amaretto Chocolate Cheesecake
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Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Biscoff Frosting #PumpkinWeek

Moist and flavorful brown butter pumpkin cupcakes topped with sweet cookie butter frosting. If you’re bringing them to a party you may want to double the batch!

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Welcome to #PumpkinWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections. We are celebrating our love of the season with a whole week of pumpkin goodies, leading up to National Pumpkin Day. Seventeen food bloggers have come together to share over 65 recipes with you. In addition to homemade pumpkin puree, pie, and cookies, we are also sharing savory pumpkin dishes like hummus, chili and pumpkin corn chowder. Come back every day for #PumpkinWeek recipes. You can also find these great recipes and more on Love and Confections’ #PumpkinWeek Pinterest Board!

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Check out all the #PumpkinWeek Bloggers and their recipes:

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If you haven’t been browning your butter you really should start. One extra step is all it takes to increase the depth of the flavor or whatever you are cooking, whether it be sweet or savory. In the case of these cupcakes the result was so delicious that I should have made a double batch. I brought them to a party and people were practically fighting over them and the last one was split into fourths just to keep the peace. The cupcakes are a bit heavier than traditional cupcakes due to the addition of pumpkin puree but they are not lacking on moisture. And if you love Speculoos/Biscoff cookies, you will rave over the frosting made out of cookie butter!

P.S. For those of you wondering, my friend Maggie adored her birthday cake saying it was “the best cake ever“! Just like the cake the weekend was filled with greatness. We also ran a 5K in which both Maggie and I placed 2nd in our respective age groups. If Maggie hadn’t just turned 30 I would’ve only made 3rd place haha.

One year ago: Cinnamon-Raisin Bagel for One

Two years ago: Peanut Butter-Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Three years ago: Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles by Lauren’s Latest
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Pumpkin, Sage & Sausage Stuffed Shells

Pumpkin and stuffed shells come together for the ultimate fall comfort food. Stuffed with sage pork, cooked in a pumpkin-tomato sauce, and topped with mozzarella and goat cheese.

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Fall baking involves a lot of pumpkin but what about its savory side? Savory pumpkin recipes make for excellent comfort food and one of my favorite comfort foods is stuffed shells. I have made stuffed shells with a pumpkin cream sauce before but this time around I used a pumpkin tomato sauce and stuffed the shells with sage pork instead of a meatless ricotta mixture. Then the shells are sprinkled with some mozzarella and creamy goat cheese. Both recipes are good for different reasons so you should probably make them both.

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One year ago: Birthday Explosion Mini Cheesecakes

Two years ago: Stovetop Cajun Chicken Mac and Cheese

Three years ago: Pumpkin Biscoff Cream Cheese Bread
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No-Churn Pumpkin Cannoli Ice Cream

Start off fall right – with ice cream! This easy no-churn ice cream takes just like a pumpkin cannoli or at least what I think a pumpkin cannoli would taste like.

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I am a true believer of ice cream and its application year round. To prove my point I made a seasonal ice cream using pumpkin! It’s also super easy to make and does not require an ice cream maker, which means you have no excuses not to make this.

The flavor is pumpkin cannoli and while I have never actually tasted a pumpkin cannoli before I bet it tastes just like this ice cream, minus the cold factor. My favorite part is the crispy roasted pepitas which is why I sprinkled even more over the top.

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One year ago: Ghost Chili with Cornbread Topping and Chipotle Creama
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White Bean and Pumpkin Hummus with Spiced Pita Chips

Try this fall flavored white bean hummus made with pumpkin and served with homemade chili powder spiced pita chips.

White Bean and Pumpkin Hummus with Spiced Pita Chips

You guys. It’s October so I finally gave in to fall and pulled out the pumpkin puree. The weather must have known because the high today is actually under 80 for once. As much as I enjoy fall weather, it’s been difficult to get into the fall-mindset with all the heat that lingering around.

But anywho back to this pumpkin. I turned it into a white bean hummus and even made homemade pita chips seasoned with chili powder. Because no hummus dip is complete without some pita chips and making them is just too easy. Of course you can buy pita chips but the flavor combination was spot on for this dip.

One year ago: Gluten-Free Apple Butter Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Two years ago: Chicken Pesto Lasagna Rolls

Three years ago: Pesto Burgers
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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Blossoms

Get your taste buds ready for fall with these sweet and chewy snickerdoodles topped with a pumpkin spice Hershey’s Kiss. 

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Despite the summer weather I am still experience, I caved into the pressures of fall baking. Although I did resist opening a can of pumpkin just yet. Instead I snagged a bag of festive candies. Fall and winter holidays bring some of the best festive candies there’s no reason to avoid them. Has anyone found the Pumpkin Golden Oreos yet? I have heard mixed reviews but still want to try them for myself.

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I am starting my seasonal candy baking with the pumpkin spice Hershey’s kisses. These pumpkin kisses paired perfectly with chewy snickerdoodle cookies especially with the addition of some nutmeg into the cinnamon-sugar coating. You may be tricked into thinking the cookies themselves have pumpkin in them.

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One year ago: French Toast Waffles

Two years ago: No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars
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Caramel Frosted Pumpkin Mini Cakes

One of my favorite bands, Paramore, is playing in Nashville tonight. Originally when I had planned on going out of town for Thanksgiving, I was going to stop and see that show on my way out. Unfortunately that is no longer my plan as I decided to stay put and save money. I did see them with No Doubt a couple years back and with Jimmy Eat World before that so it’s not too heart breaking – except that they are the headliners this time. You better believe I will be cooking dinner tonight while dancing around to their music, pretending I’m there. Not that that’s different from a normal day in my kitchen…

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In other news, today is National Cake Day! With Thanksgiving nearly upon us I am throwing as much pumpkin at you as I possibly can, including these mini cakes. These individual cakes are made by cutting rounds from a thin sheet cake. The rounds are layered and frosted with a caramel cream cheese frosting and then topping with caramel sauce and candied pecans, resulting in eyegasms. Who wouldn’t want their own personal mini cake?

You can use the leftover cake scraps to make cake balls or if you’d prefer to avoid scraps, make these into cupcakes instead.

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One year ago: Arugula Pesto Pasta

Three years ago: Caramel Apple Pie
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Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

Normally for Single Serving Sunday I try to share recipes that only make one serving, but with the upcoming Thanksgiving feast I decided to do something special – a Thanksgiving meal that serves two. Many recipes for Thanksgiving produce a magnitude of servings, but what about the people out there only cooking for two, or four? This menu I have prepared easily serves 2 with leftovers. Because who doesn’t want leftovers from Thanksgiving? That being said, the turkey could serve four but if you have hearty eaters you may want to double the sides.

This dinner consists of a slow cooker turkey tenderloin with gravy, Greek yogurt-rosemary rolls, bagel-bacon stuffing, roasted brussels, twice baked sweet potatoes, cranberry-pomegranate sauce, and pumpkin crème brulee for dessert. Take a moment to be jealous.

 Crockpot Turkey Tenderloin

My turkey tenderloin came out so juicy and flavorful that it will be hard to convince me to cook a whole turkey in the future. It literally fell apart when I lifted it out of the pot. By using a slow cooker I was also able to do whatever the heck I wanted in the oven, which is a huge perk for those of us with only one oven (one day I hope to be spoiled with a double oven). Even the gravy was amazing after cooking in all those delicious juices.

Crockpot Turkey Tenderloin with Gravy

As you are aware, I have a habit of adding Greek yogurt to anything I possibly can so it shouldn’t be a surprise that it shows up here in dinner rolls. The rosemary really sold me on these rolls. If you don’t like rosemary, please substitute for another herb because they will rock your world with their subtle herby-ness. You can also prep these the day beforehand and refrigerate before the last rise. The next day, take them out of the fridge about 30 minutes before you want to bake them.

Greek Yogurt-Rosemary Dinner Rolls

Then there’s the stuffing. I’ve seen stuffing made with all types of bread but this was the first recipe I had seen using bagels. I originally set aside two corn muffins for stuffing, but those were thrown into the freezer once I discovered I could use a bagel instead. I freaking love bagels! And I was not disappointed by the trade-off, especially since there was bacon involved.

Bagel and Bacon Stuffing

For a green side I chose brussels sprouts. Only a couple Thanksgivings ago I discovered that I no longer hated them and actually became obsessed. As a result, they are nostalgic to me at this time of year. Just a simple roasting and a drizzle of balsamic is all they needed.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Growing up we usually had both regular mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes but knew I would burst if I tried to add both onto this already long lineup. I went with a twice baked sweet potato that is topped with pecans and coconut. Although it is less sweet than a marshmallow topping, it has a crunchier topping that will make you forget about those puffy white things (no offense marshmallows, I still love you).

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without some cranberry sauce. This version uses pomegranate juice for a more complex flavor. This can be made the day beforehand or even a few days before to minimize the amount of work you have to do on the big day. But if you do have to whip it up the same day, rest assured that it will only take 20 minutes.

Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce

Of course, once you’ve stuffed your face you’ll still find room for dessert, right? Especially for pumpkin crème brulee. I know you may initially think it’s a crime to not have pumpkin pie but it’s basically pumpkin pie and crème brulee all in one. Are you really going to be upset by having both?

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Now for some tips on how I timed everything in order to be hot and ready all at the same time. An hour before turkey is done cooking (mine only took 4 hours), take rolls out of fridge (if prepared the night before), toast the bagel for stuffing, and prep the brussels sprouts. Bake the stuffing and brussels at the same time and with 20 minutes of cook time remaining, add the sweet potatoes and rolls to the oven. At that time, remove the turkey from the slow cooker and prepare the gravy. Slice up the turkey and serve! Then once your belly has digested a little to make room for dessert, torch the creme brulee just before you’re ready to dig in.

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One year ago: Buckeye Cupcakes

Two years ago: Apple Blackberry Pie

Three years ago: Cranberry Sauce
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Stuffed Shells with Pumpkin Sage Cream Sauce

With my dissertation behind me and only 21 days until I graduate and get hooded for my Ph.D. you’d think I would be care-free and excited. Not so much, more like the same old stress and anxious. I am still working on a couple last experiments per reviewers comments on my paper, job hunting, and worrying about what I am going to do if I don’t have a job lined up by the end of January when my lease runs out. With any luck that last item won’t become a reality, but in the meantime it’s a good time for some comfort food.

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Stuffed shells are great comfort food. Those big shells hug in their cheesy goodness of a filling while being wrapped up in a warm blanket of sauce. Sounds like the life, doesn’t it? This sauce happens to be extra special because it is a pumpkin alfredo sauce with sage. Now wait, don’t get discouraged thinking you have to make your own alfredo sauce (but you can if you want). This recipe uses a premade jar of alfredo mixed up with pumpkin puree and a couple other flavor additions to create a great fall pasta dish.

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One year ago: Individual Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

Two years ago: Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Three years ago: Veggie Lasagna
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Pumpkin Baklava Bars

After making peanut butter baklava bars I immediately knew I wanted to try it out with pumpkin for the holidays. As much as I loved the peanut butter version, how could it not be just as good if not better with pumpkin? With the cinnamon, honey, and nuts floating around in there it was meant to be.

The result is what I imagine would happen if pumpkin pie and baklava got together and made babies. With a sugar cookie base, pumpkin-walnut filling, crispy fillo topping and completely coated in honey, it’s two deserts in one. As a bonus it’s easy to make and  therefore should definitely make it for your upcoming festive gatherings.

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As far as the job search is going, I have applied to many, but no hooks just yet. I just have to keep applying for those which interest me and I am qualified for and hope for the best. I probably should track down contact numbers to HR or whoever I can find to inquire about my applications. Unfortunately several to which I have applied explicitly say that calls are not welcome. Ugh… Thankfully I have a couple little projects to fiddle with in the lab to keep me busy in the meantime and will be resubmitting my paper now that I have finished addressing reviewers comments. Having that paper in press will definitely improve my CV!

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One year ago: Baked Purple Sweet Potato Doughnuts with Marshmallow Glaze

Two years ago: Gluten-Free Cake Batter Pancakes
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