Bourbon Pumpkin Tart with Streusel Topping

If the idea of cramming a piece of pie or cake into your already overly stretched stirrup pants on Turkey Day isn’t your idea of fun – step into the light my friends.  This tart is just the amount of sweet to curb your sugar cravings, come next Thursday.

A buttery, silky, smooth tart crust provides the home for a sweet and delicious pumpkin filling, while a crunchy topping rounds it out.

A little sliver of this decadent treat is all you’ll need, but I won’t judge if you take a giant hunk and smother it in whipped cream and vanilla ice cream.

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Indian Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Cooking with pumpkin sits high atop the list of reasons why Fall rocks my world, but it always shows up with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.  There are far too many spices out there to settle on the pumpkin pie kind, that’s why I was immediately drawn to this recipe.

A break from the ordinary, this bread is spicy, savory, and delicious.  The curry, cumin, jalapeno and cheese offer a little slice of spiced pumpkin love.

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Touchdown Thursdays – Porter-Braised Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Grilled Cornbread & Horseradish Sauce

Pulled pork is one of those nostalgic dishes that reminds me of the house I grew up in.   Giant batches of my mother’s pulled pork would sit in the freezer until we couldn’t take it anymore, and would devour the lot.

This pulled pork sandwich features… you guessed it, BEER!

Nothing about this recipe is particularly difficult but it is a long process.  Don’t let that dissuade you from tackling this yummy little sandwich.  The processes can actually help you, come game days.  Make the pulled pork a day ahead, along with the sauce, which will keep up to a week in the fridge.  The cornbread could also be made ahead and grilled prior to serving.

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Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies with Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting

It remains to be seen if whoopie pies will take the crown from cupcakes as queen of the portable sugary snacking device, but these guys might give them a run for their money.

The cakes are dense and moist, and the filing, ohhh the filling!  Food trends are slightly different than clothing trends, in that most of them last longer than that Day-Glo outfit you couldn’t live without in the 80s, and most have legit reasons for finding their way into our cultural gastronomical stream of consciousness.  Bacon, food trucks, farm fresh, Sriracha, these things have staying power, because they are fantastic!  Nutella sits easily, and firmly on this list.

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake

I take for granted that growing up in the semi-south, I had the privilege of birthdays with red velvet cake.  In fact it was one of the best parts of having a birthday.  Red velvet lovin’ wasn’t relegated to my childhood, the red velvet I had on my 21st was from Magnolia Bakery in New York City, and it was so amazing that I froze it and would eat tiny slivers when the mood stuck me.

I’ve been pretty vocal about my lack of interest in sweets, but another New York City temptation was cheesecake.  Oh, Juniors and Roxy Delicatessen, why did you tempt me so?

Why the back story?  To set the stage for the ultimate combo – Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake!

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Vanilla Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

As a home baker, I am always on the quest for the perfect vanilla cupcake recipe.  Seriously, why is it so hard to find a recipe that yields results like a silly little cupcake from the grocery store.

I found this particular recipe on the delightful site, I Heart Cuppycakes, and since it was from one of my fav local boys, Duff Goldman, I had to give it a whirl.

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Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn

Ever been driving along mindlessly, and before you know it – you’ve sat through an entire song that you otherwise can’t stand?  No, this isn’t a PSA against bad music, although I implore you to listen to the goods, this is a lesson in mindlessness.

It is entirely too easy to sit down with a bowl of this popcorn, mindlessly shovel it into your pie hole, and then realize you’ve eaten an entire batch.

I don’t want you getting sick – so take it easy with this stuff… please!

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