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  • Ring in Autumn with Pumpkin Pie Dip

    POPSUGAR FoodSource: Ring In Autumn With Pumpkin Pie Dip

    Pumpkin spice lattes may herald the onset of Fall, but there are so many other ways to incorporate the same autumnal flavors. Case in point: this easy dessert recipe that features pureed pumpkin and cozy spices in a luscious, creamy dip. Watch the video to see this pull together in under 10 minutes - plus, learn a marbling technique that adds a gorgeous finishing touch!


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    Adapted from Cooking Classy

    Pumpkin Pie Dip


    Notes

    Make this recipe ahead of time and store it, refrigerated, in an airtight container.


    Ingredients

    2 cups powdered sugar
    8 ounces cream cheese, softened
    1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin
    1/2 cup sour cream
    3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
    Caramel sauce, for drizzling
    Graham crackers, for serving


    Directions

    1. Cream together powdered sugar and cream cheese until combined, then, using a mixer, beat for a minute until smooth
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  • The Great Gourd Debate: When to Use Fresh Versus Canned Pumpkin

    Source: The Great Gourd Debate: When to Use Fresh Versus Canned Pumpkin

    I'm about to tell you something that may shock you: in culinary school, instructors recommended using canned pumpkin over making homemade pumpkin purée. The reason? No matter how much you process fresh pumpkin, it still has a bit of stringy, gritty fiber that can take away from the texture of your recipes, particularly in baked goods. I'm of the belief that there's room in the world for both fresh and canned pumpkin. What matters is how and when you're using pumpkin.

    When should you use canned pumpkin?

    • For sweet applications. Ice cream, cake, bread, pie, and cookies take well to canned pumpkin; its smooth and semigelatinous consistency ensures the sweet treats have an appealing texture. Plus, canned pumpkin has a consistent amount of moisture per can, so your recipes don't end up too runny.
    • In a beverage. When shaking pumpkin cocktails also benefit from the jammy texture of canned pumpkin.
    • With a
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  • Pecan Pie, the Lazy Way

    Source: Pecan Pie, the Lazy Girl's Way

    Pecan pie is one of my all-time favorite desserts, but that doesn't mean I always have the patience (or time) for making pie crust from scratch, toasting nuts, and all of the other requisite steps necessary for its assembly. That's where these tender, nutty thumbprint cookies come into play. No, they're not an exact analogue to the Southern favorite, but they satisfy the craving in less than half the time and are delicious in their own right. What's more, these are considerably sturdier, making them a better candidate for tucking into a care package for a loved one or toting into the office for a co-worker's birthday.

    Adapted from Land O' Lakes

    Pecan Pie Cookies

    Ingredients

    2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    Kosher salt
    1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) firmly packed dark brown sugar, divided
    12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
    1 large egg
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
    1/4 cup heavy cream
    1 cup finely chopped

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  • Taste Test: Starbucks Discoveries Iced Café Favorites

    Source: Taste Test: Starbucks Discoveries Iced Café Favorites

    The ever-expanding Starbucks found a new way to squeeze its way into your daily coffee routine: Iced Café Favorites in vanilla latte, caramel macchiato, and caffè mocha. The iced espresso cartons, which can be found in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores for $5 a bottle, aim to provide convenience and that beloved Starbucks flavor.

    We put these three flavors to the test with our taste-testing panel.
    "These taste like the Frappuccinos they sell in glass bottles," one reviewer remarked. Despite each flavor boasting only 120 calories per serving, the beverages - which also happen to pack in 17 grams of sugar! - were described by our tasters as, among other things, "chilled sugar water with a hint of coffee." The reduced-fat milk used in the beverages resulted in the drinks lacking body and tasting "watered-down"; some couldn't even distinguish between the varieties, although vanilla latte won by a narrow margin.

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  • Plastic-Free Ways to Store Fall Produce

    Source: Plastic-Free Ways to Store Fall Produce

    I love finding easy ways to make little shifts that make a big difference from the environment. I don't have the space for a compost box, and I do love indulging in a long shower every now and again, but finding a supersimple way to store food without plastic? I'm game. While we consider plastic as positive, plastic is not a biodegradable. And while it can be recycled, many stations are asking us to abstain from tossing plastic bags in our bins. You'll be surprised how easy it is to make a few easy switches that will really help the Earth, without making your life any more difficult.

    • Store apples on a cool counter or shelf for up to two weeks. For longer periods of time, place them in a cardboard box in the fridge.
    • Place avocados in a paper bag at room temp. If you want to soften them, place an apple in the bag with them.
    • Cauliflower will last a while in a closed container in the fridge, but tastes best the day after it's
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  • Make Marcella Hazan's Iconic Tomato Sauce Tonight

    Source: Make Marcella Hazan's Iconic Tomato Sauce Tonight

    In case you aren't yet acquainted with Marcella Hazan's iconic three-ingredient tomato sauce, it is that good. If you're already a convert, carry on supping on this incredibly rich, well-balanced sauce; if you aren't, please (please!) simmer up a batch tonight. (It'll serve as a fitting tribute to the famed cookbook author's passing.)

    Sure, the tomatoes (at least the canned ones) aren't going anywhere, but just think, each day you wait is one more day without a drop of this velvety sauce passing your lips. This sauce is not only stupid simple to prepare (three ingredients: that's it), it'll also blow any and all competition out of the water.

    Real talk: I ate half the batch straight from the pot, spoon to mouth. Seriously.


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    Adapted from Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan

    Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce


    Ingredients

    1 28-ounce can whole

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  • The Fastest (and Easiest) Spinach Artichoke Dip We've Ever Made


    POPSUGAR FoodSource: The Fastest (and Easiest) Spinach Artichoke Dip We've Ever Made

    What dish is gooey, cheesy, a guaranteed favorite amongst friends, and comes together in a mere five minutes? No, this isn't a trick question - we're, of course, speaking of this genius microwaveable spinach and artichoke dip! Watch the video to see just how easy it is to make, and to learn what secret ingredient gives it a punch of flavor, then get the mindbogglingly fast recipe.


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    From Brandi Milloy, POPSUGAR Food

    Spinach-Artichoke Dip

    Ingredients


    4 ounces cream cheese
    1 can artichoke hearts, drained, and finely chopped
    1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and finely chopped
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt


    Directions


    1. Microwave cream cheese in a small mixing bowl on high for one minute, or
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  • Make HIMYM's Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Caramel Sumbitch Cookies

    POPSUGAR FoodSource: Make HIMYM's Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Caramel Sumbitch Cookies

    After nine amazing years, How I Met Your Mother is finally coming to an end, and we're savoring every moment of the final season. That includes making our version of "sumbitch cookies," crispy, chocolatey, caramel and peanut butter cookies that are naughty in all the right ways. Bake up a batch of these to keep your mouth happy all the way through the series finale.


    More from POPSUGAR Food: Caramel Nut Bars: Your New Go-To Potluck Treat


    Inspired by How I Met Your Mother

    Sumbitch Cookies


    Ingredients

    Nonstick oil spray
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
    3/4 cup sugar
    3/4 cup dark brown sugar
    1 teaspoon water
    1 teaspoon store-bought or homemade vanilla extract
    2 eggs
    1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    1 cup chocolate caramels, such as Rolos, halved
    1 cup peanut butter cups, such as Reese's, quartered


    Directions


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  • Caramel Nut Bars: Your New Go-To Potluck Treat

    Source: Caramel Nut Bars: Your New Go-To Potluck Treat

    Practical might not seem like high praise for a sweet treat, but while these chewy, butter-rich caramel nut bars are as delectable as you'd imagine, it's the former that I prize most about this recipe. Individual tartlets, cupcakes, and the like may be darling, but it's bar cookies (think brownies, blondies, and lemon bars) that take the stress out of baking for a crowd.

    Not only are most bar cookies crowd-pleasing - few sane people will turn down a fudgy brownie or nut-studded bar - but all it takes are a few precise cuts of a chef's knife to break them down into individual portions.


    Adapted from Caramel by Carole Bloom

    Caramel Nut Bars


    Notes

    For neater cookies, trim off the edges of the slab before cutting the bars down to size.

    Ingredients


    For crust:
    Nonstick baking spray
    2 cups (9 ounces) all-purpose flour
    2/3 cup (2 1/2 ounces) powdered sugar
    A large pinch of kosher salt
    12 tablespoons (6

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  • Taste Off! Pumpkin Spice Lattes

    Source: Taste Off! Pumpkin Spice Lattes

    The start of Fall marks the release of pumpkin spice lattes across coffee chains everywhere. Today, McDonald's released its new version of a pumpkin spice latte. In a blind tasting, we compared the McCafé beverage to other well-known coffee makers, including Starbucks, The Coffee Bean, and Peet's. Take a look to see how it fared.

    McDonald's McCafé Pumpkin Spice Latte
    The sweetest of the bunch, the McCafé Pumpkin Spice Latte ($3.29) looked orange as a pumpkin but smelled just like sugar and Mexican cinnamon. Voters could barely make out the coffee and described the latte as a "melted candy creamer." Most didn't think they could possibly drink a whole cup of the sweet drink. A few would drink this if there was more coffee; however, many said it was a pass.
    Stars: 1/5

    The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Pumpkin Latte
    Tasters remarked that The Coffee Bean Pumpkin Latte ($4.30) was more like a gingerbread-flavored beverage. It appeared orange and

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