EASY FREEZER TOMATO SAUCE


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If you have a bounty of tomatoes this year, or are lucky enough to have access to a big bunch of garden fresh tomatoes, I recommend making this sauce.  It's as easy as throwing some tomatoes in a food processor, then boiling them for a bit.  Your future self will thank you when you're pulling cheery bags of homemade tomato sauce from the freezer in the middle of the winter. 

This sauce is very versatile- I've used it for pasta, over summer squash noodles, and for making tomato-based soups.  It's fresh and light and nothing like it's supermarket counterpart.

SUMMER SQUASH SPAGHETTI & SAUCE

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I've always wanted to try Spaghetti Squash, but The Man is so grossed out by it's stringy interior that I haven't even been able to bring one in the house without hefty doses of dramaticized gagging noises, let alone get one on the supper table.  But this, oh, this.  Summer Squash comes in an unassuming little yellow package, free from the stringy interior of spaghetti squash.  Plus, you get to use a nifty tool to cut it.  I can't take any blame for you wanting to julienne everything in your diet after using one of these glorified disposable razor tools, just know you're not alone if you do.

In summary, this dish is awesome.  No, the squash doesn't taste exactly like spaghetti noodles.  It does taste pretty darn close, though, and the buttery golden color is undeniably appetizing.  Oh, and the creamy and spicy tomato basil sauce doesn't hurt it's cause.

BACON MAPLE TOASTED PECAN BACLAVA


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This is a texture-lover's dream dessert, with it's buttery, flaking layers of phyllo sandwiched around smoky, salty bacon and toasted pecans.  Once you add the gooey maple syrup to the mix, it's just something that you'll likely be craving for years to come.  My advice: make alot of it.

HOT NIGHT IN MUMBAI SAFFRON & PEPPER COOKIES

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I made these little beauties for the Iowa State Fair and entered them in the category sponsored by the local gourmet spice store, Allspice, so I knew they have to have some spunk.  Based loosely off of the delicious cocktail Hot Night In Mumbai, these are sure to surprise your tastebuds.  A buttery sugar cookie base envelopes a heady mixture of tellicherry peppercorns, orange zest, and rich saffron.  This is not a cookie for the timid, but it's sure to get some rave reviews!

THRIFT STORE SCORE -ALICE IN WONDERLAND SUPRISE

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Alice in Wonderland audiobook record with a suprise inside
$1.00

This was a really fun one.  You don't see many books on record, especially classics, like Alice in Wonderland, so I knew it was coming home with me.  But it was more exciting than just teh prospect on listening to the Mad Hatter ramble on vinyl- it had a treasure inside!

LIGHT & FLAKY PUMPKIN PIE PINWHEELS


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When the nights start to chill and the leaves are turning, I've got pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin on the brain.  I can't get enough spiced and pumpkinned foods at that time of year and I'm always looking for new recipes with pumpkin.  I made this one up as a Fall hybrid of my Christmastime favorite: Orange Cinnamon Pinwheels.  I know it's a little early for Fall, but I wanted to get a few recipes ready to go for when those leaves start to fall.

Make up a batch of these and keep the dough in the freezer.  Then, whenever you get a hankering for something buttery and flaky and spiced, slice a few off and bake them up to golden perfection.  Enjoy!