Copycat Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps

Copycat Trader Joe's Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps - if you've tried these crackers from TJ's, you might just want to marry me for figuring this out. If you haven't tried them you're going to flip, they're so.... good!

Have you ever had Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps? If you have, I think you might want to marry me, because I’ve come up with pretty close copy and, even better …… 

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Lasagna Soup - all the flavor of traditional lasagna with half of the work!. My husband said it's the best soup he's ever had!

Lasagna Soup

I was a little concerned one evening last weekend as I served this Lasagna Soup. It wasn’t the soup that was the problem, it was the fact that it was the fourth time in 5 days that I was serving the same thing. Yikes! I wondered if there’d be some kind of mutiny, or maybe a, “Let’s order out” hint…. 

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Arugula, Pear and Pom Salad - a fabulous fresh salad with fresh pears, pomegranate arils and juicy red grapes. A poppy seed and apple cider dressing is the perfect pairing!

Arugula, Pomegranate and Pear Salad

This one’s been evolving for a while now, but it’s definitely become my “go-to” fall salad. Although I’m forever trying and creating new recipes (sometimes great successes, sometimes not so much), I love having one or two “standbys”; seasonal recipes that are winners I can serve with great confidence. I tried lots of variations before settling on… 

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Roasted Pumpkin Ginger Soup - A delicious Asian-inspired soup that's super flavorful and loaded with lots of healthy veggies.

Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Ginger Cream

Have you noticed all the colorful and fun-shaped pumpkins, gourds and squash piled high at the market lately? I’ve been finding it impossible to resist throwing one or two of them into my cart and love using them in salads, soups, pasta dishes, custards, pies, muffins, breads, appetizers, etc. I also enjoy decorating with them, and you’ll find… 

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Pumpkin-Spiced Shortbread with Apple Cider Buttercream - crisp, buttery shortbread topped with a bright, fresh buttercream flavored with reduced apple cider.

Pumpkin-Spiced Shortbread with Apple Cider Buttercream

Are you one of those people who enjoys having help in the kitchen or would you rather have a quiet workspace, free of interruptions and distractions? I can go either way, depending on the situation. If I’m getting ready for overnight guests or perhaps a big dinner party, I really like time to myself to think through all… 

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Sweet and Spicy Pecans - the most deliciously addicting snack, salad topper, cocktail nibble ever! You will find yourself going back for more!

Sweet and Spicy Maple Pecans

Do you ever have the spell-check on your computer tell you something you know is not correct? Addictively delicious. Every time I type out those words, my computer underlines it in red, telling me there’s no such word as “addictively”. Come on, that’s not right! I happen to know (don’t ask me how) that it’s impossible to… 

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Pumpkin Maple Vinaigrette - a fun , delicious fall salad dressing bursting with bright flavor.

Pumpkin Maple Vinaigrette

Several weeks ago, I shared a recipe for Pumpkin Crumb Muffins. There’s been tons of response – from people who want to make them (they’ve already had over 11K pins) and also from readers who’ve made them and loved the results. One interesting comment I got went like this… “Looks delicious – but what to do with the… 

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