Every Day Scoop

What’s in Season: Butternut Squash

Despite the millennium-long lifespan of squash, butternut is relatively new to the game–it wasn’t introduced until 1936! Now it’s one of America’s most popular squashes, and for good reason! Butternut squash is hearty, sweet and oh-so versatile. We love it in soup, salad and even dessert. But you already knew all that. Here’s what you may not know about this delicious gourd.

 

 

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A Sweet & Tangy Five-Ingredient Cocktail

Did you know November is National Pomegranate Month? And while we love a good sprinkling of seeds in our fruit salad, on our burgers or even tossed with Brussels sprouts, sometimes we need something a little more potent… in the form of a cocktail.

 

The Pom Selleck is just the thing we’re looking for: It’s sweet and fruity with a hint of effervescence to round it all out. Make this drink after a long day at the office, for a cocktail or holiday party or on a game-day afternoon. It’ll wet your whistle any which way (say that 10 times fast)!

 

Ingredients

3 cups pomegranate juice

1 1/4 cups vodka

1 cup triple sec

1 lime, juiced

2 cups seltzer

Ice (freebie)

 

Directions

Combine the pomegranate juice, vodka, triple sec and lime juice in a pitcher; refrigerate until cold. Just before serving, add the seltzer and pour the mixture into tall, ice-filled glasses. Make 8.

 

 

More Delicious Cocktail Recipes

Hard Apple Cider Cocktails

Blushing Cocktails

Rum & Coke Slushies

Three Tiny Critters that Make Great Pets

Good things come in small packages! These three cute, minute critters make great pets, especially for owners with small homes. Find out which of these half-pints is right for you!

 

 

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A Stuffed-to-the-Brim Weeknight Meal Planner

Now that it’s officially November, we’ve gone a little comfort-food crazy. And what’s more comforting than a giant pepper or potato filled with lots of cheese, veggies and grains? Not much. That’s why this week’s Meal Planner is stuffed to the brim with hearty dishes to warm you from the inside out. Even if you’re not ready to admit that it’s officially sweater weather, you can still indulge in a little something stuffed.
 

Monday, November 3rd

Double Stuffed Shells

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3 Tricks and Treats to Scare Up Your Halloween

Happy Halloween, everyone! It wouldn’t truly be All Hallows’ Eve without some spooky snacks to dig your vampire teeth into. These recipes are super quick and easy, so you won’t even have to take a break between face painting and candy distributing. Just watch out for any extra-hungry ghosts and goblins!

 

Lobotomy Loaf

 

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The Spookiest Four-Ingredient Cocktail

Don’t even think about throwing a Halloween party without a stiff drink (pun intended). Here’s a cocktail that’s as creepy as it is tasty (and is sure to get you pickled): The Embalmer

 

Ingredients

1 15 ounce can pitted dark cherries in light syrup, drained, syrup reserved

8 ounces vodka

4 ounces triple sec

1 bottle sparkling white wine, chilled

 

Directions

Drop 1 cherry in each of 8 champagne flutes. Divide the cherry syrup, vodka and triple sec among the glasses. Top with the sparkling wine. Serves 8.

 

Have a happy Halloween!

 

 

More Delicious Four-Ingredient Cocktails

Sweet Ruby Cocktail

Rum & Coke Slushies

Red Velvet Champagne Cocktail

A Croque for Every Occasion

On her show today, Rach is whipping up a batch of croque monsieurs with a turkey twist– delish! Check out some of our other spins on this exquisite French sandwich:

 

 The Traditional

Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic.

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Test Kitchen Challenge: New Riffs on Seasonal Lattes

 

 

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3 Last-Minute Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

If decorating a pumpkin has gotten buried in your to-do list between whipping up dinner, baking Halloween treats and–dare we say it–starting to plan for Thanksgiving, have no fear. These three pumpkin ideas are easier than making a ghost costume out of a sheet. All you need are a few inexpensive items you may already have at home. You stoop has never looked more festive… for less!

 

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Get Ready for a Scary-Good Weeknight Meal Planner!

Halloween’s less than a week away, and your front stoop isn’t the only thing that should be getting into the spooky royal treatment. Make dinner super thrilling and exciting this week with five recipes that are sure to put your family in the mood for some tricks and some treats.

 

Monday, October 27th

When you’re done carving, save those pumpkin seeds for Pepita Pesto Pasta with Roasted Squash

 
 

Tuesday, October 28th

Garlic Shrimp is sure to ward off any vampires

 
 

Wednesday, October 29th

Spell out fun messages like “Boo!” in Alphabet Stew

 
 

Thursday, October 30th

Sweet and Lemony Wings will satisfy your candy-craving sweet tooth

 
 

Friday, October 31st

Slow-Cooker Paella is perfect for a Halloween dinner party. It’s nice and warm and will feed the masses!

 

Have a happy, safe, trick- and treat-filled Halloween!

 
 

More Weeknight Dinner Ideas

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Cozy & Comforting Weeknight Dinners

Italian-Inspired Weeknight Dinners