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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!

 
 

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Recipe Roots: Ramen Cheeseburgers

We’ve already told you how much we love mash-ups. Whether it’s two Italian classics crammed into one (hello chicken parm pizza!) or a French onion soup-Chinese dumpling hybrid, the delicious end results are greater than the sum of their parts. Such is the charm of the ramen burger. When you cross the all-American sandwich with the ultimate Japanese comfort food, everybody wins.

 

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4 Hard Apple Ciders to Quench Your Thirst All Season Long

Move over craft beers–the hard-cider market is going gangbusters (it grew 102 percent in 2013)! Here are four new arrivals and some fun uses–other than straight swigging!

 

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Meet the Winner of the Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Contest

They came. We tasted them. And one conquered. After three months of devouring Cappuccino, Wasabi Ginger, Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese and Mango Salsa chips, America voted on a winner of the Lay’s Do Us a Flavor contest: Meneko Spigner McBeth and her Wasabi Ginger Kettle Cooked chips!

 

Photo courtesy of Chip Review

 

We caught up with Meneko, a registered nurse from Debtford, NJ, to find out about her ‘Do Us a Flavor’ experience.

 

RR: So, how does it feel to know America chose your idea as the next Lay’s flavor?

MSM: It feels amazing. I think I’m still in a little bit of shock but overall it feels great.

 

RR: What was your inspiration behind Wasabi Ginger?

MSM: My inspiration was my grandmother, who is Japanese. I grew up cooking with her and making sushi and she would always have hers with wasabi. As a kid, I wasn’t allowed to have wasabi but when I got older I fell in love. I love spicy things in general.

 
RR: Did you consider any other flavors to enter?
MSM: I actually did. I entered quite a few more, at least 10, but Wasabi Ginger was my first entry.
 
RR: Can you give us any insight into the creation and flavoring process?
MSM: This year, when you entered you were able to pick the type of chip and also give your three main ingredients. Mine were wasabi, ginger and soy sauce. Back in July, we went to the Lay’s headquarters and tried out all four of the finalists’ flavors, too.
 
RR: Any thoughts as to what dip would go best with this chip?
MSM: I think the chip is delicious on its own but I’m sure you can put it with just about anything you want and it’ll be good. I stick to just sitting in front of the TV and eating them solo.
 
RR: Do you think you could use these chips in any recipes?
MSM: During the voting process, someone sent me a message saying they took the chip, crushed it up and used it as breading on their chicken. I think I might try that.
 
 
Wasabi Ginger Kettle Cooked chips are now a part of the official Lay’s family and will arrive on grocery shelves very soon. Congrats again, Meneko!

 
 
 

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Baked Potato 101

Baked potatoes are the ultimate blank canvas. The options for fancying them up? Endless. Whether you’re building a twice-baked masterpiece or sprinkling your favorite fixings on top, don’t even think about dressing your taters without reading these crucial tips first.

 

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An Inking Feeling

If you have to be awake when you sincerely don’t want to be, Crystal’s who you want across the counter from you: The kind of person who remembers your order before you have the neural capacity to do so yourself—and who’s that rare, perfect morning blend of cheery and chill—she’s got a smile for everyone who walks through the door. Even at the most ungodly of hours.

 

But today, her smile was extra…something. In fact, there was a je ne sais quois to all the baristas at my local Starbucks—the sort of thing that makes you ask, Did you change your hair? And then I realized: I was staring at a multi-human gallery of body art, none of which I’d seen in all my millions of morning pilgrimages to the same place. “Is it somehow possible I’ve never noticed your body art?” I asked Crystal. She then explained that today is the first day Starbucks is permitting employees to reveal their previously banned nose studs and tattoos.

 

 

In addition to body ink,  Starbucks employees will now be allowed to rock untucked shirts, nose studs, shorts, skirts, black jeans, tan khakis and colorful scarves and ties, according to CNN. And the easing up of the dress code comes with even more good news: Once January rolls around, Starbucks will give a pay increase to all baristas and shift managers, and allow them one free pastry or other pre-made snack per shift.

 

So: Happy first day of tat freedom, Crystal—and baristas everywhere. Enjoy the right to bare arms!

 

 

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Weeknight Meal Planner: 5 Cool Combos!

Getting sick of the old spaghetti and meatballs or teriyaki chicken? Have no fear! This week’s weeknight meal planner is full of fun recipes that combine unique ingredients to create five delicious dishes. So, what are you waiting for? Get cooking!

Monday, October 20th

Brussels Sprouts Pasta

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The Year’s Easiest Halloween Decorating Idea

For this year’s Halloween party, brew up some tabletop fun: Spray-paint plastic trick-or-treat buckets black, inside and out (flat-finish paint looks spookiest), to transform them into cauldrons. Coat flat-top wooden candle holders (available unfinished at craft stores) with the same paint and attach the cauldrons to their tops with hot glue. Now all that’s left to do is choose witch, er, which snacks to serve. (Not recommended: eye of newt.)

 

 

 

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Four-Ingredient Blushing Cocktails

Dark nights, cool breezes and changing leaves: It’s definitely fall, and there’s no better way to take the chill off than with a stiff cocktail. Our Sweet Ruby will do just the trick, warming you from the inside out with scotch and sweet vermouth. Don’t forget to add a splash of grapefruit juice to match your ruby red cheeks!

 

 

Ingredients

1 ounce scotch

1 ounce sweet vermouth

1 ounce ruby red grapefruit juice

Twist of a grapefruit peel, for garnishing

Ice (freebie)

 

Directions

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the scotch, vermouth and grapefruit juice and stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the grapefruit twist. Makes 1.

 

 

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