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When I worked on my family history, I was surprised to find out how many Pennsylvania Dutch & Amish ancestors I had. Of course, those ancestors multiply quickly as you work back. You start with 4 grandparents, then 8 great, then 16, 32, 64, 128, 256 and by the time you get back a few more generations you realize that you’re related to half the people in the US! Our good neighbor in South Dakota was a 9th cousin! Hi Auntie Mary! But what I’m getting at I’m wondering if I have a predisposition for the sweet/sour flavors so often found in Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, and especially this Pennsylvania Dutch Broccoli & Bacon? Is there a gene for that?

Pennsylvania Dutch Broccoli & Bacon
Pennsylvania Dutch Broccoli & Bacon

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I’ve seen quite a few versions of Stir-Fried Beef & Potatoes and quite a few photos, and this recipe for my version, Vietnamese Beef & Potatoes Bo Xao Khoai Tay seems to be different. It’s how the Chef at my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in the Twin Cities makes their Vietnamese Beef & Potatoes and it is utterly crave-worthy!

Vietnamese Beef & Potatoes Bo Xao Khoai Tay
Vietnamese Beef & Potatoes Bo Xao Khoai Tay

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Happy Halloween, ya’ll!! I made you a cake! Tis the season, isn’t it for everything and anything Pumpkin Spice. Ummmm, Guilty! Sometimes Pumpkin Spice can get a little old, but not this cake. This Easy Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake has a special blend of warm fall spices with just a bit of a kick from a touch of black pepper.

Easy Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake
Easy Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake

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Cream cheese frosting is a funny thing. People like it how they like it. So even though I already have a couple of Cream Cheese Frostings on my site, on this post for The Wayfair Inn Carrot Cake and a post Cream Cheese Frosting for Topping Cakes & Cupcakes. Here’s another one. This is my Mom’s Cream Cheese Frosting. I used it today for my Easy Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake.

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Well, as you can see, I’m still in Halloween Party mode and as Halloween gets closer & closer, my treats are getting easier, faster and more doable! But they’re still every bit as delish and fun! Take these very fun Caramel Apple Pie Jello Shots, for instance…

Caramel Apple Pie Jello Shots
Caramel Apple Pie Jello Shots

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Believe me, I sympathize with parents on Halloween. It’s gotta be one of the most fun holidays, but man can it be hectic, especially if the celebration isn’t on a weekend. And it’s just not enough anymore to toss a sheet on your kid and send them out in the world with a pillowcase! Heck, Halloween hardly seems the time to make anything, let alone the Best Roasted Pumpkin Seeds!

The Best Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
The Best Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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It’s easy to always think about St. Paul & Minneapolis, the Twin Cities, as a Swedish/Norwegian city and we do have a large population. Maybe our weather made them feel at home. But it’s just as easy to forget that our earliest settlements were French and/or French Canadian. So in honor of our French, here’s a “Bean Pot” or if ya want to be fancier, I’ll just call this a Minnesota Cassoulet Bean Pot.

Minnesota Cassoulet "Bean Pot"
Minnesota Cassoulet “Bean Pot”

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I’ve been seeing little Monsters all over the Internet now that Halloween is looming, and I couldn’t resist trying my hand at them. And no, these aren’t scary Monsters! They’re adorable and they’re Halloween Pretzel Monsters, made with pretzels of course and some fun Candy Melts.

Halloween Pretzel Monsters
Halloween Pretzel Monsters

The combo of the Salty Pretzels and sweet, almost white chocolate candy melts made for a tasty treat! They’re surprisingly good salty/sweet deliciousness. And I learned a few things along the way when making these Halloween Pretzel Monsters.

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So awhile back, I made a bunch of Steel Cut Oatmeal in my Instant Pot, looking for just the right combination of time & ingredients to get my Best Instant Pot Oatmeal. And I love oatmeal and ate a lot, but still had some leftover! So I made a few things with it. Some cookies that were a total fail, a little experiment with a copycat Taco Bell meat recipe (yuck!) and these Leftover Oatmeal Muffins. Well, the third time was a charm.

Leftover Oatmeal Muffins
Leftover Oatmeal Muffins

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If you follow my site, you know I posted all about Freshly Popped Homemade Popcorn the other day. And you know I posted my Chocolate Dipped Halloween Spiders recently, too. So it’s probably not a leap to imagine I might post another Halloween Treat, and maybe even one made with popcorn, like these Halloween Marshmallow Popcorn Bars.

Halloween Marshmallow Popcorn Bars
Halloween Marshmallow Popcorn Bars

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