Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan glaze

Another great option for dessert this Thanksgiving.

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Holidays are in full effect. I have been testing lots of recipes. This was a huge hit on my thanksgiving table this year. I love a good New York cheesecake but wanted to try creating a pumpkin cheesecake with a pecan glaze. If you’re planning on bringing anything special to a holiday party or even if you just want to have something sweet at home, this is the perfect dessert. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Filling:
3 (8oz) packages cream cheese
1 (15oz) can pumpkin purée
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 (14oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
Pinch nutmeg
Pinch salt

Pecan glaze:

1 cup heavy cream
2/3 cups pecans, chopped and some whole
1/3 cup maple syrup

Crust preparation:

2 cups Keebler graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoons sugar

Crust preparation:

In a medium bowl toss together crumbs…

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Roasted Veggies

Just in time for thanksgiving.

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Roasting vegetables is probably one of my family’s favorite ways to enjoy eating vegetables. Thanksgiving is fast approaching so why not add a different kind of side to the table. You can get very creative on the medleys you would like to roast. I love tossing my veggies with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper and of course some rosemary and thyme to the mix. Brussels sprouts are in season. I love roasting these guys with pretty much anything or alone. Roasting veggies are also great in making soup. Roasting is pretty simple and easy. Hope you enjoy.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds of Brussels sprouts
1 small butternut squash, cubed
Salt & pepper, to taste
2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
3-4 garlic cloves, chopped
1-2 sprigs of rosemary or thyme, optional (both if desired)

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut off buttons of Brussels sprouts and…

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Giveaway with Anolon

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I partnered up with @anolon to giveaway this amazing 10 piece set. Perfect for all the holiday cooking. This is how you enter and get extra points. Head over to my social media and do the following.
1.Follow: @anolon and @homemadedelish
2. Post a photo on social media tagging @homemadedelish showing me ur pots and pans now and why you need these.
3. Tag a friend that needs these

Winner will be randomly chosen November 17th. Good luck! 👍

Fun Dips with Pretzel Crisps

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My daughter’s birthday was couple of weeks ago, and I wanted to have some fun delicious dips to serve for the kids and adults.  These dips are perfect for entertaining, and a great pairing with them would be those delicious and crunchy pretzel crisps.  I Hope you try these and enjoy.

Fundetti Dip (recipe by Pretzel crisps)

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Ingredients:

Pretzel Crisps®, for serving
1 Box Funfetti Cake Mix
2 Cup Cool Whip
2 Cup Vanilla Yogurt

In a large bowl mix the ingredients until well incorporated.  Serve with pretzel crisps.

Goat cheese and Horseradish Dip

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Pretzel Crisp, for serving
4 oz goat cheese
2 tsp horseradish
Green onions, chopped for garnish

In a small bowl mix together horseradish and goat cheese. Roll into a log and top with green onions and serve.

Apple Tart Tatin

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Apples are one of Autumn’s staple fruits.  It’s used in so many recipes throughout the holidays.  This recipe will satisfy that sweet tooth.  Instead of making an apple pie, try making an apple tart tatin.  As soon as it comes out of the oven, slice it up, and scoop some vanilla ice cream to serve.  This will make everyone happy. 
Ingredients: 
1 pepperidge farm puff pastry sheet
4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and quartered 
1 stick unsalted butter 
1/2 lemon juice 
1/4 cup Apple cider or orange juice 
1 cup sugar 
Vanilla ice cream, for serving 
Preparation: 
Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.
Place the apple cider, sugar,  & lemon juice in a 9″ inch cast iron skillet.  Stir to combine.  On high heat bring the mixture to a boil brush down the sides of the pan occasionally with a pastry brush dipped in water.  After 5 to 6 minutes the mixture will begin to turn light brown.  Whisk the mixture a bit.  Cook for another minute or so until you reach deeper amber color.  Remove from the heat and stir in the butter, 2 pieces at a time.  The mixture will bubble up.  That’s normal just be VERY CAREFUL.  Making caramel can be dangerous.  When all of the butter has been melted, start to arrange the apples rounded side down in circles.  Make this look pretty because the bottom will become the top. 
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Take the puff pastry & place it on top of the apples.  Trim the edges and tuck it in.  Place in oven for about 20 minutes or until the dough is golden brown and crispy.  Let the tart cool for 10 minutes.  Place a serving platter upside down on top of the skillet and CAREFULLY flip and the pan over.  Let the tart fall gently out of the pan.  Slice and serve with some vanilla ice cream. 
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Lincoln MKX

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I have been wanting to try out a Lincoln car or SUV for a very long time.  They always looked like fine luxurious vehicles.  Boy was I right.  It has everything plus more.  I was part of the NYCWFF last week and I got to enjoy this beautiful ride as my main source of transportation. 

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The 2016 Lincoln MKX is a larger, more sophisticated midsize luxury crossover, than its previous model.  It’s technology features, and a unique premium sound system, give the Lincoln an extra edge.  The MKX shares some similarities with its cousin the Ford Edge. 
Standard safety features on the Lincoln MKX include a rearview camera, multiple airbags, passive anti-theft system, post-crash alert system, tire pressure monitoring, child-safe rear door locks, perimeter alarm, and passive anti-theft system.
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Several additional safety features are available individually on select trim levels.  This includes inflatable rear outboard safety belts, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, and the Enhanced Security Package which requires a valid coded key to avoid drive away theft and electronic lockable storage.
That touch screen controls most of the MKX’s technology, including the audio system, navigation, 360-degree camera system, climate control and 22-way power seats.
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You put the MKX into gear with a row of buttons on the left side of the console’s 8-inch touch screen.
Front seats are plush with rich leather surfaces and an easy-chair feel that gives the driver and passenger a relaxing ride.  They’re easily adjustable for varying heights helping ensure good visibility.  Did I also mention that the seats give you a massage?  Yes a massage, just the right amount for a long road trip. 
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Rear seats are equally comfortable, although the middle seat isn’t suited for long drives.  It is incredibly roomy with 39.2 inches of headroom and 39.6 inches of leg room
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As most of Lincoln’s models, the exterior design of the 2016 MKX represents a significant departure from the previous model.  The newcomer now has the company’s corporate look with split-wing grille, elegant side profile, and new, blade-like headlights.  Those changes result in well-balanced proportions and give the vehicle a rather interesting and appealing look.
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I give the Lincoln a 9 out of 10. For more information visit http://www.lincoln.com/crossovers/mkx/

Easy Turkey Chili

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  • I have been so busy lately that I haven’t had much time to post recipes. There’s been a lot going on and I’ll be sure to share those with you. But for now I wanted to bring you a quick and simple turkey chili. Weather here on the east coast feels like summer, but before you know it the cold weather will be here in full effect. I hope you enjoy this warm bowl of happiness, which is great for football tailgates and parties. 
    Ingredients:
    1/2 to 2 lbs ground turkey
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 small onion, diced
    8oz can tomato sauce
    2 tbsp hili powder
    1 tsp cumin 
    1 tsp ground oregano
    1 tsp salt & pepper, to taste
    1 tsp cayenne pepper, to taste
    1  15oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
     1 15oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
     Shredded Cheddar, for garnish
     Chopped green onions, for garnish 
     Sour cream, for garnish 
    Preparation:

    Place the onions in a large pot & sauté for 2 minutes or so until translucent.  Next add ground Turkey and garlic. Cook over medium heat, until browned. Pour in the tomato saucechili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and cayenne. Stir and cover, and then reduce the heat to medium low. Simmer for 35 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

    Finally add the beans and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with shredded Cheddar, green onions and sour cream. 

Minute Ready to Serve Brazilian Chicken and Rice Soup

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Lunch or Dinner is served. Now that we are back in the swing of things at home with school, homework, baseball practice and art class it gets kinda busy around here.  Giving my family a nutritious meal for dinner is key. When I received this opportunity to partner up with Minute® Ready to Serve Rice. I was excited; because they have such a variety of different rices to offer. We usually buy the brown rice but when I found out they had this multi grain medley with rice, quinoa and brown rice I was ecstatic. Some people struggle with making rice but minute rice ready to serve makes it easy for you. 
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This rice recipe is one that I grew up eating; especially when we were sick or in the cold months. It’s a Brazilian chicken and rice soup. It’s delicious and my kids love it. Instead of using the traditional rice I used the multi grain medley blend which made it very wholesome and quick for a soup. Dinner was done in 15 minutes
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Minute Rice ready to serve has a flavor for every family member. Rice is such a versatile food that you can make anything from savory to sweet dishes. 
If you’re looking for a wholesome option, Minute® Ready to Serve Rice provides easy portion control since it’s conveniently packaged in two individual single-serve cups.Try mixing in your favorite ingredients with your favorite Minute Ready to Serve Rice. For example:Mix in a protein and veggie, plus a sauce/seasoning or cheese, for a quick weeknight meal.
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This recipe can be done in the microwave or stovetop. 
Brazilian Chicken and Rice Soup
Ingredients: 
4 containers Minute rice ready to serve multi grain medley 
3 cups cooked chicken breast, chopped 
6 cups low sodium chicken broth 
2 cups frozen peas and carrots 
1 large potato, peeled and cubed, optional
1/2 tablespoon dried basil 
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
1 teaspoon garlic powder 
1/2 teaspoon ground sage 
Salt & pepper, to taste 
Hot sauce, optional for topping 
Preparation: 
  • Heat rice according to package directions. In medium microwave-safe bowl, combine chicken, broth, seasonings and vegetables. Microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes. Stir in rice. You might have to add another minute or 2 if the potatoes aren’t done. You can always leave the potatoes out.  Save for leftovers and enjoy the next day for lunch or dinner.

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Back to School Healthy Lunches

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Classes are back in session. Now it’s time to get the lunch situation back on track. Packing healthy lunches is key. I want to make sure my kids are getting healthy options, but I also want to make lunch fun for them so they don’t get bored of the sandwich in the plastic baggie. I think this helps the kids eat their lunches at school.

I was excited to partner up with one of my favorite food stores WHOLE FOODS MARKET. They offer so many amazing back to school options. Some of you may not know but WHOLE FOODS has their own brand called 365 Everyday.

The 365 Everyday Value products can fill your pantry without emptying your wallet. With value prices every day of the year, the products are formulated to meet all of their quality standards, come in both natural and organic selections, and will change the way you shop at WHOLE FOODS MARKET. That’s because they have it all — from whole grain flours and shade-grown coffee to organic milk and frozen veggies. They make it easy to stock up on the best products for the best price.

My kids love lunch meat roll ups. I added a little pretzel stick to keep the roll up together. WHOLE FOODS lunch meats are now 25% off Sliced In-house Deli Meat Sale from 9/7 until 9/13.

365 Everyday Value® Organic Sliced Cheese has the benefits of organic including that it’s made from the milk of cows not given synthetic hormones (rBST) and Lunchmeat that doesn’t contain artificial colors, flavors or preservatives such as added synthetic nitrates or nitrites.

Below you will find 3 fun ideas to pack for the kids. I hope everyone has a fun and safe school year.

Here we have Peanut butter & Jelly rolls, pretzel stick, carrots and water 

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Quaker crackers, Ham & Cheese kabobs, water and some mandarin oranges 

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Peanut butter apple sandwiches, carrots, quacker crackers and water

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Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog #fallfest below:

Devour: Embrace Your Inner Kid with 5 Fun Flips on Pizza
The Lemon Bowl: Skillet Mexican Street Corn
Homemade Delish: Healthy Back-to-School Lunches
Creative Culinary: Peanut Butter and Apple Oatmeal Cookies
The Fed Up Foodie: Spiced Pumpkin Donuts
A Mind “Full” Mom: 2-Ingredient Homemade Gogurts
The Mom 100: Tomato-Orzo Dill Soup
Healthy Eats: 7 Back-to-School Dishes That Kids Can Help Make
Taste with the Eyes: Black Bean Spaghetti Caterpillar For Kids
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Kale Sushi Rice Bowls
Swing Eats: Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cookies (Gluten-Free & Flourless)
FN Dish: Our Favorite A+ Afterschool Snacks

2017 Ford Escape

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I finally had the opportunity to try out the 2017 Ford Escape. This is the first time I was able to try out a ford and I have to say I was quiet pleased. The car has some great features.

The popular small crossover SUV has come a long way from its debut in 2001. It uses the latest update of Ford’s Sync voice-command system. It also gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integrated into the infotainment system. Which was a convenient feature. It was like having your iPhone right on the screen.
Ford Escape offers three engines: The 2.5L with independent variable cam design (iVCT). The available 1.5L EcoBoost® iVCT, the most fuel-efficient Escape engine.* And for more punch at the pedal, the available 2.0L EcoBoost with twin-scroll turbocharger. Both EcoBoost engines feature fuel-saving and emissions-conscious Auto Start-Stop Technology.
*EPA-estimated rating of 23 city/30 hwy/26 combined mpg.
2017 Escape is smarter than ever. Available technology can alert you to unintentional lane drift, warn you of a vehicle in your blind spot, auto-maneuver you into (or out of) a tight parking spot, or open the available hands-free, foot-operated liftgate with just a gentle kick under the rear bumper. And the EcoBoost® engines feature Auto Start-Stop Technology to help save fuel when you’re driving in the city.

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Additional technology making its first appearance in an Escape includes adaptive cruise control with forward-collision warning and brake pre-conditioning; lane-assist alert and active lane aid, which makes steering corrections; and enhanced parking assist (the driver operates the pedals and gearshift, the system controls the steering), which now performs in parallel and perpendicular parking situations.
Returning to the Escape for 2017 are blind-spot monitoring, hill-start assist, automatic high beams, and the vaunted foot-activated tailgate.
Escape Titanium with the most powerful engine, all the tech that matters and upgraded cabin materials and amenities, and the price climbs just above $38,000. That’s fairly pricey for this class, but Ford crams in a lot of features for the money.
A new Sport Appearance package equips the Escape SE or the Escape Titanium with blacked-out exterior trim, blacked-out 19-in. wheels, dark-tinted headlight bezels and taillights, partial-leather seats with a V-shaped pattern, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shiftier.
The 2017 Ford Escape has more padded materials giving a high-quality look. Ford also adjusted the design of the center console, moving the shiftier back to provide easier access to the climate controls and switching to an electronic parking brake to free up more space for storage. Improved sound insulation means the Escape is about as quiet as a luxury vehicle on the highway.
Escape’s front seats are comfortable and wide, though the back seats provide a pretty spacious back seat for the small SUV.The Escape shares a new 6-sided grille with the Edge and Fusion sedan. The bumper has been equipped with a huge center cut-out with two small hollows. Fog lights sit below the headlights.
All in all I give this an 8 out of 10. It’s an outstanding car with great features. Make sure to check out your local ford dealer for a test drive or visit http://www.ford.com/dealerships/locate