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Easy-cheesy pumpkin dip

Since it's that time of year when squash is cheap and plentiful, I picked up a kabocha squash (a.k.a. Japanese pumpkin) and decided to make something with it for Thanksgiving dinner. But I don't like pumpkin pie or any other vegetable-as-dessert type things, so I figured I'd make something savoury. Anything with cheese tends to be a winner, and with the stripe-y pumpkin-bowl the dip is baked in, you can gain bonus points for fancy-ass presentation.

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Baked oatmeal: the ultimate fall/winter breakfast for the week

Baked oatmeal is one of the many dishes I had never heard of before moving to South Central Pennsylvania. It's oatmeal made casserole-style, so that it's gooey on the inside and crunchy like granola on top. It's an awesome and versatile fall or winter breakfast dish, and since it's casserole-style, you can eat it all week!

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Make pumpkin cake from your carved pumpkin flesh

After spending several hours carving those wonderful Halloween pumpkins I was left with a ton of pumpkin flesh. Being a little green I just couldn’t bear to throw it all away. So I grabbed my trusty carrot cake recipe, substituted pumpkins for carrots, added a few juicy extra bits, and fed the flesh of a thousand pumpkins to my nearest and dearest!

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Aging beers in casks and imagining pet bats — reader photos

Start your day with our collection of interesting articles on the web and photos from our readers. In these Clicky Links you'll find lots of sites to waste a little time on — and you'll find a host of uses for missile silos.

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Sugar skulls of Toluca: sparkling up in your face

I'm loving this time of year. Here I was, thinking the city went crazy for El Dieciséis, but Day of the Dead is so much more colorful, and soulful. Brightly colored sheets of papel picado hang in store windows. Velvety, crimson terciopelo flowers sit in vases at restaurants. Orange marigolds, the traditional Day of the Dead flower (called cempasúchil in Spanish) have suddenly bloomed in the street medians.