Fall Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake with Brûlée Topping

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Here's an easy recipe for a creamy pumpkin cheesecake with a bit of brûlée crunch. 

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My First Love: Bread + Butter

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Before I graduated to pork products, bread and butter was my first true love. A simple, complimentary, truly harmonious pair - if only every relationship could be like bread and butter! 


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Grandma's Recipe Box #10: Crumb Cake

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Take my word for it, Entenmann's Ultimate Crumb has nothing on Grandma's Crumb Cake!

This moist, buttery, cinnamon and sugar laced, American classic is an old favorite of my grandmother's and something of a staple at every big party.  As Grandma says,  "it's very impressive," and it goes a very long way.

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Grandma's Recipe Box: #5 Rugelach

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When I was growing up with my grandparents, there was always dessert on the counter.  Always! 

My grandmother, who has always been a prolific baker, is Czech, which means she can do a lot more than Strufoli, Pizzele, and Tiramisu.  From Baklava to Krusciki, and Meringues, to this one, Rugelach, Grandma has baked it all.

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Grandma's Recipe Box: #4 Strufoli

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I've probably eaten hundreds of them - Strufoli! Sometimes referred to as  "honey balls," these marble- sized Italian confections generally appear around  Christmas and Easter. 

If my memory serves me correctly, it was usually my Aunt Millie  who sent over a plate of these honey-dipped tidbits. 

They are a bit time consuming to produce, but very addictive.

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Grandma's Recipe Box: #3 Oriental Nappa Salad

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Grandma's RecipeHere's a unique salad that Grandma makes for nearly every Summer party.  It's crispy, it's sweet, it's savory, and it's the perfect accompaniment for Pulled Pork!

Much of the preparation can be done ahead of time, but the dressing should wait until serving.  And remember shake the dressing well!


For Salad

1 Large Nappa Cabbage

6-8 Green Onions

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Grandma's Recipe Box: #2 Death By Chocolate

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Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines are two of my Grandmother's biggest heroes. She's a huge fan of boxed cake mix!  In fact, she thinks it's absolutely ridiculous when I insist on making a cake from scratch. 

Here's the second recipe out of Grandma's Recipe box, a very decadent confection, Death By Chocolate!  Although it's incredibly easy, relying heavily on instant ingredients - boxed cake mix, instant mousse and Cool Whip -  the tall, chocolately Trifle makes a very impressive appearance. 

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