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Perfect Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins

Wowza! I never use that word but it’s what blurted out after the first bite of these moist, spicy and healthy pumpkin muffins, a recipe from a reader. The recipe starts with 100% whole wheat flour and uses just 1/4 cup of oil – that's half the usual oil or butter for a dozen muffins. Plus the recipe somehow begs for adaptation: I made three variations – all easy, all with pantry ingredients, even one that’s a healthy makeover of the Starbucks Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffin. And then I invited Kitchen Parade readers to try the muffins and play with their own variations. Just look at all the rave reviews! Real Food, Fresh & Flexible. A Fall Classic. Budget Friendly. Great for Meal Prep. Rave Reviews.

How to Cook Frozen Steaks

An America's Test Kitchen Recipe This recipe's for Procrastinators and the Spontaneous. Want to cook a steak, like ASAP? Just pull a steak or two from the freezer and an hour later, you'll sit down to perfectly cooked steaks. No thawing needed! But this recipe's also for Picky Planners. Because cooking steaks from their frozen state yields the perfect steak – seared on the outside, evenly cooked all the way to the center. Intrigued? Read on! This is effortless cooking with fine, fine results. These steaks? It's like you've pampered good meat for hours. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~ Who Dreams About Recipes? This one came to me in the middle of the night. Well, sort of. I wasn't really dreaming, I was falling asleep to the dulcet tones of Christopher Kimball's voice, listening to the America's Test Kitchen podcast . So much information, so many tips! If you're a podcast fan and a cook, this podcast definitely belongs on your play

Picadillo (Cuban Ground Beef Skillet Supper)

The Recipe: An easy fall supper, when the sun sets early and the evenings begin to cool. “Cuban” is a new cuisine for me. Until now, I’ve fixated on the “Cubano” – a wonderful pork and ham sandwich hot sandwich with pickles and mustard that I’ve found impossible to perfect at home, despite many tries. So I was most happy to discover Picadillo which goes together quickly with pantry ingredients. It’s homey comfort food. Around the World in 365 Days with Beef Recipes. That’s my life, thanks to a freezer full of beef. Truth be told, last spring I probably snapped pictures of what was then a newborn calf anxious for its momma’s udder. It was raised in a small herd by dear friends on the farm next to a country place where we spend much outdoor time. Truth be told, I ignore the ear tags, I don’t want to know which one’s slated for our freezer. It’s a trick, working your way through so much beef. First off, you stop ordering beef out because the meat you have at home is just too