Pumpkin Cannolis

Italy meets fall with these mini Pumpkin Cannolis, which are made easier with pre-made cannoli shells.

Mini Pumpkin Cannolis

I am so smitten over living in the city right now. Gone are the days where I have to drive 45 minutes over the mountain and through a bunch of small towns, just to do most of my shopping. The days where if I got stuck behind a truck or slow-moving car, I was stuck in that lane for the rest of the trip (and when there is a passing zone, that’s usually when heavy traffic is coming the other way). The days where if I needed some kind of special ingredient (like ladyfingers), there was a good chance I couldn’t find it (and if I did, it was after I drove 45 minutes and stopped at multiple stores).

Now I feel like a whole new world has opened up. Let’s start with the library. I’ve never been so madly in love with a library before. I can practically get ANY BOOK I want. Ok, maybe not directly from my library, but they get books from other libraries in the county when I request them. Books that either I’m not sure about buying (hello, cookbooks!) or ones that I know I’ll only read once. I’ve always been a book lover, but this is insane. Then there’s the food. Not only do I have access to a multitude of coffee houses and restaurants, there are also the grocery stores. I’m 20 minutes away from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods (which is a big deal, considering I was 3 hours away from them before). And there are so many specialty stores, especially ethnic grocery stores, that if I need a specific ingredient, I can find it no problem.

I never realized how much I missed Pittsburgh.

Before moving back, my parents and I would go down to The Strip District to shop (and before you get too excited over the name, it’s just a bunch of stores, mainly food, like a strip mall). Dad and I always had to stop at Pennsylvania Macaroni Company, me for olive oil and him for licorice. Of course I’ve been back since I moved, and that’s when I spotted a box of mini cannoli shells on sale. In my basket they went, awaiting their cannoli fate. After some brainstorming, I decided Pumpkin Cannolis would be perfect, given the time of year.

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Apple Pie For Two

Craving apple pie but don’t want to be stuck with leftovers? I have the perfect solution for your apple pie fix – Double Crusted Apple Pie For Two with a homemade pie crust and apple pie filling.

Apple Pie For Two with homemade pie crust and apple pie filling

It’s apple season in Pennsylvania, which means you’re going to be seeing quite a few apple recipes in September and October. Dad and I always kick off the season by picking apples at our favorite farm south of Pittsburgh. Since I bake with apples a lot, I had a recipe idea list leftover from last year. At the very top was this Apple Pie For Two recipe. Make two mini pies in ramekins so you don’t have a giant pie leftover. Check. I admit I was a little nervous making them look good, but shaping the homemade pie crusts were easy peasy. If you have been craving homemade apple pie but for whatever reason didn’t want a whole pie in the kitchen (there’s only two of you, you live alone, you’re the only one who eats apple pie, etc.), then you definitely need to make this recipe. Pronto.

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Single Serving Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie (Egg Free)

Single Serving Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie

This egg free Single Serving Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie is a soft, cake-like cookie that you aren't required to share. And let's face it - who would actually want to share their cookie? If you were to ask me what my favorite cookie is, I … [Continue reading]

Grilled Cheese Roll Ups With Tomato Soup Dipping Sauce

Grilled Cheese Roll Ups with Tomato Soup Dipping Sauce

No more boring grilled cheese! Grilled Cheese Roll Ups with Tomato Soup Dipping Sauce takes the classic pairing and makes dinner fun. It's also a great excuse to play with your food. It's hard to believe it's been two months since I quit my job … [Continue reading]

Pumpkin Cheesecake French Toast Roll Ups with Pumpkin Spice Dipping Sauce #SundaySupper

Pumpkin Cheesecake French Toast Roll Ups with Pumpkin Spice Dipping Sauce

Welcome fall with open arms as you make Pumpkin Cheesecake French Toast Roll Ups for breakfast, complete with a Pumpkin Spice Dipping Sauce. Tell me - which group are you in? Are you doing everything you can to hang onto summer with fresh corn, … [Continue reading]

S’mores Spritz Sandwich Cookies

S'mores Spritz Sandwich Cookies

S'mores Spritz Sandwich Cookies are pretty little pressed cookies that taste almost exactly like graham crackers then sandwiched together with marshmallow and chocolate. Despite all of the differences and chaos going on in the world - racism, … [Continue reading]