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Triple Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

 Triple Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls via The Baker Chick

My heart is yearning for a brisk day. Though it’s mid-October, the weather has been playing games with us, hitting mid 70s and humid- leaving me using my space heater one night and the air conditioner the next. While this balmy weather is just what the doctor ordered for say- July, I need that crispness. I need to be able to walk out the door with a sweater and scarf, my favorite pair of boots, and a warm coffee. (I had to get iced yesterday!) Triple Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls via The Baker Chick


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Tata’s Homemade Pita Bread

 Tatas Homemade Pita Bread via The Baker Chick

This didn’t start with me. It started in Jordan sometime in the 1940s, or maybe it was actually Palestine- and several years before that. My paternal grandmother who we called “Tata Em Saleem,” baked bread for her eleven children. Soft, puffy, and crispy rounds of pita bread that fed her family of thirteen.

When a family can’t always afford things like meat or even milk, three ingredients were easier to come by: flour, water and yeast, (a teeny bit of salt & sugar too I suppose…) My Dad’s fond memories of eating his Mom’s bread with every meal translated to our kitchen table, where no meal was complete without a few toasty rounds of bread. Tatas Homemade Pita Bread via The Baker Chick


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Swirled Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars

 Swirled Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars via The Baker Chick

I just came back from a lovely fall visit to my parents in Wisconsin. There is something about a little bit of space that highlights the beauty of this season so much more than New York can. Now don’t get me wrong, Autumn in New York is magical, but Autumn in the Midwest won my heart this week. (And Hugo’s- proof of this at the end of the post!)

While there, I had the chance to do all sorts of fun fall activities like apple picking, the sweetest petting zoo, views of gorgeous fall foliage, and lots of autumn baking.  Swirled Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars via The Baker Chick


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Chocolate Peanut Butter Football Cookies

 Chocolate Peanut Butter Football Cookies via The Baker Chick

I didn’t always love football. Oh no…. In high school, I spent the games in my marching band uniform playing rally songs with the rest of the music geeks. (Oh and let’s not forgot my years in the color guard- I swapped my flute for a flag but I was still pretty dorky!) I rooted for my school’s team as much as anyone else, but I really didn’t understand what anything meant and the most I remember from when The Packers won the Superbowl in ’97 were the green & gold tortilla chips.

About 8 years ago things changed. I realized I actually had a deep loyalty to my Green Bay Packers and that I actually really loved the game! It didn’t hurt that the Pack had an amazing season that year and I discovered the fun of rooting for a good team…what can I say- I’ve been stuck on it ever since. Now I consider myself a die hard fan- I even convince Andy to spring for the cable package that includes all the games. I can’t bear to miss one! Chocolate Peanut Butter Football Cookies via The Baker Chick


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Creamy Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

 Creamy Pumpkin Mac and Cheese via The Baker Chick

Why in the world have I waited so long to start cooking with pumpkin? No obviously I’ve baked with pumpkin, but until now- savory pumpkin recipes were nothing but a figment of my imagination. But they are here and now I can’t get enough. The mild nutty flavor that lends itself so well to spices, sugar and pretty much every baked good you can think of is also delicious when swirled into cheese sauce. I mean pretty much everything is good in cheese sauce, but still.

 Creamy Pumpkin Mac and Cheese via The Baker Chick


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Chewy Caramel Apple Cookies

 Chewy Caramel Apple Cookies via The Baker Chick

I remember them vividly- caramel apple lolly pops.  They are probably still around actually- a bright green sour apple candy dipped into chewy caramel. My 7th grade teacher used to give them to the class as rewards for getting pop quiz answers right, and I adored them. I was a sucker for all candy at that age, but these in particular- (sucker..you see what I did there?!)

Now that my culinary preferences have changed a bit, I prefer real apples over the fake candy kind, and would rather bite into a chewy, gooey cookie than spend my time working away at my old favorite candy pop. Luckily, that’s all possible with the creation of this wonderful cookie. Chewy Caramel Apple Cookies via The Baker Chick