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  • Pumped for Pumpkin Season

    The season of pumpkin craze is in full effect. According to Cindy Ott, author of Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon, “It’s more about the pumpkin feeling than the pumpkin flavor or nutrition.” Pumpkin flavoring, it seems, became a stress-relief for Americans around the turn of the 19th century. “People became stressed about… moving into the office and off the farms, and [the pumpkin] starts to appear in poems and in paintings,” says Ott. “We’re celebrating the nostalgia for this old fashioned, rural way of life, that no one ever really wanted to stay on, but everyone’s always been romantic about.”

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  • S’more, please!

    Crumbly honeyed crackers, the sharp bite of a square of your favorite chocolate bar, and a marshmallow toasted to a perfect golden brown (or blackened with an oozing center, if you cook marshmallows like me): s’mores could very well be the most texturally beautiful dessert on earth. They pair well with milk, hot chocolate, and similarly charred hot dogs, but don’t you go underestimating the power of the humble s’more. This summer campground staple transitions easily into chilly autumn nights huddles around a fire swapping ghost stories.

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  • National Coffee Day

    Thomas Jefferson called it “the favorite drink of the civilized world.” T.S. Eliot measured out his life in it. The Gilmore Girls, Central Perk crew, and Agent Dale Cooper all extolled its virtues. Coffee has secured its place in the hearts and to-go cups of the world, so much so that September 29th has been recognized as National Coffee Day in at least 16 countries (including the United States) since the early 1980s.

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  • Margarita Madness for National Tequila Day

    As if you needed another excuse to sip on margaritas this summer, today is National Tequila Day! The unofficial (yet entirely necessary) holiday is celebrated annually on July 24th. With no history or evidence of establishment, it seems that National Tequila Day was born out of a sheer desire to honor the distilled spirit (I’m not complaining).

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  • All About Almond Butter

    I’ve been a peanut butter addict for many many years, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I put it on everything—pancakes, fruit, oatmeal, sandwiches, and every kind of dessert. Up until recently, I was convinced that there was no rival to my beloved peanut butter. And although my love for PB will never die, I have recently fallen in love with something new and beautiful: almond butter.

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  • All-American Barbecue Sauce Recipes for the 4th of July

    Step away from the supermarket. Leave that bottle on the shelf, please. Not only is homemade barbecue sauce easy to make, but also in the American spirit, it enables freedom. That is, the freedom to pick which sauce is right for your grilled or smoked dishes!

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  • Red {Velvet}, White, and Blue!

    With the July 4th right around the corner, you’re probably seeing accents of red, white, and blue popping up all over ad campaigns, the blogosphere, and social media. I especially love seeing the colorful array of desserts people have created to honor our nation’s flag—who knew patriotism could be so delicious? From pies and cakes to crisps and cobblers, there are so many ways to make something sweet using red, white, and blue decorations and ingredients. Whether you’re using the naturally festive colors of berries to brighten up your desserts, or dressing yours up with vibrant frostings and sprinkles, the possibilities are endless!

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  • Going Veg for the 4th of July

    If you’re a vegetarian (like me!), odds are you feel a little left out when your family and friends break out the grill for a summer barbecue. Although you might say no to a hamburger, there’s no need to sacrifice those great smoky flavors just because you don’t eat meat! I’m here to tell you that your days of loading up on side salads and potato chips over. Here’s a Fourth of July menu that’s filled with delicious vegetarian grilled recipes and fresh salads to satisfy the whole family, whether or not they eat meat. It turns out your grill can do a lot more than you might think. Now everyone can enjoy the classic American barbecue and the flavors of summer with this collection of some of our favorite vegetarian recipes.

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  • 10 Recipes for National Donut Day

  • Best of the Web: St. Patrick’s Day

    Shamrock Cupcake Recipe

    [ Shamrock Cupcakes from A Baker's Field Guide to Cupcakes ]

    So who exactly is Saint Patrick, anyway?

    Well, he’s the patron Saint of Ireland who, according to legend, rid the Emerald Isle of snakes during a 40 day fast he was undertaking. His holiday, thankfully, doesn’t involve fasting. It’s a day in which everyone is Irish and everyone is celebrating (especially here in Boston!). Here at HCP, we believe a holiday just isn’t a holiday without delicious food in attendance, so we’ve rounded up some of the best St. Patrick’s Day recipe across the blogosphere…

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  • Pi Day

    Mixed Berry Lemon Pie Recipe | Good Cheap Eats

    [ Mixed Berry Pie with Cinnamon and Lemon from GOOD CHEAP EATS ]

    Well, it’s March 14th again and you know what that means…it’s Pi(e) Day! We know your math friends and accounting colleagues must be going crazy today, but whether numbers are your thing or not, today is definitely a FOOD holiday to celebrate…

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  • Best of the Web: Valentine’s Day

    via someecardsvia

    It may feel like 2015 just started, but somehow it’s already the middle of February. This year is flying by (probably with a little help from all those snow days we’ve been having up here!), and now is the time to celebrate our valentines. For me at least, Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romantic love; it’s about the love I have for my friends, my family, and–perhaps most of all?–the baristas at my local coffee shop. And is there really a better way to show love than to share delicious treats? Ok maybe, but I have yet to find it. However, I HAVE found these delicious recipes for you to try over the next week…

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