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Crab Grilled Cheese Croutons + Tomato Bisque

Dress up a delicious bowl of tomato bisque with crab-filled grilled cheese cut into bite-size croutons. Get the full recipe at HomemadeBanana.comWhen I was a kid, I was a really picky eater, and there was virtually nothing I hated more than a bowl of tomato soup. The sound of a hand-cranked can opener inching around the rim of a Campbell’s can was my version of nails on a chalkboard. And although I shed most of my weird food proclivities as I aged, I never got fully on board with tomato soup—until about a year ago.

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Wax-Dipped Infused Salts

Treat your holiday hosts to these wax-dipped infused salts. Get the DIY at HomemadeBanana.comAs of Monday, I finished my Christmas shopping, but I always like to have a few extra pretty or delicious things on hand to bring with me when I’m running out the door to the holiday parties that pepper the next week of my calendar. If these small hostess gifts end up being both pretty and delicious—well, that’s even better.

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Blood-Red Cinnamon Pomegranate Shots

Get the recipe for these blood-red cinnamon pomegranate shots—perfect for serving at your Halloween party. Halloween isn’t really my jam. I love how excited other people get about the holiday, but as someone who generally enjoys whimsy and charm much more than haunt and horror, I usually spend October looking beyond the 31st and into the holiday season to come.

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Cornbread Cake with Homemade Honeycomb

Get the recipe for the perfect naked cake for fall: a cornbread cake topped with cinnamon buttercream and homemade honeycomb.I have all my best ideas when I’m lying in bed at night. After I’ve brushed my teeth and just before I nod off, things just come to me: outfit ideas, prospective DIY projects and, most recently, this cake. Maybe I hadn’t eaten a proper dinner and was subconsciously in need of a midnight snack or maybe the sweet tooth fairy just paid me a visit. Whatever the reason, this confection appeared fully formed in my head so I dashed off a quick iPhone note to myself and fell fast asleep.

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Griddled Polenta with Pork Loin + Sautéed Kale

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine.

Get real flavor real fast with this delicious Smithfield® pork loin filet.Look, we’re all busy. Some of us just went back to school, and some of us just wish we were going back to school, but all of us are busy. And we’re hungry! I don’t know about you, but by the time I leave work, commute home and walk the dog, I’m ready to eat, like, an hour ago. That’s why I always like to have a pork loin on standby in the fridge. It’s a tender, lean piece of meat that cooks quickly and pairs well with basically everything.

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