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Chipotle Pepper Turkey Chili

Smoky, spicy turkey chili just in time for the cooler months ahead that will warm you right up from the first bite to the last.

In my neck of the woods our first cold front has come through (FINALLY)  and it been in the 50's at night and 70's in during the daytime. Where I live that is the beginning of Autumn. Since is cooler outside that is when my family starts to have chili at least once a week or every other week. Its quick, easy, fast and delicious.
This is one meal that I remember eating a lot growing up and loved eating. It always made me feel like a warm hug while I eat it.

__________________________________________________________________________________________ Chipotle Pepper Turkey ChiliTime Prep: 5 minutes
Cooking: 3 to 5 hours

Ingredients 2 pounds (32 ounces) Ground Turkey Meat
48 ounces (6 cups) Tomato Sauce
1 6 ounce can Tomato Paste
3 cups Water
1/2 cup Dark Chili Powder
1 Tablespoon Chipotle Pepper, can use less if you would like less spice
2 Tablespoons Granula…

Black Magic Halloween Cupcakes

Your eyes might be deceived that they are burnt but they are not. They are filled with (good) black magic, topped with ghostly buttercream, bugs, bones, pumpkins and specs of witches dandruff.

Today when I made these cupcakes I had three little devils help me mix the batter and also decorated some of them, my niece Lady Bug and nephew Mikey and Bodean.

I used a black cocoa powder for these to give them the spooky dark cupcakes.  The black cocoa powder is not bitter at all, its actually a sweet chocolate flavor. I used black cocoa powder in a different post, Black Magic Sauce.

These are kid approved, after the decorated their cupcakes they ate them up.

Black Magic Halloween CupcakesTime Prep: 20 minutes for Buttercream
        20 minutes for Cupcakes

Baking: 15 to 20 minutes

Yields: 30 cupcakes

IngredientsVanilla Bean Buttercream
1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, softened
1/2 cup Vegetable Shorteni…

Mummy Pizza Bread

Just in time for this spooky month of October, quickly now come eat this Mummy before it comes out of its tomb coming right for you. But don't worry, you will be safe against Vampires because of the garlic crust.

This braided bread is stuffed full of guts, cheese and dripping with blood I mean pizza sauce and toppings brushed with Vampires Kryptonite, garlic. So you will be safe when you go out Trick o' Treating this Halloween. Halloween has to be my favorite holiday, once 11:59 hits on October 31st I already can't wait for the following year for Halloween and it doesn't hurt that my birthday isn't too far after Halloween. This is a braided bread you may also know it as challah.  Its a traditional Jewish bread normally served around Passover. I've seen it filled with cinnamon sugar, roast garlic and parmesan but I chose pizza because I love pizza.

__________________________________________________________________________________________ Mummy Pizza Bread 
Time Pre…

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

Sugar, pumpkin spice, Halloween and everything nice. Need I say anything more, I don't think so.

I made vanilla bean sugar cookies months ago that were a totally hit for my family and since it tis the season for everything Pumpkin Spice I wanted to do a twist on a simple sugar cookie.

Right now that is all I need, I need my pumpkin spice coffee, Halloween and I am good to go. This is my first Halloween looking recipe for the month and I have many more.

What is your favorite part of the season? Is the decoration, food, parties or all of the above? Let me know in the comments.

Pumpkin Spice Sugar CookiesToolsCookie Sheet Parchment Paper Rolling Pin Cookie Cutters Decorations, if desired
TimePrep: 15 minutes
Baking: 10 minutes
Ingredients6 cups Unbleached All Purpose Flour plus about 1 cup for rolling 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) Unsalted Butter, room temperature 1 1/2 cups Sugar, I used unrefined 3/4 cup Pumpkin B…

Milk Chocolate & Orange Scones

Milk chocolate and orange in a scone form, yes please.Creaminess of the milk chocolate balances the citrus tartness.

Growing up in the 90's, I remember these giant hunks of chocolate that were wrapped in foil and looked like an orange and was orange flavored was all the rage.   Those who don't remember the advertising, you would whack the 'orange' to open up it slices.  You don't see them that often now but during the holiday season. This is what inspired me to make Chocolate Orange Scones that and my mom suggested to make this type of scone. 

If you think this scone will be dry like you may have had in the past, you would be wrong. They are soft, buttery and moist.
Do you remember the chocolate oranges? Let me know if the comments below.
______________________________________________________________________________________________ Chocolate Orange SconesToolsPastry Blender
Pastry Brush
Parchment Paper
Cookie Sheet(s)
Cheese Grater or Zester

TimePrep: 45 minutes to 1 hour. Ba…

Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake

A yummy twist on a classic cake. All the butteriness that you love about a pound cake and add pumpkin, spice and everything nice.
Who else is as excited that it is October and Halloween is now only days away, 29 days when this post goes up?

Like I said in previous post, I love pumpkin spice anything. I've already made Pumpkin Spice Extract,Pumpkin Spice Syrup and Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter, which I used for this recipe (click on the name for link to the recipe). I already have so many ideas for more recipes for the next two months.

For me, this might be thebest cake for the season of pumpkin spice.It's light, spongy but dense.
______________________________________________________________________________________________ Pumpkin Spice Pound CakeToolsAngel Food/ Tube Pan
Wired Rack

TimePrep: 15 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients4 cups Unbleached All Purpose Flour plus a little for dusting pan
1 pound (4 sticks) Unsalted Butter, softened plus a little for greasing pan
2 1/2 cu…