Something for your younger guests: pumpkin cupcakes swirled with a sweet cream cheese icing.

Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting John Kernick

Amp up boxed cake mix with pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree for an easy shortcut treat. Garnish with candy corn for a subtle nod to the holiday.

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Watercress

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