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pumpkin hummus

Pumpkin Hummus

Puréed pumpkin lightens up an otherwise-classic dip recipe.

Onigiri

Onigiri

Onigiri—small, filled rice balls or triangles—are a popular snack and bento box staple in Japan. Here, they’re made with cooled sushi rice and decorated with scissor-cut nori shapes. Extras can be saved for lunch boxes the next day. If your kids are open to something salty and tart, add three pickled umeboshi plums (pitted and halved) to the mix. They’re a traditional onigiri filling that Japanese kids love.

Maple-Glazed Carrots

Maple-Glazed Carrots

Maple syrup brings out the natural sweetness of carrots, while Dijon mustard adds a hint of tanginess.

Marshmallowy Ghost Cupcakes

Marshmallowy Ghost Cupcakes

We turned to two old-fashioned dessert recipes—burnt sugar cake and seven-minute frosting—to come up with caramel-flavored cupcakes topped with billowy marshmallow frosting.

Harvest Corn Custards

Harvest Corn Custards

Layers of colorful custard and snowy whipped cream mimic the look of candy corn in this dessert.

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