Individual Pineapple-Upside Down Cakes

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Since the buzz is that April 20th is “National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day,” I thought I would celebrate. The recipe for the cake part comes from Cooking Light, but I’m giving it a little twist (which is what I do best). I saw this cool, individual pan  (see below) to make individual Pineapple Upside Down Cakes. It gives this retro dessert new life. This pan is awesome and so fun and simple to use. Retro or not, this is a yummy dessert that everyone loves.

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Kid Approved: Balsamic Penne Pasta Salad

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My daughter, Leigh, begged me to make penne pasta salad that she saw a friend bring to school. She called to find out what was in it, and she made up this recipe herself for Balsamic Pasta Salad. This recipe is a breeze, and the kids absolutely loved it. Feel free to add chicken or turkey and top with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.

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