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The Pantry Kitchen’s ‘Weeknight Challenge’ yields stuffed squash recipes and many unexpected gems

The goal with the first challenge of Season 2 of the Pantry Kitchen Challenge was to get everyone in an autumnal mood, and to introduce the new “wild card” rule designed to throw a different wrinkle into each round. Wellll …. perhaps we should have been more specific?

Round 1 was “The Weeknight Challenge” with a 30-minute prep time limit, and squash, apples, nutmeg and soda as the ingredients. We didn’t foresee that folks would interpret the 30-minute limit in two different ways: 30 minutes to prep the dish and get it ready for cooking or 30 minutes from prep to plating.

Oops.

So to be fair, we selected the top three finishers in both categories. (And props to those of you who saw “30-minute prep” and decided this meant 30 minutes total!) You hustled and came up with some pretty impressive stuff. This challenge garnered 45 entries! Many of

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3 Unexpected Ways Buying a Home Can Affect Your Finances

Becoming a homeowner can change your financial picture — for better and for worse.

It’s no secret that buying a home is a big undertaking. Between applying for a mortgage and coming up with what could be a sizable down payment, it’s clearly not the sort of decision anyone jumps into overnight.

But as much as you can prepare for owning a home, once you’re in that situation, you may find that your financial picture changes — in some ways for the better and others, less so. Here are a few ways your finances might take a different direction once you have a mortgage in your name and a home to keep up with.

1. You’ll need a larger emergency fund

As a general rule, it’s smart to have three to six months’ worth of living expenses in an emergency fund. That way, if you lose your job, you’ll have

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