Vegetable seller Olesya Vladymyrovna, 55, holds a pumpkin at a market in Lviv, Ukraine. For centuries in the Eastern European nation, a pumpkin meant: "No, I will not marry you." David Greene/NPR hide caption

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This fettuccine dish for one person is quick, easy and satisfying — and can easily be doubled for surprise guests. Nicole Spiridakis for NPR hide caption

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