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Whether you are hosting a dinner party with a few friends that you see every day or with friends you only see during the holidays, it doesn’t matter what you serve. Just keep it simple and fresh. Add some steamed broccoli, sautéed green beans, or a tossed salad to this foolproof menu, a meal…

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It’s the holiday season and time for festive celebrations at home and with friends. Fill your dessert table with unique sweets, themed treats, and a whole host of taste tempting cakes, pies, and cookies. One of my favorite seasonal treats is very simple oatmeal cranberry cookie that has the …

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If you are hosting a large holiday feast and a table laden with turkey, chicken, and ham, you may begin to have visions of the Ghost of Christmas Present, the cheerful ghost who sits on a massive tower or throne of holiday food items. When the ghost takes Scrooge to view the poor Cratchit fa…

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Here in the South, tried and true recipes hold deep and lasting value. As a Southern cook, you just have an instinct for recognizing those “special” dishes, and it is second nature to know if a recipe is a “keeper” or not. Holidays are typically when those well-loved recipes make their annua…

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Now is a perfect time to make a pot of soup. The air is turning chilly, and the warmth of a bowl of potato soup is sure to satisfy the body and soul. For cream-based soup recipes that call for half and half or heavy cream, keep in mind that you can substitute ingredients without sacrificing …

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Main dishes, desserts, and appetizers are the reigning stars of the buffet table. However, side dishes are often the afterthought when menu planning. Yet, side dishes, including salads, round out the meal and shouldn’t be overlooked. A well thought out side dish can complement the meal or, i…

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In honor of the fall season, I stopped by Starbucks recently to celebrate by ordering a pumpkin spice latte. When it comes to all things pumpkin spice related, it seems the world is evenly divided into two camps: those who love the autumnal flavor and those who detest the very idea of it. Of…

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Maybe it’s listening to jazz, reading comic books, or shopping in thrift stores. Whatever makes you happy. Pasta makes me happy. I can honestly say that one of my favorite food items is pasta. Whether it’s cavatappi with a spicy Tuscan sauce, baked macaroni and cheese fresh from the oven, pa…

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Fun to eat dips make me smile. I enjoy a savory dip as an appetizer or served alongside a protein like grilled fish or steak kabobs. And fall football season is a perfect time to serve a dip and chip tray. Simple spreads are similar to dips—a generous schmear of spread on a cracker, bread, o…

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Recipes that take a little more time may not work for a busy, hectic weeknight meal but may be perfect for weekends or when you have time to do some preparation before heading out the door for the day. Slow cookers or crock-pots are a perfect choice for slow roasting or simmering food when y…

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What are the staple foods in your home? The weekly grocery cart items? Everyone has a list of essential food items or “go-to” products or ingredients. Your children will only eat a particular Pop-Tart flavor, or you prefer 1% over 2% milk for your cereal bowl. Brand name items that you splur…

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Summer 2021 began on Sunday, June 20, and will end September 22nd. Before the season ends and the summer produce is replaced with pumpkins at the local supermarkets, pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables and make a few mouthwatering dishes for your dinner table. Savor the flavors of summe…