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December 04, 2015

Hot Chocolate Fun for the Kids

This is an great way to create a little fun for the kids and end up with a hot chocolate that the adults will also enjoy. To save time use instant hot chocolate mix and follow package instructions or be in more control of the ingredients by using this simple recipe with optional add ins. Decorate chocolate covered spoons and let the fun begin!

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November 20, 2015

Apricot Custards

A healthy, delicious dessert to serve for any occasion but especially great during the Holidays. These custards will help keep down the high calorie frenzy that is so common between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Pumpken Custards

Try these little delicious Pumpkin Custards for a light pumpkin pie in a dish. The best part is that there are only 103 calories per serving.

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November 01, 2015

The Thanksgiving Turkey

Every one hopes to put a great tasting turkey that's moist and tender on their Thanksgiving table. But sometimes it can be dry, pale and bland. Go ahead, smother it with gravy and surround it with great sides and dressing and maybe no one will notice.


Follow these few tips for a delicious turkey.

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November 21, 2014

Pumkin Stew

Mac used a pumpkin for this recipe but you could use Amber Cup or Cushaw squash. The flavors from the pumpkin give the stew a slightly buttery sweet and nutty taste.

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March 27, 2013

Orange Marmalade Glazed Cornish Hens

Also known as a Rock Cornish hen, this small, usually 2 pound chicken is perfect for an elegant dinner. The meat is tender and juicy. There are many ways to prepare a Cornish hen but this is one of my favorites.

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February 10, 2012

Banana Cinnamon French Toast

Make this Valentine’s Day extra special beginning with this delicious Brunch idea. For an added touch open a bottle of sparkling wine with a little fruit on the finish. A bowl of fresh berries will complete the menu.

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December 29, 2011

Spiral Cut Ham with Fruit Chutney

Any fruit chutney, salsa, or fruit preserves will add flavor to a ham. The variety of fruits in this chutney makes it a favorite.

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December 05, 2011

Hot Peppermint Chocolate with Whipped Cream

A great Southern Living traditional recipe; you'll love the garnish added to give an extra peppermint punch. It's delicious and fun. For children omit the peppermint schnapps.

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Warm Brie with Pear Preserves

During the holidays this simple but stylish recipes is easy to make with only 5 ingredients. It has a sweet and savory combination good with gingersnaps, fruit or crackers.

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November 26, 2011

Turkey in Cream Sauce with Tomato Pasta Noodles

Got Turkey? - Try This Recipe

The tomato pasta gives this dish a bright colorful flare to wake up the visuals.

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November 18, 2011

Curried Turkey and Rice Salad

How many ways can you use the left over Turkey from Thanksgiving? Turkey soup, turkey pot pie, turkey casserole, and then there's always a good turkey and cheese sandwich.

For something new try this recipe idea.

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September 23, 2011

Herb Roasted Lamb Chops

Rosemary is the perfect herb for lamb but the key to developing the flavors is the marinating time.

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September 22, 2011

Orange & Almond Cake with Caramelized Oranges

This light and luscious dessert is easy to make by using a box cake mix. The few changes make it taste like made from scratch.

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September 16, 2011

Cheese, Rice and Vegetable Strudel

A wonderful dish for a brunch. Serve with Champagne or sparkling wine.

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September 09, 2011

Turkey Sandwich with Apples and Apple Butter

Got Turkey? Make this tasty sandwich. Heat it up a bit under the broiler for a warm version.

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Traditional Roasted Turkey

You can make this recipe your own by adding herbs or dry rubs. But for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner just roast with butter, salt and pepper.

Wine Pairing: A newly released Beaujolais Nouveau or a Viognier.

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July 24, 2011

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

This recipe uses a basic cheesecake recipe that is light and luscious. You can add any topping to change it into a totally different cake. You can even have a different crust by adding chocolate, nuts or Heath Bits ‘O Brickle. See my suggestions.

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July 14, 2011

Black and Blue Duck Breast with Dried Cranberry Compote

You won't fear cooking duck ever again. I find the flavors from all the ingredients in this recipe to be amazing together; the sweet with the blue cheese, the tart apples with the walnuts and duck.

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July 11, 2011

Banana raspberry cake with lemon glaze

The combination of banana, lemon and raspberry flavors are delicious and the cake is beautiful. When you add other fruits to bananas they take on a whole new personality.

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Fresh Apple Cinnamon Cake with Vanilla Cream Sauce

This is one of my mom’s recipes. Because my family loved this cake, I made it and entered it in a cooking contest during my college days. It came in second place. I later added the glaze and cinnamon vanilla cream sauce; it would have taken first with this addition!

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Buttered Almond Green Beans

Green beans are in season July-late September in the south. I usually have more than I know what to do with. This recipe uses the tender, young beans. The almonds are a great source of nutrients, including protein plus they add great flavor.

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May 08, 2011

Traditional Pumpkin Pie

Everyone makes this pie during the holidays but you can enjoy it anytime since canned pumpkin is so readily available.

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April 14, 2011

Caramelized Pumpkin and Ginger Trifle

Think outside the shell. Pumpkin dessert doesn't have to be pie.
Mace is similar in taste to nutmeg and is actually from the same flower from the nutmeg tree. It will add citrus and piney flavor notes.

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March 07, 2011

Sweet potatoes in Orange Cups

Cooking sweet potatoes in orange cups is a festive way to show off your creativity. The flavor the orange gives the sweet potato is delicious.

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November 28, 2010

Turkey Sandwiches with Cranberry & Goat Cheese Spread or Apples

What to do with all that Turkey! True you can always make a sandwich but you don’t have to settle for just any ordinary sandwich. Make it with a cranberry and Goat cheese spread.

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November 20, 2010

Thanksgiving Dinner

All the planning and work that goes into the Traditional Thanksgiving dinner can send you into a tizzy. I have some great tips and recipes to help you create an incredible meal without all the stress. It begins with putting a plan together and starting early. Set the Menu, divide the tasks, relax and enjoy the meal!

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