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Bake-and-Take Cakes: Desserts That Travel Well

For those of us who love to bake, we are never at a loss for a reason to make dessert and this time of year just gives us more excuses. The family getting together for one more reunion? Make a cake. Church ministry team meeting for fall kick-off? Make a cake. Guys having a pre-season work day at the hunt […]

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Back-to-School Meals: Tips to Get Dinner on the Table Fast

The school bells are ringing again, signaling an end to the unstructured, lazy days of summer and the accompanying leisurely meals. While students resolve with earnest to make this the Best School Year Ever – I will get my homework done on time, I will work on my projects, I will find SOMETHING about math class to love – you, too, […]

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Green Tomatoes: Beyond the Frying Pan

A juicy, red, vine-ripened tomato is one of the many delicious by-products of a hot, Southern summer. However, with the excessive rain and unusually heavy humidity many parts of our region have been experiencing, you may find that your tomato plants are full of green tomatoes that just refuse to turn red. As Steve Bender, a.k.a. Grumpy Gardener, explained to […]

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Make Fruit Smoothies for a Healthy Sweet Treat

A fruit smoothie is a smart and easy way to enjoy fresh summer bounty, satisfy your sweet tooth, and still get loads of vitamins and antioxidants. Blend one in the morning to start your day or as a pick-me-up during that mid-day slump. Minimal by nature, you probably already have the necessary ingredients on hand to create a delicious smoothie: […]

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Celebrate National Peach Ice Cream Day!

I know, I know.  It seems like every day is national this-day or national that-day.  There really is a National Mushroom Day, a National Escargot Day, and a National Mayonnaise Day.  That one is kind of understandable, however, what with our love affair of Duke’s and Hellmann’s and our tendency to dollop a spoonful of either on sandwiches, potato salads, […]

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All About The Basil

Growing fresh herbs at home is one of the many activities we love about summer. How many of us start the morning by trailing our fingers through the plants in order to take a deep breath of those unique herbal scents? Basil, a member of the mint family, is one of the more popular herbs to cultivate because it is […]

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No-Cook Appetizers for the Fourth

Whether you’re packing a picnic lunch or hosting a backyard BBQ for your 4th of July celebration, simplify your preparations with delicious no-cook appetizers. [Disclaimer: Some recipes may need a little blanching of this or boiling of that.] These quick-prep recipes will keep your kitchen cool: As flavorful as it is colorful, Green Pea Hummus is a good use for some of that […]

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Southern Living’s Chat With Trisha Yearwood

Hello readers, and welcome to The Dutch Oven, a mixture of Q&A, tips, and information about people, places, and food that create our wonderful Southern culinary culture. Lift the lid and see what’s inside today. Trisha Yearwood. Just mention the name and you get responses like “She is my favorite country music singer of all time.” Or “She has the […]

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Fast and Fresh Pasta Salads for Summer

Seasonal vegetables and fruit are just about jumping out of the garden and tumbling off the produce stands now. Many of our readers have asked for ideas on how to incorporate this goodness into simple, hassle-free meals. Here’s a recent question. Q. It is too hot to cook and I just don’t want to spend a lot of time in the […]

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Celebrate Shrimp Season: Demand Wild American

Hello readers, and welcome to The Dutch Oven, a mixture of Q&A, information and insight about our wonderful Southern culinary culture. Lift the lid and see what’s inside today. The coastal waters of our region are serving up some delicious shrimp these days and, as we learned in the movie Forrest Gump, there is almost no end to the ways […]

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