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Autumn’s Beautiful Pumpkins: Not Just For Your Doorstep

Pumpkins! These hard-working, multi-tasking gourds aren’t just for carving jack-o-lanterns and making floral arrangements.  While the most popular pumpkins today are grown to be home décor rather than pie filling, in the early days of our country pumpkins were an important food crop for humans and livestock alike. Fortunately, the more tender, tasty, pumpkins have not been entirely forgotten. Heirloom […]

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Test Kitchen Tips for a Great Baking Season

Falling temperatures outside and the appearance of cool-weather seasonal produce at the market send many of us straight to the kitchen, rummaging through the cookbooks for beloved recipes and pulling out our favorite mixing bowls in preparation for baking delicious, aromatic cakes, pies, and muffins. For a baker, there are few things as satisfying as watching a stately three-layer cake […]

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College Football Season! Game-Day Sandwiches and Salads To Feed the Crowd

It is finally here, readers; are you ready for kick-off? You may be tailgating with friends at the stadium this weekend or watching the game and entertaining from the “best seat in the house,” your own living room. And while it is still a little warm for chili and soups, we have lots of other options to help you feed the […]

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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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