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Hickory Farms for the Holidays + Giveaway

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Thanks to Hickory Farms for sponsoring today’s conversation about the holidays!

hickory farms for the holidays Hickory Farms for the Holidays + Giveaway

One of my favorite things about the holidays has always been the food.  While I enjoy all the family meals, the cookie exchanges, the homemade cakes and candy, and the holiday get together, there’s one thing that just tops it all for me – those fantastic gift baskets that everyone seems to send you!

You see, my mom worked in an office, and they had a lot of customers and salespeople that would both send them these amazing gift baskets.  Loaded with lots of goodies like sausages and salamis, various cheeses and candies, these were something that I looked forward to.  A trip to the mall wasn’t complete without a stop at the Hickory Farms pop up shop.  The workers were almost always handing out samples, and you’d think that I had died and gone to heaven!  Usually, we would pick up a little sumtin sumtin, too.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar

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Make these mashed sweet potatoes for your family dinner.

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I never really was one much for sweet potatoes.  I’m not sure why. I love me some mashed potatoes, but had never even considered having the mashed sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving. Nope, the mashed sweet potatoes were something that I just passed right over.

Maybe it was the overpowering sweetness of the traditional sweet potato dish or I got them confused for candied yams.  In any case, it wasn’t until much later in life that I realized how good sweet potatoes are.  Man, I’ve been missing out all these years!

These Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar are sure to delight even the pickiest eater in your family.

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Liven Up the Holidays with Mojo Turkey Recipe

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Marinate your turkey in a collection of fresh juices, spices, and olive oil for a real treat with this mojo turkey recipe.

mojo marinated turkey Liven Up the Holidays with Mojo Turkey Recipe

Are you always trying to figure out some new and exciting way to serve turkey?  I know we are.  We have one person that loves loves loves traditional Turkey and Dressing and all the fixins, and everyone else is kind of like “yeah, we eat it once a year.”

You see, it’s not that we don’t like the traditional Turkey and Dressing and all that good stuff.  It’s just that…we want something more.  Something different and exciting.  Something that makes us enthusiastic about the big meal.  Enter this Mojo Turkey recipe with mojo sauce.  Mojo is a Latin American sauce that contains loads of spices, olive oil, and something acidic, like citrus juices.  It’s not usually spicy, just full of flavor.   When you serve this Mojo Turkey Recipe, your guests will be begging for more.

Over the next week, we’ll be sharing many unique twists on the normal Thanksgiving dishes.  Be sure to join us for the whole series.

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Three Fabulous Autumn Comfort Food Recipes

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autumn comfort food recipes Three Fabulous Autumn Comfort Food Recipes

Autumn is famous for being quite chilly, and it’s around this time we all start craving comfort food. It’s in our nature to want to hibernate and stuff our faces with glutinous creations. However, that doesn’t mean that the Autumn comfort foods we eat need to be unhealthy! The following recipes are perfect Autumn comfort food, and very nutritious.

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Pecan Pie Bars Recipe

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There are two things I love  – pecan pie and bar cookies.  Why not combine the two with these pecan pie bars?

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I am a sucker for pecan pie.  I have to say that it’s probably my favorite kind of pie.  Serve it with a big dollop of whipped cream, and I am so there.

Of course, it takes a while to make pecan pie.  Especially if you’re going through all the effort of making a pretty design on the top with the pecan halves.  Why not just cut to the chase, and make a great pecan pie bar?  These pecan pie bars are  relatively quick and easy, and you don’t have to feel the need to justify making a whole pie.

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Acorn Squash Stuffed with Kale and Mushrooms

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acorn squash stuffed with kale and mushrooms Acorn Squash Stuffed with Kale and Mushrooms

With the cooler weather of fall upon us, it’s time for us to change what we eat.  I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for something that’s hearty, warm, and tastes good.  If I can sneak some good for you foods into my diet, well, that’s even better.

Squash has always been one of my favorite foods, in all of its many forms.  My mom always made stuffed squash when I was growing up, but she usually used zucchini.  This acorn squash stuffed with rice, kale, and mushrooms is a fall and winter version that is sure to please.

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Spicy Red Velvet Cupcake Cones Recipe

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This post brought to you by Texas Pete. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Have you been bored with your ho-hum meals lately?  Sometimes your food needs a little kick.  Texas Pete is here to help you spice up your life.  You just can’t beat freshly made sauces with premium ingredients, like   Texas Pete Hot Sauce.  Instead of dousing your meal in a spicy condiment, how about adding it to a recipe for the unexpected kick.  Red Velvet cupcakes are a traditional favorite, but sometimes, they need a little sumtin-sumtin.  These spicy Red Velvet Cupcake Cones are a perfect example of an unexpected spicy kick.

 Spicy Red Velvet Cupcake Cones Recipe

 

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Hearty Italian Food Favorites Everyone Can Enjoy

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hearty italian food favorites Hearty Italian Food Favorites Everyone Can Enjoy

Everyone loves hearty Italian food. With the diversity in flavours and the rich ingredients, you could be forgiven for wanting to eat everything! One of the best things about hearty Italian food is that it is diverse. There are many different kinds of Italian cuisine that can be enjoyed that far surpass the common pasta and pizza. Due the diversity of Italy as a whole, the food that originates from there is different.

Typically, pizza and spaghetti come from Neapolitan forms of cooking. But, there are a total of twenty regions within Italy. These all have their own distinct flavours and a rich diversity of cooking methods.

Italian cuisine has become more prevalent in the last century. Due to the Italian immigration to the US, hearty Italian food came as a by-product. This is great news for Americans, as they can enjoy Italian cuisine as it was meant to be.

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Say HELLO to Chocolate with HELLO by Lindt

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Special thanks to Hello by Lindt for supporting my candy habit.  Om nom nom.

lindt hello Say HELLO to Chocolate with HELLO by Lindt

 Say HELLO to Chocolate with HELLO by Lindt I love candy. There, I said it. Whenever I see a new candy at the store, I am tempted to try it. I mean, some sound icky, but most of the time…Most of the time, I’m seriously considering it.

Sometime during the summer, I happened upon these new Hello by Lindt candies. They’re little two-bite filled chocolates. Rich, creamy chocolates that are filled with your favorite flavors. Things like Strawberry Cheesecake, Caramel Brownie, Cookies and Crème, and Crunchy Nougat. Tasty, right?

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Favorite Comfort Foods for Fall and Winter

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comfort foods fall winter Favorite Comfort Foods for Fall and Winter

The colder weather is here, and winter is well on its way. Soon the ground will be frosty, and we’ll all have a craving for comfort food like never before. Enjoying delicious comfort food is definitely one of the greatest things about winter! The following dishes are all hearty meals, containing lots of veggies and goodness:

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Eating and Drinking Our Way Through Napa Valley

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I seriously debated what to call this post.  Eating My Way Through Napa Valley?  Gluttony in the Napa Valley?  How to Have a Really Great Time?  I think I selected the right choice.

eating drinking napa valley Eating and Drinking Our Way Through Napa Valley

Recently, Hilton invited me out to experience Napa Valley and San Francisco. Who could turn that down? While we were only in town for a few days, there were some serious highlights to our Napa Valley trip. Our group basically ate great food, and wine-tasted our way through the NapaValley.

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Modern Guacamole Recipe and Cocktail Pairings

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Guacamole is one of my absolute most favorite foods. “Guacamole is not a food” you say? Pffft…sure it is. Whatever you’re dipping in the guacamole is just a vehicle to get the guac in your mouth.

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We’re all familiar with the traditional guacamole recipe – avocados, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and a little lime. Modern guacamole recipes have all kinds of new things – artichoke hearts, goat cheese, even lobster! These new takes on an old favorite guacamole recipe will have you mixing up your guacamole game in no time.

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Ruby Tuesday – Good Every Day + Coupon

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Ruby Tuesday provided us with a gift card for sharing.  All opinions are our own.

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Who doesn’t like to go out to eat? One of the places that we go when we want something a little better is Ruby Tuesday. With their modern twists on American classics, who can resist? It’s sort of like the best of both worlds – comfort food + current flavors and food trends.

And who can forget about the amazing Ruby Tuesday Garden Bar? I mean, Ruby Tuesday is pretty much famous for it. There are not a whole lot of places that serve baby spring greens, let alone have them on their salad bar. Factor in all the other topping options, and you’re in salad heaven.

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The Bold Flavors of Chilis At Home

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Thanks to Chilis At Home for sponsoring this discussion.

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 The Bold Flavors of Chilis At Home We love to go out to eat. It sort of lets us unwind from the day’s stresses, and talk about our day. And since there are just two of us, sometimes going out is just easier than cooking at home. Recently, while perusing the frozen foods at a local store, I spotted something new. It was Chili’s at Home frozen convenience meals. Say whaaaa???? For a limited time, you can even get a $1 off coupon for Chilis At Home frozen meals.

I perused the selection, and chose a couple different varieties of the convenience meals to try – Bacon Mac N Cheese and Seasoned Chicken Bites with Honey Chipotle Sauce.

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Spinach Blueberry and Blue Cheese Mason Jar Salad Recipe

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blueberry spinach blue cheese mason jar salad Spinach Blueberry and Blue Cheese Mason Jar Salad Recipe

Mason jar salad is all the rage lately. It seems that every magazine you page through, or hip TV cooking show is featuring salads in mason jars. Why are they so popular? As it turns out, when you tightly layer the ingredients, and add them to the jar in a carefully considered order, salads in mason jars stay fresher, longer. Plus, they’re easily portable and stay cool. Sounds like a winning combination to any salad lover like me.

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Celebrate Summer with a Stoli Lemonade Cocktail

This post brought to you by STOLI® Vodka. All opinions are 100% mine. 4374de73 2438 4679 ac73 a808a38461d3 zps84a17572 Celebrate Summer with a Stoli Lemonade Cocktail The dog days of Summer are upon us.  One of the great joys of summer is sitting with friends and having a great cocktail.  Of course, you want a cool, refreshing drink, not one that’s going to make you feel warmer.  A Stoli Lemonade cocktail is perfect for this occasion.  It’s easy to make, even if you’ve  never played mixologist before. [Read more…]

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Pineapple Mojito Recipe for a Refreshing Cocktail

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Pineapple Mojito recipe Pineapple Mojito Recipe for a Refreshing Cocktail

Did you know that July 11th is National Mojito Day? Yep, it’s true. Mojitos are one of those cocktails that are just classically summer. Sweet and tasty, yet cool and refreshing at the same time. Traditionally, most mojito recipes are made with Rum.   The pineapple moonshine adds a unique twist to this Pineapple Mojito recipe.

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4 Delicious Recipes for Chilled Soups

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Soup seems to be a mainstay in everyone’s recipe repertoire. But what do you do when summer rolls around? It’s too hot to spend all day slaving over a big pot of soup, and no one wants something that’s hot.

4 delicious summer chilled soup recipes 4 Delicious Recipes for Chilled Soups

Enter chilled soups. Comprised of a variety of fresh seasonal ingredients, these soups are a perfect starter for any backyard barbecue, picnic in the park, or beach bash.  Simply prepare them at home, throw them in the cooler, and serve them up in small disposable cups when you’re ready to eat!

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Watermelon Margarita Recipe

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watermelon margarita recipe Watermelon Margarita Recipe

It’s my friend Cyndie’s birthday this weekend. There are few things she enjoys more than a good cocktail. Of course, since she’s a good Georgia girl, she loves watermelon. This Watermelon Margarita recipe is perfect for cooling down on not just Memorial Day Weekend, but all summer long. Plus the Watermelon Margarita recipe makes enough for four servings. You can make up a batch ahead of time and just pour over ice when you’re ready to serve.

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