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Apple Pie Hot Toddy

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Cocktails are great, but what do you do when it’s fuh-rezing cold outside? I mean, it’s going to be a balmy 19 degrees today, do I really want a cold cocktail? HECK NO! I want something that’s going to warm me up, from the inside out. Times like this is when a Hot Toddy really hits the spot. This Apple Pie Hot Toddy is a great modern twist on the original.

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Ooey Gooey Caramel Turtle Brownies

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Caramel turtle brownies are a perfectly indulgent treat that’s easy to make.

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One of the things I love is a really good treat. Normally, I like to go for baked goods. Particularly brownies, as they’re my weakness, although I really do like almost all types of bar cookies. There’s just something about them that feels indulgent.

And I am a sucker for something that’s layered, like these Caramel Turtle Brownies. I mean, really – what’s not to like? Rich chocolate, soft caramel, and pecans? Oh yes please! Make a batch of these Caramel Turtle Brownies for your next get together, and people will love you for it.

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Classic Clam Dip Recipe Made Lighter + Giveaway

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Special thanks to Lunchbox for sponsoring this recipe.

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I am a sucker for appetizers. I can eat just appetizers and no actual meal, and be super happy. When I was a kid, it seems that clam dip was everywhere, and it was my favorite type of dip. I don’t know if it was just the 1980s, or when the classic clam dip fell out of favor.

Fast forward, and I’ve decided to do my part to bring it back. This version of classic clam dip is different though. This is a lighter and fluffier version that lower in fat and calories, but still high in flavor. That’s something we all want.

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Rustic Tuscan Flatbread Pizza Recipe

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Special thanks to Mezzetta for sponsoring this Rustic Tuscan Flatbread Pizza.

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The holidays are upon us, and we’re going to more and more places, and hosting more get togethers. Whether we’re popping over for a small, impromptu get together, or we’re hosting a housewarming party, there is a need for snacks and light eats. The Rustic Tuscan  Flatbread pizza is a perfect hors d’oeuvre. Looking for something a bit more hearty? Pair the  Rustic Tuscan Flatbread pizza with a salad for a light meal. [Read more…]

Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie with Whiskey and Marshmallows

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Consider adding a sweet potato pie to your holiday repertoire this year.

Sweet Potato Pie

In many areas of the country, Sweet Potato Pie is as essential of a dish at Thanksgiving as the turkey. Can you believe, though, that until a couple of years ago, I had never had Sweet Potato Pie? It’s true! Growing up mostly on the West Coast, it just wasn’t a big deal. Here in Missouri, though, mannn…people love their Sweet Potato Pie.
For those that have never had Sweet Potato Pie, it’s sort of a more mellow, yet richer version of pumpkin pie. It doesn’t seem as sweet as Pumpkin Pie, yet has a deeper flavor. Now that I’ve had sweet potato pie, there’s no going back for this girl.

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Green Beans Almondine

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A tasty and delicious green beans almondine recipe to replace the green bean casserole.

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The holidays are a time of traditions, and food is a huge tradition in most families. It seems that every year, there are a few dishes that always make it to the table. And for some reason, they’re never served at any other time – only Thanksgiving and Christmas. In my family, Green Bean Casserole is one of those “once a year” dishes.

Honestly, I’m not a big fan of the classic Green Bean Casserole dish made with the gloppy soup and other stuff. Although the crispy onions for the top are pretty tasty. I prefer my vegetables less disguised, if you will. This Green Beans Almondine recipe is the perfect addition to your holiday table that your family will love.

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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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Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

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Butternut Squash Soup is the perfect starter for a Holiday Meal.

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It seems that every family does Thanksgiving or a holiday meal a little differently. Part of my family serves everything at once buffet style, while another part makes sure everyone’s seated around the table. And yet another part of the family serves a first course of soup, usually Butternut Squash Soup, and salad.

In many areas of the country, Thanksgiving falls on a day that is cold. It may be snowing, or you may be suffering from freezing rain. Or maybe it’s just those awful cold blustery winds that cut right through you. No matter what kind of weather you’re having, you’ll need something to warm you up. This Butternut Squash Soup is just what the doctor ordered.

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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.

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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 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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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.

 

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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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Spinach Blueberry and Blue Cheese Mason Jar Salad Recipe

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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.  photo 4374de73-2438-4679-ac73-a808a38461d3_zps84a17572.jpg 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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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.

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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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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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