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Simply Broiled Snapper

I have a confession…I really do not like many types of fish.  Sure, I like lobster, crab, shrimp, and salmon, but beyond those…I am less than enthusiastic. Oh, I know fish is full of Omega-3’s and good for you, but I would much rather stick to eating flax and taking supplements. So, it is with […]

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The Purple Daisy Picnic Cafe

Okay, after all the cooking I have done in the last few weeks, I need a break. Luckily, I know of some really good places to go when I close my kitchen. One of my favorite places is The Purple Daisy Picnic Cafe in the St. Elmo neighborhood of Chattanooga, Tennessee. It is at the […]

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Easy Party Foods With Cream Cheese

As an adult, I have discovered you do not need to spend endless hours in the kitchen just to have good food for a party or other gathering of family and/or friends. You just need a few key ingredients to make yummy appetizers and snacks. One of the must have key ingredients is cream cheese. […]

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Black Cherry Jello Salad

One of the family traditions that my mother carried on for my father was to serve her mother-in-law’s black cherry Jello salad at Christmas.  It is one of the dishes that I make for my family at Christmas as well. It can easily be served as a dessert despite being called a salad, especially when […]

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Mom’s Creamless Creamed Turkey (or Chicken)

  My mom always called this dish creamed turkey or chicken, depending on which protein she used.  It may also be called turkey or chicken a la king, but it does lack milk or cream that is traditionally found in chicken a la king.  Also, the only vegetable she used was usually peas.  Many of […]

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Homemade Candy: Peppermint Patties

I am very far behind on my Christmas shopping, candy making, and baking this year. In fact, I just made my very first batch of candy (okay, I technically tried to make two others but learned the hard way that both of my candy thermometers were no longer even close to accurate). Thus, I decided […]

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Alan’s Shrimp Mousse Mold

There are some recipes that are great for gatherings and parties that need to be made ahead of time to be their best…Alan’s shrimp mousse is one of them. I like to have several dishes that can be made before the day of the event so I don’t have to do all the cooking just […]

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Marinated Mushroom and Olive Salad

This is one of my mother-in-law’s recipes that she was given by another teacher some years ago.  She usually serves it for large family gatherings and none of it is leftover. My husband actually made it for a gathering at our house over the weekend.  As I am not a much of a fan of […]

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Broccoli Salad

One of my favorite dishes for potlucks, holiday dinners, or, well…anytime is broccoli salad.  It is versatile, colorful,  delicious, and not complicated to make. Although I usually buy broccoli by the bunches to make the salad, I found a great deal of pre-cut broccoli florets that were fresh. Despite my trimming many of the florets […]

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Cranberry Salad

There have been very few holiday meals in my life that have not included my mom’s cranberry salad.  In fact, I was surprised to discover on my first Thanksgiving with my in-laws that not everyone made cranberry salad as part of all of their holiday celebrations and ate the stuff out of a can instead. […]

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