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Countdown to Turkey Day The Soft Menu Plan

Heather says: To make creating your Thanksgiving Menu Easier, I have a handy Thanksgiving Menu Printable. This printable has three columns, one for your ideal Thanksgiving menu, a second for your planned guests’ ideal menu -I assume you have some idea of what the people you will be serving expect- and the third column is…

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Countdown to Turkey Day 2016

Heather says Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite time of the year. It’s no secret that I love food and I love to cook for others, and Thanksgiving Dinner is my Superbowl of company dinners. It’s a chance to gather with friends and family and indulge in the traditional and the exceptional. Are you planning on…

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Sweet Cornbread Recipe

Heather says: This is a very basic, dense, slightly sweet cornbread recipe. It is not to be confused with cornbread cake which, as one may imagine, is even sweeter and more cake like. Corncakes usually contain flour to lighten the batter. The recipe as written below is safe for those on a gluten-free diet as…

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Simple Mushroom Risotto

Heather says: This recipe for mushroom risotto is about as simple as risotto can get. You see, while risotto is rice, it’s a needy rice. It’s rice that needs a little nurturing and love, but then when it’s ready to serve? It brings the awesome. If you really want to make this recipe company worthy…

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Collard Greens

Heather says: The new year will be here before long, and in the Lowcountry, that means it’s time to cook up some greens. Collards are a traditional New Year’s dish eaten to bring wealth in the coming year. Their peak season is from January to April, and they are packed with calcium, iron, and vitamins…

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Menu Monday Week #42 of 2016 –

Heather says This is one of those weeks where having a menu plan for the week is critical to our staying on budget. Most weeks, when I’m not traveling for work, I time shift. In other words, instead of working the standard 9 am – 5 pm, I am on 6 am – 2 pm.…

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Menu Monday – Week 40

Heather says Well, it is definitely still hurricane season on the East Coast.  I know many of you who live on the East Coast are tired of the drama that accompanies these usually-and-thankfully-non-events.  While it looks like Matthew will make the S-curve and head out to sea, it bears watching. We’re going over our preparedness…

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Menu Monday Week 39

Heather says: Fall is finally here, according to the calendar. I’m shaking off this year’s late summer funk and last Sunday I spent the afternoon reshooting some old recipes that need a little photographic love. I’m putting together an ebook of quick, budget-friendly weeknight dinners.  Since we have a wheat allergy in the house, everything…

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Off Topic with an Menu Monday Attempt to Get it Together

Heather says Late summer is difficult around here. You’ve got the usual back to school hassle and sports starting up with four kids, we enter birthday season mid-August and before any of that happens, I start dreading an anniversary. For those that don’t know, my sister was killed  in August of ’13. It was a traumatic…

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Menu Monday Week #26

Heather says Every year I delude myself thinking that the end of the school year will result in some down time. I don’t know where I get the idea, but it plants itself firmly in my mind and I hang onto it from February until school is done in late May / early June and then…

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How To Sharpen A Kitchen Knife

Heather says: Without any more procrastination or delay here is the Home-Ec101.com Knife Sharpening Tutorial. I talk about knife skills and the importance and safety of having sharp knives, but how do you get and keep your knives sharp? First, let’s start off with a little anatomy of a knife. This is my favorite knife,…

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Simple Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing and Dip Recipe

Note from Heather: When I updated the images on this recipe, I added 3 green onions, chopped, used fresh ground black pepper, and used *gasp* bottled lemon juice. Don’t tell Bobbie 😉 Bobbie says: This recipe for Simple Chunky Blue Cheese Salad Dressing and Dip was the result of the quest of a lifetime. I…

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Menu Monday 2016 Week #17

Heather says: Do you ever have consistently over-estimate the amount of time and energy you’ll have in a given period? I’m right there, right now and paying for it. This weekend I forced myself offline, with the intention of spending a lot of time with my family. (Intentions are cute aren’t they?) What really happened…

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Menu Monday Week #16

Heather says I hope everyone had a great week. I had a work trip to Salt Lake City, which is quickly turning into one of my favorite places. The company I work for, FeedBlitz*, was a sponsor of the SNAP conference. SNAP attendees are generally craft and DIY bloggers. For three days it looked like…

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