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Making Every Penny Count

Whenever there is a dip in the economy, I start to see lots of BOGO (buy one get one) sales at the supermarket. These sales are a great way to save money and it is so much fun getting creative with my cooking and meal planning when I am buying doubles. I stretch my dollar even further by making “BOGO Meals.” These recipes do double duty by serving as a meal for today, plus the start of a second meal…

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Super Bowl Burritos

Are you ready for the big showdown? Whether you are a diehard football fan, or you are there to rate the year’s best commercials, odds are you will be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday. Of course, the real main event during the Superbowl is the food. While watching the year’s most highly anticipated sporting event, my family gathers around the TV surrounded by mountains of snacks, and oceans of drinks. The #1 game day food rule for…

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Sweet Potatoes Fit For A King (or President)

Hey everyone, I’ve got exciting news! The traditional Inaugural Luncheon was held yesterday, and it featured a very special version of Mashed Sweet Potatoes. The menu traditionally consists of All-American foods representing the home states of the incoming administration. This year our new President, Barack Obama, was served Molasses Whipped Sweet Potatoes along with Pheasant, Duck and Apple Cinnamon Sponge Cake. Even more exciting, the actual recipes have been placed online! This delicious dish…

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Hot Food For A Cold Day

Brrrr!! It sure is cold in North Carolina. Yesterday, the low temp dropped to a frigid 3 degrees. Most of the country is experiencing this same cold front, so this week I am offering up some classic cold weather foods. The Shepherd’s Pie is a hearty meal that is sure to warm your stomach and make your whole family happy. The Curried Sweet Potatoes are also a crowd pleaser. What food is better than curry to keep you warm? I…

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Oprah’s Snack Switch

Last week on her show, Oprah Winfrey declared that her new snack of choice is Sweet Potato Chips. Fans of the show may know that Oprah has recently talked about her struggle with weight loss and her gain of 40 pounds. “My drug of choice used to be potato chips,” she said. She went on to say that she had tried switching to Blue Corn Chips, but she still could not stop at the small recommended portions. This has led…

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Game Time

Football season is in full swing, with the NCAA BCS Championship Bowl tonight and plenty of NFL playoff action to come. While I take a more casual interest in the great game, my husband has already formed a long term plan on which games to watch and which ones to TIVO, and begun plans for the Super Bowl Party. Consequently, I am planning a few quick meals and sides to keep me out of the kitchen and on the couch…

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Happy New Year!

2009 is here and so is the traditional time for resolutions. In past years, as I have watched the ball drop I had a firm conviction to the list of resolutions I had made that day. This year I am delaying my decision for some careful thought. Most of the resolutions I made over the years have fallen faster than the aforementioned Waterford crystal ball. Waterford’s own New Year’s slogan “Let There Be Joy”, sounds like a good resolution. Be…

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Slipping Into A New Year With Ease

With tight budgets and even tighter schedules these recipes are sure to please. Whether you ring in the New Year with champagne toasts with the gang, or cook a cozy dinner for two, these recipes will have you covered. The first is a Curried Sweet Potato Pie. Think Shepherd’s Pie, but with sweet potatoes instead of mashed potatoes. I love this recipe for parties. It is simple, delicious and so impressive. This recipe makes two casseroles. I always freeze one…

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A Visit From Santa

Santa Claus has left the building! Actually, we had a nice chat before he left, but before I get to far ahead of myself, I had better go back to the beginning. After all the nice things Santa has given over the years, I decided to return the favor and prepare a surprise for him this Christmas. After doing a few quick calculations, I realized that the jolly old elf travels 11,867,284 miles before reaching my home. I knew he…

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Merry Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!I want to wish all my readers and fellow sweet potato fans a very Merry Christmas!! I am having a bountiful holiday dinner tonight that will include the stir-fried sweet potatoes from last month’s blogging. I keep coming back to this recipe, it is so incredibly tasty for such a quick preparation. Of course, there will also be Sweet Potato Pie, Pecan Pie, Ham, Turkey and plenty of…

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