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Hot Soup for a Cold Day

Christmas is almost here, and I still haven’t seen a good snow. I am beginning to think that a white Christmas is just not in the cards this year. I would love to see a little snow for the holidays, but so far all we have been getting is rain. A lot of rain. Three days of nothing but rain. I’m not going to let the weather get me down, though. As a matter of fact,…

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GoodbyeThanksgiving, Hello Christmas!

Well, its almost a week since thanksgiving and that means two things. Christmas is getting closer and you are probably tired of eating turkey sandwiches. Thankfully, Good Housekeeping magazine has some tips for using up those final turkey tidbits. I especially like the Moo Shu Turkey recipe. If you can find some red bean paste or plum sauce to add to your tortillas, go for it. Don’t be afraid of the bean paste. Believe it or…

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A New (Lemon) Twist On an Old Fave

I know a lot of you will be making a sweet potato pie this Thanksgiving, so here is a recipe that I really love. This one is probably a bit different than other pies you have made in the past. What’s the difference? This recipe skips the usual pumpkin pie type spices and uses lemon extract instead. It is absolutely divine! It has a much lighter flavor than the traditional pie. I think it has a summery sort…

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Sweet Potato Fans Unite

It seems that I am not the only one excited about Sweet Potato season. Last week popular New York Times columnist Mark Bittman praised all things sweet potato in his Minimalist column. He has a delicious recipe for stir-fried sweet potatoes online. Check out the video to see how easy it is. It only has a couple of ingredients and it is amazing! I could not believe how fast it was to prepare and the taste is wonderful.

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Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet

Thanksgiving day is almost here!! As I posted a few days ago, I am trying to keeps things simpler this year. However, simple doesn’t mean that I can’t still have a wonderful centerpiece for my table. Check out this link for 60 second centerpiece ideas. There are 5 designs, and they all look extravagant. No one will know I just spent a few minutes. Sunlit (pictured above) is my fave. I may use tangerines instead of lemons for a…

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Stress Free Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving. The friends, the family, the colors, and most of all, the wonderful and bountiful foods! The one thing that gets to me at thanksgiving is that old holiday visitor…stress. I’m sure it happens to us all – the guests are due in an hour and we are still putting finishing touches on the turkey. This year I have vowed to make it easier on myself. I did a little research and found these excellent tips from Good…

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A Spud for the Ages

Did you ever wonder how long sweet potatoes have been on America’s menu? After doing some research, I found out that Sweet Potatoes are native to Central and South America and were a dietary staple of the Aztecs and Incas. Petrified sweet potatoes that are almost 20,000 years old were even found in the caves of Peru. I guess cooking Sweet Potatoes was so easy, even a caveman could do it. By the time Christopher Columbus arrived on our…

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Sweet Potato Costumes

With Halloween being so close, I started thinking about costumes today. Specifically, Sweet Potato Costumes. Every year, quite a few little pumpkins come to my home to say “trick or treat” and beg for candy. I have seen a baby with a very cute peapod costume, and I have even seen a kid dressed as a tomato. With this in mind, I began an internet search to find out if anyone has ever produced a Sweet Potato Costume. The closest…

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Just for the Kids

Getting your children involved in cooking is a great way to have fun together, while encouraging healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. Sweet Potatoes Fries are the perfect kid food. They are sweet, crunchy, can be eaten with little fingers and best of all, they are healthy. Sweet Potatoes are loaded with Vitamin A, Potassium, and fiber. Sweet Potato Fries I make these a lot and love them. The trick to…

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Steakhouse Mashed Sweet Potatoes

I had heard some great things about the mashed sweet potatoes at Outback Steakhouse, so recently my husband and I decided to have a night out to try this side dish for ourselves. My husband ordered the Outback Special Sirloin, and I opted for the Grilled Pork Chops. We both decided to try the mashed sweet potatoes as our side dishes. Wow! They were delicious. It was such a refreshing change from the baked potato that is the typical…

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