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Cast Iron Heaven

I’ve wanted to visit the Lodge Cast Iron Factory for years. We were going through Georgia last month and I found out there was a Cornbread Festival that weekend….in the same town as Lodge! And it so happens that Lodge only opens for tours that ONE weekend

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NEWSLETTER 5/7/19: Make Mom’s Day Delicious !

<!doctype html> *|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|*   Show Mom Some Love ! May is the month to show Mom how much you love her, and there is no better way to do that than with some of our delicious ideas! All this month we are featuring tasty, healthy and easy

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Recipe: Loaded Sweet Potatoes from Missouri Life Magazine

  This fantastic recipe from Missouri Life Magazine is great for a “Meatless Monday” (or add your own protein of choice). We all think of loaded potatoes with regular russets, but how about the sweet potatoes? They are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Sweet potatoes are an

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Step Outside of Your Culinary Comfort Zone

My husband was away in work meeting so it seemed a good time to go exploring around Charlotte. My meandering brought me to the Living Kitchen…my first “raw” restaurant! The decor was fresh and filled with light. Table for “one”, please! Some health changes have me rethinking

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Put Some South in Your Mouth

I love traveling and trying new foods. Seeing the local culture and people. There is a restaurant in Asheville, NC called Biscuit Heads and we recently stopped in for breakfast. You know you’re likely in for something good when there are line stations that wrap around the

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NEWSLETTER 4/16/19: Last Minute Easter Treats!

<!doctype html> Last minute Easter ideas & treats for your holiday weekend indulgence! The Perfect Easter Ham! Easter Ham traditions have been around since the days of President Thomas Jefferson, when Virginia cured hams were stuck with whole cloves, smothered in sugar and baked. Many of our

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Pizza on a Stick

8 ounces sausage links, cooked (can be turkey, pork, even veggie) 2 cups whole fresh mushrooms 2 cups cherry tomatoes 1 medium onion, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 large green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces 30 slices turkey pepperoni (2 ounces) (can be pork/beef) 1 tube (13.8

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One Pot New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder I love this recipe for Clam Chowder. I love that it’s all made in one pot. I love that it doesn’t take long to make. I love that it’s rich and delicious. And I especially love that its flexible and versatile. I’ve tried

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Cow or No Cow? Which is the best milk for YOU?

Why do we drink milk? Primarily for calcium and protein, as an ingredient for cooking/baking, and as an accompanying “wet” ingredient for cereal. But I believe most of all, it’s “what we have grown up with”. My categories for consideration (your considerations may be different- especially if

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Super Bowl Dry Rub Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are the #! Superbowl food! I love a flavorful, crunchy wing- and I love that you get the fried texture and tasted, but without frying. Make sure and follow our tips to ensure the best wings possible. Remember to “Make Life Delicious” with fresh spices with the most

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Stuffing or Dressing?

            It’s called “stuffing” if it goes IN the turkey, and “dressing” if it is cooked outside the bird in a pan. There are as many recipes for stuffing/dressing as people. Your favorite recipe may include chestnuts, apricots, cornbread, bagels, even White

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Olympic Watching and Pretzels

The closing ceremonies are Sunday night. There have been ups and downs these past two weeks. Dreams dashed and dreams realized. The closing ceremonies bring closure to the struggle, tears, and again show that we are all one. One group, all pursuing our personal dreams. I plan on

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Za’atar Trendy Seasoning for 2018

Certain spices are now familiar to us, once part of the fabled trade routes of the far East. Cinnamon and cloves are now common for us. But we are still learning about other seasonings and blends. Za’atar is a new seasoning for most of us, but is

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Honeyed Pork Tenderloin with Bacon

This delicious pork tenderloin is great anytime and is a quick and delicious main course for when family and friends come over for dinner. It features honey and Julia’s Spice Blend – as in Julia Child. She originated this blend recipe and recommended it with all cuts

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Mustache Stew on a Sunday Evening

Normally, I take over the kitchen. I’m usually trying out new ingredients or possible new items to sell in the shop, or preparing for an upcoming television food segment here in St. Louis. But, on that rare occasion, my husband will step in the kitchen and take

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Cheeseball Pinecone Appetizer

  It’s holiday time. There is so much going on that we all want festive treats to serve to friends and family, but who has time to make them? Here is a super easy and impressive appetizer to make. It can also be made in a sweet

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Overnight Peaches and Cream French Toast for Company

It’s holiday season and we have friends coming in town to see our great, over-the-top Christmas Traditions Festival with their 3 wee ones. We are so excited to have them stay with us. I’m going to make this simple and delicious overnight French Toast for them. I

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A Ray of Sunshine from Hawaii

I just came back from Hawaii – and want to introduce you to my new friend, Merlinda, or “Merlin” as she likes to be called. She is part of the true American dream. She was born in the Phillipines but her parents went to Hawaii, the big

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Autumn Fruit Salad with Cinnamon Greek Yogurt Dressing

I love a multi-purpose recipe – one that goes great for a breakfast, brunch, a ladies luncheon, or even a dessert. Fresh fruit is the star here – and using apples and pears shows off the Autumn harvest. Ceylon cinnamon adds rich flavor and is known to

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Apple Butter

Apple Butter is so versatile and so easy to make! Gather up Autumn’s bounty and make up a batch of apple butter in your slow cooker! It’s an easy process that you can have simmering all day- and BONUS, your house will smell great! You can cook

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