Easy Chocolate Strawberries

These are super easy and a quick special dessert for Valentine’s Day. Ingredients: Fresh Strawberries (make sure they have the leaves, for holding) Dipping Chocolate (it comes in a microwaveable container) various toppings: nuts, toffee, chocolate chips Directions: Lay out the strawberries on a cookie sheet with parchment or...

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Crunchy Frostbite Cookies

These are a great light cookie for the winter, it works as a gift or just to have around the house. Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 cup shortening 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup firmly packed light...

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Pumpkin Pie

This is a bit more complicated than the recipe on the can of pumpkin but the flavors of the pumpkin and spices really come out. Ingredients: 1 partially baked 9″ pie crust 2 cups (16 oz) plain canned pumpkin 1 cup dark brown sugar 2 teaspoons ground ginger 2...

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Salt Water Taffy

Salt Water Taffy is something that I always identify with summer and the beach. My dad’s family lives around the Philadelphia area so we would go to Ocean City, New Jersey for a week in the summer. The boardwalk has stores selling salt water taffy about every ten feet....

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Strawberry-Orange Shortcake Tart

Amazingly easy and a great summer treat! Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups flour 1/4 cup plain yellow cornmeal 2 tablespoons sugar 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces 1 large egg, lightly beaten 2/3 cup buttermilk 1 tablespoon orange marmalade 16 ounces fresh...

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White Barbeque Sauce

This is a great sauce that works with pork, chicken, sausage and burgers. It is also incredibly easy to make and will last a while in the fridge so you can have it all summer. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 1 garlic clove, minced...

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Egg Salad

Egg salad is a great summer lunch. You can throw it together in just a few minutes and the recipes are simple enough to adjust to the amount of people you need to feed so you do not have a lot left over. This is a great recipe for...

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Banana Bread

This is a great recipe for a quick summer breakfast throughout the week. Just store it in a plastic bag with a twist tie. Ingredients: 2 cups All-purpose Flour 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 cup toasted walnuts or pecans, chopped (optional) 3...

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Quiche for Comfort!

Everyone’s Favorite Quiche”! 1 pie dish (or aluminum pie pan) Pie Crust (from Pillsbury’s “All-ready Pie Crust”Ô) 2 heaping tablespoons flour 1 pkg.(2 or 3 cups) Of  grated, mixed cheese (colby-jack, or 4-cheese Mexican Blend is great)   ¼ tsp. Salt dash of pepper 3 eggs or egg substitutes...

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Peaches and Cream Cookies

These are a great spring/summer cookies which use preserves so you do not have to wait for the peach crop to come in! Ingredients: 1 package vanilla cake mix (18.25 ounces) 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1/2 cup peach preserves 1 tablespoon lemon zest 1 egg Directions: Sift the cake...

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Peach Basil Ice Tea

This is a nice light tea with an adaptable recipe. It can be divided or multiplied, the amount of sugar can be adjusted depending on taste and the peach nectar can be played with. Ingredients: 2 family-size tea bags 1 cup loosely packed basil leaves 2/3 cup sugar 3...

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“Blackberry Winter” Pie

Sometimes springtime will have a week or so of really cold weather or even snow which we name “Blackberry Winter.” Here in the South that does not happen often, but perhaps that is why the name sticks with us because it is such an unusual event. While Blackberries do...

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Key Lime Cookies

These cookies are super easy to make and a great spring or summer treat! Ingredients: 1 (16.5 oz) roll of refrigerated sugar cookie dough Zest from 1 lime Lime Glaze Preheat oven to 350. Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray. Break up the cookie dough in a large bowl,...

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Classic Irish Soda Bread

This is a quick bread that is amazingly easy to make. It works great with soups and stews as well as toast with a good jam. Ingredients: 3 cups all-purpose flour; plus more for work surface 1 cup cake flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1...

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Cherry Chocolate Baby Cakes

These are a great mini dessert for Valentine’s Day! Ingredients: 1 package brownie mix 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup water 2 eggs 2/3 cup cherry preserves 2 1/2 cup powdered sugar 2 1/2 tablespoons milk 40 maraschino cherries, drained and patted dry, reserved juice Preheat oven to 350....

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Molasses-Spice Cookies

This time of year always makes me crave the smell of ginger and spices baking into a cookie. These cookies take the idea of gingerbread and simplify it down to the perfect pairing with a cup of warm tea or coffee. Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons...

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Smells of the Season

When I was about 12, my mom decided that she wasn’t going to make any Christmas cookies because she didn’t have time. I fetl the need to rectify that because nothing says Christmas like fresh baked cookies. Now that I have nieces and a nephew I like making sugar...

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Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies

While these do not have peanut butter, they do have the peanut butter chips you find in the baking aisle. For those of us who don’t like raisins, this is a great way to still have and oatmeal cookie! Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar 1 cup butter,...

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Watermelon and Feta Pasta Salad

This is a simple and easy salad that works great as a side or solo for a light lunch. Ingredients: Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette 1 cup orzo pasta 3 cups seeded and diced watermelon 4 cups arugula 4 oz crumbled feta cheese Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette Stir together 1/2 cup lemon juice and...

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Wedding Families and Traditions

May, June, July and August are the prime months for weddings and one of the things that sometimes gets lost nowadays is the comfort and love of both families coming together to form one family. The wedding celebration should bring in both the bride and the groom as well...

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Lemon Trifle

This is one of the best “fancy” dessert for spring and summer. Making the curd in the microwave also makes it incredibly easy. Any lefover curd can be used to spruce up waffles or biscuits. Lemon Curd Ingredients: 6 lemons (zest and 1 cup juice) 1/2 cup butter, softened...

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Strawberry Lemonade Muffins

I love the flavors of the muffins, the lemon and strawberrys play off of each other very well. Be sure that your self-rising flour is fresh so the muffins have the right fluffy-ness. Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups self-rising flour 1 cup sugar 8oz of sour cream 1/2 cup butter,...

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Pumpkin Cookies

These are incredibly easy to make and go great with coffee or tea. Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground allspice 1/2 tsp ground cloves 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1...

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Spicy Pumpkin Soup

This is an easy soup to make and a great soup for fall! Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups chicken broth 15 oz pumpkin puree 1/2 onion, chopped 1 clove minced garlic 1 tsp cajun seasoning 1/2 cup heavy cream Directions: Sauté the onion and garlic in a little olive oil...

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Turkey-Cranberry Panini

This is a great sandwich for the fall season and super easy to make. If you don’t have a panini press, don’t worry. Ingredients: A good sturdy bread like sourdough or rye Sliced roasted turkey Cranberry sauce Blue Cheese Arugula Olive oil Directions: If using a panini press, warm...

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Carrot Pumpkin Cake

This is a great fall cake! It is also fairly small so there isn’t too much left over and the cream cheese icing is optional, you can just dust it with powdered sugar. 1/2 cups All-purpose flour 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4...

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Pumpkin Bread

This bread is so good it works as a morning bread like banana bread or even as a dessert. Ingredients: 1/2 cup canola oil 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup pure pumpkin...

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Pumpkin Pie Bars

These are a great way to start off the fall season! Ingredients: 1 refrigerated sugar dough, chilled 2 eggs 15 oz (1 can) pure pumpkin 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1 3/4 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1/4 tsp ground cloves Preheat oven to 350, prepare a 13×9...

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Banana Spice Bars

These are super easy to make and have a great spicy kick to them to get the fall season started. Ingredients: 1 small ripe banana, mashed (about 1/3 of a cup) 1/4 cup shortening 1 egg 1 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon...

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Sweet Southern Watermelon!

6 STEPS FOR YOUR OWN FESTIVE FRUIT : Start with a clean piece of fruit. Make a sketch on a paper. Tape the sketch to the fruit. Use a paring knife to cut the outline of design. Follow through and cut all the way out. Remove the meat of...

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Ginger Apple Pie

Ingredients: 9 inch Pie Shell for covered pies 2 pounds Granny Smith apples 2 pounds McIntosh apples 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar 1 1/2 tablespoon juice and zest from 1 lemon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice 3 tablespoon...

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Caprese

This is a really simple but amazing side dish for spring and summer. The key is really good tomatoes! 2 ripe tomatoes 8 oz fresh mozzarella (if you can find the pre-sliced get it) 10-15 fresh basil leaves salt and pepper olive oil Slice the tomatoes a quarter inch...

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