Super Fresh Guacamole, Kitchenability 101 Cookbook Giveaways! #VirtualPotluck

Super Fresh Guacamole, Kitchenability 101 Cookbook Giveaways! #VirtualPotluck

Jan 14, 2013 | View Article

College is a time of discovery-including cooking for yourself for the first time. Though I became passionate about food and cooking at an early age, and tried to instill this in my own children, it was really never of much interest to them. My son could live off chicken tenders and Ramen, but does love […]

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The Best Pimento Cheese In The South!

The Best Pimento Cheese In The South!

Jan 2, 2013 | View Article

Pimento cheese is a way of life for Southerners, and I grew up with either egg salad or pimento-cheese on white bread in my lunch pail. It is a staple at most bar-b-que’s, church luncheons, funerals, or potluck reunions and everyone seems to have their own version claiming theirs to be the best. Southerners are […]

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Avocado Ricotta Yogurt with Apple Crisp Granola

Avocado Ricotta Yogurt with Apple Crisp Granola

Feb 9, 2012 | View Article

Virtual Potluck was recently given the opportunity to review a new product by Paleo People, and we were each sent four bags of their granola. I was skeptical about how good a granola could be with no grains and being gluten free, but once I opened the first bag I was a believer. The Banana […]

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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Oct 5, 2011 | View Article

  An editor friend of mine recently asked if I had a cranberry recipe, or pumpkin recipe to share, and goodness do I have many, so stay tuned for more to come! Remember in my Emeril Lagasse post last week when I said I would wait to buy pumpkins this year for fall decoration? Kiss […]

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Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sep 6, 2011 | View Article

I am sure many remember the urban legend about the woman who was charged $250 for the recipe for Neiman Marcus’s famous chocolate chip cookies. The woman thought she was paying $2.50 in addition to her salads on her charge, and was livid at being taken advantage of, so she shared the secret recipe with […]

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Poppy’s Sausage Balls

Poppy’s Sausage Balls

Sep 2, 2011 | View Article

My father has made sausage balls on Christmas Eve for Christmas morning as long as I can remember, and I am no spring chicken! I often wonder why he did not get recipe credit for this amazing comfort food. Sausage balls are wonderful snacks, great for tailgating, and a delicious cocktail appetizer, but most of […]

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Butterscotch Toffee Almond Bars

Butterscotch Toffee Almond Bars

Sep 2, 2011 | View Article

My mother used to make cookies while I was at school during the day, and I would get so excited when I returned home to find what her creation would be. She made he most amazing peanut butter squares topped with chocolate, and I liked them better than any candy. Around the holidays she would […]

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Mama’s Deviled Eggs

Mama’s Deviled Eggs

Aug 30, 2011 | View Article

I absolutely adore deviled eggs and so does my husband. Sometimes I like to mix things up, but he is a purist. If he is being a grump, or I have something to “spring” on him, a nice plate of deviled eggs makes things a lot easier to swallow! Phil raves about my mother’s deviled […]

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BBQ Oysters

Aug 24, 2011 | View Article

4 servings Ingredients: 1 dozen oysters on the half shell 1-2 sticks butter, melted 2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced Salt and fresh ground black pepper 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 cup grated Romano cheese 1 tablespoon fresh flat leaf parsley chopped Preparation: In a bowl combine cheeses and parsley. Set aside. Place a half […]

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The Hartley’s Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Apricot Jam

The Hartley’s Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Apricot Jam

Aug 23, 2011 | View Article

I was raised on bacon wrapped water chestnuts and bacon wrapped scallops. Mother always served them when she entertained, which was quite often. I learned to love anything wrapped in bacon, and these bite size goodies are protein packed and hit the spot. This is a recipe that George and Ann Hartley learned while at […]

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Smoked Mozzarella Watemelon Pumps

Smoked Mozzarella Watemelon Pumps

Aug 3, 2011 | View Article

Makes 8 appetizer sandwiches Ingredients: 1 1/4 cup Honey Dijon mustard 8 pieces Soft pumpernickel rolls, split 8 slices 1/4 inch thick smoked mozzarella cheese* 8 slices seedless watermelon the same size as the cheese 1 cup fresh alfalfa, sunflower or your favorite sprouts Preparation: Spread the mustard on each of the cut sizes of […]

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Tuna Ceviche topped with Red Pepper Sauce

Tuna Ceviche topped with Red Pepper Sauce

Jul 29, 2011 | View Article

Ingredients: Ceviche 1/2 lb sushi-grade tuna, cubed 1 avocado, cubed 1 T chili sauce 1 t cumin 1 T lime juice 1 T cilantro, chopped Red Pepper Sauce 1 roasted red pepper, peeled 4 garlic cloves 5 T extra virgin olive oil 1 T lemon juice 3 T honey 1/2 t cayenne pepper 1/2 t […]

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