Delightful December

December Holidays and History – December ushers in winter holidays such as Christmas, Kwanza, and Chanukah. It is also a time when families gather in the warmth of their homes. Throughout the month, our thoughts and actions turn toward charity and peace. During the twelfth and final month of the year, December inspires a flurry of …
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NATIONAL PECAN COOKIE DAY – September 21

Each year on September 21st, people across the United States celebrate National Pecan Cookie Day. This delicious cookie can be eaten and enjoyed morning, noon and night. Pecan is an Algonquian word, meaning “a nut requiring a stone to crack.” A member of the hickory family, the pecan is native to central and southern United States. One of …
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NATIONAL EAT A RED APPLE DAY – December 1

On December 1, National Eat a Red Apple Day encourages everyone to eat a red apple. As the adage goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and today is a perfect time to put that theory to taste. An apple is both delicious and nutritious. With over 7,500 varieties of apples and over 7.5% …
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Roasted Vegetables

This easy side dish not only looks great but tastes so good even the kids eat all these vegetables. Ingredients You can substitute vegetables according to likes and diet needs. These are what have used for both a regular or holiday meal.1 Eggplant1 bag brussel sprout halves ( fresh produce)2 bell peppers assorted colors1 pint …
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Jen’s Green Bean Casserole

I started with the basic recipe and have perfected it through the years. I always get great comments on it, and of course the true test no leftovers! My husband started urging me to make a double batch so he can have some left over. It’s an easy recipe to go up or down for …
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Brown Butter Garlic Parmesean Mushrooms

These are insanely popular at our table. People who swear they don’t eat mushrooms eat these. These warm butter treats can be served as a snack or a side dish. The only complaint I’ve ever had is there are never enough and I usually make a double batch. See recipe below. Ingredients 1 lb whole …
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Turkey

I have a short cut I’ve used for years. I worked in retail for almost 20 years. Due to health issues I can ignore Black Friday. While having to get up for work at 1am…no that’s not a typo. Get up at 1am be at my store by 3am. While I do not miss those …
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Happy Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving just days away its easy to lose sight of the small things. Are you the cook this year? A midst the turkey, stuffing, cranberry, table settings and preparation for family and friend visits it’s important to take some moments to reflect. Gratitude is one of the focuses of this month. While warm memories …
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NATIONAL SPICY HERMIT COOKIE DAY – November 15

National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day celebrates a cookie flavor reminiscent autumn spices. Recognized on November 15th, this time of year is ideal for baking up a batch of these delicious cookies.  Considered an old-fashioned cookie, it’s spice comes from cinnamon, cloves, allspice and sometimes nutmeg. An added bonus are the raisins, nuts, and dates. Hermit …
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NATIONAL PUMPKIN DAY

National Pumpkin Day recognizes a favored autumn decoration and food on October 26th. Not only do they make great fall decorations, but the pumpkin also completes a variety of tasty recipes. Join a pumpkin competition or visit any of the many fall festivals featuring the beautiful gourds. By October 26th, we’re in a frenzy of …
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