NATIONAL MICROWAVE OVEN DAY

On December 6th, National Microwave Oven Day honors one appliance that changed the way we use the kitchen.  Quite by accident, self-taught American engineer Percy Spencer discovered a way to heat food safely with microwaves. While working with an active radar in 1945, he noticed a candy bar in his pocket was melting. The high-powered …
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NATIONAL TV DINNER DAY – September 10

National TV Dinner Day is observed annually on September 10th.  In 1953, C.A. Swanson & Sons changed the prepackaged meal business forever. Introducing the TV Dinner revolutionized frozen food. In 1962, Swanson stopped using the name TV Dinner. However, in the United States, the term remains synonymous with any prepackaged dinner purchased frozen from a …
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NATIONAL PEAR MONTH

All December long, National Pear Month recognizes the flavor and versatility of this delicious fruit. Whether they are enjoyed fresh off the tree or as a preserve, pears add significant nutritional benefits to any diet. In the United States, there are ten varieties of pears. They range in color, texture, and sweetness making them useful …
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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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Whiskey Cinnamon Infused Cranberry Sauce

This treat for Thanksgiving will need 2 days of space in your refrigerator to infuse before serving. We prefer the jellied style for our Thanksgiving. You can use the whole berry or any recipe you prefer. I used a shallow glass dish big enough to keep the jelly whole. Using a lidded container also gave …
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Homestyle Mashed Potatoes

Growing up holidays were spent in a combination of our home and my grandparents. My grandmother always hosted Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and others. She is a planner and would divide the menu between all families so they could bring, sides, desserts, or other. She usually chose based on what each specialty was. My mother makes …
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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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