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  • Cool, refreshing summertime drinks made with fresh fruit

    The sunny season is here, so why not raise a cool one with friends on your patio or by the pool? It’s time to just relax in the comfort of our home and just enjoy the summer season as long as it lasts.

    Some of the most refreshing drinks are those made with fresh fruit. The fruity drink you choose may be a berry-flavored vodka creation, a blender drink using fresh fruits or even a little twist on the always-popular lemonade.

  • It’s summertime, and fruits and vegetables are at their peak

    Ripe produce is overflowing from our gardens. When fruits and vegetables are at the peak of their season, there’s no need to do anything fancy with them.

  • Many Southern dishes were created with frugal ingenuity

    When you think of Southern food, you think about home cooking and comfort food –– Creole, Cajun, Carolina Lowcountry, soul food and even Tex-Mex. These foods include an abundance of fresh vegetables, rice and/or corn, inexpensive cuts of meat (usually pork or chicken) and, of course, fresh seafood.

  • Bring out the natural flavor of fruits and veggies on the grill

     Outdoor grilling isn’t just for steaks, hamburgers and hot dogs. Next time you throw some steaks and burgers on the grill, add some grilled fruits and veggies to your next cookout menu. Grilling fruit brings out its natural sweetness and the flavor of grilled veggies is greatly enhanced when they are lightly charred.

    Almost any fruit can be cooked on the grill. Apples, pears and pineapple are easier to grill than softer fruits such as peaches, plums and watermelon, which require more attention to prevent overcooking. They only need to be heated, not cooked.

  • The new ‘superfood’ has been a Southern staple for many years

     Recent studies have shown that dark, leafy greens lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. These greens also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect cells in the eyes from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays, helping to prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.

  • Chicken à la King has been popular for more than 100 years

     Consisting of diced chicken in a creamy sauce, and often with sherry, mushrooms and other vegetables, chicken à la king can be served over rice, noodles, toasted bread or biscuits.

     

  • Families celebrate spring with simple backyard dining

     Do you remember when picnics used to be the norm? Didn’t our ancestors eat outdoors more often than not? Small towns in the Midwest where I grew up nearly all included a small public park, usually located at the center of town surrounding the courthouse. These centralized parks frequently hosted dances, bands, socials and picnics.

  • Grilling season is here, so it’s time to review the basics

     Grilling season is here, so it’s time to review the basics

    The Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the beginning of the grilling season for many in the country, and no matter where you live, new equipment, new techniques, new cookbooks and new recipes await the seasoned grill master for yet another summer of delectable delights.

  • Onions lend themselves to a variety of cooking methods

     Onions lend themselves to a variety of cooking methods

    Highly versatile, onions are an indispensable commodity throughout the world, lending themselves to a variety of preparations and cooking methods.

    So why do they make you cry?

    When you pierce an onion, you cut its cellular network, releasing a series of sulfur-based compounds that instantly combine and re-combine, causing sulfonic acid to be given off and triggering our tear response when we breathe it in. Now, aren’t you sorry you asked?

  • Super easy ‘dump’ recipes that will satisfy your appetite

     It seems as though everybody is constantly on the move these days, but no matter how hectic your day is, it’s important you enjoy a good, hearty meal at the end of the day.

    Dump recipes are super easy to prepare and are great for that weeknight dinner or late afternoon lunch. They can be enjoyed all year round; however, they’re a great option during the hot summer months when we tend to slack off cooking over the hot stove or grill.