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Valentine’s Day: Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

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Chocolate and Valentine’s Day are a pretty awesome marriage of flavors and textures. To help celebrate Valentine’s Day I want to share a short post with my recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites. Part truffle and part cookie, these tasty treats are super simple to prepare. In fact, you probably have the ingredients in your pantry and can whip these up tonight!  (more…)

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What’s in Season: Cooking with Citrus

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Cooking with Citrus

Winter is citrus season and the produce departments are overflowing. There are the diminutive Tangerines, Clementines, Tangelos, Mineolas, and Satsumas in the “cutie” citrus club. Down the aisle, big bold Navel oranges with their thick skins and bright colors rest aside their more thin-skinned, but certainly no-less-sweet juice oranges. With their intense colors and vibrant aromas, the decidedly more exotic Blood Oranges, Cara Cara Oranges, and Meyer Lemons often are featured in decorative baskets to highlight their preciousness — and higher price. Lastly, oversized red, pink, and white Grapefruit and the nearly comically large Pomello round out the bunch. There are a lot of kitchen choices for cooking with citrus. (more…)

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Sinless Seven Layer Dip for Your Super Bowl Party

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Super Bowl Party

The Atlanta Falcons are in the Super Bowl — and there’s going to be a lot of tailgating. Falcon and Patriot fans alike will be dining on wings, pizza, nachos, and guacamole. According to Forbes magazine, Americans will eat almost 200 MILLION pounds of Avocados from Mexico on Super Bowl Sunday! (more…)

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Chicken Wings for the Dirty Birds


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Other than the recent reports concerning Georgia’s Fifth District, the big deal right now in The ATL is that the Falcons are playing the Green Bay Packers for the NFC Championship — and a ticket to the 51st Super Bowl. In honor of the Falcons, also known as the “Dirty Birds,” I thought I’d share a few of my favorite recipes for wings. The sweet heat glaze for the Dirty Bird Chicken Wings is made with none other than Coca-Cola, which of course, also hails from Atlanta. And, the Curried Wings are served with a (Georgia) Peach Dipping Sauce. Both recipes are guaranteed winners. It’s a toss up to which one will score more points at your Falcon’s Tailgate! Each wing recipe can be made ahead and reheated; both recipes are baked, not fried, making for healthier wings; and lastly, no oil means a pretty easy clean-up. I’m also including a short video on how to make the Dirty Bird Chicken Wings. Check it out below or on my Facebook page. I’ve got a feeling!  (more…)

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Ground Corn 101: Cornmeal and Grits

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The importance of corn in the Southern diet cannot be overstated. Corn was eaten fresh in the summer, and dried and ground into meal for boiling and baking in the winter. Cornmeal has also played a major role in Northern foodways and while grits are far more popular down South, cornbread is a universally American dish. However, all ground corn is not the same. (more…)

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