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Holiday Entertaining Tips: Smoky Cheese Straws

Holiday Entertaining Tips Holiday Entertaining should be relaxed, comfortable, and enjoyable for both the hosts and the guests – and that comes with organization and planning ahead, from the guest list to the music to the menu — and everything in between. Not planning ahead and thinking things through makes for a stressed-out host and… Read more »

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More Taste, Less Waste with The James Beard Foundation

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James Beard Foundation As part of the “More Taste, Less Waste” campaign, the James Beard Foundation recently initiated a recipe contest and asked chefs and culinary professionals to create recipes using oats that can inspire all of us to re-think oats as a way to add nutrition to our diets while reducing food waste. The… Read more »

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Get Your Game On with Tailgating Recipes

Tailgating recipes on www.virginiawillis.com

Tailgate Season We’re about a month into college football season and things are just getting started. All the early supposedly easy games are over and we’re getting into the more serious match-ups. The air is getting crisper and the leaves are starting to change color. It’s tailgating season and you need tailgating recipes! At the… Read more »

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What’s in Season: Cantaloupe Creamsicle

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Summer Melon Cantaloupe responds well to hot summer heat and is currently in high season across much of the US. Generally, this time of year we keep cantaloupe freshly cut and cubed in a container in the fridge. Cantaloupe is one of those fruits that is always found in the prepared foods case in the… Read more »

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