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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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Christmas Traditions: Old-Fashioned Yeast Rolls

Old-Fashioned Yeast Rolls on www.virginiawillis.com

Christmas Traditions Every family has at least one culinary Christmas tradition. In our family, at the top of the list of our Christmas traditions are Old-Fashioned Yeast Rolls. These Old-Fashioned Yeast Rolls are light, buttery, golden-brown pillows — perfect for sopping up gravy, dipping into salty, smoky potlikker,  or for making a sandwich the next… Read more »

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Southern Sweet Tooth: Peppermint Fudge Recipe

Peppermint Fudge on www.virginiawillis.com

Peppermint Fudge The Southern Sweet Tooth is a powerful force. Sugar is more than an ingredient in the South. It falls somewhere between a condiment and a food group. During the holiday season its status is even more prominent with tins of homemade mints, brittle, and fudge on every sideboard. It’s nearly obligatory serve a… Read more »

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Old-Fashioned Caramel Cake & Holiday Memories

Layer cakes are joyful, towering celebrations. Even in these super busy times, it’s nice to dust off the cake pans and bake a layer cake at Christmas. I like Red Velvet and Coconut Cake, but I have to say my favorite just might be Old-Fashioned Caramel Cake. It was my grandfather’s favorite holiday treat, too…. Read more »

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Make Ahead: Make it Easy for the Holidays

  I’m smiling here, teaching at Stonewall Kitchen. What’s not to smile about? Really, nice people, an incredible kitchen, and I adore Maine. It’s a very special place for me and holds very precious memories. I smile a lot in the kitchen. I love, love, love what I do. But, don’t get me wrong, I’ve… Read more »

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