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Everyone knows that corned beef and cabbage is a traditional favorite for St. Patrick’s Day, but there are other traditional Irish recipes that are sure to please. Shepherd’s Pie Shepherd’s Pie, also known as cottage pie, is one of the best-known Irish dishes. The dish is made with minced meat (traditionally beef or lamb) cooked in onions and served with a mashed potato crust. The dish originated with working class folks in Ireland sometime in the 18th century, when the potato was gaining popularity as an inexpensive source of food. Today, shepherd’s pie is cooked with a variety of vegetables,…

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What better way to show your love for your special someone on Valentine’s Day than by cooking a romantic meal for two. Here are five delicious and easy dishes to prepare for your sweetheart. Oven Baked Mushroom Chicken and Risotto Cooking the risotto in the oven allows you to easily prepare a creamy risotto dish without the need to spend a lot of time stirring. Ingredients 1 minced sweet onion 1 minced garlic clove 1 pint quartered mushrooms 4 cups chicken broth 1½ cups Arborio rice 1 cup hot water 4 tablespoons butter ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese Salt and…

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Gingerbread houses are a fun, time-honored tradition for many families. The joy of gathering around and helping to decorate and build this sweet holiday decoration is a happy memory for many. If you’d like to break away from using store bought kits and want to put your own spin on your gingerbread house, here are some gingerbread house decorating ideas to get you started. Make it Monochromatic Using one color scheme can really make your project pop. Buy different types of candies in shades of the same color and let the texture of the candies be your focal point. Pastel…

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Fall is the perfect time for pasta. Pasta is easy to cook and provides an endless source of fall recipes. Macaroni and Cheese With Butternut Squash Enliven this classic comfort food with an autumn vegetable and lots of cheese. Ingredients: • 2 tablespoons of butter • 1pound and a half of squash • 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour • 2 cups of whole milk • 8 ounces of your favorite shredded cheddar cheese • 8 ounces of macaroni • 1/4 cup of bread crumbs Directions: 1. Cut the squash in half and until tender under the fork or about…

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Labor Day is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning. While drinks and games will be a fun part of your celebrations, you know that most people are going to be looking forward to the food. To ensure that you have an event that will be talked about for months to come, start prepping for recipes that are as mouth-watering as they are fun to make. Texas Brisket Who can say no to a delicious brisket? You’d be hard-pressed to find a non-vegetarian/vegan who doesn’t. Even better is when the brisket is made Texas-style. You’ll just need…

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Sunday marks the ideal time to have a meal that every family member can appreciate at the same time. Here are some easy to make dinners that make it possible for everyone in your family to enjoy delicious food in a low key setting. Spend just a bit of time in the kitchen and the rest of the evening in great company at your family table. A Few First Courses The first course sets the stage, many people want to keep this part of the meal to easy to put together. Take advantage of summer’s bounty and find items that…

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Pairing wine and cheese can be a difficult task if you don’t have much experience. Here’s a list of the Best Wine and Cheese Pairings guaranteed to be a perfect pair. Enjoy these fabulous pairings while celebrating National Wine and Cheese Day! Riesling and Ricotta Ricotta is a wonderful Italian cheese most made from sheep or cow’s milk and it’s often paired with dessert-type dishes. It’s creamy texture that makes it a versatile cheese. It pairs well with fruits, salads, and other dishes that will benefit from its sweetness. This is why it pairs well with a tangy Riesling since…

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National Tequila Day is finally here! While everyone is getting ready to celebrate with a margarita in hand, there are plenty of other delicious cocktails and drink options. Here are ten amazing drink recipes that showcase tequila. Margarita Margaritas are the most popular drink made with tequila. This famous drink comes in many different ways and flavors. Spice it up by enjoying a strawberry, cucumber, or a classic agave option. You can even have it frozen, on-the-rocks, or even straight depending on your taste and preferences. Garnish with a lime. Traditional Tequila Sunrise Another popular option for tequila lovers is…

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Summer is a great time to bring people together, have a BBQ, picnic, or family reunion and enjoy the beautiful weather outside, but the heat can make your get together go from a bang to a bust in no time. Check out our recipes of frozen drinks to help you beat the heat, keep your guests cool and happy. Non-Alcoholic Frozen Drinks 1. Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Total Prep Time: 10 minutes Servings: 2 Ingredients: • 1 package fresh strawberries • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice • 1/4 cup water • 2 tablespoons sugar • 1.5 cup crushed ice Instructions: 1.…

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When it comes to appetizers, you can never have too many recipes in your arsenal. Whether you’re looking for a new dish to bring to the neighborhood potluck or hosting a family soirée, the following options are sure to entice and impress your fellow celebrants. Gougéres These irresistible mini-soufflés are crisp on the outside, custardy on the inside, and packed with savory herbs and cheese. They can be a bit time-consuming to prepare, but the results will be well worth it! Note that they’re best served hot. Variation: Gruyére is traditional for this dish, but you can substitute Cheddar, Colby,…

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