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Grilling is central to the full experience and enjoyment of summer. Cookout sessions and backyard get-togethers provide opportunities to connect with friends and family. Check out these ten great grill station ideas for your summer entertaining ventures. Light Up Your Grill Station Lighting is a key factor in setting the mood for any situation, and backyard cookouts are no exception. Not only do you need to have a crystal-clear view of those wonderful foods that you’re grilling, but you’ll want to create a festive atmosphere for your guests as well.  Put colored LED bulbs into your porch light fixtures before…

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It’s National Garlic Day! Garlic is flavor powerhouse, sure to amp up any dish. Garlic lovers, follow the recipes below if you love the delicious aroma and depth of flavor of this beneficial bulb. Garlic-Rosemary Chicken (Serves 2) Ingredients • salt-1 tsp. • garlic-5 cloves • olive oil-5 tbs. • white wine-2-3 cups • rosemary-2 tbs. • chicken-5 thighs • Large pan (cast iron) Instructions 1. Arrange your chicken in the pan, skin side down with your olive oil on the bottom to keep from sticking. 2. Crush your garlic cloves in the press. 3. With a knife or the…

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Cooking a large Easter meal takes time, careful planning, and a lot of work in the kitchen. While you are in the planning stage, you may want to think of some downtime after the big meal. Often we think of leftovers as an afterthought, but what if we decide to plan for them. When cooking for the big holiday meal, purchase a ham larger than the portions needed for the dinner. Have on hand recipes that can make meals a breeze using the leftover cooked ham. That will make the next few days easier for you. Here are some recipes…

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There is no denying that maple syrup is terrific on pancakes, but it can also add a unique flavoring and zest to a wide variety of dishes, by making boring foods exciting. Here are some mouthwatering ways to use maple syrup. Pies Maple syrup can enhanse the flavor of your pies, the way nutmeg and cinnamon can. You can add maple syrup directly into the pie as a replacement for molasses or you can drizzle it on top of the crust. If you are really feeling decadent, you can even make a maple syrup pie. Bacon Bacon candied with maple…

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A cup of hot cocoa is a seasonal delight we all look forward to. Nothing beats coming in from the cold and warming up to a cup of hot chocolate. During the holiday season, sample the cocoa recipes below. Traditional Hot Cocoa Use this basic recipe as a starter for adding many variations of flavorings. Ingredients: 4 ounces sugar 2 ounces baking cocoa A pinch of salt 3 ounces hot water 32 ounces milk 3 drops vanilla extract Directions: 1) Mix cocoa, salt, and sugar together and place in a medium saucepan. Add the water. 2) Bring to a boil,…

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One of the best loved and most sought after treats are cookies. While boxed and bagged cookies are delightful and really take virtually no work other than opening the box or bag, there is nothing like a homemade cookie. Below are some of the most scrumptious and easy cookies recipes. Get out your baking sheets, mixers, and parchment paper. It’s time to bake cookies! Chocolate Chip Chunk Cookies Serving Size: 18-24 cookies What You’ll Need: • Mixer • Parchment Paper • Unsalted Butter, room temperature- 1/2 cup • Sugar- 2 tablespoons • Sugar in the Raw- 2 tablespoons • Light…

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After spending all that time cooking, the meal is enjoyed, but then there are the leftovers. That’s Ok! Thanksgiving dinner is the meal that keeps on giving. Some folks look forward to the leftover meals as much as the holiday meal. Here are some recipe suggestions you will enjoy. Loaded Turkey Stew Ingredients Chicken Broth Turkey Pieces Chopped Green Beans Chopped Carrots Real Bacon Bits Chopped White Potatoes Corn Kernels Parsnips Chopped Mushrooms Spring Onions Minced Garlic Italian Seasoning Salt Pepper Optional-Hot Peppers Directions 1) Pour chicken broth into a Dutch oven pot and place on a stovetop burner. 2)…

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Who doesn’t love Mickey Mouse? Most kids adore this Disney character, but he is also loved by adults as well. Celebrate Mickey’s 90th Birthday with foods shaped like your favorite mouse. Let’s take a look at 10 unique food creations that you can easily make at home. Sugar Cookie Any time that you have a lot of kids together, cookies can be a great treat. If you make sugar cookie dough from scratch, you can easily shape the dough into Mickey Mouse shapes that have ears and all. The easiest way to make these cookies is to find a cookie…

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Turkey is the star dish on the Thanksgiving table, so it’s important to make sure its cooked to perfection. Also, if you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner and are worried about carving the turkey, below is an easy step-by-step guide on how to carve the bird. Carving Tools • A carving board • A cutting board • Chef’s knife or a slicing knife • Paper towels • A serving platter • A boning knife or any other long, flexible knife • Quality tongs Now that you have all the necessary hardware, here is everything you need to do to turn a whole…

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Bundts pan are one of the most under-utilized tools in the kitchen. Chances are you have one or more of these aluminum pans in your cabinets . You might think they are only good for one thing, but there are lots of ways to utilize them. Here are twelve unique ideas that take the Bundt pan out of storage and into the limelight. Monkey Bread Bundt pans are often associated with fancy, complicated recipes, but monkey bread is a crowd pleasing dessert that couldn’t be more simple. Instructions 1) Start with two 16-ounce cans of biscuit dough, separated into individual…

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