Blog Posts in 2015

  • Black-Eyed Peas' Perfect Companion: Green Bean Casserole with a Twist

    December 30, 2015
    Our intern Alex simply loves green bean casserole. He requests it as a main dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year’s Day meal! He shared his secret twist on this classic recipe with us, and claims it’s the perfect pair for your good luck-filled, black-eyed peas! During the holidays, you may feel pressure to find a new and exotic dish you can share with your family this year. Why not ...
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  • From My Kitchen to Yours - Cookies for Santa

    December 24, 2015
    By Alex Woodby One of the many traditions during Christmas time is setting out milk and cookies for Santa. Have you thought about what cookies to make this year for Christmas? Here are a few of my favorite seasonal cookies! These treats are great for kids to make with their parents, while also making special, holiday memories. Sugar Cookies 2 3/4 cups of flour 2 teaspoons of cream of tarter 1 ...
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  • Favorite Holiday Treats

    December 18, 2015
    The holidays bring to mind treats of all kinds… from sugar plums to candy canes! I know Santa loves his cookies and milk, but one of the best treats that I’ve had is a peppermint ice cream cake. Peppermint is a taste that is common during the holiday season. What better way then to make a cake out of it? This is also a perfect dessert to make when expecting company because it’s easy to make and ...
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  • Reheating Holiday Leftovers

    December 8, 2015
    One of the best parts about the holidays is enjoying the leftovers for several days afterward. You put so much effort into cooking the turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pie and more; it’s a shame to only enjoy it for one night. To ensure your leftovers taste just as good as they did fresh out of the oven during Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza and other celebrations, follow these leftover ...
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  • Vinegar – Your Kitchen’s Best Friend

    December 1, 2015
    Vinegar is a well-loved ingredient in recipes ranging from salad dressings, to marinades to dessert ingredients. But did you know that vinegar is a stable for household chores as well? We uncovered so many life hacks for vinegar that we’ve decided it just might be your kitchen’s best friend. You Can Use Vinegar to: Remove Sticky Residues Has holiday cooking left you with mysterious gooey ...
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  • Upcycle Holiday Leftovers

    November 24, 2015
    By Alex Woodby Your family is traveling in from across the country, and you’re preparing an amazing Thanksgiving feast! With happy faces, delicious dishes and memories in the making, there’s so very much for which to be thankful. And after the plates are cleared and the tummies full, are you ever left wondering what to do with all the leftovers? The good news, you don’t need to throw them away or ...
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  • Who Knew What You Could Do With the Microwave?

    November 18, 2015
    Many of us just use microwaves for reheating food or your cold coffee for the third time. But did you know that there are many other things you can do with your microwave beyond world of just heating? We have gathered a list of easy food recipes to test out in the kitchen, as well as some things you can do to just make your life easier! After all, the microwave became popular due to its quick ...
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  • Dishwasher Loading Tricks

    November 3, 2015
    Ever wish you could squeeze just a few more pieces into your dishwasher? Who wants to load and unload more times than absolutely necessary? Your friends at Mr. Appliance have developed a few tricks and tips that can you save time and money. Start Clean If your dishwasher has not been cleaned recently, it won’t run efficiently. Get a fresh start by running it through the rinse cycle while empty. ...
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  • Traditional Caramel Apples

    October 29, 2015
    By Maggie Saint John The crisp air, cooler temperatures, and festivities make fall a beautiful season. When I was young, fall was always synonymous with family. During one of the busiest months of the year, my parents always encouraged, and required family activities on the weekend. Whether it was visiting a pumpkin patch, doing a hayride, or carving jack-o’-lanterns, weekend activities were ...
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  • Freaky Fridge

    October 26, 2015
    What do you think of when you hear the term holidays? For some it’s a time of celebration and decoration predominately Christmas through New Year. For others it’s a year-round festivity. After all there’s National Hat Day in January; Valentine’s Day in February; Saint Patrick’s Day in March; Easter in April… You get the idea. There’s always a time and place to decorate and celebrate. The novice ...
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  • Cleaning Hacks for the pantry

    October 19, 2015
    If you’re tired of cleaning your home with chemicals, it’s time to try a more natural approach. You don’t need to go out and buy weird ingredients to clean without chemicals; in fact, the top three cleaners are probably already hiding in your fridge or pantry. Here are your kitchen’s top cleaning hacks using lemons, vinegar and baking soda. Cleaning with Lemons Freshen the fridge: Find the culprit ...
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  • Pumpkin Bread

    October 12, 2015
    By Maggie Saint John While growing up, fall time in my home always meant our house was filled with smells of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin. Since I was young, my mom has always made the most delicious, homemade pumpkin bread. Hopping off the bus every Friday afternoon, I ran threw the back door to find my mom in our kitchen and the pumpkin bread in the oven. This is home. This is fall. There are ...
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  • Kitchen Safety

    October 4, 2015
    We all have that family favorite go-to meal that we can make blindfolded with one armed tied behind our back. You know the dish…the one that elicits accolades and praise from the family and sends you into a temporary “I could be the next Rachael Ray” euphoria. But it’s in these exact moments when we trust our culinary know-how and we maybe get a little careless in the kitchen. Think about it. You ...
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  • International Coffee Day

    September 29, 2015
    I’m strong to the finish, ‘cause I eats me Spinach… So, spinach gave Popeye his super powers. What’s the keeper to your powers? If we asked 83 percent of adults in the U.S. before sunrise on any given day, the answer would unequivocally be a steamy, hot cup o’ Joe. But why do so many have such a strong affinity to their morning java? Besides the delightfully alluring, almost spellbinding aroma and ...
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  • Freezing Foods 101

    September 14, 2015
    Some of life’s most thought provoking and deeply philosophical questions are: Is it worse to fail at something or never attempt it in the first place? What is true happiness? What is the difference between living and being alive? And the question that is undeniably the most scratch-your-head perplexing of all…what foods can be put in the freezer? It seems logical that freezing food is the best way ...
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