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Melissa Ray Davis is a freelance writer and photographer living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina with her husband Morgan, son Grove, and their two huge dogs, Monty and Rose. She writes for HubPages' Culinary space, specializing in gourmet meals, baking, vegetarian and vegan cuisine, grilling, culinary tips, original recipes, organic and natural foods, and more. She hopes to help her readers make many delicious and healthy meals. She is a vegetarian and her husband eats meat, so she writes about both. Her other interests include hiking, writing, photography, wolf rescue and rehabilitation, environmentalism, books and literature, gardening, and spirituality. More of her writing can be found at fallingstar.net

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  • 26

    Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

    5 years ago

    Simple melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies become a delicacy when you use a dab of tart jam to turn them into Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies. These have long been a favorite dessert at our house because they are easy,...

  • 8

    Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

    5 years ago

    This recipe produces a chicken and dumplings that I find deeply satisfying. The gravy is substantial, filled with vegetable and chunks of flavorful meat, and throughout it float large, pillowy dumplings. One bowl is...

  • 1

    Grilled Tuscan Chicken Recipe with Lemon, Pepper, and Rosemary

    5 years ago

    The other day we bought a new lemon zester and I happened to come upon a bush of fresh, aromatic rosemary close to where we live. The result was this recipe, which proved to be an excellent, subtly flavored, and...

  • 2

    Bourbon Marinated Salmon Recipe

    5 years ago

    This salmon, prepared with a bourbon marinade for some sweetness and grilled for a taste of smoke made for a fine dinner with friends. This marinade is also perfect for trout and even does interesting things with...

  • 9

    Bath Salt Ingredient Properties and Health Benefits

    5 years ago

    Here you can learn what each of the potential bath salt ingredients are and how to decide which to use for the sort of bath salts you wish to make. With familiarity with the properties of all of the ingredients, you...

  • 11

    Aromatherapy Bath Salts Recipe - Luxury Lavender

    5 years ago

    If you have sore muscles, are having trouble sleeping, or simply need to relax, this lavender aromatherapy bath salt recipe is just the thing for you. Luxury bath salts are very easy to make at home and are much...

  • 3

    How to Make Bath Salts: Guide and Recipe

    5 years ago

    Luxury bath salts are quite simple to make at home, much cheaper than store-bought, and they make excellent gifts. This article will teach you how to make bath salts, what the various ingredients used in bath salts...

  • 3

    Heirloom Tomato Pie Recipe

    5 years ago

    When it comes to savory pies, tomato pie is my favorite by far. The tang of the tomatoes, enhanced by the basil and oregano and complemented by the creamy cheeses and buttery, flaky pie crust--there is simply nothing...

  • 0

    Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

    5 years ago

    This homemade chicken noodle soup is quite simple to prepare, a return to the basic, nutritious ingredients that make this dish such a good comfort during a cold or a flu. Using the waste-ingredients from another meal...

  • 3

    Baked Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

    5 years ago

    Usually we make fried eggplant parmesan since ricotta is normally so expensive, but my favorite way to have it is baked with basil, ricotta, and marinara, giving it a feel reminiscent of lasagna, but with those...

  • 3

    Chicago-Style Hot Dog Recipe

    5 years ago

    Most hot dogs are just meat-candy compared to the complexity of flavor found in the incredible Chicago-Style Hot Dog. "The first time I had one of these, I was converted."

  • 2

    Spiced Apricot Glaze Recipe for Meat, Mushrooms, or Substitutes

    6 years ago

    This spiced apricot glaze--perfect for use with meat, mushrooms, or a vegetarian meat substitute--is sweet, savory, and spicy in a balanced way that sets off the flavor and juice of the main dish. It also blends very...

  • 6

    Tomato Lentil Soup Recipe

    6 years ago

    This tomato and lentil soup was an experiment that turned out to be a great success. This soup made my mouth feel alive. It is sweet and tangy with a wonderful hearty texture. Enjoy!

  • 41

    How to Grill Corn on the Cob in the Husk

    6 years ago

    Corn on the cob is a summer favorite, and this method of grilling corn on the cob in the husk gives you moist, buttery corn with the perfect simple spices and a Smokey taste. This would be a perfect side dish for a...

  • 14

    Appalachian Cat Head Biscuits Recipe

    6 years ago

    My husband has been trying to perfect a Southern biscuit recipe for years, and now he has finally got it. These biscuits are so light and fluffy they practically float right off the plate.

  • 3

    Simple Spinach Quiche Recipe

    6 years ago

    This simple spinach quiche makes a filling and flavorful meal. When we have eggs to use up, quiche is one of our favorite solutions.

  • 0

    Roasted Cauliflower Casserole Recipe

    6 years ago

    This Roasted Cauliflower Casserole's secret is in the roasting and the spices. Roasting the cauliflower beforehand keeps it firm in the casserole, and dries it out some ahead of time so that you don't end up with a...

  • 5

    Roasted Cauliflower Recipe with Coriander, Cardamom, Nutmeg

    6 years ago

    Roasting gives cauliflower a wonderfully crispy outside and soft and creamy inside. This spice blend of coriander, cardamom, nutmeg, cumin, cayenne, and black pepper turned out to be an excellent choice, enhancing the...

  • 5

    Fire-Roasted Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe, Extra-Spicy

    6 years ago

    Habanero chilies are well known to be one of the spiciest chilies, and this hot sauce lives up to its main ingredient. This Fire-Roasted Habanero Hot Sauce is so intensely spicy that we wondered why we bothered using...

  • 13

    Breaded & Fried Zucchini Recipe

    6 years ago

    Crispy without while soft and buttery within, this breaded zucchini with a touch of Italian seasoning makes a wonderful appetizer or side dish. They are delicious either on their own or with salsa or a cream dip.

  • 9

    Vegetarian Vegetable Soup Recipe

    6 years ago

    This vegetarian vegetable soup with carrots, potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, corn, and more is a simple classic packed with nutrition. I love to have it in the winter for a warm vegetable-filled meal, but it also...

  • 7

    Roasted Potato Armadillos Recipe with Feta and Pesto

    6 years ago

    These cute little potato armadillos are stuffed with feta and basil pesto and topped with parmesan cheese. Creamy and flavorful, they make an excellent side dish to any meal that you would normally serve with a baked...

  • 7

    Lemon Lentils Recipe with Kale, Cumin and Turmeric

    6 years ago

    This lentil dish surprised us all with its rich, tangy flavor from the lemon and spices; it made a wonderfully filling and delicious meal. I love cooking with dried lentils because they are inexpensive like dried beans...

  • 7

    Spinach Feta Mushroom Burrito Recipe

    6 years ago

    This burrito starts with rice and black beans but then leaves tradition far behind. Spinach, mushrooms, feta cheese, thyme, rosemary, and red wine give this wrap an exciting new flavor that works unexpectedly well in a...

  • 0

    Rich & Meaty Soup Base Recipe with Ham & Chicken

    6 years ago

    This incredible rich and meaty soup uses the core of a honey-baked ham and two chicken legs as its base and adds core vegetables to form a delicious foundation for an incredible soup. Slow cooked all day, there are...

  • 4

    Home-Style Nachos Recipe with Sharp Cheddar and Refried Beans

    6 years ago

    Home-Style Nachos resemble Texas Nachos with the single-layer genius and quality ingredient standards, but they are not quite as exacting and artistic (and they are a little more messy). Sharp cheddar and jalapenos...

  • 2

    Parmesan White Bean Soup Recipe

    6 years ago

    This creamy white bean soup with parmesan and white wine makes a delicious winter meal. It can be slow-cooked in a crock-pot all day or prepared in a couple of hours if you soak your beans the night before. Serve a...

  • 0

    Buttermilk Soup Base Recipe with Asparagus or Watercress

    6 years ago

    If you've ever had buttermilk, then you know right off that this soup has a complex flavor, both tart and creamy. Combined with parmesan cheese, it is a perfect complement to a subtly flavored vegetable like watercress...

  • 8

    Mushroom Vegetarian Stroganoff Recipe

    6 years ago

    In this dish, the strong flavor of abundant mushrooms is tempered by the creamy white sauce coating a profusion of egg noodles. This is an extremely simple recipe because it uses a pre-made soup base for the sauce. If...

  • 4

    Sweet Potato Black Bean Burrito Recipe with Kale, Mushrooms

    6 years ago

    Delicious mashed sweet potatoes with a touch of orange are the base of these vibrant burritos. Mix that with rice, seasoned black beans, pan-fried mushrooms, and bright green kale, and you are set for an incredible...

  • 2

    Cannellini Bean Soup Recipe with Collard Greens

    6 years ago

    This white bean soup uses the smooth taste of cannellini beans and mixes them with rich caramelized onions and the fresh flavor of collard greens to create a protein-packed soup that looks refreshingly alive and green!

  • 0

    Split Pea Soup Recipe - Vegetarian, Vegan or with Ham

    6 years ago

    This simple, delicious soup costs so little but makes so much! With the ease of making, the filling, smoky flavor, and the extra zing of the lemon zest, I love making this soup throughout the colder months.

  • 15

    Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Recipe (Vegan)

    6 years ago

    This eggless chocolate chip cookie dough is perfect for vegans or anyone concerned about the possibility of salmonella and other risks associated with eating raw eggs. This cookie dough uses no eggs at all, not even a...

  • 0

    Kid-Friendly Snack: Cottage Cheese with Apple Sauce Recipe

    6 years ago

    This snack is surprisingly addictive, easy, nutritious, and great for kids! The applesauce gives fiber and vitamins, the cottage cheese gives calcium, riboflavin, and protein, and the cinnamon on top completes the...

  • 4

    Potato Leek Soup Recipe

    6 years ago

    What a blessing a big pot of potato leek soup can be on a cold day! The potato makes it hearty and filling, and the leeks give it a delicious fresh bite that brings excellent flavor. Add some cream and you have a...

  • 3

    Smoky Vegetarian Chili Recipe with Cocoa

    6 years ago

    This Smokey Vegetarian Chili recipe makes a dish with a very complex flavor -- smoky, just a hint of sweet, and with the multi-layered, sophisticated taste of good quality chocolate as an undertone for the whole dish. ...

  • 8

    Vegetarian Okra Gumbo Recipe with Kidney Beans

    6 years ago

    This vegetarian okra gumbo with dark red kidney beans is wonderfully rich and hearty. Okra is sometimes a hard vegetable to use -- you have to use it correctly, and gumbo is one of my favorite ways to do so.

  • 1

    Okra Gumbo Recipe with Chicken and Andouille Sausage

    6 years ago

    Gumbo is one of our favorite soups to make--it offers so many variations and possibilities. This version is slightly thick but not stewy, has a rich, roasted flavor with a balanced spice and acidity.

  • 10

    Stuffed Apple Snack Recipe: Peanut Butter, Raisins, Sunflower Seeds

    6 years ago

    These stuffed apples use a delicious mixture of apple, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, raisins, cinnamon, and orange juice, coming together to create a delicious sweet snack that is both very healthy and very portable. ...

  • 4

    Sweet Ginger Broccoli Stir-Fry Recipe with Tofu or Chicken

    6 years ago

    This delicious broccoli stir-fry uses a unique ginger orange sauce, giving it an attractive sweet and spicy flavor. This healthy stir-fry dish can be made with chicken or tofu so that it is vegan and vegetarian or meat...

  • 3

    Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

    6 years ago

    Once I first tasted homemade macaroni and cheese, I realized that the instant kits that come in a box are but a pale imitation. This rich and creamy macaroni and cheese with a tasty hint of spice makes a thick and...

  • 3

    Corn Tortilla Quesadilla Recipe: A Quick Meal

    6 years ago

    Quesadillas are traditionally made with flour tortillas, but when I found the corn tortillas in my fridge I figured it was worth experimenting. I'm glad I did! These corn tortilla quesadillas were delicious, warm and...

  • 1

    Asian Roasted Peanut Noodles with Vegetables Recipe

    6 years ago

    The creamy, nutty taste of these addictive roasted peanut noodles works perfectly with the flavor of tempeh and complements the broccoli and other vegetables. The smooth texture of the noodles contrasts nicely with the...

  • 4

    Corn Pudding Recipe Using Corn Bread

    6 years ago

    Corn pudding is a delicious dish to serve in the colder months as a side to dinner or lunch. This corn pudding is a little closer to the consistency of a quiche than traditional "pudding," and it is more...

  • 8

    Vegetarian Many Bean Soup Recipe (Vegan)

    6 years ago

    This hearty slow-cooked vegetarian bean soup with winter vegetables has a mild flavor that is perfectly complemented with a little hot sauce. It is a wonderful, low-cost winter staple. You can have leftovers all week...

  • 1

    Sweet Hot Pepper Cheese Dip Recipe: Perfect for Parties

    6 years ago

    This dip is so addictive we don't get to take any home with us after a party. The rich cream cheese is sweet thanks to the sweet pepper relish, and the sweet and creamy taste is perfectly contrasted by the tang of the...

  • 1

    Old-Time Southern Recipes: Food From the Past

    6 years ago

    Sharing a few interesting recipes from a very old cookbook of traditional Virginia foods, "Cooking of the Old Dominion Prior to 1838. The introduction explains: "let these present day cooks recall that the...

  • 5

    Traditional Southern Corn Bread Recipe -- Vegetarian

    5 years ago

    This is traditional Southern corn bread, but with a vegetarian twist (normally, bacon and bacon grease are used). This is not the more common sweet cake-like cornbread, but instead, as my husband puts it,...

  • 12

    Vegetarian Tikka Masala Recipe with Potato, Cabbage, and Peas

    6 years ago

    Tikka Masala has been described as Britain's national food after a survey found that it was the most-ordered restaurant dish in the country. This vegetarian adaptation is very addictive; the potatoes, tomatoes, and...

  • 2

    Wedding Cake Pull Charms

    6 years ago

    A wedding cake pull is a fun tradition to include in your wedding reception. Ribbons protrude from the wedding cake, and each guest takes one and pulls. The charm attached to the end carries a special meaning, much...

  • 7

    Wedding Buffet Idea: Thrift Shop Fine China Plates

    6 years ago

    Using mismatched fine china plates (bought used) for a wedding reception buffet is a classy and thrifty way to add a touch of style to the details of your wedding. And your guests can take home their plate as a memento!

  • 8

    Homemade Mustard Potato Salad Recipe

    6 years ago

    This American-style mustard potato salad recipe uses soft and tender boiled russet potatoes, hardboiled eggs, sweet pickle relish, mayonnaise, and mustard for a sweet and creamy traditional taste with a little spicy...

  • 2

    Holiday Shortbread Cookie Recipe

    6 years ago

    Classic shortbread cookies with a twist. These melt-in-your-mouth light and buttery shortbread cookies are lightly flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, brandy, and holiday cheer.

  • 7

    Lentil Stew Recipe with Kale and Potatoes

    6 years ago

    This delicious original lentil stew recipe is a wonderful winter treat. Lentils are my favorite legume--filling and packed with protein and nutrients. The potatoes make this stew even heartier and the winter kale...

  • 1

    Cheesy Spaghetti Squash with Veggie Sausage Recipe

    6 years ago

    This is a very unusual recipe that surprised me with how well it turned out. The spaghetti squash, soy sausage, and cheese are quite hearty, warm, and filling, but because the main ingredient is squash and it uses...

  • 14

    Homemade Play Dough Recipe

    6 years ago

    It turns out that a good quality play dough that keeps for a long time is quite easy to make from simple food-grade ingredients. With this homemade play dough, we know exactly what ingredients are in what our child...

  • 6

    Eggplant Bharta with Peas Recipe

    6 years ago

    This is one of my husband's favorite ways to eat eggplant. The roasted flavor of the eggplant in this traditional Indian dish is kicked up a notch with the fire of Indian spices. It is quite easy to make at home; you...

  • 13

    Vegan Chocolate Frosting Recipe

    6 years ago

    This vegan chocolate frosting is sweet (but not too sweet), chocolaty, spreads well, and is completely vegan. It complements my vegan chocolate cake recipe.

  • 13

    Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe

    5 years ago

    This vegan chocolate cake recipe is wonderfully fluffy and moist. It is so good that even though I am no longer strictly vegan, my whole family prefers it to all of the other traditional (non-vegan) cake recipes that...

  • 0

    Portland Saturday Market Food Court--Portland, Oregon

    6 years ago

    From March through December, every Saturday and Sunday the Old Town / Chinatown neighborhood of Downtown Portland is transformed into a huge arts and crafts open-air marketplace where local artists sell handcrafted...

  • 8

    Raspberry Crisp Recipe

    2 years ago

    This is my special recipe for crisp. The topping is crumbly but still chewy, pleasantly sweet, the oats add a great texture, and it melts just a little during baking to make a delicious gooey layer with the fruit...

  • 0

    White Lasagna Recipe with Chantrelle and Crimini Mushrooms

    6 years ago

    A wild mushroom lasagna with the sweet flavor of chanterelles and marsala glazed onions with cinnamon, walnuts, and a mild balsamella (white sauce) instead of marinara. Set it off with some grated asiago for its salty...

  • 1

    Vegetarian Autumn Stew Recipe: A Harvest Feast

    6 years ago

    When the weather turns cold, there are few meals more comforting than a thick, hot, hearty stew. This vegetarian autumn stew brings together many traditional autumn flavors just in time for the cold season. Butternut...

  • 3

    Meat Chili Recipe, Quick and Easy

    6 years ago

    This is a quick but tasty meat chili that won't take you all day to cook. Often, we decide to have chili on a whim and don't have time for soaking beans and simmering all day, so we need a quick version that can be...

  • 5

    Vegetarian Chili Recipe, Quick and Easy

    6 years ago

    This vegetarian chili recipe uses canned beans so that it is quick and simple, taking little preparation and a relatively short cooking time. It is slightly sweet and very hardy--perfect served over rice to make a...

  • 5

    Potato Wedges: Easy and Healthy Alternative to French Fries

    6 years ago

    Potato wedges are easy to make, surprisingly addictive, and a healthy replacement for French fries that is still delicious without the mess, grease, and health risks of deep fat frying.

  • 3

    Kielbasa Sausage Stir Fry Recipe with Onion and Peppers

    6 years ago

    This sausage stir fry is ridiculously simple and easy to make. It takes hardly any preparation or cooking time at all, and the sausage brings most of the flavor to the dish, so very few ingredients are needed. It is...

  • 16

    Tandoori Chicken Recipe and History

    6 years ago

    Tandoori Chicken is an Indian dish--incredibly tender, juicy chicken with a crisp smokiness and the exotic flavors of toasted cumin and coriander, garlic and ginger. This article gives a recipe and history of the dish.

  • 10

    Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut and Cranberries Recipe

    6 years ago

    After much experimentation and several disasters, I finally perfected a vegan cookie recipe. Everyone who has tried it has been amazed to learn that it is vegan. These cookies are delicious--soft and chewy in the...

  • 6

    Chicken Fajitas Recipe

    6 years ago

    Fajitas are traditionally prepared with beef, but if you would like a healthier version with less fat, this chicken fajita version of the traditional dish is for you.

  • 2

    Insalata Caprese Recipe: Tomato Salad with Basil and Mozzarella Cheese

    6 years ago

    One of our very favorite ways to showcase tomatoes is to make Insalata Caprese, an Italian tomato salad with basil, fresh mozzarella cheese, and olive oil. The tomatoes are the stars of this dish, allowed to flaunt...

  • 1

    Farmer's Dinner: A Simple, Healthy, Hearty Meal

    6 years ago

    For years, now, my husband and I have had a favorite dinner combination that we come back to again and again, never tiring of it. It is quite simple, fairly fast, and delicious every time. It never gets old, because...

  • 9

    Grilled Portobello Mushroom Sandwich with Roasted Red Pepper Recipe

    6 years ago

    These portobello mushroom sandwiches are a perfect alternative to veggie burgers. The roasted red pepper, provolone cheese, and pesto are a perfect flavor combination, and it is still quite juicy and flavorful after...

  • 2

    Bison Meatballs Recipe: a Healthy Alternative

    6 years ago

    Bison meat is delicious. It is lean without being dry; rich and robustly flavorful but with a tender texture like ground lamb. These meatballs can be coaxed apart easily with a fork, and two of them surmounting a pile...

  • 5

    Vietnamese Fresh Vegetable Spring Rolls

    6 years ago

    These healthy spring rolls are light and refreshing with an exotic flavor. They make a wonderful, easy appetizer or side dish to complement an Asian meal. This recipe is vegetarian and vegan.

  • 4

    Penne alla Norma Recipe

    6 years ago

    Penne alla Norma is a savory, spicy summer pasta dish. Use garden fresh heirloom tomatoes, eggplant peppers, and herbs and prepare it on a grill, and you'll have a wonderful summer treat. It is an excellent vegetarian...

  • 1

    Salsice Pasta Rustico Recipe

    6 years ago

    This delicious hearty pasta dish is perfect for summer, using fresh heirloom tomatoes and garden peppers and herbs. The savory Italian sausages are complemented by the fresh summer vegetables, all prepared on a grill. ...

  • 8

    What is Buttermilk? About Buttermilk and Its Uses

    4 years ago

    History of buttermilk: natural vs. artificial buttermilk, how to use it, and how it is made. Find out more about this traditional Southern staple.

  • 8

    Muscadines: Native Grapes of the South

    6 years ago

    Muscadine grapes are on average two times as big as the more common (European) grape varieties, with darker purple opaque skins and sweet pale greenish-white pulp inside. These unique fruits are not only delicious;...

  • 4

    Tortellini Salad Recipe with Artichoke Hearts, Olives, and Cherry Tomatoes

    6 years ago

    This incredibly easy to prepare pasta salad is a perfect dish for a potluck or just dinner on a hot summer night. The cheese-stuffed tortellini wonderfully complements the fresh flavor of the cherry tomatoes and banana...

  • 2

    Huevos Rancheros Recipe

    6 years ago

    Huevos rancheros is Spanish for "eggs ranch-style." This Mexican breakfast dish is essentially scrambled eggs with a hard spicy kick.

  • 3

    Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe: A Southern Favorite

    7 years ago

    Fried green tomatoes not bitter, as you would expect a green tomato to be. The process of cooking brings out a hint of sweetness in them, and they become tart and tangy. It is a very unique flavor, and when mixed with...

  • 3

    Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

    7 years ago

    This eggplant parmesan recipe is different from what most people have come to expect from the dish. The breaded and fried eggplant is served next to spaghetti, marinara sauce is daubed over both, and fresh parmesan...

  • 0

    Chicken Salad Recipe with Grapes, Walnuts, and Marjoram

    7 years ago

    Chicken salad makes a delicious fast meal with little fuss. You can use it in a sandwich, eat it plain, have it on crackers as a snack, or put it in a wrap with vegetables. This chicken salad recipe uses grapes,...

  • 4

    Panzanella Recipe: Bread Salad with Tomato and Basil

    7 years ago

    You wouldn't think that "bread salad" would be a very flavorful dish, but this simple salad is incredibly satisfying. Fresh heirloom tomatoes, Italian ciabatta bread, Kalamata olives, parmesan cheese, basil,...

  • 0

    Fire-Roasted Salsa Recipe

    7 years ago

    This rich and smoky salsa is a huge favorite at our house. The roasted heirloom tomatoes, garlic, and jalapenos have a unique smoky, fresh flavor that sets this salsa apart.

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    Why Heirloom Tomatoes? Flavor, Quality, Nutrition, and More

    7 years ago

    What is an Heirloom tomato, and why is it better? Not only are heirloom tomatoes far more flavorful, juicy, and rich than supermarket tomatoes, they are also more nutritious and fresh. Learn all about them in this...

  • 0

    Asparagus and Roasted Red Pepper Quiche Recipe

    6 years ago

    If you love asparagus, you will love this quiche. The fresh taste of asparagus and the tart flavor of roasted red peppers combine perfectly with parmesan or Romano and onion cheese to make this a very fresh and...

  • 2

    Brunswick Stew Recipe

    7 years ago

    This rich, hearty stew has a very unique sweet flavor thanks to its tomato and barbecue sauce base. It is best if left simmering for the better part of an afternoon so that all of its strong flavors have a chance to...

  • 0

    Vegetarian Brunswick Stew Recipe

    7 years ago

    Brunswick stew is rich and hearty with a very unique sweet flavor thanks to its tomato and barbecue sauce base. With this recipe, vegetarians and vegans can take part in this historical dish! It makes a wonderful...

  • 7

    Chocolate Coconut Chess Pie Recipe

    7 years ago

    Coconut chess pie is delicious on its own, but I developed this recipe incorporating my favorite complement to coconut: chocolate! This coconut chocolate chess pie makes a wonderfully rich dessert.

  • 5

    Sweet Tomato-Based Barbecue Sauce Recipe

    7 years ago

    This tomato-based barbecue sauce uses catsup instead of tomato sauce and the other ingredients combine to make it sweet and tart, spicy and smoky. Perfect for Brunswick stew or any other barbecue dish that needs a...

  • 4

    The Perfect Steak, Pt. 2: How to Cook a Steak

    7 years ago

    Morgan Davis has been perfecting his steak selection and cooking technique for a decade, and he spent over a year working at a high-end steak and chop house, Il Paradiso, in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. In this...

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    The Perfect Steak, Pt. 1: How to Pick a Steak Cut

    7 years ago

    Morgan Davis has been perfecting his steak selection and cooking technique for a decade, and he spent over a year working at a high-end steak and chop house, Il Paradiso, in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. In this...

  • 7

    Southern Pecan Pie Recipe

    7 years ago

    Pecans are uniquely American, and pecan pie is a well-loved Southern tradition. This recipe preserves the old-fashioned simple sweet and nutty flavor of traditional Southern pecan pie and teaches the tricks we have...

  • 10

    Perfect Pie Crust Recipe, or How to Make Pie Crust

    7 years ago

    The art of making a pie crust can be a very delicate affair. This well-tested recipe is very detailed and thoroughly explained for beginners with little experience, but also offers fine-tuned pie crust techniques for...

  • 2

    Homemade Pastry Mix Recipe

    7 years ago

    If you have made many pies or pastries, you know that the crust alone can be a challenge in and of itself. This basic homemade pastry mix is perfect for pies and pastries.

  • 4

    Creamy-Style Southern Coleslaw Recipe: A Great Barbecue Side

    7 years ago

    In the South, you can't have pulled-pork barbecue without a killer slaw. This creamy-style Southern coleslaw recipe goes very well with barbecue and of course complements many other main dishes as well.

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    Extraordinary Homemade Whipped Cream: Recipes, Tips & Tricks

    7 years ago

    Why buy canned whipped cream when it's so easy to make at home? Here are some tips and tricks to make your whipped cream exceptional. You certainly can't find fresh mint leaf whipped cream or whipped cream infused with...

  • 1

    Lead Poisoning: Why Washing Organic Foods Is Still Important

    7 years ago

    It is easy to assume that eating only organic foods will protect you and your children from all dangerous toxins, but there are still some contaminants that even organic goods cannot avoid. Lead is one such prominent...

  • 5

    Guacamole Recipe: A Fresh Avocado Treat

    7 years ago

    This delicious fresh guacamole dip has never failed to impress when we bring it to a potluck or party. This simple, classic recipe takes the delicious buttery taste of avocadoes and gives them a spicy bite with garlic,...

  • 2

    Chicken Contadina Recipe with Sausage and Peppers

    7 years ago

    This savory Southern Italian baked chicken dish, prepared with sausage, onions, peppers, and white wine, makes a delicious gourmet dinner for four.

  • 7

    How to Make Mashed Potatoes with Toasted Garlic: Recipe, Tips, and Tricks

    7 years ago

    A recipe for such a simple dish as mashed potatoes? Absolutely. A few slight deviations in preparation make the difference between an incredible, flavorful concoction and a bland, watery disaster. Try these tricks...

  • 6

    Breakfast Burrito Recipe

    7 years ago

    This is a delicious vegetarian twist on the traditional breakfast burrito, combining eggs, home-style potatoes, cheese, and several fresh toppings for a hearty, filling breakfast.

  • 10

    Mongolian Barbecue Stir-Fry Recipe for Beef or Tofu

    7 years ago

    This easy stir-fry is a Chinese restaurant favorite, traditionally made with beef strips stir-fried with onions, scallions, and peppers in a spicy sauce. This recipe will show you how to make the traditional version or...

  • 22

    Gourmet Omelette Recipe with Tips and Tricks

    7 years ago

    There are many techniques that can emphasize certain delicious qualities in an omelette. In this article, I will give you a basic recipe for an incredible omelette as well as tips to improve and change the taste and...

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    Barbecue Tempeh Sandwich Recipe

    7 years ago

    Barbecue tempeh sandwich with cold-slaw and potato chips Are you craving barbecue but don't eat meat? Do you want a quick vegan or vegetarian sandwich without using a pre-made veggie patty or veggie burger? This...

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    Cuban Sandwich Recipe: Grilled with Pork, Pickles, and Swiss Cheese

    7 years ago

    Like the Philly Cheesesteak, the Cuban Sandwich is quickly becoming an icon of Pop-Americana food culture. This unique grilled and pressed sandwich combines soft white bread with ham, pork roast, swiss cheese, and...

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    Grilled Pork Roast: An Impressive but Easy Dinner Party

    7 years ago

    Roasting a small, pre-marinated pork roast on the grill makes a delicious meal with surprisingly little effort. Add seasonal veggies and serve with salad for a simple dinner party.

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    Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

    7 years ago

    Delicious tart strawberries over old-fashioned shortcake like Grandma used to make, topped with homemade whipped cream. This dessert makes a wonderful spring and summer treat that will have you wishing that...

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    Asparagus Tofu Stir-Fry Recipe

    7 years ago

    If you are a fan of asparagus, you will love this simple but flavorful recipe using a savory marinade and brown garlic sauce.

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    How to Cook Tofu Like the Pros: Dry-fry and Marinate Method

    4 years ago

    If you are a vegetarian, you know it well--tofu disaster, slimy tofu dishes where the tofu has disintegrated into a flavorless mush. How do restaurants do it? My special method uses dry-frying and marinating,...

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    Roasted Vegetable Fajita Wraps Recipe

    7 years ago

    Combine the smoky flavor of roasted potatoes, bell peppers, carrots, onions, beets, and sweet potatoes with the refreshing taste of salsa, fresh greens, tomatoes, and sour cream to make these irresistible vegetarian...

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