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 We’ve done the chicken wings, the cheese dip, the veggie platter and the sweet &  sour meatballs – but we need something else, something different. I don’t think I’m  alone when I say that new football game grub is in serious need. Let's just say,these  bacon-wrapped, sweet & savory aioli-topped potatoes are amazing   if Martha  Stewart and Bobby Flay had a baby, the child would be manifested through this  recipe, literally.

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Smells of the Season

 Christmas is just around the corner, meaning there are only two weekends left to  get your presents purchased, your stockings hung, and your menus planned.  Menus planned? Yes. There must be something in the water – because at our  house, food is the number one topic of discussion.

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Staying Cool and Eating Local

The vast array of Fourth of July parties are approaching, which means many people will be planning to start their festivities around lunch or mid-afternoon.  If you’re below a latitude of 36° N, this means one thing and one thing only, start strategizing!  You will need to keep cool, hydrated, and away from the sun’s harsh rays. One great way to do this is introduce a DIY Popsicle Bar to your event! 

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Charcuterie for the Soul

The charcuterie - a mini buffet of food items curated to you, your personality, your soul, and especially, your stomach.  Lately, this elaborate platter of delectables has made itself known as (not only) the simplest of food displays but also the most versatile.

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Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies with Whipped Lavender Honey

If you’re trying to enjoy the magnificent beauty of the spring, from behind windowpanes, bring some of springtime's best characteristics inside with you! These Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies, by www.livingbettertogether.com, combine the light, buttery, sweet, and floral aromas that this special season symbolizes.  Pair these deliciously delicate cookies with a cup of tea and a spread of Cloister Honey’s Whipped Lavender Honey – perfect for spring afternoons spent indoors, or on your screened-in porch. 

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Cranberry Sauce with Pinot Noir

Each year, I look forward to the fresh antioxidant-rich cranberry sauce. It cuts through the weight of the gravy and adds a kick to the smokey ham and buttery biscuits. Cranberry sauce recipes vary greatly from family to family – some are canned, some are fresh, some are peppered, and some are... wined?  This Oregon Cranberry Sauce with Pinot Noir is made with red wine, cloves, orange juice, peppercorns, and (of course) honey! Robust, bright, and juicy – this sauce will prove to be everyone’s favorite side dish year after year.

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Nobody Puts Butter in a Corner

 

Specially flavored butters can cut cooking time in half, add extra flavor to any dish, and impress your guests. These four butter combinations are from the amazing Russian aficionados at evilolivefood.com and are incredibly easy to make and delicious to schmear. Grab the whole family and make some butter!

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