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Pimento Cheese Queso Fundido with Chorizo

A spicy, cheesy queso fundido with chorizo sausage, pimento cheese, queso cheese, and fresh salsa, great for game day and tailgating. Y’all. Listen to me. You need to add this dip to your Superbowl menu because it is a cheesy, sausagey, spicy mix of WOW! and your friends and family will inhale it. I know, …

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Prosciutto Appetizer—Easy and Last Minute!

Prosciutto appetizer—this super easy appetizer made with prosciutto, arugula, and goat cheese can be made at the last minute or ahead of time! When you’re getting ready for a party, sometimes time slips aways and before you know it your guests are scheduled to arrive in 20 minutes. And you forgot to make an appetizer! …

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Prosciutto with Pears, Arugula, and Goat Cheese

This may be the easiest and tastiest appetizer ever! My friend Rita put this together a few weeks ago and we devoured them…while she was still working on putting it together! Salty prosciutto…tangy goat cheese…sweet, juicy ripe pears…you see where this is going…amazing! The only thing that would make it better would be to add …

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Fig Jam, Caramelized Onion, and Prosciutto Pizza

Yep. My kids are all three reading that title, making a face, and going, “Yuck!” They are a traditional pepperoni and cheese pizza bunch of carnivores and I don’t thing that’s going to change. And David is pretty much the same way. So for me, changing up pizza and putting weird stuff on it is limited to …

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Raspberry Brie Appetizer

Easy Raspberry Brie Appetizer that your guests will devour and come back for more! Just bake brie in a phyllo shell and top with raspberry preserves—simple yet elegant! Many times when we’re having a party, I will serve a fabulous, time-consuming main dish that I may spend hours getting ready. That means that the accompanying …

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Roasted Jalapeno Cilantro Pesto

You know something’s good when this is part of it…grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Add some roasted jalapeno peppers and fresh cilantro and well, you’ve created something amazing. Jalapeño cilantro pesto can be used to enhance fish, chicken, pork or even just vegetables. I’ve made it a couple of times over the summer and we have …

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Black Bean Salad with Cumin-Lime Dressing

Quick and easy Black Bean Salad with a Cumin Lime Vinaigrette makes lunch or dinner fast and nutritious! Years ago, the Atlanta Journal Constitution ran a column each week called the 5:30 challenge. The challenge was for cooks to send in recipes that could quickly be made after work—5 ingredients put together in 30 minutes. …

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Homemade Salsa with Canned Tomatoes

This easy restaurant style salsa is made with canned tomatoes and fresh peppers, onions, and garlic. Everything goes right in the blender or food processor and takes just minutes! It’s a favorite with our family and friends and keeps for days! Nothing tastes better than salsa made with fresh tomatoes, but when good tomatoes are …

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Fresh Cranberry Sauce with Orange Zest and Pineapple

Fresh cranberry sauce with orange zest, pineapple, and a little horseradish makes a great topping for turkey, ham, or pork.  I was several years into adulthood before I learned that cranberry sauce was actually made of real berries and not some form of gelatin. My experience with cranberry sauce was that of the jellied, quivering red …

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Light and Healthy Tuna Salad

Sometimes you just want to eat food that makes you feel like you’re doing something good for yourself. This tuna salad is on that list. With garbanzo beans, egg, tuna and no mayo, it’s a satisfying combination of flavors and textures that’s also chock full of nutrients. And it’s super easy and quick to pull together, perfect …

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Chicken Salad with Grapes

The best Chicken Salad with grapes, pecans, celery and a tangy mayo and sour cream dressing! This Chicken Salad will have your guests asking for more! Years ago, several ladies of my grandmother’s and mother’s acquaintance used to hold monthly meetings which they called UDC meetings, at which someone would read something, they would all discuss whatever it …

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