Creamy Chicken Vegetable Soup

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This simple soup is warm comfort in a bowl.  Using frozen chicken tenderloins made it easier but a whole cut up chicken, simmered in the pot and then deboned, would add even more flavor.  The choice of herbs is yours.  I used poultry seasoning and a little additional sage.  Marjoram, thyme, rosemary and sage would [...]

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Holiday Treats

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    My favorite holiday treat isn’t a cookie, it’s a sugary confection called Divinity.  Light and airy and nearly nothing but sugar, it’s not something I’d eat all the time but that’s what makes it such a treat.  This recipe is a long-time family tradition.  Here’s the recipe, along with a couple of cookie [...]

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Beef Brisket

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Although my grill-master son (and I) would prefer to slow smoke this outdoors, the cooking low and slow in oven is a good substitute when the weather’s not the best for outdoor cooking.  As usual, I was feeding a small crowd so there’s a lot of meat here.  If you’re cooking less you’ll probably have [...]

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This Year’s Thanksgiving Menu Plan

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It seems like Thanksgiving has come up quickly this year.  Earlier this week it suddenly hit me that I better start thinking ahead.  I’m planning a pretty traditional dinner this year, sticking with tried-and-true dishes for the most part.  We’ll do two smaller birds, one shown here and one to be smoked by my son [...]

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Honey Lavender Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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An easy side that went very nicely with the Sweet Tea Brined Pork Tenderloin, sweet potatoes with a touch of sweet and a hint of lavender.  They’ll go well with chicken too. Sweet Potatoes, 3 or 4 Honey, about 1/3 cup Butter, 3 tablespoons Lavender, 1 teaspoon Salt and Pepper Preheat the oven to 350. [...]

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Sweet Tea Brined Pork Tenderloin with Raspberry Sauce

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There’s nothing like a weekend getaway for menu inspiration.  Wandering around and reading menus, eating at some really nice places and trying new things gives me ideas that I wouldn’t have thought of on my own.  Sweet Tea Brine is one of them.  Although I didn’t sample it, I came home and started looking for [...]

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