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Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce Recipe

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce Recipe

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This is a special recipe that goes out to all the squash haters out there. That’s because we have the recipe that will change your tune: creamy butternut squash pasta sauce. This creamy and decadent butternut squash sauce is a complete show stopper. It has an amazing sweet and salty flavor and the creaminess of […]

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Old Fashioned Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

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An old fashioned bread pudding is one of those old time-y desserts that you don’t see around too often anymore, and we feel that it deserves another shot at the lime light. It’s one of those super easy, ooey-gooey treats that is impossible not to like, especially with warm caramel sauce drizzled over the top. […]

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Roasted Squash with Cider Sauce

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I had an amazing vegetarian dish at Stoudt’s Brewery in Adamstown, Pennsylvania, on a recent visit. I am afraid they will rotate it off the menu and had to try my hand at it at home. Let’s be honest, when I made this Roasted Squash with Cider Sauce dish it was one of those days […]

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Break Bread, Make Marinara: The Little Black Dress of Recipes

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Spicy marinara sauce is a lovely thing to have on hand for last-minute, stress-free entertaining during the holidays. Delicious hot or cold, it can quickly be turned into a light snack or hearty meal. Breaking Tradition While marinara sauce is traditionally a topping for pasta, it works equally well as a dip or spread. Serve […]

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Breathtaking Fire: Cooking with Bird’s Eye Peppers

If you’ve ever tasted a Schezuan, Thai, or other Southeast Asian dish and come away with a just slightly sweet-noted burning that spread through your entire mouth without feeling greasy or cloying, chances are good you’ve just had an encounter with the phrik khi nu. Literally the “mouse dropping chili.” We Westerners have chosen to […]

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Overhead view of a pan of baked sweet potato sonker with a pitcher of milk dip on the side.

Sweet Potato Sonker with Milk Dip

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I am always charmed by quirkily named recipes, and Sweet Potato Sonker is a delight. Native to North Carolina, the sonker is a traditional dessert that is simply fruit or sweet potatoes in a luscious filling encased with pastry or dough, something akin to a deep dish pie or cobbler. It is set apart from […]

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Overhead view of a square pan of apple pandowdy surrounded by apples and a wooden rolling pin.

Apple Pandowdy Recipe with Yogurt Pastry Crust

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Old-fashioned desserts with quirky names always delight me, and this Apple Pandowdy Recipe is one of the best. Lusciously tender apples enveloped in a brown sugar sauce and topped with buttery pastry make a dessert of ultimate comfort and sublime deliciousness. The origins of the pandowdy go back to the early days of America, when […]

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Overhead view of an ooey gooey bar on a floral plate with a cup of tea brewing on the side.

Tea Treats for Two: Ooey Gooey Bars Recipe

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Sharing tea with a dear friend is always a good idea, especially when you have tea treats for two, like this ooey gooey bars recipe. There are times when restraint is in order, and saying no to dessert is a sensible option, but when you’re cozying in with a good friend for a long chat […]

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Something Other than Lemonade

When you envision the end of summer, sitting on your back porch or lounging on a friend’s veranda, you most likely envision a tall glass of lemonade in your hand as you chat about the latest gossip. However, if you are like me, the summer has been full of “not-so-bad” and mediocre lemonades that just […]

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Overhead view of a wooden table filled with plates of fancy grilled cheese sandwiches, cheeses, and spreads.

Fancy Grilled Cheese Ideas for Grownup People

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A grilled cheese tea party is pure comfort food fun, but with fancy grilled cheese ideas for grownup people, it becomes a festive celebration of good bread, divine cheese, and lusciously decadent extras. I’ve loved grilled cheese sandwiches since I was a little girl. Back then they were simple affairs, brown bread, butter, and cheddar […]

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Closeup of a mini chicken and waffles appetizer with honey mustard dipping sauce.

Mini Chicken and Waffles Appetizer with Two Dipping Sauces

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Chicken and waffles is a well-loved American classic, there’s no doubt. However, we decided to give this homey southern dish more than one fun new twist that will make it the biggest a hit at your next party or potluck. First, we made this entree into an easy-to-handle mini chicken and waffles appetizer. Then we […]

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Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Apricot Chicken with Goat Cheese Appetizers

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At Plum Deluxe we are always looking for fun and unique new appetizers to brighten up summer events. This grilled apricot chicken recipe with bacon and goat cheese has a lot going on, but all the flavors blend together wonderfully to create a real party for the taste buds. It’s a great addition to any […]

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The Wonders of the Spaghetti Squash

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When it comes to things that I look forward to in the fall and winter, spaghetti squash is at the top. If you have not heard of spaghetti squash let me enlighten you to its wonders and versatility. The spaghetti squash is an oblong seed-bearing variety of winter squash. Most of the time it is […]

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Five Weird Korean Foods To Try in Seoul

Korea has deep passion for food. Our ancestors have developed many levels of food, which today are available in several forms, from modern and expensive restaurants to street vendors and stalls. Most of this food is not “hardcore” at all to Koreans but it might to some of you who travel to Korea – weird […]

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Three coconut praline pecans sit on a floral plate in front of a mug of tea and a plate full of pecans.

Sweet & Crunchy Coconut Praline Pecans

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While a slice of pecan pie may be a mighty fine thing, indeed, sometimes you want a bite-size something that’s even better than pie, like coconut praline pecans. These little morsels are truly decadent, with buttery coconut and crunchy pecan pieces smothered in a rich syrup that hardens into a divine, melt-in-your-mouth (not in your […]

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Three mini napoleons are arranged on a blue floral plate with a teapot and cup of tea in the background.

Trio of Mini Desserts for a Tea Party

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Making dessert for a get-together is always delightful, but making mini desserts for a tea party is pure, unadulterated fun. I don’t know what it is about miniature desserts that are so endearing, but I love them. From perfectly iced petit fours in a rainbow of pastels to tiny cream tarts topped with even tinier […]

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We decided to take this classic and dress it up to make a fancy mac and cheese recipe just for adults with a blend of creamy cheeses, paprika, and bacon.

Fancy Mac and Cheese Recipe for Your Grownup Party Needs

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Who doesn’t love macaroni and cheese? It’s an age-old classic that many of us have fond memories of from childhood. But who says that mac and cheese has to be relegated to the kids table? We decided to take this classic and dress it up to make a fancy mac and cheese recipe just for […]

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Classy Tea Party Catering: Mini Croque Monsieurs

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Here at Plum Deluxe, there’s no denying our obsession with all things French. French food, while not the easiest to master, always impresses. You don’t have to go all out, though — and today, we’re going to show you an easy, straightforward French classic that will have your next special occasion feeling classy and chic, […]

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A Party-Pleasing Twist on Pizza Night: BBQ Chicken Pizza Calzone Recipe

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This feature and recipe was brought to you by KC Masterpiece® BBQ Sauce. As the weather warms up, party invitations are filling my inbox left, right, and center. I’m loving it – good weather is always a good excuse for a party. We talk a lot here at Plum Deluxe about party themes, and one […]

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a bowl of cocktail meatballs covered in sauce sits in the foreground while spicy popcorn and marinated olives and cheese rest in the background

Three Easy Snacks to Bring to a Party

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We have all had that moment: You’re headed out to a party and suddenly it dawns on you that you’ve completely forgotten to bring any kind of dish to share. Now, it’s always ok to show up with a bottle of wine to share as well, but sometimes you just need a last-minute party snack. […]

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Dark Chocolate Nut Squares Recipe with Buttermilk Caramel Drizzle

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Sometimes when the weather is cold, dark, and dreary, you need a little something decadent to brighten the day and put a smile on your face. This recipe for Dark Chocolate Nut Squares with Buttermilk Caramel Drizzle is just the ticket for such occasions. Easy to make, yet melt-in-your-mouth delectable, they’re a lovely combination of […]

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3 Great Chicken Recipes to Excite Your Palate

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It’s chicken. Nothing ground-breaking or earth-shattering or otherwise monumental. Just good ol’ chicken, that staple of American diets everywhere. So blasé. Or is it? This week we’re sharing some chicken recipes you’ll definitely want to write home about, praise to the skies, and serve up at your next dinner party. So pull on your apron, […]

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How to Throw a Back Porch Pizza Party

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This feature was brought to you by Stonefire Authentic Flatbreads. Who doesn’t love a good pizza party? This well-loved tradition is perfect for everything from large gatherings to intimate date nights. No pizza oven? No problem. We’ll get a little help from some yummy pre-made, stone oven-baked crusts. Set the Scene This is so not […]

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3 Beer Cocktails to Set Your Summer Scene

Beer: it isn’t just for hipsters and microbrew mavens anymore. This trio of recipes will introduce you to the alchemy that happens when you mix a brewski with various other ingredients you might never have thought compatible. You can use your favorite beers in these cocktails, but remember that their flavors will be layered with […]

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Soup’s On! 3 Soup Recipes to Warm Your Body and Comfort Your Soul

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Have you had enough of winter yet? We have! Our Portland office has seen lots of rain, ice, and even a few inches of snow, while our East Coast editors have been buried under over a foot of powder. And while we know spring is on its way, we’re noshing on some of our favorite […]

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Glamorous Grilling: Creating the Perfect Outdoor Meal

Let’s face it, we want to make cooking tasty and fuss-free while the days are long and the warm temps get us outdoors. ‘Tis the season for the heart of the home to move onto the back porch, where the grill is the go-to to keep the house cool and the cleanup easy. I’m going […]

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Three French Toast Toppings to Brighten Your Day

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Cold winter days positively beg for warming breakfasts that delight the heart as much as the belly. These three toppings for French toast are pure decadence that will brighten your morning and give a hint of summer days to come. Before you dig in, be sure to brew up a pot of Breakfast in Bed […]

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tea smoked chicken

Start a New Tradition with Tea Smoked Chicken

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Smoking is a simple way to transform any cut of meat, and smoking with tea adds an extra special twist that gives poultry a distinctive Asian flavor. Although smoking with tea is traditionally used for cooking a whole duck, it works equally well with duck breasts, chicken pieces, or, for a family supper or dinner […]

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Vanilla Self-Saucing Pudding Cake

Vanilla Self-Saucing Pudding Cake

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When it comes to comfort food desserts, few things beat a self-saucing pudding cake. It’s like a bit of magic the way boiling water poured over cake batter transforms into a moist, tender cake with a lusciously creamy, pudding-like sauce on the bottom. Add a drizzle of fresh cream or a dollop of ice cream […]

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Crispy Almond Crusted Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

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So, guys, I have a food addiction. Specifically, an addiction to almonds. I want to eat all. the. almonds. Salty, spicy, sweet, savory — give me all the almonds! (It’s even in my tea.) It’s gotten to the point where I’ve been wondering if I have some sort of dietary deficiency because I’m craving them so much. And […]

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Taco Tortilla Soup with Tabasco Chipotle Topping

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This feature was brought to you by TABASCO. Here at Plum Deluxe, we love soup — so much, we have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to it. Personally, one of my favorites is tortilla soup. It’s sort of like taco night, but you can use a spoon. This recipe is my own spin on the […]

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Ramen to Remember: A Phở Inspired Dinner Party

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Ramen noodles may well be the last ingredient you think of when planning a dinner party menu. After all, cellophane packets of noodle bricks and mystery spices do not exactly scream out “classy” and “memorable meal.” It’s unfortunate, for all it takes to turn this humble ingredient into something spectacular is letting it take center […]

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Good Things Come in Threes: An Awesome Autumn Party Platter

This feature was brought to you by Hillshire Brand Company in collaboration with Pollinate Media Group™. I don’t know about you, but each year I find autumn to be quite hectic; summer is over, and we try to fit in as many regularly scheduled activities as humanly possible before the holidays hit and schedules go […]

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Mac and Cheese, Please!

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Macaroni and Cheese, better known as “mac n’ cheese,” is more than a satisfying comfort food. For many of us, it’s a memory of eating it as a child and then growing up to still love it. While a classic mac n’ cheese is great on its own, you’ll often find the noodles and cheese […]

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The Unpretentious Guide to French Cuisine

French cuisine is all too often tied to precision, perfection, and pretention. And while the cuisine itself is extremely detail-oriented, there’s no reason to get as intense about where to eat it. While there are more fancy French restaurants than you can count in Paris (and probably in your town too), there are just as […]

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Closeup view of a plate of sliced chicken breast covered in a tea marinade for chicken.

Spicy Tea Marinade for Chicken

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Chicken is such a wonderfully versatile thing, perfectly suited to a variety of marinades — such as our Spicy Comfort Blend Tea Marinade for Chicken. Far too often, tea is relegated to the realm of Hot Drink Only, but it can be used in so many other creative and delicious ways. With its delicate aromas […]

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chai infused apple butter recipe

Chai Infused Apple Butter

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As we move into fall, apples are becoming available in abundance. Every year we like to do what we can to preserve their amazing flavor during its peak. Aside from the usual crumbles (like this Spicy Orange Apple Crumble), coffee cakes, and pies (or almost pies) we also like to put away a few jars […]

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Backyard Picnic Recipes

Backyard Picnic Recipes With a Twist

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Summer is such a lovely time of year for picnics. The sun filtering through the trees, cool breezes blowing in off a lake or pond, or the simple bliss of your own backyard with ample shade and a patch of grass to spread a blanket. A backyard picnic can be just as fun as one […]

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Salted Caramel Rice Krispies Treats

Salted Caramel Rice Krispies Treats

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Salted Caramel Rice Krispies take a simple, sweet standby and turn it into a fragrant, swoon-worthy treat. The best part is, it only takes a wee bit more effort than traditional Rice Krispies. One Treat, Three Methods There are several ways you can make these beauties, and it all starts with the irresistible buttery sauce […]

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Easy and Delicious: “Plum” Wheel Lasagna Recipe

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I LOVE LASAGNA. No, really… I love lasagna. It’s so amazing and delicious, I could eat it every day. Yet, I never seem to have the time to make it. I work 40+ hours a week, and for 9 months out of the year I’m a full time student, too. Lasagna is one of those […]

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Slow-Cooked Summer: 3 Crock Pot Meals to Get You Through the Heat

It is too hot to cook. Like, seriously, you’d rather slum it with a box of ice pops and deal with the sugar rush than turn on your oven. However, since it’s not exactly feasible to subsist entirely on popsicles for the summer, here are our top three easy, delicious crock pot meals to sate […]

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Cooking With a Coffee Kick

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Joe, java, jitter juice, nectar of the gods, lifeblood — whatever you call it, we like our coffee. In the morning, it makes daylight bearable. On the road or on deadline, it keeps things moving. And it’s not just for drinking. Coffee has long been a popular flavor enhancer in both sweet (think tiramisu) and […]

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Relax, Baby: The Best Brunch Cocktail Recipes (with a Twist)

Why is brunch the best meal of the week? Because you can’t get it wrong. You can wear pajamas or pearls. Want dessert with your eggs? You got it! Want a cocktail or two with your French toast? Super! Brunch understands. Brunch just wants you to be happy. And that’s why brunch rules. Spiked and […]

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From Simple to Splendid: 5 Things You Can Do With Frozen Bread Dough

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Frozen bread dough is a wonderfully versatile staple to have tucked away in the freezer for parties, casual get togethers, or a simple night in with a few close friends. Once the dough is thawed it can be kneaded, twisted, folded, and shaped into myriad tasty morsels to serve as appetizers with a glass of […]

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Feasting On Chocolate: A Foodie’s Guide to Chocolate Pairings

Chocolate and romance are a likely couple. So, why not devote a whole day to feasting on the luxurious aphrodisiac with your beloved? Let’s look at some ideas for a day of decadence certain to make your sweetheart swoon. Breakfast – Chocolate with Bread and Bacon To start your day, whip up a batch of […]

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Japanese Home Cooking

Japan is famous for raw fish and noodles, but many people don’t realize that Japan’s cuisine offers a far wider variety of dishes. Look around any Japanese town and you will find small restaurants offering home style cooking. If you’re looking for comfort food, then these restaurants are the place to start. They also have […]

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Foodie's Guide to Rochester, New York

I know what you’re thinking: food? Rochester?  But Rochester really does a great job of offering some fantastic food, much of it sourced and prepared from local ingredients.  You’ll also find friendly service and great venues full of atmosphere – with decent prices.  So I couldn’t resist sharing with you the best of the best […]

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Eat Your Tea: Burmese Tea Leaf Salad Recipe

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Myanmar is a country that uses “have you eaten?” as a greeting rather than “hello,” so you know that good food is a cultural priority. It was there this summer that I stumbled upon my latest food obsession, and your next culinary adventure: the Burmese Tea Leaf Salad. Also known as lahpet thoke in Burmese, […]

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Mugs full of soup and fried onions are arranged on a wooden table along with a plate of grated cheese and fresh onions.

Two Dinner Party Soups to Comfort Your Soul

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While it’s fun to plan a lavish dinner party with all the trimmings, sometimes comfort food is in order, and dinner party soups fit the bill beautifully. From Macaroni and Cheese Soup with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and springy Curried Pea Soup to Thick and Savory Broccoli Stilton Soup or Caramelized Carrot Sweet Potato Soup, the […]

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Parmesan Rind Soup

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Freshly grated Parmesan cheese is one of those ingredients that can very quickly make a dish seem fancier. Not only does it add complexity of flavor, but it’s also pretty. The flakes of savory cheese waft down onto a pile of pasta with delicious homemade sauce, or atop a soup for a little something different. […]

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Here are nine ways to use leftover champagne that will elevate even the unfizziest of forgotten bubbly to its rightful place at your table.

9 Ways to Use Leftover Champagne

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Leftover champagne — like albino alligators, total solar eclipses, and finding a parking spot at the mall on the Saturday before Christmas — is rare, but it does happen. While no one plans for leftover champagne, you might find yourself in the predicament of opening several bottles of bubbly for, say, a holiday party, and […]

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Tea Brined Chicken Wings to Up Your Grilling Game

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These are not your typical chicken wings. First off, they are not breaded or fried, or slathered with sauce or served with a mandatory side of blue cheese dip. (Not that we will hold it against you if you love blue cheese, we are pretty partial as well, it’s just not mandatory in this case.) […]

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balsamic beet salad

Beet It: Balsamic Beet Salad

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Beets are one of those unique vegetables that you either love or hate; there’s very rarely anyone on the fence about the flavor of beets. Touted as “nature’s candy,” this vibrant purple root vegetable generally has a bright and very sweet flavor. Beets have such a rich color that they have often been used to […]

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Tuscan Bean Soup Recipe

Warm + Comforting Tuscan Bean Soup Recipe

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As we move toward the start of winter we also move into one of the most hectic times of the year. With the holidays right around the corner we are all a little too busy to spend the time making the slow-cooked, warm, and comforting dishes that we are also craving this time of year. […]

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Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Mushrooms, Spinach, & Rice

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Squash is one of those quintessential autumn foods that, here in the US, we have all come to recognize. It comes in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, making for some very fun and festive vegetables, often used not only in cuisine but also as decorations during the holidays. One of our favorite […]

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All-Occasion Maple Mixed Nut and Seed Tarts

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Typically when one thinks of tarts, they imagine something along the lines of a buttery crust, a custard-like filling and berries, or fruit of some sort. The reality is that the world of tarts is a vast and wild place, with every imaginable flavor and texture possibility. But why corner yourself with the usual berry […]

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Savory Butternut Squash Casserole

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I am seriously in love with butternut squash — I cannot get enough, and I’m telling myself it is healthier than a starchy potato. But, I’m not a fan of traditional butternut squash with the marshmallows (which is basically corn syrup) — too sweet. Pinterest has been tantalizing me with a variety of savory butternut […]

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3 Hair of the Dog Cocktails for Celebratory Recovery

Hair of the dog cocktails are not to be confused with brunch cocktails. The primary difference? While brunch cocktails are civil and mannered, encouraging enthusiastic dining and convivial conversation, hair of the dog cocktails aim to facilitate basic speech and the ability to make eye contact without crying. Simply speaking, they offer more of the […]

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Americana Food and Wine Pairings for Summer Party Perfection

There’s nothing more American than a BBQ or summer picnic. Whether you are a planning something on the backyard grill or a picnic under the trees or at the beach, here are some delicious (and affordable) state-side wines to give you that perfect pairing for an all-American celebration. For Hot Dog Traditionalists Wine with dogs? […]

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A Pantry Picnic: Get Up and Go with 10 Items or Less

We’ve finally put that long, cold winter behind us and some of the best days to get outside are ahead of us! Before you head out on the next beautiful afternoon to soak up some blue sky and green grass, take a look in your pantry and fridge to put together an easy and budget-friendly […]

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Holiday Free for All: An Allergen-friendly Recipe Roundup

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Here at Plum Deluxe, we talk quite a bit about dealing with food allergies and preferences. That could be because quite a few of our staff members have them! And no matter your reasons for eating the way you do, everyone deserves something delicious. Whether you’re playing host or being a guest this holiday season, […]

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Treats with Hidden Treasures: 5 Surprising Desserts

Searching through my Danish rice pudding for a hidden almond every Christmas has been a beloved tradition ever since I was a little girl, but until recently I had no idea that other cultures had hidden trinkets in some of their festive foods as well. Almond Rice Pudding Many Scandinavians close their Christmas feast with […]

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Panna Cotta Three Ways: Mango with Pistachios, Roasted Plums, and Prickly Pear Confiture

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Panna Cotta is a well-known Italian dessert, but it’s also one of the easiest Italian dishes to prepare. It’s as simple as making jello. You heat the cream, sugar, and vanilla, stir in the gelatin and let it sit. Now, what you decide to do with this creamy, decadent dish is up to you. I’m […]

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chicken bruschetta pizza

Elegant Party Pleaser: Slow-Cooked Chicken Bruschetta Pizza Recipe

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Today’s recipe was brought to you by Kraft Recipe Makers. I don’t know about you, but I love pizza, and I love experimenting with different toppings and flavor combinations. I also think, if you take the time to do something unique and interesting, pizza can be a great dinner party entree. Lots of people shy […]

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Flavored Butters: Impress Your Guests with this Easy Upgrade

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This 4th of July when all your friends and family are at your place for a backyard cookout, serve up a spectacular spread with the help of flavored butters. Also known as compound butters, flavored butters are the easy way to make everything that comes off your grill as appetizing and delicious as the food […]

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A Hawaiian’s Guide to Eating Pineapple (With Recipes!)

You don’t have to travel to Hawaii to get a taste of the islands; pineapples are one of the rare imported fruits that travel well, so pick one up at your local grocery store and enjoy bringing a little stay-cation into your daily routine. Keep reading for all you need to know about picking and […]

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Southwest Three Cheese Mac with Crispy Parmesan Cauliflower

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Today’s feature is brought to you by KRAFT. Who doesn’t love a little help in the kitchen from time to time? Recently, we discovered KRAFT Fresh Take, a one-two combo that features a packet of grated cheese and a packet of seasoned breadcrumbs. We’ve been using these in all sorts of recipes, and you’ll be […]

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World Famous Sandwiches: Never Met A Sandwich I Didn’t Like

I love a good sandwich – maybe it’s a guy thing, but there is nothing better than two slices of bread piled high with tasty fillings and all the trimmings stuffed inside. I’ve found fabulous sandwiches in countries around the world, but here are some world famous sandwiches that you won’t be able to turn […]

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Foodie's Guide to Highland Lakes, Texas

The Highland Lakes region of Texas, just north of Austin,  is a superb place to enjoy pristine lakes, photograph amazing vistas, and explore numerous state parks. With so many activities to pursue, it is a good idea to keep the body fueled up at all times, and you had better believe that Texans take food […]

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Foodie's Guide to Halifax

Off on Canada’s eastern coast, Halifax might be a little off the beaten path, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a good meal while you’re there. In fact, it might be one of Canada’s tastiest cities – you’ll see hints of Quebec food and cuisine that rivals some of the best food in Vancouver […]

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Foodies Guide to Sao Paulo, Brazil

Editor’s Note:  Special thanks to Marco and Bruno Lucarelli for help compiling this amazing list of the best Sao Paulo restaurants!  Their foodie advice and Brazilian cuisine wisdom is much appreciated. In 2004, Food and Wine magazine called Sao Paulo the country’s glamour capital, highlighting the fact that foodies were flocking to Brazil to sample […]

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Good Morning: Breakfast Around the World

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day – I often have it for lunch or dinner. At least when I’m home, that is – it’s hard to order a round of pancakes (or is it flapjacks?) in a foreign port after noon. But when I travel, this is one meal I don’t miss. Sometimes, […]

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Foodie’s Guide to Amsterdam

High season is approaching here in Europe, and hopefully many of you will be finding your way to Amsterdam, one of my favourite cities and a place very special to me.  Despite being a great place for shopping, the city is a gustatory paradise, and if you are “in the know” (and avoid the terrible […]

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Overhead view of an Irish apple cake with a slice cut out of it. The slice sits on a gray plate to the side.

Irish Apple Cake Recipe for Afternoon Tea

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The Irish are nearly as well known for their afternoon tea as the English are, so it only makes sense that they have their own take on afternoon tea accompaniments. This Irish Apple Cake is a perfect example of that; it’s a much more rustic and authentically Irish-style cake than the delicate style of cakes […]

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Overhead view of a slice of chocolate orange tart on a dark blue floral plate surrounded by a colorful cloth, a cup of tea, the rest of the tart on a white and blue plate, and a bowl of oranges.

Chocolate Orange Tart with Shortbread Crust

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Sometimes a decadent dessert is just the thing for sharing with a dear friend or celebrating the end of a rough day, and this chocolate orange tart would be a welcome sight for either occasion. This tart is deceptively simple to make, but its layers of flavors and textures make it an elegant companion for […]

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What Is Holy Basil Good For?

If you’ve ever heard of holy basil, you’ve probably wondered what exactly makes it so holy. While it has no moral superiority over other types of basil, it does have some great health benefits that have made it a popular medicinal herb for thousands of years. Whether it be preventing a cough, flavoring a cup […]

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