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Overhead view of three tea party salads on brightly colored floral plates on a wooden table, surrounded by greens.

3 Tea Party Salads for Your Next Soiree

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Tea parties are delightful with their platters of cookies, sweet scones, and tender cakes, but now and then it’s nice to have a healthier version replete with gorgeous tea party salads that delight the eye as well as the taste buds. Just because a tea party features salads instead of desserts does not mean that […]

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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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Overhead view of a shepherd's pie with cauliflower mash, surrounded by its component parts: beef gravy, green peas, and cauliflower mash.

Hearty Party Fare: Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower Mash

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As the days shorten and temperatures plummet, comfort foods like shepherd’s pie with cauliflower mash are just the ticket for warming the bones and cheering the soul. Shepherd’s Pie, often misspelled “shepards pie,” is a lovely dish made up of three layers that combine beautifully and make for hearty party fare with friends on a […]

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Overhead view of a roasted strawberry beet salad with balsamic dressing.

Roasted Strawberry Beet Salad

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Around here we love strawberries, and we love beets. They are both naturally sweet and delicious, which makes them extra special in our book. So when the idea popped up to combine these ingredients using a couple of our favorite recipes, we were totally on board and this roasted strawberry beet salad was born. Using […]

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Arugula Salad with Candied Pecans

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Lettuce can be downright boring all by itself, but with a bit of imagination, it can be transformed into something not just delicious, but truly decadent. This recipe for arugula salad with candied pecans is one way to launch a plain old salad from simple to divine. Lettuce Any lettuce can be made delectable with […]

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Two Different Pasta Salads Your Party Guests Will Never Forget 

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Pasta salad is possibly one of our most favorite dishes to bring to a party. However, we are not talking about the tired old tricolor pasta salad with Italian dressing, cheese, and some vegetables. You know the one — it shows up at every event and it’s good, but that is not the pasta salad […]

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side view of a slice of squash quiche on a brown and white toile plate

Savory Squash Quiche with Spinach and Gruyere

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Quiche is a long-loved brunch staple, and with good reason: It is easy to prepare, healthy, and typically delicious. Additionally, it’s incredibly easy to switch up the main ingredients based on what you have on hand or what’s in season. This time of year squash tends to be the star of the show, so we […]

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Curried Pea Soup for Zest and Warmth

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As the dark days of winter get colder, I like to add warming spices to nearly everything I make, including that nourishing stand-by, pea soup. Pea soup often gets a bad rap with its insipid color and distinct lack of zing. But this curried pea soup, made with frozen or fresh peas instead of dried […]

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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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This Broccoli Stilton Soup recipe is rich and thick and savory, a wonderful soup to warm the cockles and nourish the soul.

Thick and Savory Broccoli Stilton Soup

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There are certain soups that beg for a cold wintry day to truly strut their stuff, and Broccoli Stilton Soup is one of them. Rich and thick and savory, it is a wonderful soup recipe to warm the cockles and nourish the soul. Gather Comforting Ingredients Stilton cheese is a beautiful blue cheese, creamy and […]

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Throw a joyous celebration for your friends and family with the following Kwanzaa recipes and party ideas.

Kwanzaa Recipes for a Joyous Celebration

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Kwanzaa, observed from December 26th to January 1st, is a relatively young holiday. It celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2016. The seven-day celebration highlights seven principals: unity, self-determination, responsibility, community, purpose, creativity, and faith. Throw a joyous Kwanzaa celebration for your friends and family with the following Kwanzaa recipes and party ideas. Seasonal Colors The […]

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Slow Cooker Bouef Bourgignon

Slow Cooker Bouef Bourgignon with Honey Thyme Cornbread

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Slow cooker bouef bourgignon has got to be one of the best comfort food meals around, and when you pair it with a thick slab of honey thyme cornbread slathered in homemade honey butter, it’s time to let the swooning commence. Slow cooked foods are such a delight to make, especially when meat is involved; the […]

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Mulled Wine & Pizza Party with Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Mulled Wine & Pizza Party with Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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Wine and pizza are a classic pairing, but as fall rolls in we thought it would be fun to kick it up a notch by combining homemade mulled wine and pizza to create a fun fall pizza party. It’s the perfect last-chance way to finish up the outdoor entertaining season. With the beautiful fall colors […]

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Sweet Potato Nachos

Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos with Avocado Crema

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Nachos are one of our favorite summer dishes. They can be anything from an appetizer to a whole meal depending on how involved you want to get. They are completely customizable and make a great addition to your next cook-out menu. We love these Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos because they are a little on the […]

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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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Three Creative Crepe Recipes

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The first time I went to Paris, I was on the tightest of tight budgets, so I skipped the fancy restaurants and lived on crepes (and quiche) from street vendors. I’ve been in love with crepes ever since. Not the thick, rubbery ones sometimes passed off as crepes, but the thin, delicate, slightly sweet ones […]

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smoking for beginners

Simple Smoking: Meats, Cheeses, and More

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There is something about smoking foods that gives them added depth, flavor, and wonderful fragrance. Whether it’s a hotdog roasted over the fire or sausages smoked over applewood chips, adding smoke brings pleasure and variety to the simplest of foods. Never smoked food before but want to try? Here’s our guide to simple smoked meats, […]

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tea brined chicken wings

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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2 Savory Vegetables Tarts with Gluten Free Crust

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I’m a big fan of savory tarts. Not simply because they’re delicious, but because they’re endlessly versatile, easy to make, and they work equally well with regular or gluten-free crusts. Here are two vegetarian tart recipes perfect for brunch or your next tea time. The Crust Savory tarts start with a par-baked crust that becomes […]

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A Trio of Unusual Root Vegetable Soup Recipes

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Rain fell beautifully this morning as I fried onions and peeled potatoes and collected the things I needed to make soups with unusual root vegetables. While most of us are familiar with carrots, turnips, beets, and taters, there are some other less familiar but equally wonderful root veggies that taste marvelous and work brilliantly in […]

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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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sweet savory pierogi

Sweet and Savory Pierogi

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Since I moved away from Canada at 16, I have been homesick for those beautiful pillows of dumpling heaven: pierogi. Pierogi are thin circles of soft dough filled with something delicious, folded, sealed, boiled, and tossed in melted butter or bacon grease. They’re blissful comfort food on cold winter nights, and have the benefit of […]

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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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wild rice lentil salad recipe

Warming Winter Wild Rice and Lentil Salad

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What is a winter salad, you ask? That’s a very good question and, truth be told, we aren’t really sure ourselves — but we’re going with it because it sounds like fun. Yes, I just described a salad as fun. With Thanksgiving and Christmas and all of the holiday get-togethers, we are pretty much surrounded […]

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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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gluten free chicken dumplings

Gluten Free Chicken and Dumplings

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As rain pours down this morning, I’m dreaming of gluten free chicken and dumplings for lunch. And maybe dinner, too. If you’re looking for comfort and sheer pleasure in a dish, this is one that ticks both boxes every time. Start With the Broth A pot of good chicken and dumplings always starts with an […]

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Tuna Stuffed Tomato Melts

Tuna Stuffed Tomato Melts

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The tuna melt is an American classic, something that nearly everyone is familiar with. Basically it is a simple open-faced sandwich typically made with tuna and melted cheese — an easy-to-make, inexpensive, and delicious dish that has really stood the test of time. Here at Plum Deluxe we can’t leave well enough alone; we love […]

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honey thyme quiche recipe

Savory and Sweet: Honey Thyme Quiche with Chicken and Cheddar Recipe

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One of the best things about quiche is the opportunity to mix and match ingredients and flavorings to create a range of tastes. Although quiche is usually savory, it certainly doesn’t need to be. A delectable mix of sweet and savory flavors can help the quiche transcend its humble origins. There are many savory dishes […]

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An Art Night Party with a Tasty Cauliflower Chicken Pizza Recipe

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We recently moved into a new house, and keeping up with all of the repairs and new-to-you house maintenance has kept us from hanging up all our art. Art makes such a big difference for bare walls, even if they’re painted – a fact I can attest to now that we’ve finally got ours up! […]

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Warm Recipes for Cool Weather Picnics

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Even when the weather cools, outdoor feasting need not be abandoned. Instead of lingering long over summer night barbecues, embrace the golden warmth of an autumn afternoon and head to the woods or fields for a picnic. Gone is the time for sandwiches, salads, and ice cream. In its place is a welcome for all […]

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tuna pea risotto

Comforting Supper: Tuna Risotto Recipe with Peas + Fresh Lemon

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Everyone has their own comfort food, but if you’re looking for a comforting dinner that’s still healthy and relatively easy to put together, this Tuna Risotto recipe with peas and fresh lemon makes for a great choice, and it’s not quite as heavy as other dishes. Peas are a classic risotto pairing, but today, let’s […]

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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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Sunday Supper: Citrus Chicken

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This feature was brought to you by Foster Farms® , who just debuted Simply Raised antibiotic-free and Organic lines of fresh chicken. All Foster Farms’ fresh chicken products are locally grown to the West Coast and American Humane Certified™. Sunday Supper was a ritual in my childhood household. An opportunity for us to gather, reflect […]

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coconut vegetarian curry

Butternut Squash & Cauliflower Curry with Naan and Creamy Coconut Rice

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This feature was brought to you by Stonefire Authentic Flatbreads. I was just saying the other day that although I’m not a vegetarian, when it comes to curries, I prefer to go veggie. Tofu and vegetables taste so good in a curry as they soak up those rich spices and flavors. While sometimes curries can […]

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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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pesto chicken lasagne recipe

Party Pesto Chicken Lasagne Recipe

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When it comes to dinner party fare, pasta recipes are easy, being fairly forgiving to the host when mishaps arise and usually a welcome entree to guests. One of my favorites is lasagne, but sometimes I think, “Oh, that’s just too much work.” I was recently at the International Food Bloggers Conference and got some […]

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3 Tea-Infused Quinoa Recipes

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Nutrition-packed quinoa has become an everyday ingredient, but you can take it into the realm of the extraordinary by cooking it in tea rather than plain water.   Quinoa is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids, double the fiber of most other grains, and significant amounts of iron, lysine, magnesium, riboflavin, and […]

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Tandoori Spice Crusted Chicken Recipe

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Chicken is one of my favorite meats to work with — I adore crusty, crunchy chicken. But deep frying a few slices of chicken isn’t always the best solution. If you’re getting tired of roast chicken, try this crusted chicken recipe using tandoori spice potato chips! Specifically, I’m using Tandoori Spice Naan Crisps from Stonefire. […]

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One Pot Meal Recipe: Easy Sausage Delight (Hamburger Helper Copycat)

One Pot Meal Recipe: Easy Sausage Delight

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This feature was brought to you by Hillshire Brands and Safeway. We know that some nights, an extravagant dinner party spread is just not possible, especially on those late weeknights. But having a hot, home cooked meal with a glass of wine is such a great way to end a hard day. I suspect, if you’re […]

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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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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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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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Coconut: A Summer Indulgence for Cooking and Health

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Unless a localvore lives in a tropical climate, coconut will not be on their plate. With the love of all things local trending (which tickles me pink), we’ve gotta make wiggle room for some things, don’tcha think? Indulgence is necessary (someone noteworthy must have said that), and coconut seems to fit the bill. It’s the […]

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Lunch Is In the Backyard: A Beginner’s Guide to Foraging

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I’m not what you’d call a survivalist; living off the land Bear Grylls-style has never been my thing. I mean, I like grocery stores as much as the next person. However, the idea that there could be delicious, edible, and free eats outside, all around me, without my ever knowing it — well, that’s just […]

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cedar plank salmon recipe

Grilling Recipe: Cedar Planked Salmon with Quinoa and Grilled Kale

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Seafood is one of my favorite cuisines, but cooking it can be intimidating. That’s why I am glad one of my favorite fish, salmon, is one of the easiest to prepare. For your next date night or dinner party, give your guest the star treatment with this wonderful entree that is easy to prep and […]

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My Big Lesson Learned from America’s Worst Cooks (and a Homemade Pot Pie Recipe)

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It may be no secret to you, but I’m a big fan of cooking. From shows like Julia Child’s “The Art of French Cooking” and PBS’s “America’s Test Kitchen” to the Fannie Farmer, Better Crocker, and Martha Stewart cookbooks and from Emerill’s “Bam!” to Rachael’s “Yum-o!” I’m a cooking fiend when it comes to delightful […]

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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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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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Pork and Sauerkraut Reimagined: German Dinner Party Perfection

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The image of German food being heavy and unsophisticated sticks to the cuisine like skin to bratwurst. It would not be your first choice to serve at a dinner party, right? Well, German cuisine is much more than pork with mounds of sauerkraut and potatoes to be washed down with beer. Unbeknownst to most people, […]

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Recipe: Tuna Taco Bowls with Cilantro Lime Rice

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Today’s feature was brought to you by Ocean Naturals Premium Tuna in collaboration with Collective Bias. I do love, love tuna – so much so that I’ve been known to eat it right out of the can (although I’ve always felt a bit like a cat doing that). I never do anything interesting with tuna, […]

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Simply Elegant Date Night Menu: Butternut Squash Risotto + Salted Chocolate Tart

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This feature was brought to you by Frei Brothers Reserve. Although my current home is Portland, Oregon, I have always said my spiritual home is Amsterdam.  There is just something special about enjoying a glass of wine or hot coffee while looking out over those shimmering waterways, the twinkling lights, and the stretches of corner […]

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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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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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A Slice of Savory: How to Bake a Pie Like an Australian

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When I entered my first Australian pie shop, I envisioned glossy cases filled with lemon meringue, banana cream, and perhaps blueberry with a lattice crust. Much to my surprise, there wasn’t a sweet pie in the bunch. Instead, I saw racks of mince pies (Aussie for hamburger), potato top pies, and something I’d never even […]

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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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