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Classic Sweet Tea Recipe

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Classic Sweet Tea Recipe

Classic Sweet Tea … it’s one of the most popular and iconic beverages in the South!  Every good cook should know how to serve it, and the recipe below will reward you with wonderful results.  The sweetener I use is called Simple Syrup.  It’s one of the best ways to sweeten your tea because the… Read more

Simple Syrup Recipe

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Simple Syrup

Any southern cook worth their salt knows the value of classic sweet tea.  It’s an iconic beverage to serve on a hot and humid day, which we have a lot of in Tampa, FL!  To make the most delicious sweet tea possible, Simple Syrup is required.  It is the best way to sweeten tea …… Read more

Homemade Ketchup Recipe

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Homemade Ketchup Recipe

I assure you that this homemade ketchup will not taste like anything you buy at the store. It will not be as sweet (it has no sugar added) and will be extremely flavorful. It has the perfect blend of tang and spice! If you don’t have any soy sauce, you can substitute it with Worcestershire… Read more

Red Hots Gelatin Salad

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Recipes | Red Hots Gelatin Salad

Be prepared for all sorts of rave reviews from this recipe!  It makes a wonderful presentation on the dinner table, and is as delicious as it is beautiful.  Made with the old classic Red Hots candy and cherry gelatin, it is one of the most vibrant red salads I have ever seen.  This recipe will… Read more

Patriotic Fruit Platter

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Red, White & Blue | Patriotic Fruit Platter

Family and friends will be in their glory when you present them with this beautiful Patriotic Fruit Platter – complete with an assortment of red, white and blue deliciousness!  Not only does it make for a stunning presentation, but it also is a great way to add wholesome fruit to the holiday menu. Creating a… Read more

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

While we all know that there are wonderful store-bought spaghetti sauces to choose from, there just is no comparison when it comes to homemade!  From browning the meat to cutting up the ripe vegetables – homemade is far fresher than store-bought.  If you don’t like chopping up the veggies (or think it just takes too… Read more

Fruited Basmati Rice

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Recipe | Fruited Basmati Rice

This is one of the most wonderful rice recipes I have ever made.  It even tastes delicious reheated!  A perfect dish to bring to a potluck, or as a side dish to your main course.  Beautiful to look at, easy to prepare … and absolutely delicious! For other delicious rice recipes, check out this book… Read more

DIY Pumpkin Spice

– Posted in: Fall Season, Recipes

Pumpkin Spice is just about everywhere this time of year – from lattes to baked goods. Put simply, it’s delicious!  But … if you are like me, you might only need this spice once or twice a year.  After the fall season is over, it then sits in the cabinet for months – not being used. The… Read more

Fresh Corn Saute

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Recipes | Fresh Corn Saute

This recipe is a family favorite in our household.  More importantly, it is just down-right delicious!  My husband can’t get enough of it, and we make it whenever we get a chance. The most important step in the recipe is to use fresh corn – right off the cob!  There is no comparison between canned… Read more