#NationalHotDogDay – Bring on the Chicken

#NationalHotDogDay – Bring on the Chicken Recipe by: Fanny Slater A undoubtedly American tradition, the hot dog is something to be celebrated, indeed. But, because there’s enough pork being passed around on #NationalHotDogDay and everyday (not to mention pork can be a touch heavy on the hips!), why not choose chicken? Please everyone in your…

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The BBQ Battle

News & Events ideal-Living|May 10, 2018 When it comes to BBQ, most of us usually think pulled pork, on a bun, with a side of coleslaw and served at an outdoor event. And for the most part, BBQ is just that. However, the BBQ battle continues to boil between the East and the West, the…

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Pass the Plate, Please!

Shareable Bites to Make You Swoon over Spring By Fanny Slater Freakin’ finally! We can pack away our fuzzy boots and fleecy sweatshirts and break out the shorts and Rosé. It may not be bikini weather just yet, but spring screams warm breezes and lighter bites. Whether you’re aiming to brighten your spouse’s day or…

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Preserving Tomatoes

PRESERVING TOMATOES Dr. Leonard Perry, Horticulture Professor University of Vermont Got tomatoes? Maybe you have too many tomatoes, and wonder how to possibly use them all. Consider making tomato sauce with excess ones from your garden, or buy a bulk box for this purpose from a local grower. Tomatoes and sauce can be canned, or…

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Countdown to Cinco de Mayo : Churros (Mexican Crullers)

Countdown to Cinco de Mayo: Churros (Mexican Crullers) To make this traditional Mexican dessert, you’ll want to boil a cup of water mixed with unsalted butter (4 tablespoons), brown sugar (2 tablespoons), vanilla extract (1 teaspoon), and salt (1/4 teaspoon) until the edges of the liquid start to bubble. Then you will add one cup…

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Countdown to Cinco de Mayo : Pico de Gallo

Countdown to Cinco de Mayo : Pico de Gallo 4 Days to go! So to celebrate this holiday and Mexican culture, we’re bringing you five authentic Mexican recipes. Enjoy! Pico de Gallo is a salsa made of fresh tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and jalapeno peppers. To make it, you’ll want to dice a medium tomato and…

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Countdown to Cinco de Mayo : Traditional Guacamole

Countdown to Cinco de Mayo : Traditional Guacamole Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May, is a day to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage. But do you know why Americans, particularly Mexican-Americans, celebrate on Cinco de Mayo? The holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla near the beginning…

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Corned Beef and Cabbage Made Easy

Corned Beef and Cabbage Made Easy By Morgan Lehman With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, your menu is sure to include a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage. But why not try a twist on a classic? Here are some ideas to spice up a holiday favorite: CROCK-POT CORNED BEEF Ingredients 6 carrots, cut…

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