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  • From Our Kitchen to Yours: Lemon Pie

    October 16, 2017
    During the cold weather, it can be hard to let go of the sunnier days. So why not embrace the summer craving by baking? Something with a citrus twist should do the trick! This lemon pie is quick and easy to make, and you can even serve it cold! Take it from us; this pie will make you feel like its summer all over again. For the crust: 1 ½ c. crushed graham crackers 6 tbs butter 1/3 c. sugar For ...
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  • From Our Kitchen to Yours: Make Frozen Food Fancy

    October 4, 2017
    From Our Kitchen to Yours: Make Frozen Food Fancy If you’re in a rush on a hectic weeknight and don’t have time to make dinner from scratch, a convenient meal from the freezer aisle is a great place to turn. The problem is that frozen food tends to taste bland and uninspiring. Fortunately, with minimal time and effort, you can revamp your store-bought burritos, lasagna, and pizza, making them ...
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  • Take the Tears Out of Chopping Onions

    July 26, 2017
    Onions can be a great addition to lots of different food; producing a variety of tastes and flavors, they are used frequently in many of our favorite dishes. However, while they add tasty flavor, they release a gas compound that can burn eyes and cause them to tear up in the middle of cooking. Since there are few people immune to the affect of sulfuric compounds, lovers of cooking have come up ...
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  • From Our Kitchen to Yours: How to Marinate Meat for Grilling

    July 6, 2017
    Meat prepared the right way can be a delicious entrée by themselves, but can taste even better when paired with a delicious marinade. Coating and soaking meat before grilling can seem like a daunting task, but knowing what kinds of marinades are good for different types of meat will greatly speed up the process. So, tie on your apron and let’s get the cooking juices flowing! Chicken When it’s ...
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  • From Our Kitchen to Yours: 5 Out-of-the-Ordinary Ways to Use your Crock Pot

    April 19, 2017
    Crock Pots are one of the most underrated kitchen appliances. One of the best parts about crock-pots is that you can count on it to cook your meal while you are working or running errands. They come in many sizes, so if you are heading out to a party, you can bring a small one for dips; or if you are hosting a dinner party, you can use a big one to make casserole. What many people don’t know is ...
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  • St. Patrick's Day Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

    March 16, 2017
    What a better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than by baking some minty chocolate chip cookies! This easy recipe yields about 3-dozen cookies and is perfect for any celebration this St. Patrick’s Day. What you will need: 2 ½ cups of flour ½ tsp. of baking soda ¼ tsp. of salt 1 ½ cups of sugar 2 sticks of unsalted butter 2 large eggs 1 tsp. of peppermint extract 15-17 drops of green food ...
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  • Mix Up the Milk and Cookies this Year

    December 20, 2016
    Everyone knows Santa loves his milk and cookies, but if we all leave out the same treat for him on Christmas Eve, he’s bound to get sick of it. Why not mix up the milk and cookies this year and leave Santa a different kind of goodie he’s sure to love just as much! Here are some of our favorite festive ideas that require no baking to free up the oven for cooking Christmas Eve dinner. Peppermint ...
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  • From Our Kitchen to Yours: Cutest Halloween Party Finger Foods

    October 28, 2016
    With Halloween upon us, are you looking to try out a few new, spooky fun recipes? There are tons of ways to turn a basic snack into a festive party treat that both you and the kids will enjoy. All of these creative ideas were found on Pinterest. Crescent Mummy Dogs A tasty alternative to the typical sugary items commonly found during Halloween! What you will need: 10 hot dogs 1 can of refrigerated ...
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  • Scary Lunchbox Snacks

    October 14, 2016
    Silly Apple Bites These eye-catching snacks are a great treat, especially with Halloween coming before we know it! What you’ll need for eight bites: 2 green apples Sunflower butter 32 sunflower seeds 2-3 strawberries 1-2 candy eyes per apple bite Optional: whipped cream. How to make: Slice the apples into quarters and cut the middles out of each quarter of the outside of the apple to create a ...
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  • From Our Kitchen to Yours: Refrigerator Meals

    June 21, 2016
    We all have busy lives, and sometimes cooking big, healthy meals isn’t high on our priority list. Thankfully, your refrigerator can be a great resource when it comes to preparing meals and snacks for the week. Breakfast Prep Ahead: Breakfast Bowls We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Most people don’t have time during busy mornings to cook a hearty breakfast. However, you ...
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  • Pumpkin Bread

    October 12, 2015
    By Maggie Saint John While growing up, fall time in my home always meant our house was filled with smells of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin. Since I was young, my mom has always made the most delicious, homemade pumpkin bread. Hopping off the bus every Friday afternoon, I ran threw the back door to find my mom in our kitchen and the pumpkin bread in the oven. This is home. This is fall. There are ...
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  • Live, Laugh and Learn with Lillyan: Home Style Happiness

    April 29, 2015
    Sometimes all you need is a little bit of chicken and potatoes to turn your ordinary Saturday night into a home-cooked Sunday supper with your family. Last Saturday night when the rain poured and the wind blew, I knew soup couldn’t cut the cold of winter; only starches would do. A few years ago I created an oil and lemon dipping sauce for a bread appetizer that I soon realized would taste even ...
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  • Live, Laugh and Learn with Lillyan: Supporting Side Dishes

    April 29, 2015
    Filet mignon, a salmon steak and a perfectly roasted chicken often get all the attention. It’s time to share the stoplight with these supporting side dishes that will make your guests ask for more. These recipes feature a perfect party appetizer, side dish and a ramekin dessert that guests can serve up individually and talk about long after the party is over. Lillyan’s Whipped Goat Cheese with ...
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  • Live, Laugh & Learn with Lillyan: Spring Saturdays

    April 29, 2015
    Spring Saturdays are my favorite. I love sleeping in and waking up to the bright, seasonal light that shines through my curtains. There is something sweeter about making breakfast on a Saturday morning than my normal work week. Celebrate the season of new beginnings by incorporating fresh fruit with energy-packed carbs to get you through your weekend of errands, or just relaxing in the springtime ...
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  • Live, Laugh & Learn with Lillyan: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Tapas

    April 29, 2015
    Forget the chips and salsa, it’s time to step up your Cinco de Mayo menu and serve your guests fiesta tapas that they will never forget. This Cinco de Mayo, I had the chance to celebrate and cook with Chef Bill at Gourmet Gallery in Waco, Texas. Chef Bill transformed the ordinary kitchen into a fiesta with his Spanish-style recipes. From tomato and watermelon skewers to tortilla espanola to a ...
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  • Live, Laugh & Learn with Lillyan: One-Dish Party

    April 29, 2015
    As the weather begins to warm up, I love having family and friends over for dinner. Sometimes the stress of grocery shopping, decorating the table and prepping the meal can be dinner-overload. As a moving gift, my mom sent me this lasagna recipe from Martha Stewart that Trey and my neighbors absolutely loved. Paired with pesto and gruyere bruschetta as an inviting appetizer, this one-dish meal is ...
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  • National Love Your Pet Day

    April 29, 2015
    Chicken Jerky Ingredients: Two to four chicken breasts Instructions: Preheat oven to 200 degrees After removing any excess fat, slice the chicken into 1/8-inch thick strips Bake the strips on a baking sheet two hours (your chicken should be dry and hard) Let it cool and watch your dog go crazy of their jerky! Trail Mix Ingredients: Unseasoned meat pieces Potatoes Assorted fruits and veggies ...
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  • Live, Laugh and Learn with Lillyan: Summer Solstice Social

    April 29, 2015
    by Lillyan Baker Summer is here and it is time to serve your guests the tastes of the season. Celebrate the longest day of the year with fresh fruit from the local farmer’s market and herbs picked right from the backyard garden. This featured appetizer and sparkling drink will make guests remember this social as the party that made the sun stand still. Fried Polenta with Veggies Ingredients: 1 ...
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  • Live, Laugh & Learn with Lillyan: Dessert Goes to the Dogs

    April 28, 2015
    In my college days living in the Collins Hall dorm, my roommates and I spent our Thursday nights watching Grey’s Anatomy, refresh our Facebook feeds during the commercials, all while gathered around a bowl of puppy chow. There is something about the combination of melted chocolate and peanut butter with a bag of powdered sugar on top that just brings people together. This Saturday night, when Trey ...
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  • Live, Laugh & Learn with Lillyan: Uncle Jimmy's Cheesecake

    April 28, 2015
    Every time I have the opportunity to use my electric stand mixer, I get a little giddy. There’s just something about standing next to a machine that knows how to really blend butter. One of my bon appetit role models in my life is my Uncle Jimmy. He taught me key kitchen lessons, including how to entertain with bruschetta and in every social situation to always ask for a glass of chardonnay. The ...
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  • Super Bowl Sunday

    April 28, 2015
    Ready for some football? Treat your Super Bowl Sunday guests to more than just salsa and hot wings. By whipping up some football fun cupcakes, your guests can cheer on their team and have a sweet Sunday too. Football Fun Cupcakes Ingredients: A dozen cupcakes Green icing White icing Chocolate-covered almond Instructions: 1. Frost a cooled cupcake with green frosting to look like grass 2. Place a ...
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  • Live, Laugh & Learn with Lillyan: Pasta Party

    April 28, 2015
    What do you do when you are going to a party and have no time to bake an appetizer? Make a pasta salad party. Simple ingredients, simple recipe and simply good. Pasta Salad Ingredients: • Package of rotini whole wheat pasta • 15.5 oz. can of garbanzo beans • 4 c spinach, chopped • 1 red onion, thinly sliced • 1 1/4 c feta cheese • 1/2 c extra virgin olive oil • 1/4 c red wine vinegar • 2 cloves ...
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  • Live, Laugh and Learn with Lillyan: Basket of Sweets

    April 23, 2015
    Easter time is always my favorite time of the year. I think Texas hill country wildflowers, a sunny Sunday morning and my mom’s coconut cake. Since my mom won’t share her coconut cake recipe with me, I thought I would do the second best thing and enjoy a batch of coconut macaroons toasted just enough to make your fingers stick together. For the lovers of desserts that are not too sweet, whip up a ...
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  • Take your Pizza to the Grill in 5 Easy Steps

    April 23, 2015
    Did you know that approximately three billion pizzas are sold in the US each year? That doesn’t even count the additional one billion frozen pizzas purchased. There’s obviously something about that ooey-gooey, hot-cheesy goodness that’s simply irresistible. A good ol’ slice of pizza gives you that kid-in-the-candy store kind of feeling. It’s like catching a great sale at Kohl’s or winning free ...
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  • 5 Outside of the Box S'mores Ideas

    April 13, 2015
    Happy National S’mores Day! Did you know that s’mores were literally named when people repeatedly asked for “some more” of the ooey, gooey goodness? And when you think about it, who doesn’t want some more of a good ol ’ s’more ? There’s just something about the chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker concoction that grabs you. The creamy, warm chocolate mingled to perfection with soft, fluffy ...
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  • Mama's Baked Mac 'n' Cheese

    April 13, 2015
    Thanksgiving Day is filled love, laughter and the aroma of your family’s favorite dishes being whipped up in the kitchen. Of all the amazing Thanksgiving side dishes out there, my absolute favorite is macaroni and cheese. It’s so simple that anyone can make, but can also be altered to create a heightened version. I believe homemade beats box-made every time, and even though we often choose the ...
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  • Not Your Grandma's Meatloaf Recipes

    April 13, 2015
    Did you know that meatloaf is often considered a classic comfort food? It actually gained popularity during the Great Depression and became “prom queen” of sort during World War 2. Part of the meatloaf appeal is that you can miraculously convert a measly pound or two of meat into a feast for an entire family. And those with true skill can make that loaf o’ meat stretch out to multiple meals. Now ...
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  • Microwave Madness

    April 1, 2015
    Did you know that the microwave was first patented in 1945? More than likely, you did not actually know that interesting nugget of water-cooler trivia. But what you do know is that the microwave is a literal lifesaver for your busy schedule. It doesn’t matter if you’re making game-day goodies, after-school snacks or movie-night munchies the microwave is your kitchen BFF. But aren’t you tired of ...
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  • 5 Breakfast in Bed Ideas

    February 26, 2015
    “When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?” “What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?” “I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said. We think that maybe Winnie the Pooh was on to something here. What could possibly be more exciting ...
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  • Beef Wellington: A Christmas Tradition

    February 26, 2015
    Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. And in my home, it’s a time when the kitchen is always stirring. My mom loves when everyone comes home for the holidays and she really enjoys cooking our favorite dishes for every meal. One of her favorite dishes to make for Christmas dinner is beef wellington. I’m not sure why this particular meal was originally chosen, but no one in our ...
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  • For the Love of Pumpkin: Pumpkin Recipes

    February 26, 2015
    The first day of fall is almost synonymous with pumpkin. Pumpkin this…pumpkin that. Pumpkin seems to bring out inner obsessions. Well, maybe obsession is too strong of a word. Let’s call it pumpkin mania. Think about it. People line up at the local coffee shop waiting, drooling, and practically panting for their beloved pumpkin spice latte. Restaurants serve seasonal pumpkin flavored menu items. ...
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