• We are having a cookout
    Appetizers/Snacks,  Desserts,  Entertaining at Home,  Recipes

    Summer Cookout Food Planning Tips

    Are you planning a dinner party or cookout this summer despite the pandemic? Many areas allow small family gatherings. If you are planning a get-together, there are many moving parts like invitations, activities, guest lists, and decorations. One of the most stressful parts of a party, though, is the food. Whether you are preparing the food yourself or arranging to get it from somewhere else, there are many things you will need to consider to make sure the food is exactly what you need it to be.  Please note that I may earn a small commission from purchases made through product links in this post. As an Amazon Associate, I…

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    Bread,  Breakfast,  Desserts,  Food For Better Health,  Healthy Eating,  Recipes

    Health Benefits of Chocolate

    Yes, it is true  – certain kinds of chocolate actually have health benefits. Cocoa beans, like all seeds, are rich in nutrients that support the plant during development. They are especially rich in saturated fats, which contribute to high cholesterol levels and heart disease. However, cocoa butter contains a particular fatty acid, that our bodies immediately convert into unsaturated fat. Therefore, chocolate is NOT thought to pose a risk for heart disease, in fact, cocoa is very rich in antioxidant compounds, which accounts for about 8% of the weight of cocoa powder. The higher the cocoa solids content of chocolate, the higher the antioxidant content. Any added sugar, milk, or…

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    Desserts,  Entertaining at Home,  Recipes

    4 Kitchen Tips for Holiday Entertaining

    ***this post contains affiliate links Tis the season for holiday entertaining and for us home cooks, that means wonderful aromas being concocted in our kitchens. But don’t be stressed out! In a previous post, 5 Non-Food Thanksgiving Dinner Tips, I mentioned a few things to remember, when hosting a large crowd for a meal. I also created a free strategic dinner party planner, which includes step-by-step, day-by-day how to plan ahead and be prepared for any group dinner event, at your home. However, this post is going to discuss a few items essential to cooking top-quality dishes your guest will love. Follow these tips to relieve yourself of some of…

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    Desserts,  Entertaining at Home,  Main Course,  Pork,  Vegetables

    Creating a Dinner Party Strategy

    My hubby and I are getting settled into our dream house and after three months, we decided to host our very first dinner party, which means creating a dinner party strategy. He has a rather large family, spread out between several states; therefore, all of us only gather twice or so, each year. Because Christmas is so crazy, this clan celebrates Christmas in January. Creating Your Dinner Party Strategy In the past, hosting a large party would totally stress me out for weeks!  However, for this event, I was gonna make sure things were different. I want to share with you a few things which made my life, so much…

  • Desserts,  Recipes

    Lemon Meringue Pie

    As you might know, my husband is in the horticulture business. A couple of weeks ago, he brought home some lemons. Not ordinary lemons.  These lemons were bigger than my fist. Celebrating Thanksgiving a weekend early, I decided to attempt my first Lemon Meringue Pie.  I searched several recipe books, most of which only used a few tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. Having these enormous lemons, I needed a recipe requiring a significant amount of juice. Cook’s County to the rescue. Beautiful Lemon Meringue Pie Their recipe for Mile-High Lemon Meringue Pie requires an entire cup of freshly squeezed juice, plus some lemon zest. After some research, I discovered Lemon…