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Watermelon, Tomato and Mint Salad Recipe

Spring is right around the corner and we’re ready to bring one of our favorite seasons into the kitchen. If you’re in a hotter state, this salad recipe will transition easily into summer, as ice cold watermelon always satisfies with its juicy bite. By gathering a few simple ingredients, you can create a simple and mouthwatering salad. […]

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Homemade Trail Mix Bars

Homemade goodies such as trail mix bars, make perfect afternoon snacks in the Spring. Head to the park with a tin box of these, or take them to the movies (shh.. we wont tell). Ingredients: ⅔ cup almonds ⅔ cup cashews 1½ cups old-fashioned oats ⅓ cup ground flaxseed ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips ⅓ […]

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Recipe: Low Country Boil

Just in time for Thanksgiving! This Low Country Boil recipe is popular in the coastal states, this simplified version uses shrimp — but other shellfish can be added if you desire. Make sure you have plenty of friends and family on hand since a “boil” is more of a gathering than just a meal. Low […]

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Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Recipe

Dinner all comes together easily with this delicious roasted chicken dish. Placing a lemon inside the cavity while roasting gives the bird a nice citrus flavor. So simple, this meal will soon be your go-to favorite. Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Recipe (Serves 4 to 5) Ingredients: 1 Approximately 3-pound chicken, preferably free-range, organic 2 medium onions […]

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Recipe: Grilled Cheese with apple, bacon, and cheddar

Gooey cheddar, crisp bacon and tangy green apples combine to create this grilled cheesy goodness. For a tasty twist, try these combinations: pear, ham and ricotta; caramelized onions and Swiss; raspberry jam and cream cheese; or pesto, ham and mozzarella. Grilled cheese stuffed with apple, bacon, and cheddar recipe (Serves 4): Ingredients: 8 ¾” slices country-style […]

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Parmesan and Cheddar Cheese Biscuits Recipe

We continue our cheese voyage with the parmesan and cheddar cheese biscuits recipe. Take biscuits to the next level with these cheesy, flavorful delights. Serve them with a bowl of hearty soup on a cold winter day. Parmesan and Cheddar Cheese Biscuits (Makes about 8 biscuits)  INGREDIENTS: 2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour Dash of […]

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Fall Recipe: Mushroom and Gruyère Potato Gratin

Mushroom + Gruyére Potato Gratin Comfort food meets gourmet taste for this potato gratin dish. Perfect served as a side dish for your next family gathering. Next is our Fall Recipe series, we’re cooking up the ultimate comfort foods for any evening including Thanksgiving. (Makes 8–10 servings)  INGREDIENTS: 1/4 ¾cup olive oil 4 cups finely chopped leeks (about […]

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Last Minute Brunch Recipes

Last week we discussed Greg Utsinger’s Weekend Brunch Tips. We’re capping off this week with some last minute brunch recipes for anyone looking to make a last minute ‘wow’ with their guests. Candied Bacon – Makes 10 Slices (via Epicurious) Ingredients: 1/2 pound bacon slices (10 slices) 1/2 cup Demerara sugar Special equipment: brown paper […]

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Classic Blueberry Muffin Recipe

Blueberry Muffin Recipe – Serves 6-8 Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 cup butter, softened (plus 2tbsp.) 2 eggs 3 cups flour 1 tbs baking powder 1 tsp salt 3/4 cup milk 1/4 water 2 cups fresh blueberries 8oz. cream cheese, diced 2 tsp. lemon zest Preparation Instructions: Preheat oven to 375°. Line muffin pans with paper […]

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Recipe: Spinach Benedicts

Spinach Benedicts Recipe (Serves 6) INGREDIENTS: 6 1/2″ thick slices of Brioche 6 slices turkey breast 6 slices swiss cheese 6 roasted red onion slices (instructions below) 2 cups fresh spinach leaves 6 eggs, scrambled 1 1/2 to 3 cups Hollandise Sauce (see recipe below) 1 tomato PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat the broiler. Place the brioche slices on […]

Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Recipe: Perfect Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie: This traditional British dish gets its flavor from lamb and savory winter vegetables. A stick-to-your-ribs meal that’s perfect for chasing away hunger on cool winter nights. Shepherd’s Pie Recipe (Serves 4) INGREDIENTS: 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed 1/2 cup milk, warm 1 stick butter 2 tablespoons sour cream Salt and pepper, to […]

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The Farm to Table Dinner

Everything tastes better when it’s fresh. And the latest trend for fresh food lovers is indulging in farm to table dinners. Extending beyond visiting local, farm-to-table restaurants, diners are now traveling directly to the farm to enjoy mouthwatering meals served family style at harvest tables surrounded by nature’s bounty. Swallowtail Farm in Alachua, Florida is […]

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Chocolate Espresso Semifreddo Recipe

This Italian-inspired indulgence is a coffee, (and chocolate) lovers’ dream. The perfect sophisticated dessert for your next adult dinner party is the Chocolate Espresso Semifreddo. Chocolate Espresso Semifreddo Recipe: (Serves 8) INGREDIENTS: Crust: 1 3/4 cups chocolate cookie crumbs 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for brushing the pan Filling: 4 large eggs, yolks and […]

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Summer Recipe: Frozen Fruit Pops

Summer is the perfect season for turning the fresh fruits and berries you find at your local market into icy indulgences. Whether you’re wild for strawberries, or it’s blueberries that tickle your taste buds, mix-and-match your favorite berries to create your own signature frozen fruit pops. Enjoy these frozen treats with Oak Express‘ new Outdoor […]

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Outdoor Dining Tips

The outdoors is unpredictable. Things don’t always go as planned. In fact, things often go better. When the weather is right, or even close to it, people naturally gravitate there. Add food to the equation, and you’ll never hear complaints about the fact that there isn’t television or air conditioning. Who needs them? You’ve got familiar […]

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Strawberry Salad Recipe

The perfect spring snack: Strawberry salad recipe with mixed field greens, candied pecans, goat cheese and strawberry balsamic vinaigrette. INSTRUCTIONS For Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette: 2 pints strawberries 2 tbs lemon juice 1/2 cup sugar 2 tbs dijon 1 shallot 1 cup balsamic 2 cups canola oil Reduce strawberries, lemon juice, and sugar in pan to […]

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Double Fudge Layer Cake Recipe

We recently featured a Double Fudge Layer Cake in our Easy and Elegant Entertaining Series. A Double Fudge Layer Cake exudes elegance, and we’ve made the Double Fudge Layer Cake Recipe as easy as possible for your next gathering.   Double Fudge Layer Cake (serves 8-10) INGREDIENTS: For the Cake 1 cup butter, softened 1/4 […]

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Stuffed Pork Loin Recipe

On the menu from the Easy and Elegant Entertaining Series, is a stuffed pork loin recipe that cannot be beaten.    Pork Loin Stuffed with Fig and Blue Cheese (serves 6)  INGREDIENTS: 1 (4–5 lb.) boneless pork loin 1 large onion, halved and then sliced into 1/8″ slices 1 1/2 cups diced dried figs 1 […]

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Carmel Walnut Tart Recipe

We recently featured a scrumptious Carmel Walnut Tart in our Easy and Elegant Entertaining – Part II Pre Party Checklist. This tart can easily be made the night before and served warm or cold the next day.   WALNUT TART (Serves 8-10) INGREDIENTS: For the crust 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar 1/4 […]

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Top 10 Holiday Cookies: Rugelach Recipe

Holiday Rugelach Recipe from our Top 10 Favorite Holiday Cookies article.   INGREDIENTS: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 1/3 cups sugar 2 large eggs 2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate, finely chopped   DIRECTIONS: In a large bowl, sift together […]

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Top 10 Holiday Cookies: Angelettis Recipe

Angelettis Recipe from our Top 10 Favorite Holiday Cookies article.       INGREDIENTS: 4 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1 cup unsalted butter 1 cup granulated sugar 6 large eggs 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 lb. confectioners’ sugar, sifted 1/4 cup lemon juice 2 tablespoons water colored sugar for […]