Low Fat Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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  With the popularity of spinach and artichoke dips, this lighter version offers an opportunity to enjoy the flavors while reducing the calories. This recipe is courtesy of Mrs. Rachael Klingeil. 2 cups light swiss cheese 1 cup parmesan cheese 1 box frozen spinach (thawed) 1 can artichokes 2/3 cup fat-free sour cream 1 cup fat-free Philadelphia cream cheese 1/2 cup light mayonnaise 2 teaspoon minced garlic Mix by hand or in a food processor. Bake at 375 degrees oven for 25-30 minutes (until starting to brown on top). Serve with slices of french bread or crackers.

Sweet Potato Crisp

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This recipe is courtesy of Mrs. Michael Richardson of Franklin, TN (Jolene.) It is served annually at the Thanksgiving Night in the Hunger Fight annual fundraising supper at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church which has raised thousands of dollars to feed and educate children in Haiti. It’s been served to many groups and families, over the years that it’s become a holiday favorite.   Sweet Potato Crisp  Potatoes 3 cups sweet potatoes (peeled, cooked and mashed) 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 2 eggs  1/3 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla Mash cooked sweet potatoes, add all other ingredients and put into a …

Cocktails: Shaken, Not Stirred

(Family Features) ‘Tis the season for entertaining, and festive cocktails are in fashion for gatherings large and small. This season, shake things up a bit. Trade in the punch bowl for a cocktail shaker and serve up some easy, fun and delicious egg-based cocktails for guests. For more recipes click here.

Entertaining Tips for a Casual Holiday Party

  (Family Features)  It’s the most wonderful, and hectic, time of year. Everyone loves to get together with family and friends during the holidays. Want to make your holiday gathering both beautiful and memorable without all the fuss? Gather things you already have around the house to create a festive tablescape. Here are a few tips to get you started:   Keep things simple with white dinnerware, like Mikasa American Countryside, and dress up the table with festive touches of color and texture Add to the fun holiday atmosphere with bright red chargers under the white dinnerware. If you don’t have chargers, …

Throw the Perfect Holiday Pairing Party

From cookies and milk to the partridge in a pear tree, the holidays are filled with classic pairings. This year, gather family and friends together and ring in the season with a themed party that celebrates famous couplings. For recipes and more click here. A themed party always calls for a little extra creativity to wow guests and ensure a great time is had by all. Since what you serve is always a key ingredient to a successful soiree, plan to have plenty of tasty appetizers and beverages available as soon as guests arrive. Try this recipe for Mini Steak …

Celebrate the Holidays with Chocolate

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Who says you have to wait until the end of the meal for a taste of chocolate? Make this holiday season unforgettable for family and friends by adding a sweet touch to each course of the holiday meal, from appetizer to entrée. According to chocolate expert and historian Beth Kimmerle, using cocoa as an ingredient accentuates the complex flavors of savory foods, amplifying them on the palate. Here are some of her deliciously different recipes. Find more delicious ways to enjoy the holidays at www.ChocolatRougeWine.com. Rouge Milkyway End the meal with a chocolate take on traditional eggnog: Gently heat or …

Cooking for Happy Hour

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Happy Hour: A time of day known the world over for relaxing just before dinner with small bites and small pours. To create your own happy hour at home for family and friends, try a bite-sized menu that pairs light, flavorful dishes with food-friendly wines, such as Mirassou Winery’s new red blend, Sunset Red. This Pinot Noir-based red blend features fresh, dark fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry with notes of caramel and brown sugar. To explore more wine pairing options, visit www.mirassou.com. Sunset Sliders Yield: 8 servings Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 6 to 8 minutes 1 …

Blackberry Sherbert

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4 cups fresh blackberries (or a mix of blackberries and raspberries) 1/3  to 1/2 cup sugar 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice pinch of salt 2/3 cup heavy cream Puree the blackberries and/or raspberries. Use a strainer or sieve to strain out the seeds. This takes a while, so mush the mixture around with a spoon and put enough pressure on the spoon to push the juice through the sieve or strainer. This should yield about 1 3/4 cup juice. Add the sugar, salt, and lemon juice, and pour the mixture into an ice cream maker. A process according to the …

Pan Seared Rib Eye With Balsamic Glaze and Crispy Salted Potato Wedges

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Summer entertaining is easy with simple, crowd-pleasing recipes from light bites to sweet delights that require almost no time in the kitchen. Invite over a few close friends, heat up the grill, and set out your favorite wines for a truly memorable outdoor dinner party. Select simple recipes that can be prepared ahead of time and quickly seared on the grill once guests have arrived. Prep, chop and marinate everything then store it all in containers. Continue the trend of simplicity by serving food-friendly wines, such as those from Las Rocas. Las Rocas, which literally means “the rocks” because of …

Spring Stir-Fry

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Whether you grow your own vegetables, shop at the local farmer’s market, or gather produce at the grocery store, garden-fresh vegetables add beautiful color and great taste to the table. Ree Drummond, known to her fans as The Pioneer Woman, is raising four active kids on a working cattle ranch in Oklahoma and has written two best-selling cookbooks. She says she loves to find new ways to put more delicious veggies on her family’s table. “When I bring those veggies into my kitchen, nothing shows off their fresh flavor like a little bit of butter—or, even better, Land O Lakes® …