Monthly Archives: December 2013

Hoppin’ John Recipe

Traditionally served throughout the south on New Year’s Day, legend declares that a meal of Hoppin’ John, cornbread and collards eaten on the first day of the year will bring luck and prosperity in the days to come. Although its … Continue reading

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6 Tips for Keeping New Year Resolutions

When I bought my house seven years ago, one of the most appealing features for me was this outbuilding, referred to in the property listing as “The Artist’s Studio.” A 20’ x 30’ structure with high windows and charming rafters, … Continue reading

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Easy Appetizers: Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Hosting a party this holiday season? Decking the halls and hauling the holly are more than enough to keep you busy, but the real work begins when it’s time to start preparing the food. Appetizers may feel like casual food, … Continue reading

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Christmas Brunch: Spinach and Sausage Strata Recipe

Christmas morning is always delightful lunacy. Kids tearing through the house to see what Santa has brought, wrapping paper flying like confetti, searching for a Phillips head screwdriver small enough to install batteries (not included). The cacophony is both maddening … Continue reading

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Holiday Lane Cake

“Miss Maudie Atkinson baked a Lane cake so loaded with shinny it made me tight.” – Scout Finch in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird Lane cake is a Southern cake popular during the holiday season, steeped in tradition and a … Continue reading

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Homemade Eggnog

Eggnog is the drink of the season. The thick, sweet and rich blend of milk and eggs has been around in some form since the 14th century, but it became a seasonal standard in colonial America, where eggs and dairy … Continue reading

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How to Candy Mint Leaves

Why is mint associated with Christmas? Perhaps it’s the cool flavor that is reminiscent of winter weather, its history as an ancient symbol of hospitality or the cheerful green color of a frost-tolerant herb that may thrive into the winter months. Another … Continue reading

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