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Chicken cordon bleu is certainly an impressive looking dish and no doubt worth all the pounding and rolling and sprinkling if you’re feeding the prospective son in law. But if you’re feeding the current beloved son in law, you want it delicious and on the table.

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I have told y’all many times I would rather have a new cookbook as a new dress. I can make myself a new dress in half a day. It sometimes takes years to write a cookbook.Dear Ms. Edmonds and Ms. Murphy know how much I cook and my weakness for cookbooks. They each gave me a cookbook from thei…

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I am not a pastry chef, but I can make a more than passable cake or pie from scratch. I can’t bring myself to make a cake from a boxed mix. I can, however, use a good quality mix as an ingredient and often produce a better-than-from-scratch dessert. I’ll give you more than one option for pre…

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I’ve decided there are five seasons in Tennessee. The fifth is Sprinter. Half-winter, half-spring and being a native Tennessean, I love them all!

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At my table, it’s soup weather year ’round. I really like to make soup and love to eat it. Slow cookers have given way to fast cookers just when I was getting the hang of slow cookers. My schedule has never been slow cooker friendly. However, today’s recipe and the timing was just right. I’m…

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Grilled cheese sandwich day is April 12. I’ve no idea why it’s so late in the year. April is usually nice weather. Now is the time for grilled cheese sandwiches and good hot tomato soup. At my table, grilled cheese and tomato soup is good any day in any weather. My every day tomato soup is g…

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I don’t know how many chicken casserole recipes I have, and you have them all from this column. I like every one of them, but I admit to being weary of the same ole, same ole. Today’s recipe is a combination of two or three of the old ones. It got good reviews from my friends John and Caroly…

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I could, and have on occasion, eat most of a whole pan of Rice Krispie treats. Reese's cups, not so much. However, I ate the combination, shared here, with both hands. They are so easy to make, I suggest you make a couple of batches. One for gifts and one for yourself.

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Y'all can always tell when I've been visiting with Marie Nichols. We have a delicious new recipe. I make a better than average good chocolate pie, if I do say so myself. Marie's is just plain delicious. It holds up better, too. She gave us a recipe for whipped cream that will hold up for a c…

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I love all things pumpkin. I’ve been known to make pumpkin pie in June and eat it for breakfast. I’m not fond of cinnamon. I substitute pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice, if possible, when cinnamon is called for in recipes. The blends also eliminate dealing with small to tiny measurements…

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I’m not a fan of simply eating an apple, but I love almost anything with apples in it. I hope the marshmallow apple salad makes it to your holiday feasts. It stays very nice overnight and the apples did not turn brown.

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I know lots if folks are monitoring their carbohydrate intake. I ain’t one of them. I’ve never met a pasta I didn’t like. As a matter of fact, I’ve never met a potato I didn’t like either. Please consider the following recipe. It has other redeeming factors like five good-for-you ingredients…

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I’m jumping from one soap box to another today. Charlotte Tilson from the Wagon Wheelers Square Dance Club joins me in promoting the Western style square dancing lessons beginning this month, sponsored by the club.

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I love food cooked in a charcoal grill. I hate cooking on a charcoal grill. The smoke is always in my face and once I even dumped a whole rack of hamburgers into the fire. You can grill the vegetable packets if you want to. I put them into the oven. You can alter the contents as well. Be sur…

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Twenty years. Nothing’s changed. I put the oohs and aahs about the salted nut squares in last column and omitted the recipe. You will have to buy two (10-ounce) bags of peanut butter chips to get enough. You can’t get by with one package. The squares will never set up. Don’t ask me how I know.

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Remember you can make your own strawberry pie filling from the recipe I shared when I was mad at the canned stuff folks. I made mine with fresh strawberries for today’s recipe and was delighted with the taste and consistency. It adds a little more time to the preparation of the dessert, but …

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I was sorely tempted to use store bought fresh(ish) salsa. It is convenient, right tasty and so on. I looked at the “use by: date and gently returned it to its place in the grocery store fridge. I don’t use “fresh” food that “keeps” for months.

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The last time I had a sloppy Joe I poured some sauce out if a can into some cooked hamburger meat and bought a bag of Merita bread buns. I think this was in the late ‘60s. And the sandwich was sloppy. Today’s recipe certainly didn’t come out of a can and I don’t think it’s nearly as sloppy. …

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There’s redbud, dogwood, locust, blackberry, whippoorwill and yet another called linsey-woolsey britches winter. So named for the plant, tree, birds seen for the first time or for the heavier clothes needed again after “real” winter is passed. Spring always comes and some of today’s recipes …

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I love tacos. I even ate a fish taco once. Not my favorite. The recipe on the back of the seasoning blend package is great, but today's recipe sounded so good, I couldn't wait to adjust it to my tastes and pass it on to you to do the same thing. I almost balked at French dressing in taco fil…

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When you prepare chicken every Monday for over 15 years, your regular guests better like chicken, and you better find some really good recipes. I still love chicken and I think today’s dish will come up more often. I added about half a cup of grated carrot, diced yellow squash and zucchini t…

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Before we start cooking, I’ve learned a time saver I want to share. Dig out your salad shooter or go over to your daughter’s house and tell her you want it back. Use it to grate cold, cold (not frozen) butter when you need to cut butter into pie crusts or into any mixture such as the strawbe…

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I ate a Pop-Tart once when they first came out. I haven’t eaten another one. Therefore, it never occurred to me to make my own until I saw a recipe for a similar breakfast treat. You can fill it with anything you want. I’m going to use seedless strawberry jam next time. It was suggested to s…

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I think I’ve mentioned before I’m one of those people who swears cilantro tastes like soap. I’ve exchanged parsley for it in today’s recipes. Feel free to change it back. And, research the health benefits. It is really good for you. The use of cilantro and coriander dates back centuries.

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It’s French, it’s English, it’s American South. It’s creme anglaise, it’s sweet cream, it’s ice cream base, it’s boiled custard! The recipes are mostly identical. The cooking methods are mostly identical. Cook and stir until the mixture coats the back of a spoon is the universal directions. …

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My friend Marie Nichols and I try to meet halfway one Saturday a year to giggle and gossip. We meet in Maggie Valley, take some of our own food and try to impress each other with a new recipe. She won with a delicious pineapple-coconut pie. We didn’t throw out my curried chicken salad. We ha…

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I don’t know who wakes up in the middle of the night and decides what the next “in” vegetable or fruit is going to be until somebody else wakes up and decides it’s something else. I remember when it was carrots; don’t remember what else until kale was “it.” Now, I understand it’s caulifiower…