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!

With our current weather trend, I have had guests enjoying warm, comforting foods like the potato casserole and vegetable pie. Other guests wanted light sweet tea party food. I always make the traditional tea sandwiches but have fallen in love with the new one I found using sweet, nutty, cinnamon filling and cinnamon bread. With a little drizzle of icing, it could be dessert. Chicken salad is a year-round favorite with savory additions or with fruit and nuts. I love them both.

Walnut Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches

4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature

3 tablespoons, packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup lightly toasted walnuts (May use pecans)

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Your favorite sliced cinnamon raisin bread

Combine sandwich filling. Stir until smooth. Spread generously on bread. Cut bread in desired shapes. Grill lightly as for grilled cheese, if desired.

Waldorf Chicken Salad

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

3 cups chopped, cooked chicken

1 cup red grape halves (Quarter if very large)

1 sweet/tart apple, diced

1 cup diced celery

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup honey mustard

Salt and pepper to taste

Add 1/2 cup golden raisins, if desired

Combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

1 1/2 pounds red potatoes, baked, cooled and cubed

8-10 slices crisply cooked bacon, crumbled

1/2 cup diced sweet onion

3 cups sour cream

2 cups shredded mozzarella

2 cups shredded cheddar

2 green onions, sliced for garnish, optional.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking with pam. Layer half of each ingredient twice. Bake casserole 20 minutes.

Vegetable Pie

2 cups small broccoli florets, blanched

1/3 cup chopped onion

1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup bisquick

1 cup milk or half and half

Salt and pepper to taste

2 eggs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with pam.

In a large bowl, toss together broccoli, onion, bell pepper and cheese.

Spoon into the prepared pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk briefly, bisquick, milk, salt, pepper and eggs.

Pour over vegetables. Bake 35-40 minutes or until softly set and golden.

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