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  • Derby Day Cocktail-in-a-Cube

    Gelatin shots may seem so freshman year, but sophisticated versions are back with a vengeance. If it's a cocktail, you likely can find it in jelly-fied form. We especially love this stylish Southern take on the classic Derby Day drink. You can make it up to a week ahead and garnish just before serving. Best of all, you don't need silver julep cups for a sophisticated presentation.

    Mint Julep Gelées
    Mint Julep GeléesMint Julep GeléesIngredients
    2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
    2 cups cold water
    1/2 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 cup bourbon
    Garnishes: fresh mint sprigs, coarse sparkling sugar

    Preparation
    Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in a medium saucepan. Let stand 5 minutes. Add mint leaves and sugar. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, 3 to 5 minutes or until steaming. Let stand 15 minutes. Remove and discard mint leaves. Stir in bourbon. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 9- x 5-inch loaf pan. Chill 4 hours to 1 week. Cut into squares. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs and coarse

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  • 5 Festive Mini Appetizers

    These bite-size versions of our favorite Southern foods are adorable finger foods fit for your next party!

    Chicken Salad Tarts
    Chicken Salad TartsChicken Salad Tarts
    Ingredients

    1
    (1.9-oz.) package frozen mini phyllo pastry shells
    3/4 cup
    store-bought chicken salad
    Mango slices

    Blackberries

    Basil sprigs

    Preparation
    1.
    Crisp pastry shells according to package directions; cool. Spoon chicken salad into cooled shells. Gently place 1 fresh mango sliver onto chicken salad in each shell, shaping mango sliver to resemble a flower. Place 1 small piece of blackberry and 1 small basil sprig next to each mango slice.


    Crab Cake Hush Puppies

    Crab Cake Hush PuppiesCrab Cake Hush Puppies

    Ingredients
    1 cup
    self-rising white cornmeal mix
    1/2 cup
    self-rising flour
    3
    green onions, thinly sliced
    1/2 cup
    finely chopped red bell pepper
    1 tablespoon
    sugar
    1/4 teaspoon
    salt
    8 ounces
    fresh lump crabmeat, picked
    1
    large egg
    3/4 cup
    beer
    Vegetable oil

    Preparation
    1. Stir together cornmeal mix, flour, green onions, bell pepper, sugar, and salt in a large Read More »from 5 Festive Mini Appetizers
  • Crowd-Pleasing Tea Sandwiches

    Make these darling tea sandwiches at your next shower or ladies luncheon.
    Crowd-Pleasing Tea SandwichesCrowd-Pleasing Tea Sandwiches
    Choose your favorite fillings, and prepare up to a day ahead. Plan on 1⁄4 cup filling for each whole sandwich.

    Freeze bread slices until firm. (This makes it easier to trim and cut the sandwiches.)
    Trim crusts from bread with a long serrated knife after sandwiches are filled; cut each sandwich into 4 triangles.

    Make sandwiches up to 4 hours ahead. Place in an airtight container, cover loosely with wax paper and a damp paper towel, cover, and refrigerate.


    Ham Salad

    Process 1 lb. chopped baked ham, in batches, in a food processor until coarsely ground, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Place ground ham in a bowl, and stir in 3 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and grated; 2⁄3 cup mayonnaise; and 1⁄2 cup finely chopped sweet-hot pickled okra. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spread on: rye bread slices. Makes: about 3 cups

    Curried Shrimp
    Stir together 2 1⁄2 cups finely chopped peeled and deveined, cooked shrimp

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  • Maple Bacon Cupcakes

    This cupcake is without a doubt most men's favorite. You can see the smile as soon as they spot that crisp bacon strip resting on top of the golden maple frosting. It's the wonderful combination of salty and sweet together. We suggest about half a slice of bacon on each cupcake, but feel free to add as much as you want.


    Maple Bacon Cupcakes

    Maple Bacon CupcakesMaple Bacon Cupcakes
    Ingredients
    Butter Cake:

    1 cup
    butter, softened
    1 1/2 cups
    sugar
    4
    large eggs
    3 cups
    all-purpose soft-wheat flour
    1 tablespoon
    baking powder
    1 teaspoon
    salt
    1 cup
    milk
    2 teaspoons
    vanilla extract
    Paper baking cups

    Vegetable cooking spray


    Maple Frosting:
    1 cup
    butter
    1
    (16-oz.) package dark brown sugar
    1/2 cup
    evaporated milk
    1/4 teaspoon
    baking soda
    1 tablespoon
    light corn syrup
    4 cups
    powdered sugar
    2 teaspoons
    maple flavoring

    Toppings:
    12
    cooked bacon slices, broken to pieces

    Preparation:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating Read More »from Maple Bacon Cupcakes
  • Pretty, Quick-Toss Pastas

    Take a breather from that jar of marinara and freshen up your dishes with seasonal vegetables and lightweight sauces in these three tasty recipes!

    Roasted Vegetable Gnocchi with Spinach-Herb Pesto
    Roasted Vegetable Gnocchi with Spinach-Herb PestoRoasted Vegetable Gnocchi with Spinach-Herb Pesto
    Ingredients
    6
    yellow squash (about 1 1/4 lb.)
    8
    sweet mini bell peppers
    2 tablespoons
    olive oil
    1 teaspoon
    salt
    1/2 teaspoon
    coarsely ground pepper
    1
    (16-oz.) package gnocchi*
    Spinach-Herb Pesto

    1/2
    (5-oz.) package baby spinach
    1/4
    to 1/3 cup (1 to 1 1/2 oz.) freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

    Preparation
    1. Preheat oven to 425°. Cut squash into 1-inch pieces. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; remove seeds. Stir together squash, bell peppers, oil, salt, and ground pepper. Arrange vegetables in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan, and bake 15 minutes. Stir and bake 5 minutes or until tender and golden.
    2. Cook gnocchi according to package directions in a Dutch oven; drain. Return to Dutch oven. Add Spinach-Herb Pesto to gnocchi, and toss to coat. Add squash mixture and spinach, and

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  • The Mother of All Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches

    Grill the mother of all pimiento cheese sandwiches by adding bacon and strawberry preserves for a sweet and cheesy treat. Better plan on second helpings-it's that good!

    "Some Like It Hot" Grilled Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches
    Makes: 8 servings Hands-On Time: 20 min. Total Time: 1 hr., including pimiento cheese

    Ingredients
    Miss Mattie's Southern Pimiento Cheese
    1/3 cup butter, softened
    16 sourdough bread slices
    16 thick applewood-smoked bacon slices, cooked
    Strawberry preserves

    Preparation
    1. Prepare Miss Mattie's Southern Pimiento Cheese as directed.
    2. Butter 1 side of each bread slice. Place 8 bread slices, buttered sides down, on a hot griddle or in a large skillet over medium heat.
    3. Spread 1/2 cup pimiento cheese over each bread slice on griddle. Top each with 2 cooked bacon slices.
    4. Place remaining 8 bread slices, buttered sides up, on bacon. Turn sandwiches, and cook 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown. (Pimiento cheese should be slightly melted.) Serve with strawberry

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  • 3 Party-Perfect Sheet Cakes

    Use these sheet cake recipes and other delicious cake recipes for your next party. They require a little prep and decorating but are oh-so-good!

    Heavenly Angel Food Cake

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  • Quick Ideas for Breakfast-On-the-Go

    Increase your chances of living a healthier, happier life by eating a well-balanced breakfast daily. Crunched for time in the morning? Here are some ideas for a nutritious option on your way out the door:

    • Top whole wheat waffles with a tablespoon of peanut butter.
    • Toss fruit and yogurt in the blender to whip up a quick smoothie.
    • Mix together dried fruit, toasted seeds, and nuts for a protein-packed pick-me-up.
    • Prepare low-fat muffins ahead, freeze, and pop in the microwave before leaving.

    Healthy Benefits

    • Studies show that eating breakfast improves your overall nutrition, ability to concentrate, and ability to maintain your weight.
    • Aim to incorporate starch, fiber, and fat into your breakfast to maintain satiety throughout the morning.

    Related: Delicious Ideas for Cranberries

    Recipe: Lemon-Raspberry Muffins


    Ingredients

    2 1/4 cups
    all-purpose flour, divided
    1/2 cup
    sugar
    2 1/2 teaspoons
    baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon
    salt
    1
    (8-ounce) container lemon yogurt
    1/2 cup

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  • Easy Fixes for Store-Bought Easter Ham

    Honey-Bourbon Glazed HamHoney-Bourbon Glazed HamCooking your own Easter ham might seem like a bit of an endeavor. With family running around, brunches to attend, and all the Easter sides and desserts to make, fussing with baking a ham might be the last thing you want to do. Buying a store-bought ham is an easy shortcut. You can find them smoked, honey-baked, bone-in, boneless, and in a variety of sizes to meet your needs. Just add a few special touches to create an impressive Easter spread with very little effort.

    Related: How To Cook a Perfect Easter Ham

    Where To Buy Your Easter Ham
    You can find precooked Easter hams at many specialty stores and larger stores such as The HoneyBaked Ham Company and Heavenly Ham. Many local country clubs offer Easter hams and sides that you can order, and some churches sell them as fund-raisers.

    You can also order your Easter ham from small Southern producers that have specialized in curing ham for decades with time-honored methods and traditions. Here are some of our favorites:

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  • 3 Quick-Fix Taco Suppers

    Put together a flavor fiesta in no time! These tasty taco recipes are all perfect for an easy weeknight meal.

    Southwest Shrimp Tacos
    Serve with hot sauce, Mexican crema or regular sour cream, and chopped radishes.
    Southwest Shrimp TacosSouthwest Shrimp Tacos
    Ingredients
    10 to 12 (10-inch) wooden skewers
    2 pounds unpeeled, large raw shrimp (21/25 count)
    Vegetable cooking spray
    2 tablespoons hot sauce
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 1/2 teaspoons ancho chile powder
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    16 to 20 (8-inch) soft taco-size corn or flour tortillas
    3 cups shredded cabbage
    1 cup grated carrots
    Lime wedges

    Preparation
    1. Soak skewers in water 20 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, peel shrimp; devein, if desired. Coat cold cooking grate of grill with cooking spray, and place on grill. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat.
    3. Toss shrimp with hot sauce and next 4 ingredients. Thread shrimp onto skewers. Grill shrimp, covered with grill lid, 1 to 2 minutes on each side or just until shrimp turn pink. Grill

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