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  • Tailgating Fan Fare Menu

    Deli-Fried Chicken TendersFollow this game plan for delicious pregame grub, and watch guests huddle up near the food, whether you're at home or on campus (it's easily transportable!)

    Game-Day Menu
    Mini Muffulettas
    Deli-Fried Chicken Tenders with Jalapeño-Mustard Dipping Sauce
    Warm Gumbo Dip
    Confetti Pasta Salad
    Graham Nut Clusters

    Tailgating Tips

    • Prepare sandwiches the day before the game. Place in zip-top plastic freezer bags, and refrigerate overnight.
    • You can also prepare slaw up to a day ahead, omitting apples. Chop the apples. Combine 2 cups water and 3 Tbsp. lemon juice, and pour over apples. Cover and chill apples and slaw in two separate containers overnight. Drain apples, and stir them into slaw just before serving.
    • Just before parking on campus, stop by a grocer's deli counter or the drive-through window of your favorite restaurant for fresh, hot chicken tenders.
    • Rinse gallon milk jugs and use as a spillproof way to transport cajun lemonade. And be sure to pack a
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  • Apple Chips and Caramel Dip for Fall

    Caramel Apple-Brownie CheesecakeThe snap of a crisp fall apple wrapped in caramel is one of the sweetest temptations this side of paradise. But apples and caramel can be so much more than the classic county-fair snack. Our September issue puts six new spins on the irresistable flavor combination, like this tasty Caramel Apple Dip. For the other recipes (like Caramel Apple-Brownie Cheesecake) see our Indulgent Caramel Apple Desserts gallery.

    Caramel Apple Dip
    Makes: 4 Servings

    Ingredients
    1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
    1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
    1 tablespoon granulated sugar
    Fresh apple slices

    Preparation
    1. Stir together first 3 ingredients just until blended. Spoon mixture into a 10-oz. ramekin; level and smooth surface with a spatula. Cover and chill 2 to 8 hours.
    2. Preheat broiler with oven rack 5 inches from heat. Sprinkle granulated sugar over mixture in ramekin. Fill an 8-inch cake pan with

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  • 6 Ways to Make a Perfect Cookie

    Customize Your Cookie

    With the new school year in full swing and holiday season coming up just around the corner, we're going to guess you've got cookies in mind. Whether you're thinking of making them for your kiddos' bake sale, as a hostess gift, or even if you're planning ahead for a stunning cookie swap ('cause we totally are), we've got just what you need to make your cookies the talk of the town.

    In order to remain stress-free and still achieve optimum results, we recommend going with a classic icebox cookie. The recipe is straightforward, customizable, and you can chill it for up to 3 days before you slice and bake you treats. Here's our Icebox Butter Cookie Recipe, followed by six of our top-ranked stir-ins (praline pecan, anyone?).

    Icebox Butter CookieIcebox Butter Cookies
    Makes: 8-10 dozen
    *Test Kitchen Tip: Bake 8 minutes for a soft and chewy cookie or up to 12 minutes for a crisp cookie.

    Ingredients
    1 cup butter, softened
    1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
    1/2 cup firmly packed

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  • Try a Healthy Southern Indulgence

    Roasted Vegetable Loaded PotatoesRoasted Vegetable Loaded PotatoesEnjoying Southern food doesn't have to be a guilty pleasure. We've transformed quite a few classic Southern meals from heavy to healthy so you can indulge, guilt-free. One of our favorites is this lightened up version of Baked Potatoes. Skip the oversized scoops of butter and sour cream and bring in the good-for-you toppings!

    Roasted Vegetable Loaded Potatoes

    Ingredients
    3 cups chopped fresh cauliflower
    2 cups sliced fresh Brussels sprouts
    1/2 medium-size red onion, sliced
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    Basic Baked Potatoes
    1/4 cup golden raisins
    1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts
    2 tablespoons lite bottled Italian vinaigrette

    Preparation
    1. Preheat oven to 400°. Toss together first 6 ingredients on a lightly greased 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan.

    2. Prepare potatoes as directed. Bake cauliflower mixture, with potatoes, 25 minutes or until cauliflower is brown,

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  • Make Weeknight Dinners a Breeze

    Grilled Steaks BalsamicoThe secret to getting dinner on the table fast during the week? No, it's not take out. It's planning! Pick out the five meals you're going to cook next week now and shop for the ingredients this weekend. Better yet, pick meals that you can prepare in less than an hour. We've got a whole Pinterest board filled with 30-minutes-or-less meals and 101 Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes online. Our favorites? Recipes like this beautiful Grilled Steaks Balsamico that not only comes together in 33 minutes but is ready with just six ingredients! You could spring for a pre-tossed salad at the market and still go through the express aisle. This way, you'll spend less time in the kitchen and more time around the table.

    Grilled Steaks Balsamico

    Ingredients
    2/3 cup balsamic vinaigrette
    1/4 cup fig preserves
    4 (6- to 8-ounce) boneless beef chuck-eye steaks
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    1 (6.5-ounce) container buttery garlic-and-herb spreadable cheese


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  • Host a Canning Party!

    Get CanningWhat's more Southern than canning a whole mess of produce? We've got a simple Three-Step Guide to Puttin' Up that will teach you the ropes, and recipes to make the most of your pickled veggies. This weekend is the perfect time to host a canning party, so invite all your friends over to practice this time-honored Southern tradition, and serve this Pickled Squash Quesadilla for inspiration.

    Pickled Squash Quesadilla

    Pickled Summer Squash Quesadillas

    Ingredients
    1/2 cup freshly shredded pepper Jack cheese
    1 soft taco-size flour tortilla
    2 tablespoons chopped Judy's Pickled Squash
    1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
    1/2 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeño pepper
    Sour cream


    Preparation
    Sprinkle cheese on 1 side of tortilla; top with Judy's Pickled Squash, cilantro, and jalapeño pepper. Fold in half. Cook in a lightly greased nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Cut into wedges, and serve with sour cream.




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  • 22 Creative Watermelon Recipes

    No Fuss Fish FryWatermelons are a classic summer road stand fruit that sometimes goes to waste because they're so large. We've compiled all our favorite watermelon recipes from past summers and put them on this slideshow so you can make the most of every last bite.

    Our favorite? Instant Watermelon Pops. Here's the recipe:

    Instant Watermelon Pops

    Ingredients
    Watermelon wedges
    Flavored salts
    Freshly ground pepper
    Local honey
    Fresh lime juice
    Ground red pepper
    Schnapps


    Preparation
    Cut a 1-inch slit into the rind of a just-cut watermelon wedge, and insert a wooden stick. Serve pops a variety of ways: Sprinkle with flavored salts and freshly ground pepper, drizzle with local honey and fresh lime juice, dust with red pepper, or add a splash of schnapps.

    Related: 50 Fresh Summer Peach Recipes
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  • The Perfect Summer Fish Fry

    No Fuss Fish FryOne of our favorite summer traditions is having a fish fry. It's fresh and perfect for an outdoor meal, and our No-Fuss Fish Fry is so easy to pull together! Also on the menu: bean salad, peach-ginger slaw, and, of course, hush puppies.

    Get started with the Beer-Battered Fried Fish, and head over to SouthernLiving.com for the rest of the recipes.

    Beer-Battered Fried Fish
    Yield: Makes 8 servings

    Ingredients
    Vegetable oil
    2 pounds grouper fillets, cut into pieces
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 (12-oz.) bottle beer
    1 teaspoon hot sauce


    Preparation
    1. Pour oil to depth of 3 inches into a large Dutch oven; heat to 360°.
    2. Meanwhile, sprinkle fish with salt and pepper.
    3. Whisk together flour and next 2 ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk in beer and hot sauce. Dip fish in batter, allowing excess batter to drip off.
    4. Gently lower fish into hot

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  • Freshen Up Dinner with a Summer Salad

    Lemon-Basil Shrimp SaladIt's so hot outside, we find ourselves constantly craving cold sushi. The last thing anyone needs is a warm kitchen and a mouth full of piping hot food. So instead of laboring over dinner tonight, throw together a satisfying salad. This Lemon-Basil Shrimp Salad is a reader favorite and the super fun Parmesan cheese baskets that work as serving dishes will be a hit with everyone.

    We've got a whole gallery where that came from, guaranteed to keep you cool until the end of the summer. Check out all our quick and delicious summer salads on SouthernLiving.com.


    Lemon-Basil Shrimp Salad

    Yield: Makes 8 servings

    Ingredients
    3 pounds unpeeled, cooked large shrimp
    1 large red onion, sliced
    1 red bell pepper, sliced
    1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
    Lemon-Basil Marinade
    1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
    16 cups salad greens
    8 Parmesan Baskets (recipe here)
    Fresh Lemon Vinaigrette

    Preparation
    1. Peel shrimp, and devein, if desired. Place shrimp and next 4

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  • Colorful Food is Good for You

    Roasted Asparagus SaladIn order to give your body all the nutrients it needs, it's important to always have fruits and vegetables make their way on to your plate. And the richer it's color, the more packed with nutrients that fruit or veggie is. This Roasted Asparagus Salad works on its own as a vegetarian meal or as a delicious side, and best of all, it's got those strong colors that mean you're eating right.

    Check out 24 other colorful meals that help boost your nutrition on SouthernLiving.com.

    Roasted Asparagus Salad
    Yield: Makes 8 servings

    Ingredients
    1 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus
    1/2 cup olive oil, divided
    1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, divided
    1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
    1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
    1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1 cup halved cherry tomatoes (about 1/2 pt.)
    1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
    1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
    1 head Bibb lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
    1 avocado,

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