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Fortify the Family With Crock Pot Stew

In Foodie Tips & Tidbits by Christine McKellar

It’s crock pot time. The leaves have fallen and are swept away; the frost is well past the pumpkin. For winter carnivores there is nothing like a hearty beef stew to fortify the body for the rigors of the season.  Hearty Crock Pot Stew Ingredients: 1 pound cubed beef stew meat 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 …

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How To Safely Thaw Turkey or Cook It Frozen

In Foodie Tips & Tidbits by Les Kincaid

How to Safely Thaw Turkey Plus Roasting Tips by Chef Les Kincaid   Although not regularly used in Thanksgiving dinners until the mid-1850s the cooking of turkeys has now become synonymous with the celebration and it is estimated that some 50% of the 270 million turkeys consumed in the US each year are eaten on that day. Yes, the turkey …

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Pumpkin Fritters For Fall and Football

In Foodie Tips & Tidbits by Christine McKellar

Can’t get enough of that squashy stuff? Move over zucchini bread cuz pumpkin fritters are here. These delightful little devils have a hint of curry in them too. You can make them resemble mini footballs if you drop the batter carefully enough into the hot oil. A batch of two of these should keep your football friends happy while waiting …

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Orange Marmalade And Cardamom Scones

In Foodie Tips & Tidbits by Christine McKellar

Regardless what the thermometer says, autumn is here and winter will follow. Roll up those sleeves, heat up some tea or coffee and get your behind into the kitchen and start baking and cooking. Here’s an interesting combo of bittersweet marmalade, fragrant cardamom and creamy rich butter and cream. If you pay attention and do it right, you’ll create a …

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Simple Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Quinoa

In Foodie Tips & Tidbits by Christine McKellar

Winter is just around the corner here in the West. Days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. Here’s a basic but  yummy and healthy breakfast recipe that would go well with a cool morning on the patio listening to the rooster’s boastful crowing and the coyotes mournful crying..well, in some shrinking yet still open areas that is. …

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Autumn Cream Cheese Pumpkin Dip

In Foodie Tips & Tidbits by Christine McKellar

Here’s a quick, easy and tasty dip recipe for the pipsqueaks and the pumpkin lovers in the house. Serve it well in a pumpkin shell for Peter Peter the Pumpkin eater: Happy autumn days! CREAM CHEESE PUMPKIN DIP   INGREDIENTS: 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese- softened 2 cups confectioners’ sugar 1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin Libby’s Pumpkin …