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Fall’s Favorite Flavor

Pumpkin Bread Grease and flour two 9 x 5 loaf pans. Combine and beat 15 ounces pumpkin, ½ cup water, 3 eggs, and ¾ cup vegetable oil. Mix in a separate bowl: 2½ cups flour, 2¼ cups sugar, 1½  teaspoons…

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Fresh this Fall

As summer winds down, I have found that most people think the peak harvest time for fruits and vegetables in Virginia comes to an end, too. Many of our wonderful farmers’ markets may see fewer visitors, but there is still…

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Grab-and-Go Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast Bites Defrost ½ pound breakfast sausage, and cut into bite-size pieces. In a small skillet over medium-high heat, brown sausage for 7 to 10 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove from heat. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a…

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All-American Recipes

Creamy Mac and Cheese Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rub the inside of a 2-quart casserole with butter or cooking spray. Cook ½ lb macaroni according to package directions. Drain and reserve 1 cup of pasta water. Make topping by…

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Cool Greens for Early Summer

You picked up a bunch of greens at the farmers’ market last weekend. Now what? To make weeknight dinners a little simpler, I like to have my greens ready to go. This can include any hearty-stem green such as kale,…

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Quick and Delish Berry Recipes

Strawberry and Asparagus Salad Wash 5 ounces of spinach, and place in a large family-style bowl. Cut 6 spears of the asparagus into 1-in pieces, slice 1 cup strawberries, chop 2 tablespoons cilantro, and measure out ¼ cup pine nuts.…

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Asian-Inspired Family Dishes

Snap Pea Salad with Lime Wasabi Dressing Boil water and add 1 cup snap peas. Let boil for 2 minutes. Drain. Mix 2 teaspoons wasabi paste (which can be made with wasabi powder and water), 2 tablespoons lime juice (fresh…

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Your Lucky Day

This year, enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day celebration without the artificial colors that so many stores, parties, and baked goods contain. Try some of these naturally colorful and healthy recipe ideas. Pot O’ Gold Soup Preheat oven to 350 degrees.…

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4-Course Fabulous

Apricot Curry Barbecue-Glazed Meatloaf Set oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. For apricot curry barbecue glaze: Combine 1 cup barbecue sauce,…

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Have a Heart-Healthy New Year

What is Heart Healthy Anyway? In order for a main entrée to earn the American Heart Association “heart healthy” designation, a serving must be close to Mayo Clinic guidelines, which are as follows: less than 400 calories; less than 15…

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