Summer Pasta

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Even though Fall doesn’t officially begin until September 22nd this year, in my eyes, Fall always begins on September 1st. This is when I think it’s socially acceptable to start decorating in those wonderful Autumn colors and eating all things pumpkin! So if this is true, then August 31st is sort of the last day of summer.

Heartwood Restaurant

Review of Heartwood Restaurant

A great new place has come to Abingdon, Virginia – Heartwood Artisan Gateway. Heartwood is several great things wrapped into one location: an Appalachian cultural center where local artists can display and sell their crafts, an event venue where regional musicians can share their music, a great restaurant using local meat and produce, and a coffee and wine bar providing regional beverages. The building itself is beautiful and unique architecturally and functionally.

Quick Shepherd’s Pie

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In the mood for Shepherd’s Pie but don’t have the normal 2 or so hours required for the recipe? This shortcut recipe should satisfy your craving! Like most of our shortcuts, this meal can be adapted to your tastes and what you have on hand.

Beach Party Cupcakes

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Alas! It’s that time of year when all those youngsters put on their back to school outfits, pack up their pencils and binders, and say goodbye to summer as they head back to school. This signifies a time of mourning for my family – Herb, my mother, my sister, my brother-in-law, and several of my best friends are teachers!

Sweet Potato Fries

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We love sweet potato fries! It seems like sweet potato fries have really caught on in the past couple of years. Even Burger King offers them as an alternative to regular french fries! Sweet potatoes are naturally packed with flavor and don’t need much to be added to make them into delicious fries!

Chicken Marsala II

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This is our second attempt at chicken Marsala (thus the extremely innovative title of chicken Marsala II!) This delicious version of the dish is adapted from Giada’s Chicken with Mustard Mascarpone Marsala Sauce. What a mouthful (pun intended!)

Beef Taco Skillet

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This Mexican themed recipe is a very flexible meal that can be altered depending on what you have on hand. Depending on your taste buds, you can spice this recipe up or keep it relatively tame – it’s up to you! We love to serve this with tortilla chips and eat it like a Mexican chili.

Snickerdoodle Cookies

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I was in the mood to bake something sweet, but didn’t want to do a full dessert recipe. After all, I do have a wedding dress to fit in very soon! So I did what everyone does when they have a question. I went to Google! I searched ‘dessert for two’, and as it turns out, there is actually a cooking website titled dessertfortwo.com. Just what I needed!

Chocolate Meringue Pie

Chocolate Meringue Pie Recipe

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This chocolate pie recipe is adapted from The Little Black Book of Chocolate.

Our family has tried several chocolate pie recipes, but this is HANDS DOWN the best one. I get requests for this pie on special occasions. Today I’m making it at my sister’s request in honor of her graduation with her Master’s degree!

Breaded Ranch Chicken

Breaded ranch chicken tenders recipe

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This recipe is a family favorite of ours that we took from a church cookbook. It’s a very simple and inexpensive main dish. There are several ways that you can tweak it depending on the ingredients you have on hand with great results (notice all the ‘OR’s in the recipe!).

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