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I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season! This year we tried several new recipes for Thanksgiving that I will be sharing. We also ventured into making a deep-fried turkey with a deep fryer that can be used within the house. The day before the turkey was injected with a butter and garlic marinade and …

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A cold chicken salad is always nice on a hot summer day! When making a salad, a purchased rotisserie chicken saves time and eliminates heating the oven. Grilling a marinade chicken breast is also another great option. Many supermarkets are now selling grilled or cooked chicken to quickly throw together a salad. There are not …

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This is a wonderful dish that I adapted from Beachbody for Thanksgiving. If you are doing the 21-Day Fix Challenge or any of the other Beachbody challenges, be sure to follow their recipe for the correct container conversion. This dish was a great healthy substitute for traditional stuffing and dressing. I do not really care …

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I love mashed potatoes and over the years have explored many different recipes. This year our Thanksgiving menu was focused around healthier versions of our classic recipes. Instead of adding sour cream, cream cheese, and a lot of butter I used parsnips. They added a wonderful sweetness eliminating the need for those high calorie, fat …

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The holidays! Many people enjoy the traditional dishes but it is also nice to change them up a bit. Fresh green beans are just wonderful – especially if they are al dente! Typically I like mine steamed with no dressing. But for the holidays why not add some walnuts, cranberries, blue cheese and you have …

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Is everyone dreaming of recipes for their holidays menus – whether they are old favorite recipes that have sentimental memories or looking for new recipes to blend in with the favorites! This baked asparagus is a simple recipe to assemble and with the blend of soy sauce and balsamic vinegar it is a yummy way …

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Are you putting together your Thanksgiving dinner menu? I tend to make changes each year to keep the menu fresh and unexpected! Are you looking for a recipe for mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes? This is a great way to present them by actually combining them together. I saw this approach in a few magazines …

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