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Corn and Jalapeno Jam Muffins from Texas Home Cooking

What was your first “surprise” food? If you are like me, it was a Hostess cupcake: chocolate frosting with a vanilla swirl on top over chocolate cake with that gooey white filling. I admit that after the first 100 or so, I stopped being surprised but I was always pleased. I still am. Here’s a…

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Tomatillo Salad Dressing

For this tomatillo week, I’ve had lots of fun exploring page after page of tomatillo recipes. There are salsas aplenty, of course, but it’s been enlightening to find other tomatillo uses — ones that just would not have popped into my head. Here, for example, is a Tomatillo Salad Dressing using lots of ingredients you…

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Appalachian Egg Rolls with Smoked Jalapeño Sauce, Pickled Bnions, and Pulled Pork

  I recently posted a review of Tupelo Honey Café: New Southern Flavors from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Author Elizabeth Sims and her collaborator, Chef Brian Sonoskus, have compiled a second volume of dishes representing the lively fare of the Tupelo Honey Café chain. Spread across the mid-South, the cafes greet you with biscuits and a…

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Sangria Caliente from Sangria by Mittie Hellmich

  The planet is experiencing rapid growth: population, pollution, and mixologists. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I do not have bad associations with that mixologist word. In fact, when I retire, I am going to open up a B&B: Bar and Bakery. But as the number of mixologists grow, as they each get their 15…

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