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Good Luck Black-Eyed Peas

A spicy version of a sourthern favorite, and you don't have to soak the peas! … 1 tablespoon olive oil … 1/4 cup finely chopped onion … 2 ounces country ham, chopped … 1 tablespoon minced garlic … 1 1/2 cups dried black-eyed peas … 1/4 teaspoon chili powder … 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin … 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper … 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes … 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander … 4 cups chicken stock … 1 teaspoon salt … freshly ground black pepper to taste … Heat oil in 2-quart heavy saucepan over high heat. Add onions and saute 1 minute.

Have a Very Crafty Christmas

Weeks ago, Christmas decorations began popping up in windows and yards all over our area. Truly, this has been a year like no other! In the 1966 Broadway musical Mame, Angela Lansbury introduced us to the song, “We Need A Little Christmas,” and it has become a classic. No doubt we could all use a BIG dose of Christmas right now! This year has taught us a lot about what truly matters. Many of our “normal” holiday activities have been cancelled, but there are so many ways to enjoy every moment of this season.

Cheffrey's Tomato Basil Bisque

5 Roma tomatoes … 1/2 yellow onion, diced … 1 tablespoon garlic … 6 large basil leaves … Parmesan cheese, shredded … 1 tablespoon black pepper and kosher salt … 1 cup heavy cream … 2 cups tomato juice … 2 cups dried crusty French bread … In a pot, sweat onions with 1 tablespoon of oil for 1-2 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook 3/4 on medium heat. Add 2 cups tomato juice, basil, salt and pepper, garlic and crusty bread... Cook for 10-12 minutes on medium heat. Use a mixer to purée. Cook for 5 more minutes with heavy cream. Garnish with fresh basil and a little shredded Parmesan... Always taste.



Fudge, Divinity and a Cussing Fit!

We are of no relation, but Janice Porterfield is what I call a “constant” in my life. She lives in my hometown and I can always count on her to be watching my family from the outside looking in. I take comfort in knowing that she’s just a phone call away when I need encouragement or sound advice. It should also be noted that Mrs. Janice can cook you the best Texas sheet cake known to man, even though she hails from Tennessee.

Christmas Punch

If you can believe it, Christmas is ten days away. Say what!? I have no clue where the first two weeks of December went. … If you’re anything like me, you still have gifts to wrap, shopping to be done and maybe even need to put up your Christmas tree. Luckily, somehow everything seems to always magically come together in the end, leaving time to sit back and enjoy the festivities with a cocktail in hand. Here is a must try Christmas punch that can be enjoyed with or without alcohol!

The Gifts of Forever

The jewelry business is an event driven business. Often jewelry is given as a gift from one person to another or as a token of some special event in a person, couple or family’s life. Some of those gifts will be special enough to be passed from one family member to another through generations. They will become the heirlooms of the family. … Sometimes an heirloom can be a particular diamond or wedding set that will be passed along. It could be a special piece of jewelry that was custom made for a special event. Most of the time it will be a piece that is timeless.

How to “Wow” with Gift Baskets

What if you could give everyone on your shopping list a personalized gift? There is something special about giving a thoughtful, personalized gift during the holidays. Friends and family will love personalized gift baskets that are tailored specifically for them. Kat Stone, with Julie's Deli & Market, tells us how to make the perfect gift basket for anyone on your nice list. … Julie's is the perfect place because their well-stocked gourmet market is packed with delicious items for everyone.

Recipe of the Week

Mediterranean HalibutINGREDIENTS … 4 - 8 oz Halibut Filets … TOPPING … 3 - Tbsp Kalamata Olives … 3 - Tbsp Sundried Tomatoes … 6 - Tbsp Mayo … 2 - Garlic Cloves … ¼ tsp Dried Oregano … ¼ tsp Dried Dill … ½ tsp Coriander … 2 - Zested Lemons plus Juice of One … 1 - Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil … Salt and Pepper to taste … … METHOD … Preheat oven to 375 degrees. … Lightly pulse ingredients in food processor.

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