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5 Yard Updates you can Complete in a Fall Weekend

5 Yard Updates you can Complete in a Fall Weekend

If you love spending time in your yard, the end of summer can mark a period of sadness thinking about the colder temperatures and shorter days you must endure before getting back outside. One sure cure for the blues is looking forward to something fun. Get a head start on spring and use the time […]

Forget ‘Wine Rules’: 4 Unconventional Wine Pairings for Guys

Forget ‘Wine Rules’: 4 Unconventional Wine Pairings for Guys

Have you ever looked at a wine list and wished it actually told you what the wine tastes like? Have you ever wanted wine connoisseurs to stop swirling and sniffing, and just take a big sip? Well, you’re not alone. And American craft wine, The Federalist, and Dan Dunn want to do something about it. […]

Go Beyond Pecan Pie this Holiday Season

Go Beyond Pecan Pie this Holiday Season

When deciding which dishes to serve this year at holiday gatherings, consider going beyond traditional recipes and use beloved seasonal ingredients in new ways. For example, while pecan pie is top of mind for many dessert-makers, it’s also a perfect time to make new dishes with an ingredient like pecans, also known as The Original […]

Stress-Free Holiday Entertaining Tips

Stress-Free Holiday Entertaining Tips

The holiday season is meant for spending quality time with friends and family, not stressing out over hosting. With some simple tips, you can cut down on hectic preparations while creating a memorable holiday full of food and fun guests can savor. Consider these suggestions from the entertaining experts at Real California Milk: Plan Ahead […]

Watch what you Heat: 5 Kitchen Safety Tips

Watch what you Heat: 5 Kitchen Safety Tips

Cooking equipment is the top cause of home fires, and the second leading cause of home fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). “Considered to be one of the more preventable types of fires, kitchen fires can be avoided by following a few common-sense guidelines,” says Tarsila Wey, director of marketing at […]

Four Simple Ways to Tune up your Nutrition and Live Healthier Longer

Four Simple Ways to Tune up your Nutrition and Live Healthier Longer

Just about everyone feels like they could use a little extra pep in their day, that surge of energy to get things done and enjoy their favorite activities. This is especially true as we age. However, very few people actually feel as if they have the energy they need. The stress of modern life, poor […]

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3 Popular Eating Plans You’ll See in 2019

3 Popular Eating Plans You’ll See in 2019

If you’re thinking about revamping how you eat in the new year, you might want to think twice about the trendy dairy-free plans that crop up on your social media feed – as they could leave you missing out on nutrients you need. Three of the most popular and health-promoting eating plans of the moment […]

How a Healthy Gut can be Good for your Well-Being

How a Healthy Gut can be Good for your Well-Being

Whether it’s eating too many slices of pizza or constantly getting takeout, most of us have slipped on our good eating habits at one time or another. But is avoiding unhealthy foods enough to keep our bodies in top shape? While gut health is not something many people consider, Mayo Clinic experts agree that it […]

How To Find The Best Portable Grill For You

How To Find The Best Portable Grill For You

Fall is upon us and in most parts of the country, we will be seeing lower temperatures that lend themselves perfectly to grilling. From barbecues to tailgating, birthdays to camping, there are a plethora of wonderful opportunities for us to relish in the purest joy that is grilling in the great outdoors.   Now, we’re […]

5 Fantastic Energy-Boosting Snack Recipes

5 Fantastic Energy-Boosting Snack Recipes

Whether its back to school or marathon season, many people are focused on nutrition and training. Building up endurance is key, but you can’t do that without the fuel your body needs. Wholesome energy-boosting snacks are essential for keeping up the pace, whether you’re focused on a walk, 5K or full marathon. There are a […]

Behind the label: Decoding certifications in the shopping aisle

Behind the label: Decoding certifications in the shopping aisle

When we visit the grocery store, we’ve become accustomed to a dizzying array of options. There are food labels touting everything from food safety to environmental and ethical standards. Making the best decision for your family, your health and the good of the planet is important, but how can you possibly keep track of what […]

Sweet, Simple After-School Snacking

Sweet, Simple After-School Snacking

Sponsored Content With school back in full swing, the days will be full, packed with classes, homework and after-school sports, music and other extracurricular activities. To make the most of all these endeavors, it’s important to eat well to sustain the critical energy and focus required throughout the day. Smart fueling includes keeping nourishing snacks […]

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4 Ways to Bring Classic Character to Your Kitchen

4 Ways to Bring Classic Character to Your Kitchen

In today’s stainless steel world filled with clean lines, sharp angles and sleek kitchen accessories, it may seem daunting to achieve the perfect antique style for your kitchen. While it’s true that blending looks from the past with modern-day functionality can be challenging, you don’t have to be a famous designer to create the kitchen […]

Fuss-Free Holiday Recipe Inspiration

Fuss-Free Holiday Recipe Inspiration

Hosting holiday dinners can be stressful, even for the most seasoned home cooks. Between gift giving, cookie baking, home decorating and more, there’s often little time left to think through a festive feast for a hungry crowd of family and friends. While the main entree and dessert are usually the first courses to be accounted […]

Simple Sides for Holiday Entertaining

Simple Sides for Holiday Entertaining

Preparing side dishes can be time consuming. Save those precious minutes to enjoy the holidays by using refrigerated, never-frozen options like mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, baked apples and even macaroni and cheese that can be heated in the microwave and ready to serve in minutes. Like many hosts, you are likely searching for perfection […]

Party Prep Pointers for Stress-Free Holiday Entertaining

Party Prep Pointers for Stress-Free Holiday Entertaining

Thoughts of hosting and entertaining during one of the busiest seasons of the year can be stressful. With so much party preparation for the holidays, from decor to drinks and appetizers to activities, it’s easy to see how even the most experienced hosts can get a little flustered. One way to make sure you get […]

Game Day Entertaining Tips

Game Day Entertaining Tips

Just like your favorite sports team, hosting a winning big-game party or tailgate takes planning, preparation and teamwork. To make your festivities fun-filled, remember these entertaining tips that are sure to score big with your fans. 5 Tips to Tackle a Tasty Game Day Menu Scatter the refreshments. Help direct movement and traffic flow by […]

Healthy Holiday Appetizers

Healthy Holiday Appetizers

Light Bites for Healthier Holidays For those who are always on the go leading up to the holidays, the season can feel more like madness than merrymaking. From planning get-togethers to building out a perfect menu for the events, there can be difficulties for hosts and guests alike to ensure proper nutrition is still top […]

Reviews

Barbecue Review: The Shed – Ocean Springs, MS

Barbecue Review: The Shed – Ocean Springs, MS

Hello friends! On a recent trip, I had the pleasure of going to one of my favorite barbecue haunts: The Shed in Ocean Springs, MS. This is the tale of the tasty treats that I experienced. My Barbecue Review. The main course I opted for two of their entrees. First, I chose their “Wangs”. The […]

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It’s always Barbecue time somewhere with Pitmaster’s Finest Merchandise! Cookbooks, Gourmet Food, Rubs, Spices, Grills, Smokers, Tshirts, Aprons, Sauces , Marinades and much more! We have great gifts for the barbecue and beer geek in your life, or maybe a little something for yourself! Please visit our Shop page to find everything your looking for! […]

New Orleans Barbecue: Stews and ‘Que

New Orleans Barbecue: Stews and ‘Que

New Orleans is home to a vast array of food traditions, but it is best known for Creole cooking. At one time, it may have been possible to say that Creole cooking was the fancier cooking of New Orleans with more European influences and Cajun cooking the simpler food of the country folk, but this […]

BBQ Review: The Smokehouse of Laurel – Mississippi

BBQ Review: The Smokehouse of Laurel – Mississippi

Like any Pitmaster in competition, you have good days and bad days, good recipes and great recipes. To Find more Barbecue in your area, check out the BBQ Directory at Pitmasterandthecook.com/home

Comfort Food Review: Estelle’s Southern Cuisine – Laurel, MS

Comfort Food Review: Estelle’s Southern Cuisine – Laurel, MS

There are two reasons this location is included in my review of great barbecue restaurants. First, the ribs are excellent and the offerings are buffet style, so it’s all you can eat. And second, the sides and peripherals are so varied and delicious that its’s worth going just to make a meal out of the veggies.  

BBQ Review: Stonewall Barbecue – Oakgrove, MS

BBQ Review: Stonewall Barbecue – Oakgrove, MS

The star of the plate was the smoked chicken. Wow, it was a perfectly smoked bird. The chicken was tender, moist, and delicious. I was a little saddened when I had exhausted all that was in my meal, and again, it was a full leg quarter. The rub added a good crisp to the meat’s juicy, succulent texture.  

Recipes

Crunchy Sweet Potato Casserole

Crunchy Sweet Potato Casserole

Jazz up your traditional sweet potato casserole with some nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, walnuts and crunchy cornflakes. The holidays never tasted sweeter! For more holiday recipes, go to culinary.net. Crunchy Sweet Potato Casserole • 5-6 sweet potatoes, mashed • 1/2 cup butter, melted • 1/4 cup sugar • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar • 2 […]

Gain Control with Protein Power

Gain Control with Protein Power

It’s a common scenario: no time for breakfast, so you’re snacking on something sweet in the break room at 9 a.m. Two hours later you hit the vending machine for something salty. The good news is there is an easy, healthy alternative to taking control of your appetite: protein. In fact, a growing body of […]

Breakfast Stacks

Breakfast Stacks

Start your morning with these delicious and simple Breakfast Stacks made with eggs, pancake batter and sausage. Your family will be begging for more! See video below of how to make this quick and easy recipe. For more recipes, go to www.culinary.net. Breakfast Stacks Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray 6 large eggs, lightly beaten 12 fully […]

Prepare la decoración festiva

Prepare la decoración festiva

Deliciosa comida, vino refinado, amigos y familiares. Estos son algunos de los ingredientes preferidos de la temporada festiva. Afortunadamente, es posible organizar una celebración innovadora con familiares y amigos sin gastar una fortuna. En ALDI, puede ahorrar hasta un 50% en vinos, y productos para cocinar y hornear.* Un menú con aperitivos encantadoramente presentados y […]

Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Bringing an element of elegance to your holiday celebration is easy when you start with party-pleasing ingredients, and great tasting food often starts with dairy.  For more appetizer recipes go to culinary.net. Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Mushroom Caps Recipe created by The Lemon Bowl on behalf of Milk Means More Prep time: 20 minutes Cook […]

Fuss-Free Holiday Recipe Inspiration

Fuss-Free Holiday Recipe Inspiration

Hosting holiday dinners can be stressful, even for the most seasoned home cooks. Between gift giving, cookie baking, home decorating and more, there’s often little time left to think through a festive feast for a hungry crowd of family and friends. While the main entree and dessert are usually the first courses to be accounted […]

Outdoor Entertaining

5 Ways to Host a No-Hassle Holiday Celebration this Season

5 Ways to Host a No-Hassle Holiday Celebration this Season

The holidays are supposed to be a joyous occasion, filled with warm memories of family and friends. When it’s your turn to host, however, the holidays can quickly turn into a stressful blur that involves cleaning, decorating and cooking all before the guests even arrive! Hosting loved ones doesn’t have to be this way. Try […]

Freshen Up Holiday Entertaining

Freshen Up Holiday Entertaining

Add tasty, crunchy grapes to seasonal dishes The holiday season is typically marked by gatherings of friends and family. Whether you’re hosting overnight guests, drop-in visitors or an important seasonal meal, taking a fresh approach to the menu can make the get-together more special. As you prepare for the festivities, consider recipes that feature healthy […]

5 Hacks for Holiday Hosting

5 Hacks for Holiday Hosting

It may feel impossible to fit even more into already jam-packed days, but when the holidays roll around, entertaining and celebrating always find a way. Fortunately, you can find some shortcuts when hosting that offer plenty of festive style while also helping you avoid stressing over every detail. This year, rely on some time-saving hacks […]

A Host’s Guide to Holiday Gatherings

A Host’s Guide to Holiday Gatherings

Gearing up for a big crowd at your holiday festivities can provide moments of excitement, stress, fun and plenty of other emotions as the big dinner draws near. This year, avoid any nagging feelings of doubt with this step-by-step guide to prepare for large gatherings. A Host’s Guide to Holiday Gatherings Plan in advance. Even […]

Bacon, Baked Brie and Cranberry Party Melt Recipe

Bacon, Baked Brie and Cranberry Party Melt Recipe

A Fitting Snack for Party Festivities The to-do list for holiday hosts seems to be a never-ending one, starting with planning, guest lists and preparation then ending with goodbyes and cleanup. The hours of work that go into a festive get-together are almost always worth it in the end, and family members surely appreciate the […]

Outdoor Man Cave Tailgating Season is Here!

Outdoor Man Cave Tailgating Season is Here!

Sponsored Content It’s football time, and many Americans are making the annual pilgrimage to man caves forged in living rooms, basements or garages. There, fans hunker down for hours in the extreme comforts of recliners, snacks and drinks, and of course, mega-sized TV screens. Yet for others, the football experience is superior outside the stadium […]

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Holiday Foods with Heightened Flavor

Holiday Foods with Heightened Flavor

Holiday hosting is all about providing guests a cozy atmosphere, good company and, quite often most importantly, food that tastes as good as it looks. While mixing and matching quality ingredients for dishes that appeal to the crowd is key to achieving successful seasonal flavors, you can take it a step further with the kitchen […]

Punch It Up this Holiday Season

Punch It Up this Holiday Season

If you are looking to host an unforgettable holiday cocktail party, punch can make a memorable impression on your guests and bring your get-together to the next level. Punch reached the height of its popularity during the Victorian Age. Originally made with alcohol, it ultimately became a non-alcoholic drink largely due to the preference of […]

Fast, Flavorful and Festive Holiday Dishes

Fast, Flavorful and Festive Holiday Dishes

From office potlucks and cocktail parties to family dinners and beyond, the mealtime celebrations during the holidays are endless. Whether you’re serving as a host or bringing your signature dish to a get-together, these tips can help you own the holiday season without breaking a sweat: Stick with fewer, easy-to-find, high-quality ingredients. Look for products […]

Holiday Pairing Perfection

Holiday Pairing Perfection

The holidays are the perfect time to gather with friends and family to celebrate the season. Take the stress out of hosting by shopping at a store like ALDI for your holiday must-haves, including everything from food and wine to holiday decor and even gifts for nearly anyone on your list, helping you to save […]

Barbecued Oysters Recipe

Barbecued Oysters Recipe

Grilled oysters and beer is probably the best combo when it comes to appetizers. Not just appetizers, they can be served as a full meal with a bowl of rice, as well. The tang of brine and creamy meat go so well together in your mouth that it will get you swooning in no time. […]

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