Archive for the ‘Smart Living’ Category

Throw these tasty pecans in a mason jar with a festive ribbon for the perfect hostess gift or “take home” gift for your guests. They’re great as a snack, appetizer or even on salads. Careful, it’s easy to eat a lot of these candied pecans! Ingredients 2 cups pecans 1/2 cup granulated sugar 3 tbsp […]

As the weather cools down, there’s nothing more comforting than a warm bowl of soup served with crusty bread. This easy and quick potato leek soup makes a great starter, and is filling enough to be an entree. With a few dashes of our Holtkamp Heatwave Hot Sauce, it will definitely keep you warm this […]

Does it get any better than juicy, flavorful burgers? You can keep them casual for a delicious backyard meal, or class them up with a glass of red wine for dinner. Either way, we have some solid tips to help you build a better burger! From choosing the right beef to adding some savory ingredients, […]

Decanting serves two purposes: to separate a wine from any sediment and aerate a wine so the aroma and flavor will be more vibrant upon serving. Red wines naturally produce sediment as they age, white wines rarely do. Decanting is simply the process of separating this sediment from the wine. Here’s how to Decant Your […]

Want a great way to put some of your delicious homegrown tomatoes to use, like the ones I mentioned in my summer gardening tips? This very simple Caprese Salad is the perfect side dish for lunch or dinner, and can be on the table in no time! Don’t worry if you don’t have beautiful heirloom […]

With food prices going through the roof, why not consider growing some of your own produce? With these helpful tips below, you’ll see just how easy it can be to enjoy high quality veggies in the late spring and summer months. The nice thing about living here in metro Atlanta is enjoying a vegetable garden […]

Want an easy way to impress your sweetheart? Make these mouthwatering chocolate dipped strawberries and you’ll melt their heart! One key to this recipe is buying top quality chocolate. You don’t need much to coat the strawberries, so go for the good stuff! (Ghirardelli, Lindt, Godiva) In the candy/sweets aisle of your grocery store you’ll […]

Having a few boxes of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix in your pantry is a great way to whip up some easy sides, including this delicious Corn Pudding. This easy recipe features pantry ingredients you always have on hand, and the dish is a delicious crowd pleaser. You can kick it up a little (or a […]

Whether you’re serving your charcuterie as a snack between meals, the main course for a date night, or an appetizer to guests before dinner, charcuterie boards are truly the Swiss army knife of the food world. Perfect for any occasion! By following a few pointers, you can make your charcuterie board a real crowd pleaser. […]

Whether it’s a special occasion or you’re entertaining guests, sometimes a grilled steak is the perfect choice. But how can you take your steak from ordinary to extraordinary? This simple steak marinade is packed full of flavor to help your steaks have that extra little something that will have your friends and family raving from […]

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