Sweet Potato Tots

Lisa Messinger

A Sweet & Vitamin-Packed Alternative

Sweet Potato Tots

One of my favorite foods is a sweet potato tot. Is this surprising, since plain tater tots (without the infusion of sweet potato antioxidants and fiber) are so decadent and diet busting? Not at all; the slight sweet flavor that comes along with the sweet potato makes it perfect for the addition of innovative sauces, like the honey-mustard one below.

Sweet Summertime

Lindsay Gifford

Sweet Summertime Strawberries...America's Favorite Berry

Sweet Summertime

Summertime is here and with it comes fun days out, boat trips and family picnics with beautiful heaps of fruits and veggies. Usually located at the center of the crowd is sweet, luscious strawberries. With u-pick strawberry season coming to a close and everyone’s kitchen counters laden with berries, we reached out to the Florida Strawberry Growers' Association (FSGA) for some top-notch strawberry recipes for you to enjoy.

Bee Inspired.

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Sweet Savannah Bee Recipes

Bee Inspired.

Did you know we are lucky enough to have delectable, pure, gourmet honey, right in our own backyard?
Located in Savannah, the Savannah Bee Company offers a variety of artisanal honey, everyday honey, raw honeycomb and beeswax body care.

Olive Oil

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Olive Oil

Founded among the hills of Tuscany, Pompeian Olive Oil Company has been bringing olive oil to the American table for more than 100 years. After establishing headquarters in Baltimore, Pompeian began importing olive oil in bulk, then blending and bottling it fresh daily right here in the U.S.

Duke's: A Southern Staple

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Duke's: A Southern Staple

The South has its share of true originals. By that, we mean quirky, eccentric characters who add color to their local communities. We have people who are crazy for college football, people who are crazy for NASCAR racing and people who are crazy for whole-hog barbecue. And then there are those people who are crazy for Duke's—Duke's Mayonnaise, that is. Most of the time, fans of Duke's Mayonnaise live quietly among us. The only way to identify them is to sneak a peek inside their refrigerators. But ask them if they'd like a tomato sandwich, and they're likely to show their true colors—the yellow and black of the Duke's Mayonnaise label. For thousands of people around the South, there is no other mayonnaise but Duke's.

SC BBQ Trail

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SC BBQ Trail

If your goal in life is to sample every style of barbecue in America, you don’t have to travel across the country to do it. Just visit South Carolina, the only state in the nation where you'll find all four of the basic types of barbecue sauce, sometimes on the same menu. It’s the sauce that determines what kind of barbecue you’re eating in the Palmetto State.

Fall in Love with Sweet Treats

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Hershey's Chocolate Recipes

Fall in Love with Sweet Treats

Photos and recipes provided by
The Hershey Company

It’s a fact that even just the smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, which trigger relaxation. What better reason to eat chocolate as often as possible, other than the delectable aroma and decadent taste?

The Hershey Company is the leading North American manufacturer of chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery products. Milton S. Hershey started making chocolate in 1894 only to produce a coating for his caramels, not knowing that the company would develop into more than 80 brands and drive more than $7.4 billion in annual revenues. With Valentine's Day upon us, be sure to enjoy some chocolatey goodness!

Spice Up the Oscar Race with Spicy Popcorn

Lisa Messinger

Spice Up the Oscar Race with Spicy Popcorn

Star Wars: The Force Awakens may not have gotten a best picture Oscar nod in the recently announced nominations for the February 28 event. However, the film vying to become the highest-grossing movie of all time, is certainly a popcorn-worthy flick that has fans vying for how many times they can view it. One Austin, Texas, enthusiast saw it nine times in the first weekend alone.
If you are in such a viewership race, or just in a sprint to see as many nominated films as possible before the big night, why not spice things up a bit and bag your own zesty popcorn blends? Snack on them as you complete your own ballots, bring along as hostess gifts to an Oscar party or serve at your own bash.

The cheddar cheese popcorn that follows gets a further perk from cayenne pepper and mustard powder. Sweet caramel corn-peanut clusters enhance their performance with curry powder.

Dinner in a Jiffy

Lindsay Gifford

Recipes from America’s Favorite Little Blue Box

Dinner in a Jiffy

With cooler, cuddly weather here, my body begins to crave delicious soups and buttery, golden slices of cornbread. My pantry shelves always stock the signature "blue box" of JIFFY's Corn Muffin Mix ready and waiting to be whipped up. While most of our nation knows JIFFY for it's cornbread, there are many more facets to their baking mixes. In fact, their repertoire includes: brownie mix, cake mixes, corn muffin mix, crust mixes, frosting mixes, muffin mixes and multi-purpose baking mixes.

The Picky Eater

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Featured Food Blog - January 2016

The Picky Eater

Anjali Shah is a food writer, board certified health coach, and owner of The Picky Eater—a healthy food and lifestyle blog. Her work has been featured on Oprah.com, Women's Health, Cooking Light, Reader's Digest, CNN, Food Network, Glamour, Ladies' Home Journal, Whole Foods, SHAPE, and at Kaiser Permanente. Anjali grew up a “whole wheat” girl, but married a “white bread” kind of guy. Hoping to prove that nutritious food could in fact be delicious and desirable, she taught herself how to cook and successfully transformed her husband’s eating habits from a diet of frozen pizzas and Taco Bell to her healthy, yet flavorful, recipes made with simple, wholesome ingredients. Through her blog, Anjali shares her passion for tasty, healthy cooking.

These Vegan Soups are the Cream of the Crop

Lisa Messinger

Afterwork Gourmet - January 2016

These Vegan Soups are the Cream of the Crop


January is the perfect time of year when a hearty, rich bowl of cream of vegetable soup is much appreciated. What might not be as welcome is the saturated fat in that cream or the whole milk that is sometimes used to generate similar results.

If you’ve never tried a vegan recipe before, this might be the time to give it a shot. Cooks in that specialty have come up with delicious ways to richen your soups without adding to your health woes.
Nava Atlas, for instance, author of many vegan and vegetarian books, including the new Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate and Life with More than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes, is an expert at creating cream of vegetable soups without any cream at all.

From the Kitchen of The Mill Kitchen & Bar

Lindsay Gifford

Special Destination Edition

From the Kitchen of The Mill Kitchen & Bar

Succulent. Savory. Southern. The Mill Kitchen and Bar  is making a mark on the map. As the holidays pass by and the calm of January arrives, it’s time to relax and what better way than a weekend get-away! This charming restaurant is tucked away in historic Roswell, Ga., amongst a small town atmosphere, surrounded by the great shopping and excitement of the city.

A Sweet Southern Holiday

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Recipes from Dixie Crystal Sugar

A Sweet Southern Holiday


The holidays have arrived, and with them cocktail parties, celebrations, feasts and sweets galore! Dixie Crystals Sugar is a staple for everything from the main dish to the delectable dessert spread. This month we are featuring fabulous and festive recipes that will be sure to raise a cheer from your
friends and family.

Since 1917, Dixie Crystals Sugar has been a trusted name in family kitchens all across the Southeast. Generations have grown up baking with Dixie Crystals Sugar products. Dixie Crystals Sugar provides high-quality, pure cane sugar and sweeteners. Products include granulated sugar, light and dark brown sugar, free-flowing sugar, powdered sugar and sugar shakers.

Dixie Crystals Sugar has gathered thousands of new and vintage recipes for your enjoyment, as well as, baking tips, videos, kid-friendly recipes and crafts, printables, coupons and more.  All this can be accessed at www.dixiecrystals.com

Hot Chocolate Makes Winter Desserts Sizzle

Lisa Messinger

Hot Chocolate Makes Winter Desserts Sizzle

Hot chocolate isn’t the only warm, engaging, conversation-starting wintery meal-ender you can serve in a mug. In less time than it might take you to serve up that comforting beverage, you can use it to inspire a five-minute doozy of a dessert.

Featured Food Blog - November 2015

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Slender Kitchen

Featured Food Blog - November 2015

Kristen is a food lover, writer, and founder of Slender Kitchen—a food blog that believes healthy eating and meal planning should be delicious, fun, and stress free.

After struggling with her own weight loss and inaptitude in the kitchen, Kristen finally found the key to her own success was learning to prepare healthy, delicious, easy recipes at home and creating weekly meal plans.  Today on Slender Kitchen, she shares these good-for-you recipes and meal plans so anyone can be a star in the kitchen and reach their health and weight loss goals.