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Souper Sundays: Tortilla Soup

*By: Linz Bordner* This week is part deuce of Souper Sundays, and we are featuring an easy Tortilla Soup recipe courtesy of The Modern Proper (www.themodernproper.com).  Photo: Linz Bordner Tortilla Soup is a classic Mexican soup, which is traditionally flavored with tomatoes, garlic, onions, and chilies.  This recipe takes some short cuts from the traditional…

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Souper Sundays!

*By: Linz Bordner* Photo: Linz Bordner Every Sunday through February we will be featuring a different soup recipe, hence "Souper Sundays!" From your traditional chicken noodle and chili to more adventurous and exotic flavors such as coconut curry and Zuppa Toscana (Tuscan Soup), we are covering it all! These soups have been a staple in our…

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Charcuterie Board 101

*By: Linz Bordner* A charcuterie board, otherwise known as a meat and cheese board, is a great way to display a grand assortment of meats, cheeses, and finger foods while creating a conversation piece among guests. Before you can create your work of art, you have to do some planning. First, you need to figure…

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Hot Chocolate Challenge

*By: Christi Shingara, Linz Bordner & Megan Deppen* Hot chocolate is the go-to drink during the winter months, and we decided it would be fun to perform a hot chocolate challenge. The concept of this challenge was to compare the taste difference between a low, middle and high-priced hot chocolate and to determine if cost…

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Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies That Are Vegan Too!

*By: Christi Shingara* Chocolate chip cookies have always been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl. My mom always made the best (yes, I may be biased!), using the recipe right off the Nestle Toll House Morsels packaging. I remember after she made the batch, I would take a bunch, eat one…

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Fun Holiday Traditions

*By: Megan Deppen* I'm always excited for the holidays to come around because two of my new favorite traditions that I started last year with my niece and nephew is decorating gingerbread houses and baking sugar cookies. Their gingerbread houses this year were Peppa Pig and PJ Masks themed and let me tell you even…

A Three-Course Meal That is Healthy and Tastes Good Too!

*By: Christi Shingara* I'm not one to do cleanses or diets. I try to live by the mantra "everything in moderation." However, a few years ago I did try the Whole30. If you aren't familiar with the Whole30, it's a 30-day clean-eating plan designed to revamp your eating habits by eliminating certain "toxic" foods. I…

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Tis’ the Season for Some Mulled Wine!

*By: Christi Shingara* During my days as a NYC bartender mulled wine was always on the menu around the holidays. It is fairly easy to make and equally easy to drink. It is probably one of my favorite seasonal drinks other than the traditional eggnog. Photo: Hannah Pembert I first learned about mulled wine through…

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Maple Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream

*By: Linz Bordner* Photo: Linz Bordner A favorite dessert I make around Thanksgiving are Maple Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream. If you are a maple-lover like I am, these will hit the spot! The recipe is from the one and only Martha Stewart. The key ingredient is of course maple syrup, but be sure to use…

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Favorite Holiday Foods

*By: Megan Deppen* Photo: Kraken Images The holidays may look different this year, but that doesn't mean you still can't celebrate with some of your favorite foods. I know I always look forward to this time when I can indulge a little more than usual and not feel guilty about it. Besides the ham and the…