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5 Make-Ahead Recipes Your Guests Will Love

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When I am hosting a dinner or a family get-together, I like to prepare as much as I can in advance. Most of the dishes I make are fresh, but there are a few hidden gems in my cookbook that can be made ahead of time—a huge time-saver and still delicious. Below are my top five that I know I …

2018 Chefs to Watch

Chefs to Watch Recap (Plus a Divine Dessert Recipe)

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I believe there is immense value in supporting homegrown talent. People with extraordinary gifts are the driving force behind an area’s culture, heritage, and future direction. That is why Louisiana Cookin’s annual Chefs to Watch is such special event! Chefs to Watch is a way to acknowledge the up-and-coming chefs in the Bayou State. And since 2002, we have seen …

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Time for Halloween! Find Décor Ideas and Recipes Galore in Entertain & Celebrate Halloween

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Boo! Halloween is just around the corner, which means there’s a lot to be done for fun themed parties and, of course, making treats for the trick-or-treaters. To prepare for the ghoulish festivities next week, look to our Entertain & Celebrate Halloween issue, on sale now.  It has tons of pumpkin-styling and party-decorating ideas to make the next bash for the …

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My Favorite Skillet Carrot Cake Recipe

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When I was a child, the thought having carrots in a cake was totally disgusting. In fact, I could hardly believe anyone would waste a good cake on carrots. I finally decided that I should try a bite and see why everyone was gobbling this cake up. Wow, what a flavorful experience! Perhaps the cream cheese icing just made the …

Introducing the Tiny Book of Mason Jar Recipes!

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I am thrilled to show you the latest installment in our Small Pleasures book series. The Tiny Book of Mason Jar Recipes is perfect for your bookshelf or coffee table and is a darling look at the beloved Mason jar. I got to chat with the book’s editor, Cindy Smith Cooper, and I’m delighted to share our conversation so you …

A Father’s Day Recipe Dad Will Love

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Sunday is Father’s Day and it’s a wonderful time to show appreciation for all of the wonderful male influences in our lives. Whether it’s your own father, your husband, a son-in-law, or just a fabulous male role-model, take time to acknowledge those who are taking a hands-on role in raising the next generation. Piled high with Fried Red Onion Strips and …

Festive Cinco de Mayo Recipes

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Cinco de Mayo is this week and it’s the perfect excuse to indulge in one of my favorite snacks: tortilla chips with a savory dip. Here are two recipes for delicious Mexican-inspired dips that are sure to please everyone in your household. And for those who don’t drink alcohol, I’ve included a recipe for a refreshing Cantaloupe Agua Fresca Fizz …

The Perfect Derby Party Recipe

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With the Kentucky Derby only a few weeks away, I thought I’d share this fun recipe for Derby Bars with you. These sweet squares, featured in Paula Deen’s Southern Desserts 2016, are full of chocolate, pecans, and a little bourbon. You’ll find similar desserts served all over Kentucky, especially in pie form. Whether you’re looking for cool, no-bake treats that are …

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New Recipes for Fall Baking with Taste of the South

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When the first wave of cool winds blows, I am ready to start my fall baking. I must have my staples on hand: cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, bags of nuts, and delicious fall fruits for additional opportunities to be creative. My latest concoction was a fruit cobbler that I literally threw together to use fruit that was ripening too …