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10 trends for wedding cakes in 2017

By Julie Deffense of Julie Deffense Artistry, www.juliedeffense.com As a luxury wedding cake designer, my artistic style is based on things that inspire me and my life’s experiences. For the past 19 years, I’ve been living on the coast of Portugal just outside of Lisbon and as a result, many thing influence my designs. As an artist, I see each wedding cake as a big, blank, white canvas and I am excited by many of the...

Welcome to the ‘Hood

By Lori Rodgers – I just reread the article I wrote in October. Toward the end, I wrote: “In as little as five or six weeks I’ll be cooking in my new dream kitchen.” Ha! Call me naïve. I like to think of myself as inexperienced. Whatever the terminology, I have learned a lot over the past four months. Completely remodeling a kitchen is a BIG job. Choosing appliances, cabinets, countertops, etc. is a lot of work. And...

GOURMET HIGHWAY: The Chocolate Diva

By Doc Lawrence – Located in lovely Fredericksburg, a historic town deep in the heart of the fabled Texas Hill Country, Quintessential Chocolates is a pioneer company and brand keeping pace with the demand for the handcrafted chocolates. For the uninitiated, the company founded and operated by Lecia Duke remains the only chocolatiér in America to use the centuries-old process known as Liqueur Praliné and it continues...

Favorite Springtime Meals

By Lori Rodgers – Vegan spinach lasagna Garlic bread Green salad with vinaigrette   Vegan Spinach Lasagna  My family  recently moved into a home I remodeled and not all of the work was completed by moving day. Shocking, right? Wanting to cook a hot meal without the ability to boil water, I found no-boil lasagna noodles and adapted a recipe for vegan stuffed shells that was one of my daughter’s favorites. Making...

Favorite Springtime Meals (Continued)

By Lori Rodgers – Southern Springtime Supper When I contemplated favorite springtime meals, I remembered being about 12 years old watching my mom stand at the stove, scraping corn on the cob into a pan that was simmering with the fragrant milky goodness of freshly picked corn. That’s what I love about food…it brings us together. Today, my mom is a young 86 and I cook for her. The roles have reversed, and the...

Tropical Strawberry Salad

By Lori Rodgers – Serves 4-6 Southwest Florida is a food lover’s paradise. In the springtime, it seems to me our tropical surroundings are even more vibrant. The sky is bluer, the palm fronds greener…and I begin to daydream about escaping to a desert island. Once I arrive I’ll be hungry and what better treat than a cool, refreshing tropical fruit salad!  I always love trying new foods. This recipe includes...
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