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Steps to HVAC Efficiency

by Editorial Team December 30th, 2015| Cooking Basics
For most entities, HVAC equipment accounts for a large percentage of their energy consumption and operational costs. As such, comprehensive maintenance is vital in ensuring the machinery's efficient operation and reliability. When developing preventative maintenance plan for air conditioning units, there are several essential points that need to be kept
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Easy Dinner Ideas: Ordering Food with Gift Cards

by Editorial Team December 27th, 2015| Simple Solutions
Planning for dinner can sometimes be stressful, especially if you have no time to cook but still want to have a decent meal. As with many people in a similar situation, you are likely to order in food from your favorite restaurant or pizza outlet within the local area. Fortunately,
stuffed mushrooms

Recipe: Hemp Ricotta Stuffed Mushrooms

by BnB Finder December 25th, 2015| Best BnB Bites
A new year means new experiences. Of course our favorites are of the culinary kind, so we thought the best way to usher in 2016 is to start with an innovative and fresh appetizer that will tantalize the taste buds of any palate. We think these Hemp Ricotta Stuffed Mushrooms
avocado garlic dip

Recipe: Avocado and Roasted Garlic Dip

by Jane Wangersky December 23rd, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Musing on appetizers for New Year’s Eve, I thought of that old favorite, chips (or crackers, or raw vegetables) with dip. To invent one of those, I’d have to start with sour cream and/or mayonnaise . . . Suddenly I wondered why. It’s not as if those are the only
raspberry jalapeno spread

Recipe: Raspberry Jalapeno Spread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 22nd, 2015| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
We are amidst the holiday season, and by this time you may be feeling worn of cooking for seasonal get-togethers. And yet, there's still more to come. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve- they all loom ahead, filled with fun and food. At this point, the idea of buying

6 Delicious Appetizers for New Year’s Eve

by TT Editors December 21st, 2015| Cooking Basics


Stuffed mushrooms are an almost expected appetizer. Filled with shrimp, these are sure to wow! View recipe


Meatballs make a perfect party snack. They’re warm, flavorful, and able to be eaten while

cranberry pancakes

Recipe: Cranberry Almond Caramel Pancakes

by BnB Finder December 18th, 2015| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Christmas morning is a magical time where good times and gifts are shared and savored. Of course breakfast plays a big part in all of the festive fun because you need to start the big day in an energizing and enticing way. At Loganberry Inn in Fulton, MO, an
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Recipe: Christmas Breakfast Potatoes

by Jane Wangersky December 16th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
What makes this dish great for Christmas morning? The same thing that makes it great for (an occasional) dinner: It’s quick, easy, and delicious. It’s also got sour cream, cheese, and a crispy topping. What more do you need to feel festive? Well, besides the presents and the tree
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Recipe: Cheesy Grits with Apple & Ham

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 15th, 2015| Breakfast Dishes, Recipes
When I think of Christmas morning breakfast, I usually think of items that can be made or prepped the night before so that they are ready for early rising children and the excitement of present opening. However, that isn't always the case at our house. With a blended family, some
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Making Muffin Batter Ahead

by Elizabeth Skipper December 14th, 2015| Ask the Chef
To save time on Christmas morning, I want to make muffin batter the day before and then bake them first thing on Christmas Day. I have two questions. Is it fine to refrigerate the batter overnight? Does the dough need to come to room temperature before baking, or can
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Recipe: Cranberry Pecan White Chocolate Bread

by BnB Finder December 11th, 2015| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
If sweet potatoes are the vegetable ambassador of Thanksgiving, then cranberries make the ideal "pick" for fruit. They add plenty of festive color and flavor to every feast and take dishes up a notch in decadence. While they are an awesome addition to salads, stuffing, and of course, as
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Recipe: Cranberry Oat Bars

by Jane Wangersky December 9th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Cranberries are so tart in their untouched state that we’re always adding things to sweeten them up. Dried cranberries, however, have already been sweetened so much in the processing that we have to be careful not to add much sweet stuff to any dish we’re making with them. (Though,
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