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Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

Corned beef hash topped with over easy eggs and a toasted bagel. That Eggs Chesapeake sounds incredible though! Mimosa, please. :)

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Southside Market Sausage

I can't afford to eat out, so I'll say Perky's Kitchen. Love me some sausage. LOVE

The Food Lab: The Ultimate Homemade Green Bean Casserole

A couple of pounds of shallots? Would break my bank. I do a semi-traditional green bean casserole because everyone loves it. I only use fresh beans, or frozen Hanover Whole Petite Blue Lake Green Beans, which are awesome. I mix in a lot of the fried onions, as well as put them on top, with toasted almonds. Some crumbled bacon is good, too. Last year, I couldn't find any of my preferred green beans, so I made it with broccoli and everyone loved it.

Win a Free Organic D'Artagnan Turkey

Alton Brown's turkey method ~ it's foolproof! Anxious to read some more and try some new side dishes this year.

Cook the Book: 'Around My French Table'

East Coast seafood ~ from NC to Vermont.

5 Ways To Eat More Apple Salads

I made a tuna salad tonight with celery, Fugi apple, dried cranberries and orange segments. Ate it with banana nut muffins. :) I usually put apple into most green salads along with grapes and lots of raw vegetables. Also enjoy it with cheese, or spread with nut butter. Fugis and Granny Smith are staples in my fridge. I really enjoy your column!!!

Serious Salad: Summer Squash Ate My Garden

Great stories, great writing!!! I can't wait for more, more, more, more! I rarely buy and never grow yellow squash anymore, because I've realized I much prefer zucchini. It has a moister texture and the seeds are barely noticeable when young. Your salad is a much healthier version than my usual preps and I will definitely give it a try. Thanks!

Watermelon: *Way* or *No Way*

I just love it when there is such a balance between love and hate. I'll go out on a limb and declare that seedless watermelons just don't pass the taste test, although they are much easier to devour.

Thanks for the shout out for the few who remember me. Nice to see you again. Off to buy a watermelon from the farm stand and chunk it up! :)

help me make lactose free ice cream - heavy cream substitute?

Breyers makes a good vanilla ice cream, lactose free. Let it soften a bit, then add in whatever you'd like. I am also lactose intolerant and I thought it tasted the same as any good vanilla ice cream.

Super Bowl Giveaway: The Bacon Explosion

....and this little piggy went to the butcher shop and became the universal anti-depressant, BACON!

Poll: What's Your Favorite Grocery Chain?

Wegman's is the Taj Mahal of supermarkets, and if you don't know that, you've never shopped there. It was the only good reason to live in upstate New York and drive through nearly daily winter blizzards . They're expanding and I'd be very happy to live near one again.

Is it just me?

It is the produce manager's job to label the fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts and whatever else is in that section. I always look for green granny smith and red honey crisp or fuji apples and can never find the honey crisp. They often stack their 20 red varieties without any dividers. The fuji's size and color can be different depending on the season and where they were grown. Sometimes, it's easy to distinguish and other times it is nearly impossible and I'm grateful for the little sticker on the apple, because I want my crispy, juicy apple, not a mealy bite of mush. If it's hard for me on occasion, I'm certainly not going to blame a cashier, teenage or otherwise, for not knowing a variety of apple. I'm happy to identify an unusual fruit, vegetable or herb, but I do appreciate labels so everybody is happy.

Grown-ups should not eat SpaghettiOs

Never tried it, never will. Thanks Mom for being such a great cook and never serving us crap disguised as food. My children have already thanked me, and their children will one day thank them.

Three Burgers in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: Stewed, Screwed and Lassoed

In that neck of the woods, the best burgers can usually be found at a tavern or a tavern in a fine dining establishment, not a diner or casual family type restaurant. Stewed burgers should be thrown out with the bathwater. :(

Cook the Book: Cooking Under Pressure

Nearly everything I own is ancient, as am I. I have many things I use all the time that belonged to my mother or her mother. I'll say Mom's Japanese chef's knife and Grandma's falling apart cookbook with no cover.

Last Week's Poll Results: Our Favorite Pizza Style(s)

Vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream pizza? Neapolitan pizza is just crazy weird! Oh......what? From Naples? Never mind.

Help name this cookbook!

RNs Recipes Charted
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I'm new and so were you at one time. Help me be a good member.

Welcome bleu! I look forward to getting to know you.

@BananaMonkey ~ Thanks for reading my mind. Amen, Amen, Amen!

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Dixie Nursing Chix (or Chicks, but some are males) Cookbook
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Nurse Caregivers Cook and Share Southern Recipes
Nurses Love Cookbook
Angels of Mercy Cookbook
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Angels of Mercy Southern Cookbook or Recipes
Angels of Mercy Share Southern Cookin'
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In Season: Rutabaga

Love them and have them regularly. Usually just boil and mash, but they retain a lot of water, so I put them back on the stove after I've mashed them with a little butter, s&p and let the water cook off on low heat, while I work on something else. I should try microwaving with little or no water - has anyone tried that? They're also great roasted with other root vegetables.