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Time to Tailgate

Posted by Lindsay

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Best tailgating recipes

Preseason football games have started, which means tailgating season is finally upon us!

(Ok, ok, I guess you can tailgate before baseball games too, but everybody knows that it doesn’t really get serious until football season.)

If we’re being honest, I have never actually been to an NFL game, but I have done my fair share of tailgating at other minor-league events. I LOVE appetizers and typical tailgating food. I mean, my favorite part of Thanksgiving isn’t the real dinner, but the cheese and crackers and dips and spreads and mini hot dogs that we eat beforehand while we’re waiting for the turkey to finish roasting.

But back to the game, now is the perfect time to get those outdoor tailgates in, before the winter weather arrives. Whether you’re simply serving burgers, dogs, and beer, with maybe a potato salad on the side, or you like to get more extreme, making chili, pork tenderloin, and...

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Potato Dishes for Every Palate

Posted by Elizabeth

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

National Potato Day Recipes


August 19th is National Potato Day, also known as the most important day of the year. I’m going to petition the government to make it a national holiday—I only need 100,000 signatures for the White House to look at it. All businesses and schools should be closed. Flags should fly at half mast. The president should pardon an especially large potato as the rest of us feast on its fried, mashed, and baked potato brothers and sisters. Hopefully, these wild ramblings will make it clear how much I love potatoes.

Originally cultivated by the Inca in Peru around 8000 B.C.E. to 5000 B.C.E., the Spanish Conquistadors brought the potato back to Europe in the 1500s. It spread throughout the rest of the European continent over the next four decades. European farmers found that potatoes were easier to grow than other staple crops, like wheat or barley, and they provided more sustenance.


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The Lazy Woman’s Cake Ball

Posted by Elizabeth

Friday, August 8, 2014

GASP– Boxed cake mix promoted by a cookbook publisher! But there’s a reason; read on…

I am definitely a dessert person—all of my friends and family will agree.  My motto is why eat something salty when there’s something sweet? Cake balls and cake pops have always been the perfect sugary cure for my sweet tooth. So when I first started interning at HCP a couple of months ago, Dede Wilson’s Cake Balls immediately caught my eye. I’d always bought the [overpriced] cake pops at Starbucks, but what took me so long to try making my own?

The perfect opportunity arose recently when my roommate and I were asked to bring food to a get-together. Because we had a limited budget and cooking equipment, and we’re both novice bakers, we decided to take the easy route and work with cake mixes and pre-made frosting. With some instructions from Dede’s book, we ended up creating...

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Shake Up Your Salads with Vinaigrettes

Posted by Lindsay

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Salads often get a bad rap for being pretty boring. I get it, because I often think of salads as boring too, and normally only eat them as a starter when my mom insists on getting one as an appetizer and makes me eat half. I mean, why settle for a bowl of cold lettuce when you can have something a little tastier, like mini sliders or a flatbread?

But the reality is, salads don’t have to be just bowls of bare lettuce. Especially in the summer, there’s plentiful fresh produce available, to add tons of flavor and texture. And you can easily make them filling enough to stand as a meal by adding proteins like chicken, steak, avocado, tuna, shrimp… You can even forgo the lettuce or greens all together and make a grain salad using quinoa or chickpeas as a base! And there’s fruit salads, potato salads, pasta salads…...

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