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Go the extra mile when indulging this Valentine’s Day

Indulgence and baked goods go hand in hand. For many people, no baked good is truly indulgent unless it includes chocolate. That’s especially true come Valentine’s Day, when dietary restrictions are often relaxed so couples can cater to their sweet tooths.

Baked goods range from relatively simple (yet still delicious) fare like chocolate chip cookies to more elaborate indulgences, such as the recipe

Make your own fruit and veggie chips

By Olivia Fowler
For the Courier
ofowler@thepccourier.com

If you want to avoid food preservatives and find a healthy substitute for potato chips, you may want to sample some of these chip recipes.
These four offer some sweet and some savory selections. They’re not hard to make, and the bonus is, in addition to being tasty, they can be eaten with a clear conscience because they’re good for you.
They make an excellent addition to bag lunches. Enjoy.

 

Vegetarian dishes packed with flavor

 

By Olivia Fowler

For the Courier

ofowler@thepccourier.com

I never gave tofu the time of day, as I’d written it off as just one more thing that tasted like cardboard.

And then I discovered Thai food and took a chance on the tofu basil lettuce wraps featured this week.

After that experiment, I’ve never turned back.

No, I’m not a vegetarian. But you don’t have to be to enjoy these dishes.

Give it a whirl.

 

Hearty beef dishes warm up winter nights

By Olivia Fowler

For the Courier

ofowler@thepccourier.com

My family is a fan of red meat. Although they’ll eat vegetarian dishes, they really enjoy beef, and these recipes get away from the same old same old and bring a little more variety to the table.

Although I like all of these, the beef stroganoff is one of my favorites. It’s real comfort food, so when it’s cold outside and you’re chilled to the bone, try one of these recipes. These will really stick to your ribs.

 

Make favorites less fattening

By Olivia Fowler

For the Courier

ofowler@thepccourier.com

You can cut some fat out of foods you really like without ruining the flavor.

And believe or not, the following recipes cut down on butter and starchy vegetables by replacing them with ingredients you might think are unlikely.

But don’t take my word for it. You have to try these out for yourselves and decide whether you want to add any to your collection of favorite recipes.

The chocolate beet cake is very moist and smooth. The muffins using

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Options abound for getting your greens

By Olivia Fowler

For the Courier

ofowler@thepccourier.com

There are many varieties of greens available to us all, and almost everyone is familiar with them.

And there are just as many ways to cook them as there are varieties, but this week I thought it would be good to not automatically think of turnip greens as being the first and last word in greens.

Here are some of my favorites, and I hope you’ll find some of these recipes pleasing to the taste buds.

Happy New Year.

 

Sweet treats for the New Year

By Olivia Fowler

For the Courier

ofowler@thepccourier.com

If you like sweets, these recipes are for you. Just remember, moderation is the key to healthy teeth.

These traditional recipes are still around because they’re just so good. Yes, they are sweet. But on special occasions, a little sweet goes a long way.

Whether you’re planning a party, reunion, relaxing family evening or just an afternoon drop-in with friends, you can’t go wrong with these candies.

Now, I’m not saying you should serve them all at the same time, but try them all and pick your own favorites.

 

New Year’s dishes bring good fortune

By Olivia Fowler
For the Courier

ofowler@thepccourier.com

All over the world, people believe that serving certain dishes on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day will bring a prosperous New Year.

Greens of almost any kind are chosen to represent folding money, pork is considered a prosperous meat and peas and beans represent coins in many cultures.

In the South, especially the Carolinas, collard greens, black-eyed peas and rice are universally thought to be most important for New Year’s dishes.

This tradition can be traced to several other regions, primarily Africa, France and the Caribbean.

The pork roast and saurkraut tradition is favored in states with strong German and Dutch heritages, and the orange brandy cake is a Greek Island tradition.

They’re all good. And I hope prosperity will come to you immediately after eating at least one of these dishes.

 

Easy entertaining with one-bite appetizers

By Olivia Fowler

For the Courier

ofowler@thepccourier.com

There’s nothing quite like a holiday get-together, but if you’re the host, you think twice before committing to the project.

If you have the house relatively clean and your guest list drawn up, the only matter of concern is the food. If gguests plan to bring a dish, that’s one thing. But if you plan to provide the entire spread, be careful not to overextend yourself. You don’t want to be exhausted for your party.

Easy and simple appetizers can be just as delicious as complicated recipes that are time-consuming to prepare.

Try some of these quick and easy recipes to make the party fun for everybody, including you.

 

Holiday compotes to serve with cheeses

By Olivia Fowler

For the Courier

ofowler@thepccourier.com

No party is complete without a cheese platter, and when I think of cheese my mind goes to compotes, especially during the holidays.

Compotes are flavorful and compliment many varieties of cheeses. Not only are they good as an appetizer, but also make a great snack for winter afternoon football games on TV, watched with friends.

You may not like all of these, but odds are you will, so enjoy.

 


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