Asian Broccoli and Cabbage Salad

When we went to an event with the Appalachian Mountains Mini Club, part of the fun was a pot luck meal.  Guests were asked to bring side dishes or desserts to go with the pork barbecue the hosts were serving.  I thought about what to take for days.  I didn't really know anyone, and had …

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Corned Beef in the Slow Cooker

Is there anything that says Irish holiday more than corned beef?  Well, maybe Irish Stew. But given a choice, I'll take a wonderful, tender, corned beef roast any day. The moist meat has a flavor unlike any other, perfect with cabbage and potatoes.  Wonderful for dinner, and great the next day too, it is a …

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Zhenzhu Qiu – Asian Pearl Balls

Like many cooks, I am always looking for ways to have flavorful and interesting meals while saving money wherever possible.  A few months ago, our local grocery put ground chicken on sale for a ridiculously low price, so I bought 5 pounds, not knowing what I could possibly do with it.  That made an opportunity …

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Asian Inspired Salad

Warmer days are coming, and temperatures here will be in the high 60s all week this week.  I know there will be a freeze before the real spring is here, but for now it is great weather for hiking and being outside.  For a lighter meal perfect for warmer days, I have a new salad …

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Shumai

Now that you have a lovely Asian Inspired Table, you need some food for it.  I have been working on Asian inspired recipes and I have three new ones for you.  Today, my take on a Chinese shumai, a steamed dumpling open at the top instead of completely encased in the wrapper.  I thought this was …

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Appetizer Meals

Are you planning to watch the game on Sunday?  Certainly it is a good time for appetizer style meals and serving finger foods that are easy to eat with a variety to keep the menu interesting.  It is fun to just graze sometimes, and I have several favorite things to make for football games, racing …

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A Year at From My Carolina Home, and a plan for next year

Are you a planner? I have to confess that I am not much of one anymore. After spending many years in the business world and the medical field, using complex planners to keep track of appointments, travel arrangements, goals and objectives, this is the last thing I want to do now. For me, quilting, cooking, …

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Christmas Breakfast – Tablescape and Recipes

I have another tablescape today and two special breakfasts for the holiday.  This is really the most fun time of year for special meals and pampering those we love.  Starting out with the stoneware Christmas plates, I set a table with a plaid tablecloth.  These plates are used a lot this month, and each one …

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Cheddar Onion Mashed Potatoes

The perfect accompaniment to the Standing Rib Roast for holiday dinner is my easy Cheddar Onion Mashed Potatoes. These don't need gravy, or even butter at the table, just serve them hot.  Great alongside beef, or my Mushroom Meatloaf, Panko Turkey Breast, Dijon Pork Loin Roast, or the Butterflied Roast Chicken.  Easy to make, these …

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