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The Taste

Simple ideas to ease the hectic holidays

The holidays are a hectic and stressful time of year. Why not have some simple ideas to serve family and friends with ease. With the holidays in full swing here are a couple of easy ideas to get you through those hectic days such as cranberry pecan mini goat cheese balls, shrimp dip, an apple ...

Coffee for campers

Involved in the community since it was first established as a downtown roastery in 2010, Alabaster Coffee has found a creative way to pair its love of coffee with its love for local non-profits. Starting in August, Alabaster, following the footsteps of the Bullfrog Brewery, introduced their ...

Sweet, crunchy and warm coffee cakes

FAMILY FEATURES — You can delight nearly any guest with this cake that delivers a mild sweetness and crunchy topping. Serve it warm with a side of ice cream or a light dusting of powdered sugar. Cinnamon-pecan streusel coffee cake Topping 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 1/3 cup ...

Whiskey marinated holiday roast

FAMILY FEATURES — The holiday season is a perfect opportunity to gather with friends and family, and few things bring people together like an elegant, seasonal meal. Creating a crowd-pleasing holiday centerpiece starts with choosing a flavorful, tender cut of meat. For example, elegant cuts ...

Red pepper cranberry sauce

FAMILY FEATURES — Creating a crowd-pleasing holiday centerpiece starts with choosing a flavorful, tender cut of meat. This year, you can make a holiday roast to remember with a cut from Omaha Steaks paired with this red pepper cranberry sauce to elicit rave reviews from guests. Holiday roast ...

Sweet, festive fun

FAMILY FEATURES — Holiday celebrations call for recipes of all kinds, but perhaps the most popular area at many parties is the dessert table. Add flavor to your get-togethers with a festive treat like these peppermint shortbread cookies, which call for the seasonal taste of peppermint and the ...

Savor the season with delicious, decorative cheese boards

FAMILY FEATURES — A cheese board, plate or course can be a delightful way to savor the season with family and friends, bringing together a medley of tastes and textures. Try serving up a board with quality cheeses that also set a celebratory tone with these tips from Real California Milk. ...

‘Strudel is the perfect vessel for leftover turkey’

Ask anyone about their favorite holiday of the year. Most people will say it’s the late-December holidays: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, etc. Those with a love of costumes or perhaps a sweet tooth will tell you Halloween is the best. If you ask my wife, she will tell you her favorite day of ...

‘Tis the season of giving ‘back’

Don’t wait until after you spend all your money during Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday to give to a good cause. Donate first, then shop with a happy and full heart for loved ones and yourself. For every $1 donated, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank can help provide six ...

Seasonal dishes and desserts to bring to the table

With Thanksgiving right around the corner and keeping with an autumnal theme, here are recipes that I hope you try this holiday season: Pumpkin roll, cranberry and brie turkey quesadillas with avocado, a pumpkin martini and Brussels sprouts, apple and pomegranate salad. When making the ...

Sweet potatoes, What’s so great about them?

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, sweet potatoes are an important part of dinner for many families. Sweet potatoes are excellent sources of vitamin A, potassium, vitamin C and fiber. Sweet potatoes also contain niacin, folate and iron. Sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene, this is ...

Holiday hacks

Hosting Thanksgiving isn’t for the faint of heart. There are more dishes than you might usually serve. More timing concerns because of that. More pots and plates to wash. And perhaps more family dynamics, buried deep below the surface for the other 364 days a year, that threaten to bubble up ...

Perfectly spiced and chocolately pumpkin loaf

FAMILY FEATURES — Fill your house with the aroma of fall with warm slices of this pumpkin loaf dolloped with butter. Pumpkin loaf Nonstick cooking spray 4 eggs 3 1/2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon salt 2 sticks butter 2 cups ...

Chef’s advice for stress-free holiday cooking

FAMILY FEATURES — How many times have you heard someone say they’ve slaved away in the kitchen all day? Stress in the kitchen can easily arise for a variety of reasons, especially when you’re strapped for time and have a never-ending to-do list. As a survivor of Gordon Ramsay’s ...

Think outside the oven

FAMILY FEATURES — When most families think of holiday cooking, they typically picture baked goods and time spent in the kitchen near the oven. This year, you can take your seasonal meal prep outdoors with grilling and smoking. Turkey brine Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: About 2 hours; ...

Sides for holiday entertaining

FAMILY FEATURES — The holiday season means it’s time for gathering family and friends for food and celebration. To make the process easier, incorporate recipes that can feed a crowd without lots of exotic, hard-to-find ingredients or long, laborious prep and cook times. These recipes for ...

A delicious meal for the entire family

FAMILY FEATURES — When fall comes around, it brings many iconic flavors, festive traditions and family meals, along with cravings for warm, hearty dishes. For your next gathering of loved ones, whether it’s a special occasion, sporting event or simply spending quality time together, serve a ...

Thanksgiving for everyone

There’s nothing quite like gathering around the table at Thanksgiving with family and friends to share a wonderful meal. Unfortunately, this is not possible for our neighbors who struggle with hunger. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank needs your help to provide a full Thanksgiving meal, the ...

Desserts from around the globe

FAMILY FEATURES — Over time, many families tend to return to the same holiday favorites, from ham and mashed potatoes to pies and cookie classics. This season, you can add a twist to tradition with these globally inspired desserts. Rugelach, for instance, is like a cross between a croissant ...

The ideal wine for Thanksgiving dinner? It’s complicated

For many of us who love to cook and host on Thanksgiving, one central mystery remains: What to pour? Before I turn to the experts, I’ll offer up three things I do know about wine on this holiday: 1. You don’t want to run out. 2. Opinions vary on what tastes delicious. 3. Do not make ...