If you are like me, you have been trying to think of new and creative ways to prepare meals at home for your family while we are all quarantined. Preparing spaghetti and chicken fingers gets old pretty quick when you eat at home every day.

With next week being Thanksgiving Day, likely most know by now whether we will dine out, have our meal catered, do the cooking ourselves or just chuck it all for a Big Mac.

As a child, candy-making at Christmas was a memorable time. Everyone in our family had his or her favorite, which they usually shared. I enjoyed them all, but nothing could compare with my dad’s taffy.

Pumpkin not only adds color to our meals but it also adds nutrition. Keep this in mind when planning your desserts for Thanksgiving. In addition to the large amount of vitamin A in this orange vegetable, it is also low in fat and sodium.

It’s not too soon to plan for the trick-or-treaters on Halloween, especially if you will be sharing some homemade goodies.

If a survey were taken to determine the favorite dessert flavor, there is no doubt in my mind that chocolate would be at the top of the list. I believe that a wonderful chocolate dessert on Mother’s Day would be the perfect gift.

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More than any other wine, Champagne is associated with festive celebrations. It is difficult to imagine, in these days of global warming, that true Champagne’s existence is due to happenstance, thanks to a mini ice age in the 1600s.

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When I was growing up, we didn't get many sweets during the year — but at Christmas time, there was a table just for homemade candies. Personally, when I was young, I would rather have had candy than cake or pie as my dessert.

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I have always been seduced by beautiful barware. When most children made beelines for toy departments, I loved strolling the glassware departments of Birmingham department stores — especially Loveman’s, which had a glass engraver that affixed one’s monogram to a myriad of old fashioned, mart…

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Meatballs, whether served over spaghetti or as an appetizer at some of the upcoming holiday parties, are sure to get compliments when you add a special creative touch.

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, in case that fact has slipped anyone’s notice. Whether host or hostee for a Thanksgiving soiree, it is not too late to select a wine for the hungry masses or a little gem for a special host thank-you.

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Fall is the time of the year when we start searching for ways to use pumpkin. There’s always pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread. Both of these would be great to serve during the holidays. While researching pumpkin, I couldn't help but think that surely there must be some new ideas that will boost…

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Let’s talk turkey. Not the gobble-gobble sounds turkeys make when conversing with their peers, but rather the idiomatic meaning of "talking turkey."

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As cooler weather approaches, sumptuously sweet Sherries make excellent after-dinner sips or holiday hostess gifts.

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Last week, Americans celebrated our national holiday marking the anniversary of our declaration of independence. Next week, on July 14, the French will celebrate their national holiday, Bastille Day, in much the same manner we have just celebrated ours, with speeches, parades and fireworks.

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On March 17, people of Irish descent or those who want to act Irish for one day gather to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday commemorating the death of the English-born patron saint of Ireland.

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Even before Christmas markdowns, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, funny or sentimental cards, red and pink flowers, sexy lingerie and jewelry were harbingers of Valentine’s Day, a time of significant expectations and dashed hopes.

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After virtual nonstop gorging on traditional Southern holiday fare, bring on the Italian, America’s favorite ethnic cuisine. Though it can be argued that America’s favorite ethnic cuisine is as Americanized as apple pie.