Most people will probably agree that a "blue plate" special would be great anytime, especially when we think back to all those rich and traditional foods we have enjoyed over the last few months.

If you have some fresh cranberries left over from holiday cooking, this would be a good time to use them for a tasty New Year’s dessert. Since fresh cranberries are not indigenous to our area, for many years we had to wait until the holiday season to get them.

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.

Being a biscuit-loving Southerner, I sometimes wonder what has happened to this signature bread of the South. I have noticed that creative bakers from across the country have given the biscuit a new look and a great new flavor.