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Cornbread Stuffing with Cranberries & Walnuts

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This blog post is sponsored by Swanson®.

Nothing smells more like the holidays to me than good ol’ cornbread stuffing. However, stuffing tends to not be the prettiest dish on that holiday serving table. Next to the golden turkey, the bright and happy sweet potatoes, or that glorious bowl of cranberry sauce… the stuffing seems to be more for taste and smell than show.

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Females in Food Industry Dish It Out

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Many will tell you, the food industry is not for the faint of heart (or stomach, nose, tongue, etc.).

It’s an incredibly tough career to get into, and with men holding the highest paid and most prominent kitchen jobs at top restaurants across America, it can be a tougher career for women. During Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Chicago, I caught up with top female mixologists and chefs who have pushed hard to show how men and women can dish it out.

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Foodie Favs: Tailgate Food

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Football and food. I understand a bit about the first and a lot about the second.

Growing up down South and then going to USC for college, I learned quickly how incredible football is…not just the sport itself but the social traditions and pop culture that surround it. My guy has taught me a lot about the sport…and some of it has stuck in my head! What I know for sure is that with any great football watching experience, there needs to be good eats!! Check out my list of Foodie Favs for Tailgate Food.

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Burritos and Champagne

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For the first time ever, I spent Christmas and New Year celebrations away from my family..and instead with my soon-to-be in-laws in San Diego.

My fiance Dallas and I were incredibly excited to go to see family and friends..and we also had a major craving ever since moving to the MidWest – a craving for delicious Cali burritos. Despite having found incredible Mexican/Latin spots in Chi-town like Frontera Grill, there has been no luck in finding a burrito that can compare with the ones made in San Diego…and perhaps that’s a good thing.

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Food Fight, Holiday Style

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Coming from a large and mixed family with its share of egos, hotheads, and show-offs (we all have ’em!)… I feel that over time I have become an unofficial expert on how to handle the chaos and stress that can ensue during the holidays.

Your family is your blood and typically you love them unconditionally, no matter what that gossipy aunt or spoiled cousin said at the last big holiday get-together. However, once people start having some eggnog and discussing politics or how their kid’s college choice is the best… you will reach a limit of how annoyed, frustrated, stressed, or freaked out you can be.

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How to Enjoy Eating Alone

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We’ve all done it. Situations vary but we all have eaten alone.

The stereotype is that it can be depressing or seem gluttonous. Pictures come up of bad breakups or sitting in sweats watching Netflix or spending a holiday alone.
Perhaps the idea seems so lowly because so many of us associate eating with socializing – so how could one possibly have fun being alone with their meal?

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