The Best Wines For Thanksgiving Dinner

Bella Breakdown Thanksgiving is a time to indulge, to prepare a bountiful feast, and to enjoy a few drinks with the ones you love. While the meal usually centers around the food, the hallmark of any Thanksgiving table, the drinks can be equally as important and festive. Holiday cocktails, champagne, and sparkling cider are all fun and celebratory accompaniments to a full table of food. If wine is your drink of choice though – or maybe the preference of some of your family members – it’s important to choose something that appeals to many people, as well as compliments...

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Do You Have A Food Phobia?

Bella Breakdown As a child you might have absolutely hated certain foods. No kid loves the flavor of broccoli or lima beans. But we might have gotten out of eating them if we truly had a food phobia. That’s right, there are certain phobias that are triggered by things related to food. 1. Deipnophobia This is the fear of dining out, or having dinner conversations with people. Those who suffer from this fear usually like dining alone and in silence. 2. Oenophobia This is the phobia of having to choose a wine for a gathering. It’s similar to individuals...

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Meatless Meal Options That Kids Will Love!

Bella Breakdown Each night I try and figure out what to make for dinner. Having to feed my 3 kids plus my husband and I is something I have to think about in advance if I am going to put something healthy on the table. I really love cooking (most of the time) and it is important to me to feed my family nutritious and delicious food. While we are not vegetarians, it is always a goal of mine to make at least one meal of the week a meatless one. Nachos: You can find healthier whole grain tortilla chips...

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Delicious Apple Pie Cookies

Bella Breakdown Let these easy cookies warm you up! To make these, peel Granny Smith apples and cut them into bite sized pieces. On medium low heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter then add 4 cups of the chopped apples, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon of corn starch. Cook until everything is well mixed and the apples are softened. Next add in 1/3 cup of brown sugar and continue to simmer. Roll out a pie crust and cut cookie-sized circles out using a glass. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then assemble your apple pie cookies....

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Gulf Coast Seafood Stew Recipe

Bella Breakdown Hurricane Katrina and a subsequent oil spill off the coast of Louisiana renewed appreciation for our region’s seafood. This stew shows off its incomparable flavors, colors, and beauty. Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds unpeeled, medium-size raw shrimp 2 celery ribs 1 large sweet onion 2 qt. reduced-sodium fat-free chicken broth 12 ounces andouille sausage, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 tablespoon canola oil 3 garlic cloves, chopped 1 pound small red potatoes, halved 1 (12-oz.) bottle beer 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves 2 fresh bay leaves 2 teaspoons...

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