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healthy southern recipes

Healthy Takes on 5 Classic Southern Recipes

Here in the South, we love our comfort food, but if we’re being honest, it’s not always the best for us. Try these healthy Southern recipes that are as tasty as they are good for you. Food blogger Mary Cowx shows us that with a few light substitutions and some creativity, these recipes will quickly become dinnertime staples.
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Raise a Glass with These New Year’s Eve Cocktails

You’ve always got your traditional champagne on New Year’s Eve, but be sure to give one of these great cocktail recipes a go. Cheers to the new year!
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hot buttered rum recipe

Hot Buttered Rum Recipe

An unlikely cocktail ingredient, butter nicely accents the winter spices in this hot buttered rum recipe. When it’s just plain cold outside, warm up with a cup.
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snow day recipes

Snow Day Recipes from the Our State Staff

When the big storm hits, throw a soul-warming dish on the stove and another log on the fire. Our State staff members provide their favorite snow day recipes made with ingredients already in the pantry.
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Penny Cunningham: Gingerbread House Champion

A Charlotte woman has developed a knack and a passion for making gingerbread houses, whether they’re designed after traditional cottages or historic hotels.
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Sippin Sweets: Sweet Potato Cocktails

When it comes to sweet potatoes, North Carolina’s got top crop, and now the vegetable is making its way into cocktails across the state.
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Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Planning Thanksgiving dinner can prove to be quite the ambitious undertaking. Make it easier on yourself with a round-up of our tried-and-true Thanksgiving recipes.
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Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwiches

There are few things greater in life than Thanksgiving dinner — well, except maybe the leftovers.
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Cranberry Bourbon Martini

The balanced sweet and smoky flavors of this cranberry bourbon martini are sure to bring some added cheer to your next holiday gathering.
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Local Loaf

Local Loaf: Restaurant. Patisserie. Bakery.

Local Loaf owner and chef Adam Spears channels culinary mentors at his combined restaurant, patisserie, and bakery at Charlotte’s 7th Street Public Market.
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