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RECIPE: Roast Pork Loin with Fruited Rice

RECIPE: Roast Pork Loin with Fruited Rice

INGREDIENTS 1 (2-lb.) boneless pork loin, trimmed 3–4 garlic cloves 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary, or 1 tsp.
RECIPE: Mediterranean Chicken with Tapenade Topping

RECIPE: Mediterranean Chicken with Tapenade Topping

Simple and delicious! This is one the whole family will love. Click here for the Tri-Color Tapenade recipe. INGREDIENTS 4 boneless half chicken breasts, trimmed 1 Tbsp.
RECIPE: Gourmet Mushroom & Sun-Dried Tomato Soup

RECIPE: Gourmet Mushroom & Sun-Dried Tomato Soup

This delicious soup makes a great food gift! The idea was given to me years ago by Jamie Hilbig of the Heritage Herb Club of Plano. The dry ingredients are layered in a glass jar along with a bouquet garni, and accompanied by the recipe.
RECIPE: Tri-Color Tapenade Makes a Tasty Gift

RECIPE: Tri-Color Tapenade Makes a Tasty Gift

Food always makes a great gift.
RECIPE: Homemade Cranberry Vinegar

RECIPE: Homemade Cranberry Vinegar

This type of cranberry vinegar is particularly good on field greens or arugula with little or no olive oil. The sweetness offsets the bitterness of the greens. INGREDIENTS 6 cups red wine vinegar 2 pkgs.
RECIPE: Hamburger-Barley Soup

RECIPE: Hamburger-Barley Soup

My mother, Virginia Brewer, used to make a soup similar to this for our family but without the barley. She added corn instead. Unfortunately, I don’t have my mother’s recipe but this is the closest one I have been able to find that tastes like hers.
RECIPE: Holiday Pear, Goat Cheese & Praline Pecan Salad

RECIPE: Holiday Pear, Goat Cheese & Praline Pecan Salad

This delicious salad recipe was adapted from a recipe of Susan Shonk of Plano. Susan makes the vinaigrette with pear infused balsamic vinegar, but I also like it with my Homemade Cranberry Vinegar.
RECIPE: Fruited Rice Mix

RECIPE: Fruited Rice Mix

This is another one of my favorite recipes to give as a gift. This gift has the makings for a festive side dish to serve with roast pork or turkey this time of year. (Click here for a recipe.
RECIPE: Royal Rice Blend with Fruit, Sausage and Nuts

RECIPE: Royal Rice Blend with Fruit, Sausage and Nuts

This makes a great side dish with roasted poultry or pork tenderloin. The rice blend comes in a large plastic container and is available at Market Street and Target, as well as online.
Dude, Sweet Chocolate is open!

Dude, Sweet Chocolate is open!

There’s no fudging the truth here: Downtown Plano is becoming the sweet spot for local chocolatiers to satisfy their craving. Dude, Sweet Chocolate has opened its doors at 1016 E. 15th St.