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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.
Gathering Pecans at Oak Point Park

Gathering Pecans at Oak Point Park

Whether they’re used for pecan pie or as fancy salad garnish, pecans are a treat that can elevate any holiday dish. Although pecans can be rather pricey, those of us who live in Plano don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune to get our seasonal fix.
RECIPE: Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Southwest Quinoa Salad

RECIPE: Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Southwest Quinoa Salad

I actually combined two recipes to make one. One recipe called for a quinoa salad as well to be served with the shrimp, but I like the recipe for the Southwest Quinoa Salad better. INGREDIENTS GRILLED SHRIMP: 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice 1 Tbsp.
RECIPE: A Tasty Tabbouleh

RECIPE: A Tasty Tabbouleh

There are lots of variations of this Middle Eastern salad, but most of them contain way too many herbs for my liking, masking the flavor of the vegetables.
Poor Richard's Annual Toy Drive

Poor Richard's Annual Toy Drive

Over the last 30 years, Poor Richard’s Annual Toy Drive has raised over $100,000, which has been used to help over 200 deserving Plano families with toys, clothing and food.