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Do you like to invite your friends and family to

your home? Especially at the holidays, it can

be so much to entertain others, and food

is an important part of any occasion. When

serving food  it might seem easy just go to

your local supermarket and buy a pre-made

  vegetable tray and a box of cookies and call it

good, right?  We want to show you that it can

be just as easy to buy fresh food, prepare a

few simple recipes, and create gourmet food

that will impress your guests and make you

feel good about doing something yourself!

Why go gourmet?

Because food is a focus for all the

 people in your life, creating a dish yourself

  can be a wonderful way to show someone

you really care about them.  Just like making

a handmade gift, preparing good food

from scratch shows that you are

willing to take the time to offer

people you care about the experience  of something

they can’t get off a

 supermarket  shelf. As a

 chef once told us “food is

about love.”

 Prepairng your own

 food can save you


When you buy prepared food, even

prepared vegetable trays,

you are paying for someone

else to do the work for you, and

the extra packaging.  By purchasing

fresh ingredients you can buy what you want ,

and even have some left over for another dish.

Consider buying vegetables at your local

Farmer’s Markets,where you buy directly from

the farmer and save the money they spend

sending the food to the supermarket.

Unless your friends are all gourmet chefs

themselves, you will likely have the chance

to introduce them to some foods they have

never tried before. Being able to share

 something new with another person is one of

life’s great treasures.  They may even ask you

for the recipe!

what makes food fancy?

 It’s appealing to look at.

  • Use recipes that have different colored

ingredients so the finished dish will be


  • When selecting your size vegetables, cut

them into different sizes. This will add texture

and make the dish look more interesting.

  • The way it is placed on a plate or serving

tray is called plate design. Instead of just

scooping the food onto a plate, place

food carefully onto places or

serving trays in a way that is neat clean, and nice to look

at. Try using a garnish

that will highlight the dish

and enhances the colors

and flavors of the food.

Use dishes or trays that

are clean and in good


Use fresh, flavorful 


  • Try recipes that have ingredients like fresh spices.

These can add a lot of flavor to a dish

without a lot of extra cost or hassle.

  • Use recommended dressings or sauces to

add both flavor and another way to dress up

the dish.

  • Cheese that is fresh takes on a much richer

flavor then pre-packaged cheese.



Don’t be afraid to try new cheeses like goat cheese, or Gouda.  The deli at Whole Food’s Market will allow you to taste some of cheese before you buy it. A simple cheese platter with crackers alone make a great appetizer at a party when the cheese is fresh and flavorful. We want your next get together to be impressive and full great food! We have included 2 simple recipes to your holiday entertaining started. Bon Appetit!



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We took a survey of our football-fan readers to find out who they like, where they watch, what they love to eat and more during the big games!

Know More about the Game

You asked for it, you got it!  Many of those surveyed asked us to help them better understand the game.  Here are a few basics to get you started on your way to knowing more about football.

When betting…

What are odds?  This means what are the chances one team will beat the other.  It is stated in numbers and money is paid out based on these numbers (if the odds are 2-1 that a team will win you will win 1 dollar for every 2 dollars you bet, if you bet $2 you will end up with $3).  The larger the odds, the less likely a team will win, but more money is paid if they “beat the odds”.

What is a “point Spread”?  This is the number of points one team is expected to get more than the other.  If there is a point spread when you bet, the winning team needs to cover the spread in order for you to win money.  For example if the point spread is 3 points, the favored team must win by more than 3 points in order for you to win money.

What is Parlay? A parlay is a bet where you pick from 2-8 teams or totals to win in order to receive a larger payout for risking less money. For a parlay to be considered a winner all teams must win. You can mix different sports into your parlays and even create parlays from one game.

When Watching…

How can a team score?

Touchdown:  A team can score the most points (6) by scoring a touchdown.  This means moving the ball over the other team’s goal line to the end zone by either running or passing.

Extra Points:  When a team scores a touchdown, they have the chance to add points.  They can get 1 point by kicking the ball through the goal posts and 2 points by running or passing the ball over the goal line again.

Field Goal:  If a team gets close to the goal but doesn’t think they can score the touchdown, they can kick a field goal.  This is kicking the ball through the goal posts.  This is worth 3 points.

Safety:  This happens if the defense tackles a member of the other team in their own end zone.  This is worth 2 points.

What are a few common penalties?

Holding:  When a player from one team grabs part of the jersey of someone from the other team.

Clipping:  This is when one player blocks another below the waist.

False start:  When a player on the offense flinches or moves before the ball is snapped.  It is also called “off sides”.

Face mask:  When one player grabs the face mask of another player.

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