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Spicy Thai Peanut Rice

I am a big fan of Thai cuisine and all the interesting flavors and spices traditional found in Thai dishes. This recipe is full of flavor and it’s certainly a favorite of mine. For this dish I always use Ralston Family Farms Traditional White Rice to get that delicious light and flaky texture.

Sweet Potato Gratin

Sweet potatoes have a long history in the Smith family, going back as far as my grandfather, Pa Smith, who would plant them in organized rows where the vines would leaf out and bloom their beautiful morning glory-type flowers (trivia item: sweet potatoes are actually in the morning glory plant family, Ipomoea).

Once they had been harvested, stored, and cured, my family would enjoy them throughout the fall and winter. They would boil, bake, soufflé, and sauté their way through a variety of sweet and savory recipes that never failed to delight.  If a guest was not a sweet potato fan at the beginning of the meal, they would be by the end.

Let me share with you one of my favorite sweet potato recipes that you can try at a holiday meal. If you wanted to work one into a weekday meal, even better.



Sweet Potato Bread

There are some foods that just go hand-in-hand with particular events or places, like baseball and hot dogs, movie theaters and popcorn — and the holidays and sweet potatoes. Yes, you can find and cook sweet potatoes year-round thanks to modern farming and food transport innovations, but fall and winter is when the good old sweet potato really shines, and it doesn’t shine any brighter than it does at Christmas dinner.

Let me share with you one of my favorite sweet potato recipes that you can try at a holiday meal. If you wanted to work one into a weekday meal, even better.


Bloody Mary

In the midst of summer, I often find myself with an abundance of ripe tomatoes that I love making fresh tomato juice with. Sometimes that fresh tomato juice becomes a delicious bloody Mary!

Garden Bruschetta

Garden bruschetta is one of my all time favorite appetizers. If you have never made it before, it’s delicious, fresh, and super easy to make. Go out to your garden, pick a few of the ripest tomatoes you can find, and make this seasonal staple! You won’t regret it!

ruby smoothie

Ruby Smoothie

Often, we looking for ways to feel lighter when it comes to our meals. There’s no need to go to extremes. By adding more fruits and veggies to your diet, you’ll start to have more energy, and those junk food cravings should start to wane.

The Ruby Smoothie gets its beautiful color from beets, blood oranges, and raspberries, among other fruits and veggies, which also pack in a big dose of vitamins and minerals. The flax and hemp seeds are loaded with fiber, which will help fill you up, and keep your cravings at bay. Sub this smoothie for your usual breakfast or lunch every now and then for a lighter option.

orange maple spiced westrock coffee

Spiced Orange and Maple Westrock Coffee

I love sitting around the fire after a big meal, swapping stories with loved ones. Usually, a round of coffee will help to keep us all up instead of going into a food coma. This year, I’ve added a few special ingredients to my go-to Westrock coffee for a festive, flavorful beverage.