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October 14, 2019

Ground Beef Meat Pies

Close up of final meat pie recipe, on a black platter
Originating in Central Louisiana, Natchitoches Meat Pies are traditional savory hand pies. Learn how to make this handheld meat pie recipe with a flavorful beef filling and a flaky pastry crust, as well as how to prepare them for any type of gathering. While the meat pies take time and effort, they're absolutely perfect for sharing and eating on-the-go! This recipe makes 14-16, depending on the size you make, and are utterly delicious.

September 26, 2019

Apple Cider Punch with Sambucus

Three staggered glasses of Individual Apple Cider Punch with Sambucus, garnished
Individual Apple Cider Punch with Sambucus is a flavorful nonalcoholic fall drink that offers antioxidants and more. Made from a mixture of pure apple cider and pear juice, this punch is flavored with a shot of homemade cinnamon simple syrup and a drizzle of Nature’s Way Sambucus Original Syrup. If you’re looking for a wellness beverage to offer a potential boost to immune system this season, Apple Cider Punch with Sambucus is perfect for you.

August 5, 2019

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Several glasses of Watermelon Agua Fresca are garnished with watermelon wedges before drinking
Cool off with a glass of homemade Watermelon Agua Fresca! This light and refreshing drink is perfect for entertaining and keeping the kids hydrated on summer afternoons. It's also the perfect nonalcoholic sipper for gamedays and other festivities that bring lots of folks together. Calling for fresh watermelon, water, lemon juice and granulated sugar, this simple agua fresca is easy to make and even easier to enjoy.

August 2, 2019

Black Bean Dip

Black bean dip, garnished with sour cream and jalapeno slices, is shown in a bowl, surrounded by chips
Start any party with this delightful vegan-friendly Black Bean Dip. Perfectly spicy and seasoned to impress, this dip goes wonderfully with fajitas, guacamole and various other TexMex dishes. The black beans are cooked down with onions, a green bell pepper, a jalapeño, oregano, bay leaves, sage, chili powder, cumin, orange juice, lime juice, rice wine vinegar and salt until they fall apart. Serve with tortilla chips to create the perfect vegan gameday appetizer.

June 25, 2019

Homemade Mint Lemonade (Naturally Sweetened, Vegan)

Mint Lemonade // The Speckled Palate
Cool down with a glass of naturally sweetened Mint Lemonade this summer. This tart and refreshing twist on a classic calls for very few ingredients, but doesn't call for granulated sugar or a simple syrup. Including lemon juice, water and muddled mint leaves, this lemonade is incredibly refreshing to sip any warm day. Makes 1 glass of lemonade, though this recipe can easily be turned into a pitcher drink for sharing.

February 4, 2019

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Two bowls of Chicken and Sausage Gumbo are served with rice and green onions
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo is the ultimate Louisiana comfort food! This gumbo starts with a dark roux as its base. Once the roux is ready and combined with water, add sautéed chopped green bell pepper, onion and celery to the pot. Sear the chicken and sausage, too, before throwing them in, and letting the gumbo cook low and slow for hours. From-scratch gumbo is a labor of love, but it's a delicious one that is perfect to serve to...