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After being homebound the last few years, more and more travelers are taking to the air to reach their vacation destinations. Add this to the rising gas prices, and flying, even to parts of the United States, can prove to be more cost effective.

Canapés (ka·nuh·peez), a French hors d’oeuvre that is prepared with pieces of bread, toast or cracker topped with a savory topping, can be a great addition to any wedding reception. A rule of thumb is that canapés are one or two bites, which is perfect for guests attending any reception. These bite-size morsels are prepared with appearances in mind. Remember that one eats first with their eyes, so prepare them with an artist state of mind.

The style of the dress, the choice and placement of the flowers, the coordinating colors of the entire day. These details are there to showcase the personalities of the bride and the groom. Why not extend this personalization even further to your beverage options at your reception? Signature cocktails are carefully chosen by the bride and groom to add subtle hints of the couple’s style and are now taking the place of the open bar.

Through the dust and cattle noise they hear Cookie yell, “Come and get it, get it while it’s hot.” Those are the words every cowboy wants to hear after a long day on the trail.

I don’t know about you, but when I think of pizza, I think of warm melted cheese. The stretchy, ooey, gooey, yummy goodness of the cheese pulling away from the pizza giving us a flavor that we all love. This recipe uses a base of a chili jam topping that is a combination of savory, sweet and spicy. It is a great substitute for your usual tomato-based marinaras that we are used to. The arugula gives this pizza the alternative bitter taste that counters the sweetness of the figs.

Decorated with a BOB punching bag in a uniform, an Elvis Presley collectable, pictures with famous instructors and a TV to pipe in live karate classes that are held next door, The Dojo Coffee House is certainly not something people see every day.

A bright pink sign stands out among the brown brick buildings in downtown San Augustine: Sweets & Eats with an ice cream cone on the right side and cutlery on the left.

It’s time for beer lovers to create something new and fun, using the classic brunch mimosa as inspiration.

This is a recipe that my students and I tested and worked on so that we could prepare it for the veterans attending our Veterans Day lunch. It is the perfect comfort food with its warm starchy goodness. Veggie Chowder is perfect for those cold nights curled up by the fire. This soup can easily be modified to meet personal preferences.

This is always a hit with my family and perfect for those lazy Christmas mornings. It’s easy to make the night before and refrigerate overnight, then place in the oven when the house awakens.

Food and family. Both are near and dear to my heart and abundantly around during the holidays. I wanted to share this food from my family with you. Whether you use them for Ol’ Saint Nick or a family gathering, I hope you enjoy these favorite recipes.

Lauralyn Mathis loved to cook. Whether it was steamed cabbage, chicken fried venison or chicken spaghetti, Lauralyn thoroughly enjoyed making food for her family and friends. She was happiest when she was in the kitchen, and continued to be that way even after she got sick.

Brining your turkey

Cut my pie into four pieces, I don’t think I could eat eight.