Easy Spiked Lemonade

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Easy Spiked Lemonade

Easy Spiked Lemonade

Squeezed for time but would like to enjoy a glass of fresh-tasting lemonade spiked with a splash of vodka? Then grab a package of lemon flavored drink mix and a few pantry staples and you’ll be on your way to a refreshing glass of spiked lemonade in no time.

While most lemonade recipes call for making simple syrup, this recipe takes a shortcut and makes good use of packaged drink mix and a couple of lemons. No one will guess that this tangy drink takes only minutes to stir up—making it the perfect recipe to sip at any summertime get-together.

So when it comes to enjoying every drop of summer, this crowd-pleasing recipe makes it easy. Cheers!


1 (2-quart serving size) envelope lemon flavor unsweetened soft drink mix
1 cup sugar
8 cups cold water
3/4 cup vodka
Juice of 1 medium lemon
1 medium lemon, sliced
Ice cubes
Fresh mint (optional)
In a large pitcher, combine drink mix, sugar, water, vodka, and lemon juice. Add sliced lemon; stir well. Place ice cubes in glasses; pour lemonade mixture over ice cubes. Garnish with fresh mint, if desired. Makes 8 servings.

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Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Satisfy the craving for chocolate and peanut butter by baking a batch of these flavorful cookies. Just in time for July Fourth celebrations, these no-fuss treats are an excellent choice for summertime get-togethers.

Whether it’s a picnic in the park, a hike through the woods, or a day at the beach, these little goodies are terrific for toting anywhere. Enjoy!

1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar, plus more for finishing
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, combine butter, shortening and peanut butter. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup sugar and brown sugar; beat until combined. Add egg and vanilla; beat until combined. Gradually beat in as much flour mixture as possible; stir in the rest. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Roll in additional sugar, place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Press cookies with the bottom of a flat-bottomed glass to slightly flatten. Bake until centers are set and edges are crackled, 7 to 9 minutes. Cool 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Food Lion Launches Fresh Website – New Design Makes it Easy to Shop, Save, and Plan for Recipes like Lemony Orzo and Chicken Salad

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Lemony Orzo and Chicken Salad

Food Lion has debuted a new website that makes shopping, saving, and planning for mealtimes the ultimate in ease. Included in the many enhancements is Food Lion’s New Recipe Portal which has this recipe for Lemony Orzo and Chicken Salad and forthcoming Harried Housewife Recipes.

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Spring Greens and Strawberry Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

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Spring Greens and Strawberry Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

Spring Greens and Strawberry Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

Celebrate National Salad Month, and the warmer weather, with a lighter dish filled with color and texture. A refreshing mix of seasonal salad greens along with strawberries, blue cheese, and toasted walnuts drizzled with tangy balsamic poppy seed vinaigrette is both tasty and nutritious.

And you can always add cooked chicken breasts or your choice of lean protein, if desired. Whichever way you prefer, this refreshing recipe is an appetizing start to National Salad Month.


2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
12 cups spring salad greens
1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts
For vinaigrette, in small bowl, combine vinegar, olive oil, honey, poppy seeds, sugar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Whisk until well blended. In a large bowl, combine mixed greens and strawberries. Whisk vinaigrette and drizzle desired amount over mixed greens and strawberries; toss to combine. Arrange on a large platter or 6 plates; sprinkle with blue cheese and walnuts. Makes 6 servings.

Apricot Glazed Carrots

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Apricot Glazed Carrots

Apricot Glazed Carrots

Add a gourmet touch to carrots by coating them in a tangy glaze made with simple ingredients. The combination of apricot preserves, butter, and brown sugar along with a hint of cinnamon, salt, and pepper makes jazzing up plain carrots a snap.

A terrific complement to most any entrée, this elegant recipe is ideal for Easter Sunday dinner. Double the recipe for a crowd, and savor a sophisticated side dish starring one of the season’s most appealing ingredients.

From my family to yours, Happy Easter.

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1 pound slender carrots
2 tablespoons apricot preserves
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Salt to taste
Coarsely ground black pepper to taste
Lightly peel carrots. Trim tops leaving about 1 1/2-inches of green intact; trim bottoms. Cut them in half lengthwise. Add about 1-inch water to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; add carrots. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, partially covered, until just tender, about 4 minutes. Drain. Return to saucepan; add apricot preserves, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cook over low heat until heated through and butter melts, about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. Makes 6 servings.

Dish it Up and Save with Food Lion!

Dish it Up

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Cowboy Quesadillas

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Amazing Nachos

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Food Lion Dish it UpPerfect for hectic households, these family-friendly recipes are easy-to-make. And you can save last minute preparation by cooking chicken in advance and stashing it in the fridge until ready to use. Here’s a kitchen tip on how to have chicken at the ready for Cowboy Quesadillas and Amazing Nachos:

Place boneless and skinless chicken breast halves in a medium saucepan and add enough water to cover them. Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, until chicken is no longer pink in the thickest part (170°), 12 to 15 minutes. Remove chicken from the liquid; let stand 10 minutes before cutting. Save the liquid and use it to make soups, rice, etc., if desired.

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Chicken Vegetable Soup

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Chicken Vegetable Soup

Chicken Vegetable Soup

Time-crunched cooks always welcome quick and easy recipes. And when it comes to making soup, they’re especially appreciated. By using pantry staples along with store-bought chicken stock or broth, canned chicken, and packaged frozen vegetables, it’s easy to get out of the kitchen quick.

Make it even more delicious by topping each serving with wedges of provolone cheese and a dollop of pesto, if desired. Pouring on the comfort couldn’t be easier.


2 teaspoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried parsley, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
7 cups regular or reduced sodium chicken stock or broth
1 (16-ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables
1 (10-ounce) can chunk-style chicken, undrained, or 2 cups cooked cubed chicken
1 cup dried ditalini or other small pasta
Salt and pepper to taste
4 slices provolone cheese, each cut into 8 wedges (optional)
1/3 cup pesto (optional)
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until hot; add garlic, parsley, and basil. Cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in chicken stock or broth, vegetables, chicken, and ditalini. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer until ditalini is tender, 8 to 10 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Top each serving with 4 wedges of cheese, then a dollop of pesto, if desired. Makes 8 servings.

Herbed Parmesan Biscuits

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Herbed Parmesan Biscuits

Herbed Parmesan Biscuits

Baking powder biscuits are good on their own, but the addition of Parmesan cheese, parsley, and basil adds a tasty touch to a time-honored classic.

Whether it’s for a special dinner, a casual supper, or to pair with a bowl of soup, these tender biscuits are always welcome. And they can be on the table in a short amount of time.

So if you’d like a tasty twist on tradition, try this recipe. After all, it doesn’t take much to elevate a familiar favorite.


2 cups flour, plus more for dusting
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley, crushed
1/4 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) cold butter, cut into pieces
3/4 cup milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, Parmesan cheese, baking powder, salt, parsley, and basil. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center; add milk. Add to the flour mixture; stir with a fork until just moistened. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead by folding and pressing until nearly smooth, 10 to 12 strokes. Pat or roll dough into a circle about 1/2-inch thick. Cut dough with a 3-inch round biscuit cutter. Gather the remaining scraps, press together, and cut out more rounds in the same manner. Transfer to a baking sheet. Bake until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove to a wire rack. Serve warm. Makes 1 dozen biscuits.