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Holidays, gatherings and celebrations can be the best time to try new, easy, stress-free recipes. Drink and punch recipes are especially easy to throw together (even last-minute) right before the festivities begin. This way, the drinks are chilled, and the food is hot and ready.

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The Longview Health Department inspected these establishments May 1 through 6: Restaurants generally are inspected by the city every three months. The grades mean: A=Excellent, B=Good, C=Fair, D=Poor.

It’s difficult to believe that it is time to talk about cooking fresh vegetables from the garden already, but I want you to have the recipes by the time the vegetables start “coming in.”

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This summer, get a little wild in the kitchen and make something different. It’s alright to mix up the seasonal menu now and again by creating dishes out of the ordinary as a change up from the usual warm-weather favorites.

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Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate and treat your mom to a delicious breakfast or brunch. Whether it’s a meal in bed or a beautiful spread on the dining room table, make the day special with simple recipes that are sure to impress.

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Liven up your mealtime routine with the fresh global flavors of an at-home fiesta for a memorable way to rethink your menu. With nearly countless ways to spice up the kitchen using inspiration from around the world, it’s easy to find something new and exciting.

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The Longview Health Department inspected these establishments April 18 through 29: Restaurants generally are inspected by the city every three months. The grades mean: A=Excellent, B=Good, C=Fair, D=Poor.

Well, I’ve been prowling in the stacks (of “from my kitchen columns”). I had not looked back at any or many of the ‘80s articles in a while. I picked out a thick notebook labeled 1983-85 to peruse. It is one of the neatest ones of all.

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The Longview Health Department inspected these establishments April 12 through 14: Restaurants generally are inspected by the city every three months. The grades mean: A=Excellent, B=Good, C=Fair, D=Poor.

It’s spring (we hope that it really is) because we are into Easter and Passover weeks. The second or third year of my beginning this column (in 1970), I mentioned that I could not understand why the date for Easter fluctuated from mid-March to late April.

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The Longview Health Department inspected these establishments from March 28 through April 5: Restaurants generally are inspected by the city every three months. The grades mean: A=Excellent, B=Good, C=Fair, D=Poor.

Do you have a group of friends who gather often? Some people say men don’t get together as frequently as women. But then I think of the guys I know who have played golf together for decades, poker pals and exercise/running mates who count on these times for together time.

Too many dessert recipes, I said to myself when starting this column, remembering last week’s two delicious pound cakes. Then I was given this recipe after eating this delicious concoction at a church supper and said to myself, “there can never be too many good dessert recipes.”

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The Longview Health Department inspected these establishments from Feb. 21 through March 18: Restaurants generally are inspected by the city every three months. The grades mean: A=Excellent, B=Good, C=Fair, D=Poor.

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The Longview Health Department inspected these establishments from Feb. 21 through March 18: Restaurants generally are inspected by the city every three months. The grades mean: A=Excellent, B=Good, C=Fair, D=Poor.

I wonder if you have had the same thing happen to you as I have recently. Because East Texans are known for their warm friendly nature (well, for the most part), I have become acquainted with many people through the years by just friendly exchanges or because they were “friends of friends.”

It’s almost time to start talking “salads,” as in salad luncheons and suppers. I have never met a woman who does not love to go to these and I have never met a man who does (like salad — only meals).

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The Longview Health Department inspected these establishments from Feb. 15 through Feb. 18: Restaurants generally are inspected by the city every three months. The grades mean: A=Excellent, B=Good, C=Fair, D=Poor.

The weather! I promise not to talk about it — that’s Mark Scirto’s bailiwick. I am going to share a soup recipe that is good for cold weather which, by my sharing it, I fear will bring on another siege of cold weather.

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Two years into a pandemic that landed people in their living rooms, generating countless hours of television bingeing and stress eating, the nation has a new problem to worry about: Nearly half of U.S. adults, many already classified as overweight, reported they put on extra pounds.

We have Iris to thank for working on the daunting task of trying to keep me organized. Iris Counts has just finished organizing my columns and putting them in notebooks for two of the last four years.

The Longview Health Department inspected these establishments from Jan. 18 to Feb. 14: Restaurants generally are inspected by the city every three months. The grades mean: A=Excellent, B=Good, C=Fair, D=Poor.

Fruits are for eating, lemons and limes for seasoning. That statement makes sense but I never thought of it that way until I read it in Russ Parsons’ “How to Pick a Peach.”

Here we are at this magical, mystical, awe-inspiring time of year. It seems like we just had Christmas a few weeks ago instead of a whole year.

Something came as a bit of shock to me this week when I went shopping for a particular item. No, I was not looking for a PS-5 or a new car (I heard that they were both in short supply). I was simply looking for a bottle of soy sauce.

Are you aware that we are right in the middle of it? At least some people are. Before last year (with the fear of gathering), this time between Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah was the busiest time of year for shopping, cooking and entertaining.

Are you aware that we are right in the middle of it? At least some people are. Before last year (with the fear of gathering), this time between Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah was the busiest time of year for shopping, cooking and entertaining.

It’s a little different this year with the Thanksgiving color scheme outside. Instead of a brilliance of autumn colors of red, yellow, orange and browns, I look out the window to roses, geraniums, mandevillas, zinnias and other spring and summer flowers in all their spring and summer glory.

Editor’s note: Barbara McClellan’s column has been running in the Longview News-Journal since February 1970 and can now be found in the Tyler Morning Telegraph, too. The Tyler native’s (graduate of Tyler High School) column includes recipes, cooking hints and tips. She looks forward to recei…