These 2 New Stores Give Home Goods and TJ Maxx a Run For Their Money — Shopping News

There's nothing quite as exciting as scoring a great deal. Maybe seeing your kid walk for the first time hits high on some people's lists, but grabbing a crystal bowl for a fraction of its retail price or getting an artisanal food product that isn't usually available is our idea of a great time.

That's why the news that Southern Living and HomeSense stores are expanding is so exciting.

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Recipe: Strawberry Slab Pie — Strawberries: A Field Guide

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Strawberries don't have to work very hard to earn a place as one of our favorite berries of summer. They are the first to arrive, tend to be the most affordable, and really know how to work the spotlight with very little help. So when you're ready to take your fresh munching to the next level, make this slab pie dreamed up by cookbook author Yossy Arefi.

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Pair Dates with These Foods for a Delicious Snack — Snack Intelligence

Sticky, sweet dates have many wonderful uses. They can be chopped up for a salad, blended into a smoothie, or even made into caramels. They don't, however, actually need that much fussing to be enjoyed. All on their own, they make for a pretty good snack. Add just one more ingredient to the equation and you've got a snack that's truly great.

Even better, you don't need to go out of your way to buy anything special. These fancied-up dates call for pantry ingredients that transform the dried fruit into something that not only feels like a treat for yourself, but can also be served to company. Here are seven combinations we love.

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Grilled Vegetables Are the Real Summer Heroes. Here Are 10 Ways to Serve Them. — Recipes from The Kitchn

I have a strong opinion about grilled vegetables. As much as I love meat and fish on the grill, it's vegetables that really transform when tossed on the grates. All that smoky, charred flavor turns just about any vegetable into something truly spectacular. What's more, it doesn't take a lot of time or effort to produce a dish that's hard to get enough of.

These 10 recipes are quick, easy choices for side dishes, but with such great flavor, they can easily be featured as a meatless main course.

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An Obvious but Helpful Primer on Prepping Strawberries — Ingredient Intelligence

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It's early June, which means one thing: Strawberry season is here! This time of year, I can't get enough of these deeply flavored, rich berries. I love them so much, I can barely wait until I get home from the farmers market to gobble them up — but I know that to truly get the most out of my berry haul, they need a little bit of prep work.

You've probably done this before, but a quick refresher never hurt.

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8 Rules for a Successful Potluck Party — Patio Potluck

Any hostess will tell you that the key to a stress-free party is a potluck menu. However, even the nearly foolproof, guest-driven event can still run into a few snafus if not managed correctly. Follow the advice below if you want to pull off the most organized, most delicious potluck your neighborhood has ever seen.

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