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©2010 The Romantic Table, Oven-fried Chicken 2010-11-13 17:49:50:269
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Oven-fried Chicken with Mushrooms and Garlic is a perfect meal when it's crisp outside and you're craving something hearty.

November's heartier recipes for fun

The grape and walnut harvests are in and the cooler weather has finally arrived. Now we can get set for some more family and friends entertaining with this month's recipes and the holidays ahead.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner and with that in mind we have four recipe offerings that you can put to use during those evenings you're entertaining.

One is called Oven-fried Chicken with Mushrooms and Garlic, which is a perfect meal when it's crisp outside and you're craving something hearty-but don't want a meal that's too similar to a Thanksgiving-taste. This is a yummy Mama-cooking type meal. It's so delicious!

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Brandied Shrimp with Mushrooms and Green onions
Another recipe, Brandied Shrimp with Mushrooms and Green onions on Gemelli pasta is a sure favorite and a break from the heavier meals of the holidays.

A tempting photogenic side-dish we have this month is our version of Baked Tomatoes. Even using store-bought tomatoes, the accompanying ingredients are so complementary to the tomatoes when baked and transforms them in to a sure-fire hit with the crowd. And it's so easy to make, you'll use this recipe throughout the year!

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©2010 The Romantic Table, Baked Tomatoes

Tomatoes when baked, transforms them in to a sure-fire hit with the crowd.
Then finally this month I'm sharing my decades-old recipe for Italian-American Meatballs. Almost every person has their own recipe, but I'm sharing mine because these are always a a welcome hit --especially when everyone is "turkeyed-out!" Please see my blog on Italian-American Meatballs -Always a Crowd Pleaser! . My meatballs use all fresh ingredients and they're very colorful. Served ideally with my Basic Marinara Sauce recipe, it's a crowd pleaser!

So don't hyperventilate over all the "incoming traffic of visitors" these next two months. Take a deep breath and consider all your options available on this website and others to make the most of your entertaining with the least fuss!

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A tip from Sue!

Make your salt and pepper your "right -hand" aid

An easy tool to have handy at all times in your kitchen is your customized combined salt and pepper shaker. Buy a clear plastic shaker with a handle on it. Make yourself a "customized salt and pepper combo or "house blend." Ours is three parts ground pepper to one part salt. Having one of these handy really cuts the prep time down when doing breading and preliminary cooking!