Graduation Recipes Worth Celebrating

Last Updated May 15, 2018
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It's graduation season! For seniors (and their parents), the end of the school year marks a season of new beginnings and adventures––a season certainly worth celebrating. There is no better way to celebrate your graduate than by gathering friends and family to reflect on their accomplishments and encourage their future plans over a great meal. Here is a compilation of salads, cakes and dishes that hold and sit well while family and freinds mingle together. 

Sean Brock’s Pimento Cheese Dip

I’ve seen people almost get into fistfights over who has a better pimento cheese recipe. Southerners don’t mess around when it comes to their cherished “pâté de Sud.” We slather the stuff on...

Easy Deviled Eggs

These deviled eggs uses a dijon dressing from Kroger’s exclusive line of Simple Truth products and is Free from 101+ artificial ingredients and preservatives. See the full line-up of...

McKel Hill's Ultimate Spring Salad

Here is a sprightly salad that makes the most of the season. Add chicken, shrimp or salmon to make it a main dish and definitely sprinkle on some goat cheese. It comes to us by way of McKel Hill. A...

Peach Caprese Salad and Balsamic Reduction

Fresh Georgia peaches sub for vine-ripened tomatoes in this classic salad. I like to reduce some good-quality balsamic vinegar to add gooey, tart, sweet flavor. One caveat, open a window or prepare...

Tres Leches Cake

The perfect ending to a spicy Mexican meal is this creamy cool vanilla cake drenched in 3 milks. 

White Bean Salad with Spinach and Herbs

Welcome spring with this fresh white bean salad full of fresh herbs from the garden, tender spinach from the farmer's market, pungent green olive oil and fresh mozzarella. We used cooked dried beans...

Roasted Parmesan Creamer Potatoes

Small delicate creamer potatoes, the first of the spring, are perfect roasted. Crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, they require no cutting and cook in a short amount of time. Here they’...

Tennessee’s Whistlin' Dixie

This drink is made with Jumbo - high-impact fruit punch soda founded in 1922 in Chattanooga--and Dixie Vodka. Dixie Vodka was born out of the need for a craft vodka with an authentic Southern pedigree...

"Frose" Julep for Derby Day

While mint juleps are the drink of the day in Kentucky and beyond to celebrate Derby Day, we're honoring our semi-local ice cream maker Jeni's and their new Frose Sorbet, which we found to make an...

Jill's Carrot Cake

carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
This is the carrot cake I've made for years—35 to be exact. It has the perfect balance of pineapple to carrot to cream cheese frosting. It was my husband's birthday cake of choice for years. In fact...

Watermelon Strawberry Lemonade

Bring 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cool. Place 4 cups chopped watermelon, 1/2 cups...

Easy Strawberry Wine Cake

'Tis the season for strawberries in all of their forms...including strawberry cake made with strawberry wine! This wine is produced locally by Keg Springs and adds charming notes to this cake and its...

Breaker Cornbread Muffins

Farmers will tell you that when a green tomato just starts to turn a bit pink, it's called a breaker. This recipe makes good use of those tomatoes that straddle the fence between green and ripe. I...
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