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Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for Miss A. She has been involved in the wedding industry for several years. Lisa is a bridal consultant and director of marketing and public relations for Blush Bridal Boutique and an event designer at Main Street Weddings, both local wedding businesses. In this capacity, Lisa writes the blog, website copy, and promotional materials for these businesses and assists with event planning. She was formerly a bridal consultant and did marketing and public relations work for A Formal Affair Bridal and Formalwear Boutique and was the creator of their Bridal University workshops. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school's award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. As junior class sponsor, she also assists in planning Liberty's prom. Lisa has written several published articles. These include an article about advising student publications for Accents (Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s journal),an article about the royal wedding for Northern Virginia Magazine, an article about local proms for Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, and four stories about wedding planning and wedding fashion for the 2012 Northern Virginia Bridal Guide. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

Host A Southern-Style Memorial Day Picnic With Recipes From Iron Hen

Looking for an easy way to entertain for the first holiday weekend of  summer? Kick off your warm weather season with a simple Southern-style picnic!
Photo credit: Iron Hen Cafe.

(Photo credit: Iron Hen Cafe)

To provide Miss A readers with the ultimate in Southern recipes, I turned to Iron Hen Cafe. This coffee shop, café, and catering company features an award-winning chef who has won rave reviews in the Greensboro, North Carolina area. They serve organic, fair trade coffee, as well as local, seasonal, and sustainable food daily. It is their mission to connect the food they serve to the farm it came from and to the people at their tables. Iron Hen favors organic and North Carolina grown, but makes concessions in both areas in order to highlight other farmers and producers with time-honored methods and very good products. Iron Hen prides itself in being responsible both locally and globally by recycling, reducing waste, and insuring all disposable products are eco-sound. And of course, Iron Hen is known for their fabulous food! Their menus are overflowing with local, fresh, Southern-inspired cuisine with a focus on being environmentally conscious.
For our picnic, we decided to focus upon traditional summer favorites with a Southern twist. Here are some fabulous ideas! I recommend adding a platter of fresh fruits and a variety of fresh vegetables.
The first three recipes may be served with fresh breads or in lettuce cups!
Photo credit: Iron Hen Cafe.

(Photo credit: Iron Hen Cafe)

Egg Salad – 2.5qt
3 quarts boiled eggs (scraps from deviled eggs are OK)
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp Dijon
2 tsp celery seed
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
Method: Rough chop all boiled eggs. In mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Store in quart containers.


Pimento Cheese – 6qt
½ bag yellow cheddar
½ bag white cheddar
½ block American cheese (diced)
1 can roasted red peppers
4 cups mayo
4 cloves garlic
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 jalapeno – finely diced
Method: In large mixing bow,l combine all 3 cheeses, mayonnaise, and Worcestershire sauce. Take roasted red peppers, garlic, and jalapenos, and puree in robo coupe. Combine cheese mixture with peppers and garlic and mix until well combined. Store in quart containers.
Photo credit: Iron Hen Cafe.

(Photo credit: Iron Hen Cafe)

Red Delicious Chicken Salad with Bacon -8qt
6 qts marinated chicken
3 sheets bacon – chopped
10 apples – diced
2 cup sour cream
5 cup mayo
1 bunch parsley – chopped
2 ½ tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepper
Method: Start chicken on the grill and finish in oven, wrapped in plastic and foil. Cook and chop bacon. Let chicken cool and cut. In large bowl combine all ingredients until mixed well.
Photo credit: Iron Hen Cafe.

(Photo credit: Iron Hen Cafe)


Cream Cheese and Cucumber Sandwiches
2 cucumbers sliced
6 oz cream cheese, softened
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp mayonnaise
Salt and pepper to taste
White bread, sliced
In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, onion, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper.  Evenly coat bread slices with spread.  Layer 1/2 of bread slice with cucumber. Use remaining slices as toppers.
Photo credit: Iron Hen Cafe.

(Photo credit: Iron Hen Cafe)

Ball Thyme Tea
5 oz Sour Mix (House Recipe)*
3/4 oz Vodka
3/4 oz Tequila
3/4 oz Spiced Rum
3/4 oz Hendricks Gin
1/2 oz Triple Sec
3/4 oz Thyme simple syrup
Splash of Cheerwine
1. Add all liquors over ice into a shaker and shake for 15 seconds.
2. Include sour mix once liquor is over ice in a glass.
3. Strain into Mason jar (with new ice), add Cheerwine at the end.


*House Sour Mix
2/5 lime juice
2/5 lemon juice
1/5 orange juice
Powdered sugar
1. Blend all of the juices
2. Add powdered sugar to taste.


Enjoy your elegant Southern-style picnic!

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