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Busy Mom’s Guide to Southern Comfort Food…Chicken & Dumplings

Nearly every country and culture has their own version of chicken noodle soup.  In the south, chicken noodle soup is  a bit different.  Our chicken & dumplings, aka “chickn’ dumplins”, is a serious matter.

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Peppered Chicken with Saffron Polenta

A couple of years ago, I was contacted by a casting producer asking if might be interested in auditioning for a cooking show that was being produced for a “major television network.”  I, of course, said yes, and agreed to produce a number of savory dishes (in 2 days) to photograph and submit before my …

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Mediterranean Chicken & Pasta Bake…a Monday Night Miracle

Even though my brain was fried and my body was near collapse, I somehow managed to pull off an amazing (and quick!) dinner.  I knew by noon that I would need to rely on easy proteins and basic ingredients, since I had no desire to battle the supermarket crowd, so I did what I always …

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Civics & Lasagna

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, … -Declaration of Independence, 1776 As a parent, multitasking is a requirement and knowledge of all subjects is a prerequisite. When our children …

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Oven Roasted Chicken with Blackberry-Bourbon Sauce

I love using ingredients in unexpected combinations.  I love taking classics and turning them on their side.  Last night’s dinner was no exception.  After going round and round about what to have for dinner, I gave up asking my husband what he wanted. The supermarket had a sale on blackberries, so I decided that we …

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Moroccan Spiced Chicken Meatball Stew

Several years ago, I noticed that in addition to ground turkey and ground pork, my local supermarket was carrying ground chicken.  Since I RARELY ever cook ground beef, this was a win for me.  Then, when I stumbled across a recipe for chicken meatballs on Pinterest, it was a Win-Win!  The basic meatball recipe is …

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Not Your Typical Grilled Chicken: Mango Riesling Chicken Skewers w/ Coconut-Lime Rice

By now, most people know that I constantly write and test recipes for various contests and competitions. Last night, I finally got a chance to test my idea for the Dole Cook Off.  Going into it, there were certain Dole products that I just don’t use, so I kept to the foods that we eat …

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Chicken Pot Pie meets Chicken & Dumplings

I plan a weekly menu of meals every Sunday before I go shopping. For the most part, I know what we’re having for breakfast and dinner every day, and there is no uncertainty. There is no “what are we going to have for dinner? conversation. ” Like the kids, I thrive on routine and organization, …

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Boys Can Cook Too!

Maybe it’s because I grew up with a brother who could, and still can, cook anything he wants or needs.  Maybe it’s because I cook, and I only have sons. Either way, I have a firm belief that both of my boys should learn to cook and be comfortable in a kitchen.  Sadly, too many …

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Braised Chicken with Peppers & Onions served w/ Saffron Polenta

As a competitive cook, I’m always testing recipe ideas. My husband and kids are fairly accustomed to the constantly changing, experimental menu.  Yes, I make the standards …spaghetti & meat sauce, tacos, meatloaf, chili, chicken n dumplings, etc. However, I like taking common, everyday ingredients and trying something new with them.  Sometimes it’s a hit; sometimes …

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