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Southern Gentleman’s Grilled Cheese

As a competitive cook with a foodie husband, many date nights are spent creating recipes and having at-home cook offs. We each create our own masterpieces, post the pics on Facebook and Instagram, let everyone vote, and then, share dinner. We’ve had potato salad throw downs, chili cook offs, and this one, a grilled cheese …

Desserts featured World Food Championships

Dark Chocolate Caramel Macchiato Tarts

Print Yum Dark Chocolate Caramel Macchiato Tarts IngredientsIngredients Dark Chocolate Shortbread 2c all purpose flour ¼ tsp salt 1 c. butter, room temperature ½ c. powdered sugar ¼ c. Special Dark Cocoa 2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 TBSP milk Dark Chocolate Truffle 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature 2/3 c. powdered sugar 8 oz. dark …

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Big Game Snacks: Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

The BIG GAME is tomorrow night. Are you making snacks or like my husband suggested, picking up sushi take out? Seriously, he suggested picking up sushi take out and watching the game, so that I wouldn’t have to cook for a game that I cared nothing about.  I love that man! Well, regardless of my …

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New York Strip with Saucy Mama Chimichurri Steakhouse Dinner

Saucy Mama has offered three competitor spots on the team. Two of these spots are already claimed, as last year’s WFC Saucy Mama competitors earned their way to the Top 10 round and were prequalified to compete again this year. Only ONE spot on TEAM SAUCY MAMA and hopefully, that final spot will be MINE! …

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Date Night Beef Wellington for 2

I can begin to guess how long my husband has been asking me to make Beef Wellington.  How long has Hell’s Kitchen been on TV?  Yeah…probably that long.  Every episode, “just once…I want to try Beef Wellington.”  Well, it may have taken several years, but I finally got the hint.  I dropped by the supermarket, …

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Holy Mole Peach Chili!

In typical fashion, I waited until the last minute to make and submit my entry for a chili cook-off, but as usual,  waiting til the last minute forces me to focus and within two hours, I had the entry made, photographed, and entered. Yay for procrastination!!Anyway, on to the background of this recipe.  This is a …

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Not My Mother’s Stuffed Bell Peppers

I knew from the beginning that if I made stuffed bell peppers, then I would have to make them “removable.” My kids are pretty good eaters and always have been, but as they’ve gotten older, they learn socially that green vegetables, peppers, and onions are BAD!  Both of my boys would lick the guacamole bowl …

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The New Beans & Rice

In the South, there are also certain food combinations that are “expected.”  If you have bbq, then you have baked beans.  If you have fried chicken, you have mashed potatoes.  If you have ice tea, it’s gonna be sweet!  You get the idea… Anyway, beans are no different.  If a Southerner has beans, they’re going …

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Tilapia with Warm Crab Salsa & Manchego Grits

The real challenge for many home cooks is using what is readily available in the neighborhood grocery store and turn it into something fantastic, something creative, something inventive. In many rural areas, such as mine, access to gourmet or specialized goods and grocery stores is quite limited. Granted, I can order just about anything I …

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Old Fashioned Southern Tea Ring

As a young girl growing up in the south, going to church socials and covered dish luncheons was nothing unusual.  Whether it was the monthly, after-Sunday-service lunch or a holiday social, the ladies of the church always put their best dishes forward.  As a foodie from birth, I have always associated food with people and …

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