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Spicy Shrimp & Peppers with Pasta

I’ve been baking nearly my entire life, and as I’ve joked, I could bake an award winning cake before I could cook a meal.  As it turns out, I’d been competing with the American Pie Council and the National Pie Championship for a couple of years before I ever entered a non-sweet cooking competition. Looking …

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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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Weeknight Dinner in Minutes…Ravioli with Pancetta & Arugula

With work, kids, gym, after-school practice, 4-H, doctor’s appointments, and everything else that takes time out of the day, sometimes we need a dinner that can be made in minutes.  You know me…I hate meals from a box and I refuse to rely on fast food and pizza delivery. With that in mind, I saw …

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New Southern Cuisine

For far too long, food in the south has been regarded as anything but gourmet. It was considered cheap, scraps, whatever those poor Southerners could hunt, poach, catch, or find, things no one can pronounce, and in many cases, gross. Interestingly, I’ve eaten things that would probably fall into most, if not all, of those …

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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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