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Seawatch Linguini With White Clam Sauce

Sometimes we just get lucky. In my case I happen to be lucky enough to be a chef instructor at Charlotte’s Johnson & Wales Univeristy where, a couple of weeks ago, we enjoyed a vendor sponsored demo by the folks at Seawatch International. Being the lucky gal that I am I was given a can […]

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Vegetarian Chard Tacos with Fresh Pico de Gallo

Healthy eating doesn’t have to mean boring. Take my Swiss Chard Tacos for instance. They’re hearty and filling, they taste fabulous and there’s not a hint of guilt in them. Swiss chard is not only one of the most popular vegetables along the Mediterranean but it is one of the most nutritious vegetables around and […]

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Turkey Pad Thai

Why don’t people roast a full turkey more often throughout the year? One of the reasons is that turkeys are large…they create a lot of leftovers and, unless you’re the Duggers you don’t have enough people in your family to eat it all. Here’s a great solution: My Turkey Pad Thai is the perfect way […]

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Turkey Noodle Soup | Good For What Ails Ya

Cooking with the leftovers is one of the best things about any holiday meal! Fall and Winter is definitely “soup season” and Turkey Noodle Soup is one of my favorite ways to use the leftover holiday turkey. I start with making a delicious stock using the turkey carcass but if you just can’t wait you […]

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Ginger Infused Shortcake with Fresh Berries & Candied Ginger Garnish

Strawberry shortcake is as American as dessert can get. It’s a classic summertime favorite dating back to colonial times. Settlers adapted indigenous recipes to original short breads and devised the first Strawberry Shortcake…then I took this American classic and spiced it up a bit! With a hint of infused gingery flavor in the shortcake, topped […]

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Honey Butter Cornbread Muffins

The November 2012 issue of SouthPark Magazine features my inspiring Thanksgiving feast with a local focus featuring smoked butternut squash soup with creme fraiche and candied bacon, bourbon-brined roast turkey with citrus-sage gravy on apple and leek smashed potatoes, classic green beans almandine and these incredible honey-butter cornbread muffins. You can be certain that these […]

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Smoked Butternut Squash Soup

There aren’t many times in the year that home cooks need to actually create a menu and serve a large meal so preparing Thanksgiving dinner can be a daunting experience. Throw in a dash of social consciousness with a desire to use the best tasting, fresh, locally sourced ingredients and you’ve got a recipe for […]

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Green Beans Almandine

When you’re thinking of side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner don’t settle for the same old green bean casserole with canned mushroom soup and fried onions…..Boooring! Tradition has it’s place and there’s nothing more traditional than classic green beans almandine. They’re a beautiful, delicious dish to serve with your meal and they’re easy to make. Made […]

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White Bean and Italian Sausage Cassoulet with Fennel and Onion Confit

I was recently asked by Charlotte Home+Garden Magazine to prepare a classical seasonal dish for their October, 2012 edition. I didn’t want to make something ‘common’ (when does that really ever happen?) but I did want a dish that hit on the warmth and comfort of the Fall and Winter seasons….and was easy enough that […]

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Apple Leek Smashed Potatoes

Traditional doesn’t have to mean boring. When you’re trying to come up with side dish ideas for this year’s Thanksgiving menu just think a little outside the box; take a traditional dish and make it contemporary and chic…like my Apple Leek Smashed Potatoes. Made from market fresh locally sourced ingredients and coupled with my Citrus […]

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