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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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Expand Your Culinary Horizons : Celebrating “World Food Day” Oct. 16

Gourmet Food & Specialty Products From Global Cuisines Are Increasing in Popularity World Food Day | October 16, 2012 ~ A visit to your local grocer provides all the proof you need. From various spices and sauces to quinoa, galongal root, chilies and grape leaves they are growing diversely to meet the demand for more […]

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SouthPark Magazine : Delicious Do’s & Don’ts

I’m proud to be a cancer survivor. Six years and counting! I was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma when I first moved to Charlotte. The cancer was too advanced to do anything but remove my kidney and, fortunately, the doctors successfully removed all the cancer too. After a period of recovery I’ve been able to […]

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Eating Healthier in The Dorm ~ Ramen Vs. Couscous

Students will be flocking back to college soon and that means all those kids we are sending off to study hard and live on their own in the dorms are going to come back home just a bit smarter and….heavier. Join Chef Carrie Hegnauer and FOX News Rising’s Terrance Bates as she shows you how […]

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Microwave Potato Chips

It’s hard to believe that the world’s most famous snack food began as a joke. Potato chips were first made in 1853 while Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt was on vacation in New York. At one restaurant he kept sending his fried potatoes back to the kitchen complaining that they were “too thick”. The chef, George Crum, […]

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How to Speak “Culinarian”…’May the fork be with you’

“This is the first of 12 segments covering the basics of classical French cuisine. I put this series together with Time Warner Cable’s “Carolina on Demand” a few months ago and it aired on their stations for over a year. The word “chef” is borrowed (and shortened) from the French term ‘chef de cuisine’, the […]

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12 year old Chef Carrie in "Biology Class"

Let’s Talk About Sustainable Fish and Seafood

Environmentally Sound Choices Are Good For Both You and the Oceans. I haven’t always been a chef. I grew up on the Atlantic Coast in Virginia. My dad was a retired naval officer who pursued his passion for building huge catamarans and I spent my youth sailing with my family. On one particularly memorable trip […]

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Why I Teach Culinary

I believe that people should “Do” what they “Are”. It’s pretty simple, really. Managers should manage. Administrators should administrate. Chefs should cook and teachers should teach. I’m a chef and I’m a teacher so I have the best of both worlds. I really do love that combination and am blessed with the opportunities it provides […]

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Common Cooking Mistakes | Heat

A while back I appeared on the Charlotte Today Show to discuss common cooking mistakes involving ‘heat’ often made by home chefs. In this short video, hosts Rob Tanner, Colleen Odegaard and I discuss the proper way to caramelize onions, making sauces with reduced fat milk vs. cream, the proper way to temper chocolate and […]

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Chef Carrie | An Overnight Success

Nearly 18 years ago I was featured (as Carrie Goodman Moranha then) on the cover of the December, 1994 Hampton Roads Woman Magazine and appeared in the Virginian Pilot and Star Ledger. It seems so long ago but I was already starting my JWU career even then! I’ve always been committed to be the best […]

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