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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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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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Quick Moo Shu Pork

My quick Moo Shu Pork is a perfect snack for the football fans in your family. You’ll want to make plenty because they’ll eat more than you expect while they watch their favorite team win!! No one wants to “go long” for take-out when the game is on especially when you can make it yourself […]

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Limoncello Baklava

What could be better than this rich, sweet pastry made of layers of light, flaky filo dough filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrupy honey? Why, adding a little “bite” of limoncello of course! Limoncello is a lemon liqueur created from natural spirits infused with lemons. It’s actually known for its remarkable digestive qualities […]

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Grilled Swordfish with Thai Style Fruit Salsa

This beautiful, bright dish gives you the perfect reason to dust off your grill this Spring! It’s not only delicious but extremely healthy as well. We’re trying to eat healthier at my house…but who says healthy eating can’t be fabulous? The salsa takes a little preparation, but it’s not hard to do. Just get your […]

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Grilled Lamb Skewers with Fig & Aubergine

This recipe exemplifies the Mediterranean diet at its most delicious; featuring a tasty, extremely satisfying dish that provides many of the nutrients necessary to maintain good health. Ingredients Skewers 1 lb lamb, cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks 1 lb fresh figs 1 Pint cherry tomatoes 1 medium-to-large aubergine (eggplant) 1 medium Spanish onion, quartered […]

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How to make roux

Cooking techniques and methods are so much more important than recipes! Roux is not a sauce, but a building block to many “mother sauces”, gravies, soups, gumbos and others. Once you perfect making this classic thickening agent your recipes will be smoother, thicker and so much more delicious! An oil-based roux separates as the flour […]

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Lemon Herb Chicken and Couscous with Dried Apricots & Cranberries

I created this wonderfully aromatic and herbacious Mediterranean-style lemon chicken dish today, and I was able to share it as a “Compassion Team” meal for our church, Mecklenburg Community. Every once in a while someone experiencing difficult times will request assistance from the church.Through a meal coordinator program at “Take Them A Meal“, they are […]

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Warm Brie en Croute

Rich and oozing with flavor, this simple to make yet elegant appetizer is just the thing to start off your next holiday gathering. This recipe is featured in this month’s Charlotte Parent Magazine available at your local grocery store and on-line. Ingredients 1 7-10 inch wheel of Brie Cheese. 1 Box of prepared puff pastry […]

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The Best Cupcakes Ever!

I’m a chef and, although I can bake, I’m not a baker so I have to give props when props are due: Rebecca Franklin JWU Class of 2013, makes the best cupcakes I’ve ever eaten. Light, moist and incredible, I just had to let everyone know about them! ‘Becca was kind enough to share her […]

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