Dishes

From weeknight suppers to holiday entertaining

Brined and Grilled Turkey

This is a time-saving, oven-saving way to make a Thanksgiving turkey. I’ve been brining my turkey for years. I usually boil a pot of water and dissolve some salt, sugar and herbs in the pot; wait for it to cool and then pour it over Tom the turkey and let it bathe for 24 hours. …

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Truffled Fonteenies with Saucy Mama Dijon Mustard

This grilled cheese recipe was named the 5th best grilled cheese sandwich in the world at the 2013 World Food Championships in Las Vegas Nov. 7. I competed in the ultimate food fight in downtown Vegas in the sandwich category. Along with creating a signature sandwich, we were asked to develop the world’s best grilled …

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Campfire Hobo Stew

This is my all-time favorite camping recipe. I learned it while I was a camp counselor at YMCA’s Camp Piomingo in Kentucky. It’s a great dish to prepare with your kids on a camping trip or in your backyard fire pit. As counselors, we would pack up all of the pre-chopped ingredients (ground beef, tomatoes, …

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Campfire Paella

When traveling, I always find a way to make food the focal point. Usually, our itinerary includes dinner at a local hot spot, a wine tour or a stop at a farmers’ market. But this time, I wanted to challenge myself. We hit the open road in our RV to go camping. Even though the …

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French Onion Steak Soup

This hearty version of French onion soup goes beyond traditional beef stock. It’s filled with chunks of steak and Belgian brown ale. Topped with a thick French baguette slice and melted shredded Gruyere cheese, football season may never be the same. We had an odd rainy day in Las Vegas on Sunday. It’s not odd …

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20 Zestuous Labor Day Recipes

Appetizers This collection of recipes will help you celebrate the end of summer. Gather up your friends and family, light up the grill and enjoy the great outdoors. Tabasco Grilled Shrimp These little beauties are simple to make, but boy are they packed with flavor.  Grilled Crispy Beer Wings Marinated in beer and hot sauce …

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Chicken and Pork Adobo

I recently shared my recipe for Bibinkga (Filipino Coconut Cake), and you all shared it like crazy. I’m excited to see so many Filipino food lovers out there. Although I haven’t traveled to the Philippines yet, my mother-in-law gave me some of her authentic recipes years ago, so I’m going to pass them along. This …

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Grilled Tuna Salad

Turn your tuna salad up a notch by using grilled fresh tuna steaks instead of canned tuna. You’ll find between the fresh tuna and the char of the grill, you can make a healthier lunch without mounds of mayonnaise. I love mayo, but we all know it’s not the healthiest condiment of choice. Its counterparts …

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Low Country Grits with Seasonal Roasted Mushrooms

Before I get to this delicious recipe created by Food Network Chef Ben Vaughn, I have to tell you about an exciting giveaway. You can win two tickets to meet Chef Ben and enjoy one of his fabulous tasting dinners July 18, 2013. The tickets are valued at $50 each. To enter, simply Pin It …

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Tabasco Grilled Shrimp

These little beauties are simple to make, but boy are they packed with flavor. Between the char of the grill, the heat of the Tabasco and the fresh thyme, the flavors are simple yet memorable. You can serve them as a main course or appetizer or on top of Food Network Chef Ben Vaughn’s Low …

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