Dishes

From weeknight suppers to holiday entertaining

Garden-fresh Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

This slow cooker spaghetti sauce recipe is like having an Italian grandma in your kitchen preparing dinner for you all day. The fresh tomatoes and mushrooms simmer for hours with Italian sausage and fresh basil. There’s no canned sauce, paste or veggies in this dish. When you come home after a busy day, the warm …

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Bacon Corn Chowder

It’s Christmas Eve, and that means one very important thing in our holiday kitchen. It’s the day we eat mom’s corn chowder. For as long as I can remember, my mom has prepared this warm, satisfying soup every day before Christmas. It’s a recipe she received from a neighbor. She would start with browning a …

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Steak Sandwich with Saucy Mama Horseradish Bacon

Food competitions are exhilarating, intense and all-out balls-to-the-wall crazy, but I’m officially hooked. I had never competed in a kitchen coliseum before with a recipe of my own. I had only competed and won a few competitions online…until I made my Steak Sandwich with Saucy Mama Horseradish Bacon at the 2013 World Food Championships in …

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Roasted Beef Tri-Tip with Bourbon Glaze

An exquisite, moist, very flavorful tri-tip roast can be prepared in under an hour following this easy recipe. Your family or guests will be wowed with the seared, seasoned rind and juicy, meaty center, but what will really have them talking is the Bourbon Glaze. The bourbon is not the star, but it accentuates the …

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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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