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It’s 5 O’Guac Somewhere- A Guacamole ready for party time

A call for a guacamole named after a musical artist. A recipe that was original and represented the artist. I present to you…It’s 5 O’Guac Somewhere Guacamole.   Chef’s Roll, a website dedicated to profiling chefs and professional cooks, held a contest called Guac and Roll. I decided to make a guacamole in honor of […]

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Aloha Lava Fish Taco-My World Food Championship Recipe

Aloha Lava Fish Taco, my structure dish for the 2014 World Food Championships cook off. It was more than a cooking experience to compete in the WFC cook off it was an event of a lifetime. I had been entering recipe contests throughout 2014 to get an invitation to the WFC cook off. Only three […]

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Harvest Ale Chicken Sausage Poutine-Gluten Free

Harvest Ale Chicken Sausage Poutine over Oven Roasted White Sweet Potato Fries.   I have never purchased or made a poutine dish before, but I have read all about this Canadian gravy masterpiece online. I started this recipe awhile ago working on a seafood chowder with a harvest flavor.  My chowder recipe has a lot […]

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Island Turkey Lava Tacos-Thanksgiving Leftover Makeover

Oh sweet, the perfect contest to enter. A makeover with leftovers. Thanksgiving leftovers! Smart Carton ran a contest that closed 12/7. It is paying out a $500 Visa card for the top Public Choice vote and another $500.00 Visa card for a Jury Award prize. I know that my recipe did not win the Public […]

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Roasted Golden Beet Salad with Candied Macadamia Nuts

Oven roasted beets, bacon pieces, thinly sliced red onion, blue cheese crumbles, candied macadamia nuts tossed with chopped romaine and drizzled with a light flavored macadamia nut oil vinaigrette. Here it is December and I headed to the garden to harvest some of my beets. Yes, I still have things in the dirt! Besides finding […]

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Creamy Cauliflower Chicken Casserole-Gluten Free

Growing up my family made our fair share of Tater Tot Hotdish. Over the years cooks have changed up this hamburger dish that is topped with green beans, cream of mushroom soup and tater tot potatoes. I have seen it made with homemade mushroom cream sauce, different proteins and lots of cheese. All which sound […]

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Women’s Day Retreat Luncheon

It is always a joy to be able to cook for others, especially the women of my church. This last weekend I was able to serve the women a luncheon of soups, salads and breads. Don’t even think that I did this alone. I am blessed to have friends and a husband who love to […]

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Cilantro-Lime Pesto Shrimp

A pesto worth making and a shrimp worth serving. I made these cilantro-lime pesto shrimp over a year ago for my co-workers. It was a huge hit. You can be certain that they liked it when they ask for the recipe and later tell you they made it at home. This past month I made […]

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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo-Devil Style Shrimp Sopes

I love a Fiesta, I really do. The music, flavors, colors and happy people. There is something about the fresh bright food and the sparkle it brings to the celebration. The last two years we have traveled to the Western Caribbean on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas Ship. Both years we purchased excursions […]

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Portland Steakhouse Potato Salad

Ribeye steak…slices tomatoes with red onion…iceberg lettuce with blue cheese dressing and a large baked potato with all of the toppings. That is how I do Morton’s Steakhouse in Portland Oregon. We live about 30 miles south of Portland but make the trip up with friends for fabulous steak dinners. [whohit]-Portland Steakhouse Potato Salad-[/whohit] When […]

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Adam’s Rib Smoke House-National Winning BBQ Sauce

Awarded Best BBQ in the Mid Willamette Valley for the last 5 years, 4th place winner in the 2011 National BBQ Competition for Spicy BBQ Sauce, that sounds like perfection to me. Actually it tastes perfect to me! [whohit]-Adam’s Rib-[/whohit] My husband and I are blessed to call Mike and Katrina Adams friends, owners of […]

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Cilantro Shrimp Cups with Roasted Pineapple Slaw

The contest called for something baked not fried at Whole Foods Market Cooking contest. I usually do not fry my food so creating a recipe using the oven is not difficult. Now creating the winning recipe is a little more of a challenge.  [whohit]-Cilantro Shrimp Cups-[/whohit]   The recipe calls for using the oven to roast the pineapple chunks and chopped onion. […]

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Coconut Milk Lemongrass Ice Cream

Coconut Milk Lemongrass Ice Cream This coconut milk lemongrass ice cream was a special dessert that I made to complete one of my daughter’s Asian birthday dinner menu. I made the ice cream the day before, giving the ice cream time to firm. The next day I put the birthday girl and her sisters to […]

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