Category Archives: Tools of the Trade

Love Pumpkin? Then These Waffles Are For You!

  I recently purchased a small Belgian waffle maker, even though Brad and I don’t eat a lot of waffles. But I did have a coupon, and yes, it was on sale. I figure I’ll get good use out of … Continue reading

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My Fat Dad’s Cheese Fondue, Book Blog Tour, and Giveaway!

When asked to participate in the My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family, with Recipes blog tour, I jumped at the chance. This book received fantastic reviews, and it also gave me the chance to recreate one of its … Continue reading

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Kel’s Asian Inspired Bowtie Pasta Salad

I receive daily recipes from Allrecipes.com, and when this one appeared in my email, I knew I was going to have to give it a try. I’m always looking for new ways to make pasta salad and this one sounded nice … Continue reading

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Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series Returns to Raleigh July 11 to 24!

I am so excited to announce that The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, a single-elimination tournament highlighting the best of the state’s food, agriculture and culinary talent, returns to Raleigh with interactive battles July 11, 12, 14, 18, … Continue reading

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Buffalo Chicken Crack – Oh, I Mean Dip

Buffalo chicken dip absolutely is my favorite hot dip right now and it is truly addictive, trust me. My sweet and beautiful niece, Ashleigh, brought some to a potluck family dinner last year and she gave credit to her Mom … Continue reading

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How Will You Celebrate National Zucchini Day? With These Awesome Fritters, I hope!

  For National Zucchini Day, which is August 8, I decided to make these zucchini and squash fritters that appeared on my Facebook feed (see http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/zucchini-fritters-recipe.html for the original recipe) for 3 main reasons: They looked incredibly delicious. Zucchini is cheap … Continue reading

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Kel’s Twice-Baked Potato Casserole, Rockcrok® Style

  This is one of the first recipes I made in my awesome Pampered Chef Rockcrok® casserole**  and it is definitely a keeper! It is so easy to make and the results are absolutely yummy — of course, how can … Continue reading

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Let Me Pamper You!

  Editor’s note: Early in 2017, I decided to hang up my Pampered Chef apron. It was a hard decision as I love the products and especially the people associated with the company. I’m still in touch with many people … Continue reading

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Kel’s Tasty Taco Salad in Edible Tortilla Bowls

Do you remember that awesome Bud Light “Real Men of Genius” commercial in the late 1990s about taco salads? There were several good lines, my favorite being, “Is your taco salad healthy? Of course it is, it’s a salad isn’t … Continue reading

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Yes, You Can! Preserve Now and Enjoy Later

With summer coming to an end, now is the time to start canning some of your favorite vegetables and fruits to enjoy in colder months soon upon us. If you’ve never canned before, it truly is quite easy. All you … Continue reading

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