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Tip of the Month, June 2013: Best Chicken Wings in Raleigh? Enter to Win!

Chicken wings. One of the best bar foods, ever. I prefer the drumettes and like them crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside, with a nice and tasty sauce. I don’t want to kill my taste buds with … Continue reading

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Kel’s Basic Black Bean Salad

I love black beans, especially in salads. I’ve been making this particular black bean salad for years and it’s one of my go-to dishes to take to pot luck lunches or dinners. It goes great with Mexican dishes, as a … Continue reading

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Kel’s Individual Pineapple Upside Down Cakes With Grand Marnier

Break out your ramekins – it’s time to make individual pineapple upside down cakes. These mini-cakes are so cute and the brown sugar and Grand Marnier sauce is awesome. It soaks into the cake, making it incredibly moist, not to … Continue reading

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Jerry’s Most Delicious Marinated Yellow Squash

My friend and fellow foodie, Jerry Jackson, sent me this recipe for marinated yellow squash the other day. Jerry is (among other roles) senior editor and publisher of FMI Quarterly, the journal I edit, and he loves to go to all … Continue reading

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Kel’s Cucumber Melon Mojito

I was taking stock of my container herb garden a few weeks ago to see what I needed to replant, and was happy that my mint was coming back quite nicely. That’s a good thing, because my main use for … Continue reading

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Joyce’s Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas For a Crowd

For nearly 30 years, a group of us who used to work or hang out at The Pub in Raleigh (now closed) has been going to the beach for a week around Memorial Day. While many of the faces have … Continue reading

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Tip of the Month, May 2013: Take Them a Meal

So many times when our friends, neighbors and/or coworkers are faced with a life-altering event, one of our first thoughts is to bring them a covered dish or casserole so the last thing they have to worry about is preparing … Continue reading

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Kel’s Pineapple Tomato Salsa with Avocado

Fresh pineapples and avocados were on sale in several different grocery stores the other day – I think they were marking down these items after Cinco de Mayo. Whatever the reason, I was thrilled and decided to make a new … Continue reading

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Jazz, Jambalaya and a Jolly Good Parade: Fun in the French Quarter

Brad and I recently went to New Orleans to catch the 30th Annual French Quarter Music Festival. This was Brad’s first visit to NOLA. I attended a conference here last year while the festival was going on and thought Brad … Continue reading

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Kel’s Tangy Cocktail Sauce

I found some large, cooked shrimp on sale at the grocery store the other day and decided to make some shrimp cocktails as appetizers. I have the bad habit of buying prepared cocktail sauce in a bottle and only using … Continue reading

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