Split Pea and Ham Soup

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Usually sometime during the holiday, we’ll bake an entire bone-in ham. Split pea and ham soup is so surprisingly easy, especially in a pressure cooker. It takes about 3 minutes of chopping, 4 minutes of pressure cooking time and then 20 minutes to just let it sit. My friend, Wendy taught me her version, which actually comes from the back …

Chili and Basil Scallops

Chilli Scallop Recipe

A recipe for Chili and Basil Scallops by author of Mighty Spice Cookbook, John Gregory-Smith.

Pan Seared Trout with Pecan Browned Butter

Pan Seared Georgia Trout Recipe

Meet my friend, Virginia Willis, former Kitchen Director for Martha Stewart Living Television, award-winning author of Bon Appetit, Y’all and this week celebrating the release of her brand new book, Basic to Brilliant, Y’all. I first met Virginia a couple of years ago at an IACP conference in Portland and I asked her to speak at a Food Blog Forum …

Stir Fried Shrimp, Eggs and Peas + Stir Fry Secrets

Cooking Chinese for the Olympics! This is the 2nd recipe in the series…see the end for links Oh…and there’s a contest in the middle of this post!!! *** Last fall, my parents treated Scott and I to a 10 day group tour around China. Our first stop was Beijing, and first thing I noticed was how clean the city was. …

“Meat” Fried Rice – Four Ways

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My editor, Jeff Houck, sent over a picture of pan-fried Scrapple slice and my heart fluttered like crazy. “Scrapple? Scrapple! What’s Scrapple? I asked him,” and within 30 minutes was off to the supermarket to find Scrapple, a distant cousin to Spam. Yes, I have an odd fascination with meat that comes in it’s own coffin. “hmmm…I wonder if I …

Easy Pan Fried Mango Curry Chicken

from Steamy Kitchen food column in Tampa Tribune Writing and editing more than 100 recipes for a cookbook that I’m doing is no easy task. In fact, it’s quite a bit more intense than I had ever imagined. The more-than-occasional brain farts and writer’s block are tough, and usually I can deal with those moments by distracting myself with a …