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MEYER LEMON FARMERS CHEESECAKE

If it’s one dessert on the planet I simply can’t get enough of it’s got to be cheesecake. Unfortunately my waistline and my tummy won’t allow it. So when Lifeway Kefir probiotic beverage contacted me to partner and create mouthwatering recipes using their products I was elated to know they produced a farmers cheese. I […]

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By chefkaichase

STEWED SOUTHERN LEAFY GREENS

A “down home” Southern Thanksgiving feast wouldn’t be complete without a savory pot of some good ole’ GREENS. I’m talking a big ole’ loving pot chock full of collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens and kale greens stewed together in a rich “pot liquor” chicken broth of onion, garlic, and white vinegar. I love how […]

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By chefkaichase

THE ULTIMATE 5 CHEESE MACARONI AND CHEESE

Growing up a little kid I couldn’t wait for the macaroni and cheese to hit the Thanksgiving table. It was one of my most favorite sides to add to my plate. Now, yes I know the turkey is predominantly the show stopper of the Thanksgiving table but let’s keep it real here…when the macaroni and […]

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By chefkaichase

SWEET POTATO CHEESECAKE WITH GINGER-PECAN CRUST

This recipe holds a special place in my heart. Not only is it a Southern family favorite layered with roasted sweet potatoes, pecans, ginger snaps, maple syrup, brown sugar and vanilla but it is the exact recipe I created for my graduating grade at Epicurean Culinary School back in 1996. How wild?! So the other […]

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By chefkaichase

GREEN BEANS ALMONDINE

Every holiday I pack the buffet table with turkey (of course) and some of the seasons most flavorful vegetable side dishes. Everything from bourbon glazed candied yams, gorgonzola mashed potatoes, 5 spiced heirloom carrots, pot liquor stewed leafy greens, green beans and cauliflower gratin to name a few… A favorite and popular holiday side dish […]

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By chefkaichase

CURRIED BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND APPLE BISQUE

Ahh…the feeling of FALL! Nothing says FALL more to me than a cozy down comforter, a toasty fire place, harvest grown vegetables and large soup bowls that hold the CREATIONS of some of my favorite warming and soothing soups. My “Curried Butternut Squash and Apple Bisque” is creamy with notes of warmth and earthiness thanks […]

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By chefkaichase

ROASTED GARLIC & GINGERED FRIED BROWN RICE

Some of my all-time favorite “fast foods” (and I mean “fast foods” as in “fast” cooking) is an all too versatile and comforting bowl of fried rice. Fried rice is a quick and delicious way to transform leftovers into something delicious. The best thing about creating a steamy bowl of fried rice is you can […]

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By chefkaichase

PALM GREEN PROBIOTIC SMOOTHIE

This great breakfast drink and even better Summer meal replacement is loaded with the “good stuff” for a “healthy gut.” So when the folks at LIFEWAY Kefir came to me and asked me to create some summer recipes I jumped at the chance to develop this beautifully green, creamy, sweet, light and refreshing probiotic smoothie […]

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By chefkaichase

ROASTED EGGPLANT CAPONATA

A Southern Sicilian version on the classic tomato Bruschetta evolves with such harmonious roasted, toasted and nutty flavors of vegetables and pine nuts that I had to share yet another one of my favorite small bites with you. I like to say this dish is similar to ratatouille only with the intense added flavors of […]

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By chefkaichase

HEARTS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN VEGAN CRAB CAKES

RECIPE: 1 (15 oz) can Whole Hearts of Palm, drained1 (15 oz) can Artichoke Hearts, coarsely chopped1 cup Garbanzo Beans, drained1 Tbs. EVO, plus more for frying2 cups Yellow Corn Kernels (cut from 3 ears of corn)1/4 cups Scallion, finely chopped2 Celery Stalks, finely chopped1/4 cup Red Bells, finely chopped2 tsp. Fresh Dill, chopped1/4 cup […]

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By chefkaichase