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Robin McDaniel is a community columnist for Blount Today and writes the weekly column - In The Kitchen. Every week she prepares or collaborates on a recipe then cooks and photographs the dish for Blount Today. Robin must consider it a labor of love. You can certainly see the love and care she puts into In the Kitchen each week.

  • Best thing about fall? It’s chili weather Published 10/5/2011 at 3:18 p.m. 0 comments

    Fall is officially here, and it’s “chili weather.” I have the perfect recipe to celebrate the arrival of our crisp, beautiful fall days: Dan Wood’s Cowpoke Chili. I have been hearing rave reviews about Dan’s chili since last fall, so ...

  • Blueberry cake brings home blue ribbon at Country Fair Published 9/28/2011 at 3:00 p.m. 0 comments

    One of the great things about being Food Editor for Blount Today is the privilege of helping judge the pies, cakes and baked goods at the Townsend Days Blue Ribbon Country Fair, sponsored by and held at the Great Smoky ...

  • Cookbook offers hardy recipe for Fall Published 9/21/2011 at 12:42 p.m. 0 comments

    I finally got a copy of the cookbook I’ve been wanting, thanks to Fred and Celeste Meunier. “Piecing A Meal,” by the Foothills Quilters Guild, was truly worth the wait. As I was looking through this new cookbook, I found ...

  • Bill’s Blazin Bielbasa heats up fire hall Published 9/14/2011 at 4:06 p.m. 0 comments

    When I heard Lieutenant Bill Smock with the Alcoa Fire Department was cooking his “Bill’s Blazin Bielbasa,” I knew the firefighters were in for a treat. An invitation for me to join them followed as the lieutenant shared his kielbasa-based, ...

  • Something sweet is good treat for Grandparents Day Published 9/7/2011 at 1:39 p.m. 0 comments

    Grandparents Day is Sunday, Sept. 11, a day set aside in 1978 to honor grandparents. Being that grandmothers are happiest when their grandchildren are smiling, I thought a good way to celebrate Grandparents Day was in the kitchen. One of ...

  • Ravioli and Beef Soup can set stage for fall Published 8/31/2011 at 3:52 p.m. 0 comments

    It’s football season -- even if the weather still says “summer.” Get in the mood for the fall with a hearty soup that is easy to make and will fill up even the most eager player and fan. Top it ...

  • Cinnamon rolls have mission at Café Espresso Published 8/24/2011 at 3:09 p.m. 0 comments

    I was privileged recently to sample a homemade cinnamon roll from the Cafe Espresso Coffee Bar at First Baptist Church of Maryville. These cinnamon rolls were made by Emily Byrd, who has been baking them now for about 18 years. ...

  • Co-workers add humor to recipe selection Published 8/17/2011 at 2:27 p.m. 0 comments

    Occasionally I will ask my co-workers what they would like to see featured in “In The Kitchen.” Sometimes the answer is a moment of laughter in our day! Last week I asked my boss, Brenda Pilson, what she would like ...

  • Slide a little heat into these burgers Published 8/10/2011 at 1:03 p.m. 0 comments

    A fun alternative to traditional-sized hamburgers, sliders seem to have invaded more than a few menus lately. The great thing about making these at home is you can make them in as many different flavors as you like. I was ...

  • Tangy dressing tops Layered Chicken Salad Published 8/3/2011 at 2:36 p.m. 0 comments

    If you have guests coming for dinner, here’s one menu item you won’t have to worry about: The salad. This Layered Chicken Salad is hearty enough for a summer lunch or a great first course for a “company’s coming” dinner. ...

  • Wrap it up for a cool summer supper Published 7/27/2011 at 1:33 p.m. 0 comments

    If you want a light dinner and don’t want to turn on the oven, wrap it up. Soft tortilla shells are a perfect way to keep the kitchen cool during this heat wave, especially since it is too hot for ...

  • If you need a reason… it’s National Ice Cream Month Published 7/20/2011 at 12:27 p.m. 0 comments

    I scream, you scream…O.K. you get it. Apparently so did former President Ronald Reagan who proclaimed in 1984 that July was to be National Ice Cream Month. Not that many of us need any excuse to enjoy ice cream, especially ...

  • Fire up the grill for these tuna steaks Published 7/13/2011 at 3:35 p.m. 0 comments

    If you don’t want to heat up the kitchen, put your grill to work. This grilled tuna is both quick and healthy and can be served on a bed of healthy brown rice and some steamed broccoli with almond slivers. ...

  • Stuffed tomatoes are super summer side dish Published 7/6/2011 at 3:59 p.m. 0 comments

    Nothing says summer like a homegrown tomato. When my neighbor, Art Will, brought over some tomatoes he had grown, and I had just the recipe in mind for them. Of course, I had to have my first tomato, cheese and ...

  • Patriotic Fruit Delight is colorful treat for holiday Published 6/29/2011 at 5:06 p.m. 0 comments

    If you want to serve something pretty and light for your Fourth of July celebration, this is for you. Patriotic Fruit Delight is so easy to make and can be made the day before. Serve as a salad or dessert. ...

Robin McDaniel is a community columnist for Blount Today and writes the weekly column - In The Kitchen. Every week she prepares or collaborates on a recipe then cooks and photographs the dish for Blount Today. Robin must consider it a labor of love. You can certainly see the love and care she puts into In the Kitchen each week.

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