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Robin McDaniel

Title: Food Columnist
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Robin McDaniel

Position History

  • Food Columnist
    10/17/2007 - current

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Recent Work

  • Best thing about fall? It’s chili weather Published 10/05/2011 at 3:18 p.m.

    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 09/28/2011 at 3 p.m.

    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 09/21/2011 at 12:42 p.m.

    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 09/14/2011 at 4:06 p.m.

    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 09/07/2011 at 1:39 p.m.

    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 08/31/2011 at 3:52 p.m.

    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 08/24/2011 at 3:09 p.m.

    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 08/17/2011 at 2:27 p.m.

    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 08/10/2011 at 1:03 p.m.

    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 08/03/2011 at 2:36 p.m.

    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. ...

  • Fundraiser in Townsend was success for Children’s Home Published 08/01/2011 at 10:20 a.m.

    The Springtime in the Smokies 24th Annual British Car Gathering, held in Townsend, was a successful fundraiser for the Blount County Children’s Home, say organizers.

  • GalloLea owners demonstrate easy, homemade pizza at The Market Published 07/27/2011 at 1:42 p.m.

    One of the best things about getting to cover events at The Market at Washington and High is that it is such a delicious assignment to get. I get to talk to wonderfully nice people, and I get to sample ...

  • Works of art take the cake at Edible Book Contest Published 06/29/2011 at 5:11 p.m.

    What an honor it was to be one of the judges at this year’s Edible Book Contest at the Blount County Public Library. I was able to see some wonderfully creative displays of carefully sculpted creations. No doubt these masterpieces ...

  • Inaugural golf tournament for Kingdom Design Ministries sees success Published 06/08/2011 at 4:43 p.m.

    On Saturday, May 14, Kingdom Design Ministries took to the links to raise needed funds to help make some children’s dreams come true. Kingdom Design Ministries is a non-profit Christian organization that creates dream-room makeovers for children who have experienced ...

  • Potato salad recipe doesn't give up flavor for healthy Published 06/02/2011 at 10:31 p.m.

    For a favorite warm weather side dish, nothing beats a potato salad. Resist the urge to just visit the deli at the local grocery store, and make your own potato salad. There are certainly no shortage of recipes out there, ...

  • So many choices… Published 12/01/2010 at 2:51 p.m.

    What a treat! My stepson, Kirk, Jr., is a big fan of The Market at Washington and High, so he invited me to go along for the Taste of the Market in November. I had no idea what to expect, ...

  • In the Kitchen: Thai Night is family hit Published 10/29/2008 at 2 p.m.

    My family takes a trip in October every year to Florida, and it is always a true family outing. There were 27 of us this year with my father, his kids, their kids and their kids. It is truly a ...

  • In The Kitchen Published 10/22/2008 at 6:03 p.m.

    A walk around the block was a “fruitful” jaunt recently when I noticed that neighbors Barney and Carol Lewis had an abundance of pears on their trees this year. Carol said her father, Bill Anthony, planted the pear and apple ...

  • In The Kitchen: Load ’em up with healthy toppings Published 10/08/2008 at 6:12 p.m.

    When you think of “loaded” potato skins, there’s not much healthy in those thoughts. After all, the “load” these skins usually carry are cheese, bacon, sour cream --- ummm. There are ways, however, to make healthy potato skins that are ...

  • In The Kitchen: You’ll be surprised by this healthy breakfast Published 09/24/2008 at 6:28 p.m.

    My friend (and boss) Brenda Pilson is always bringing something delicious to work. The good thing is that Brenda is very health-conscious, so her treats are almost always low-cholesterol and heart-healthy.

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