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Robin McDaniel

Title: Food Columnist

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  • Warm up your fall with Pumpkin Bisque Published 10/27/2010 at 3:21 p.m.

    This time of year everyone looks forward to “pumpkin season.” Pumpkins are very versatile, and nearly all the parts of a pumpkin are edible, from the shell to the seeds, leaves and even the flowers. Pumpkins can be baked, boiled, ...

  • Church dinner serves up delicious dessert Published 10/14/2010 at 3:01 p.m.

    I got to sample a wonderful dessert that was served at a ladies function at Cedar Point Church in Maryville. This recipe is from the kitchen of Duane Lea. Many thanks to her for sharing it with us. In addition ...

  • Apple pie takes home ribbon as best in Cove Published 10/06/2010 at 4:22 p.m.

    I had the privilege to help judge the “Best Pie in The Cove” contest at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend on Friday, Sept. 24. The Blue Ribbon Country Fair offered a smorgasbord of pies: Chocolate, coconut, pumpkin, ...

  • Fresh sweet potatoes make this casserole yummy Published 09/30/2010 at 10:57 a.m.

    They are ready! I have waited all summer to hear from my brother, Glen, and sister, Gail, that the sweet potatoes were ready! This recipe for Addie’s Sweet Potato Casserole is one I have wanted to share for awhile, and ...

  • Picking pears: Strudel combines tastes for end-of-summer treat Published 09/22/2010 at 3:27 p.m.

    When I noticed the pear tree in the yard of my neighbors, Barney and Carol Lewis, I called Carol to ask if I could pick a few for a recipe I wanted to try. Carol was more than generous, especially ...

  • Biscuit bowls hold delicious ‘transition’ food Published 09/15/2010 at 3:17 p.m.

    We all know the indecision that comes with this time of year: Hot? Cool? Wet? Dry? Is it summer or has fall made its appearance? Just as our wardrobes transition from summer to fall, so can our food. This Paula ...

  • Add Caribbean wings to your tailgate favorites Published 09/09/2010 at 12:34 p.m.

    Football season is here and whether you tailgate at the game or at home, one popular food to have is chicken wings. Wings run the table from super-sonic hot to sissy mild, but when feeding a crowd, it is sometimes ...

  • Add a little green to your diet with this healthy okra recipe Published 09/01/2010 at 4:18 p.m.

    The good, green earth has given a bounty to gardeners who planted okra this year. My father has been “keeping the kids in okra” for weeks now, and, as always, I am glad to get anything fresh from the garden. ...

  • Stuffed for the summer: Tuna and Chicken Pitas are nice sandwich choice Published 08/25/2010 at 2:56 p.m.

    The weather is still quite warm and this cool salad makes the heat just a little more bearable. You can use tuna or chicken for this salad, and I like it best served in pita pockets. Pita bread has become ...

  • Salsa adds unique flavor to fish tacos Published 08/18/2010 at 11:41 a.m.

    When I first heard of fish taco’s, it didn’t sound like anything that would find its way into my kitchen or recipe book. At lunch at a local restaurant recently, however, I tried them, and, to my surprise, really liked ...

  • Add a little zest to pimento cheese Published 08/11/2010 at 2:45 p.m.

    When the weather is hot, sometimes a sandwich is just right for dinner. I had a request for a good homemade pimento cheese recipe, so I thought this may just be the right time to share it with the readers. ...

  • Corn is straight from the fields and oh-so-sweet Published 08/05/2010 at 10:14 a.m.

    With sweet tender corn at its peak right now, look for any excuse to pair this seasonal treat with your main entrée. Roasted corn-on-the-cob makes any meal special, and it's an easy side dish to prepare. The varieties of corn ...

  • Cool off with Pineapple Boat during August dog days Published 07/29/2010 at 1:14 p.m.

    If you like pineapples like I do, you will love serving this refreshing and attractive fruit salad in a “pineapple boat.” Pineapples can be eaten fresh or canned and are most commonly used in desserts and salads. A pineapple is ...

  • Chessmen cookies replace wafers in modern banana pudding Published 07/21/2010 at 2:30 p.m.

    My niece Emily Longhurst gave me this recipe for a traditional banana pudding with a modern twist. Emily enjoyed it at a Junior Service League committee meeting and passed it on with the recommendation that it “is delicious.” Served in ...

  • Have a peachy summer treat with upside-down cake Published 07/15/2010 at 1:20 p.m.

    Peaches and blueberries are in season, so I wanted to put both these delicious fruits into a yummy dessert. This Peach Upside-Down, courtesy of Alton Brown and the Food Network, didn’t call for blueberries, but I modified the recipe to ...

  • Classic combo blends fresh tomatoes with basil Published 07/08/2010 at 12:20 p.m.

    Tomatoes and basil are a classic combination, and the duo are the stars of this week’s In the Kitchen offering. When my friend Ron Williams of Friendsville brought me fresh, straight-from-his-garden tomatoes last week, the perfect pairing of tomatoes and ...

  • Have a hot-diggity dog Fourth of July Published 06/30/2010 at 2:29 p.m.

    One of the first things you think of when you plan Fourth of July cookouts is hotdogs. Hotdogs are fun to cook and eat and offer quite a few possibilities to be creative. They can be grilled, boiled, broiled, baked ...

  • Delicious Tex-Mex salad is best topped off with cool lime dressing Published 06/24/2010 at 10:50 a.m.

    Hot days call for a cool salad. This hearty Tex-Mex salad is made even more of a summertime treat with the addition of the creamy lime dressing. The refreshing taste of the dressing compliments the zesty layers of the salad. ...

  • Grill up a chop for Father's Day Published 06/17/2010 at 9:55 p.m.

    ather’s Day will be here Sunday, June 20, and this recipe is sure to get a “thumbs’ up” from dad. The glaze gives the grilled pork chop a great, father-pleasing flavor. Add his favorite vegetable and a salad, then pile ...

  • Crank up the freezer for homemade ice cream Published 06/10/2010 at 10:36 a.m.

    The ice cream market has exploded with flavors, ice cream shops and creative ways to create your own special ice cream. Still, there just isn’t anything any better than homemade ice cream -- whether you bring out the old-timey hand-crank ...

  • Throw a cabbage on the grill Published 06/03/2010 at 10:26 a.m.

    Cabbage… You either love it or hate it, and I love it. I enjoy cabbage whether it is cooked or raw, but a special treat during the summer is to throw a cabbage on the “barbie “ and grill it. ...

  • Celebrating four years of cooking Published 05/27/2010 at 2:21 p.m.

    It’s hard to believe that the In the Kitchen column in Blount Today has been running for four years this month! In looking at our birthday, I tried to think of what recipe over the past four years has gotten ...

  • Pick-and-eat strawberries make a delicious pie Published 05/13/2010 at 1:10 p.m.

    The call came in, and it was a great one: Berries are “in.” My father and my brother, Steven, called to say the strawberries they had planted had “come in” and to come over and pick berries for this strawberry ...

  • Make-ahead casserole is good Mother’s Day treat Published 05/06/2010 at 12:19 p.m.

    Mother's Day will be here on Sunday, May 9, and one good way to get mom's special day off to a good start is with breakfast in bed. This French Toast Casserole is designed to be made the night before, ...

  • Fresh, smoky taste highlight Cedar Plank Salmon Published 04/29/2010 at 10:50 a.m.

    I am not a big salmon fan, but a trip to The Market at Washington and High and this week’s recipe changed my mind. Preparing fresh salmon on cedar planks combined to make a wonderful recipe that I will definitely ...

  • Ingredients for banana bread are usually on hand Published 04/22/2010 at 11:28 a.m.

    When the bananas start getting too ripe to peel-and-eat, that usually means it is time to find the recipe for either banana pudding or banana bread! Banana bread is a simple recipe to make, with ingredients to make it usually ...

  • Hearty soup not just Winter treat Published 04/15/2010 at 11:13 a.m.

    I attended a bridal shower the other afternoon at the home of my niece Emily, and she served a wonderful soup that made me forget about “soup season” and share the recipe for this hearty dish with Blount Today readers. ...

  • Candy, coconut make cupcakes festive for Easter Published 03/31/2010 at 3:55 p.m.

    It wasn’t just the name that caught my eye while looking through Food Network’s offerings for Easter treats. Robin’s Egg Easter Basket Cupcakes does have a nice ring to it, though. These cute cupcakes are easy to make and easy ...

  • Dressing is the twist for this spring salad Published 03/24/2010 at 4:24 p.m.

    A leafy green salad can not only herald the coming of spring, it’s a healthy way to start looking toward bathing suit season. This Mixed Green Salad has a dressing that has a twist -- a vinaigrette that isn’t balsamic ...

  • Walnut Cranberry Biscotti is a better biscuit Published 03/17/2010 at 3:15 p.m.

    When my friend (and boss), Brenda Pilson, brought in biscotti she had made, I knew I wanted to share this with Blount Today readers. Biscotti is a type of biscuit, and it is often called “twice-baked cookies.” Traditionally, biscotti contains ...

  • Wear the green, eat the pie for St. Patrick’s Day Published 03/11/2010 at 11:28 a.m.

    The Emerald Isle and all that is fun and good about the Irish will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 17, with St. Patrick’s Day. To celebrate at the dinner table, whip up this traditional Irish dish, courtesy of Food Network’s ...

  • Healthy soup from the slow cooker Published 03/04/2010 at 11:57 a.m.

    Crock Pot Bean Soup is a great meal that lets your slow cooker do the work while you work. My sister Gail had a request from her friend Holly for a recipe for a Crock Pot meal that could cook ...

  • Pizza is twice as nice with double crust Published 02/25/2010 at 12:38 p.m.

    Pizza is just about the best thing that ever happened to dinner, but you don’t have to order delivery. Make this home-made pizza that has a special twist of being a double-crust pizza. When made with frozen bread dough, it’s ...

  • Empanada stars in all roles at dinner table Published 02/17/2010 at 4:45 p.m.

    The empanada can play a leading role, start the show or provide the sweet finale in your dinner table production. An empanada is the name of a stuffed bread or pastry. They can be large or small and are usually ...

  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day with White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Published 02/10/2010 at 3:29 p.m.

    Valentine’s Day will be here Sunday, Feb. 14, so I wanted to make a special dessert for the holiday. Since I find cheesecake hard to resist, this White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake seemed a perfect fit. The crust is extra-special in ...

  • Cheesy football a winner for Super Bowl parties Published 02/03/2010 at 1:47 p.m.

    It doesn’t matter if you are hoping the Saints or the Colts will take home the honors from the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 7. Prepare this football-shaped cheese ball, and you will receive rave reviews. Many families have traditional ...

  • Savor the chili then devour the bowl Published 01/28/2010 at 2:16 p.m.

    White Chili screams “winter.” Not only is it a warm, filling dish, but it is a little lighter than traditional chili, because it features chicken and not beef. An easy dish to prepare, White Chili can be “dressed up” a ...

  • Sous Chef offers recipe for stroganoff Published 01/20/2010 at 2:51 p.m.

    Today’s In the Kitchen recipe comes at the request of a new friend through the cooperation of my stepson. Once a week I enjoy going to Crossroads, a facility for young people run by the Blount County Children’s Home, to ...

  • Personalize your soup for a ‘comfort food’ fit Published 01/13/2010 at 2:18 p.m.

    If ever there was weather that screams for “soup,” we’ve had it! Walk into a house where a pot of soup or chili simmers on the stove, and it truly is like “coming home.” I see soup as the original ...

  • Sweeten your healthy resolutions with Orange Pecan Loaf Published 01/07/2010 at 12:29 p.m.

    If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to eat healthier, this recipe for Orange Pecan Loaf is a good start and can help wean us from our “sugar overload” of the holidays.

  • Start new year with ‘lucky’ appetizer Published 12/29/2009 at 11:31 a.m.

    Following a typically Southern tradition for luck and prosperity for the New Year, I knew I had to share this recipe because it contains the “lucky” ingredient -- black-eyed peas. Some call this a salsa, others a dip, and I ...

  • Two cooks made Sunday pancakes a special meal Published 12/22/2009 at 1:29 p.m.

    If your want something special to prepare for family and/or friends on Christmas morning, how about a delicious, fluffy stack of made-from-scratch pancakes? Pancakes at our house when I was a child were usually reserved for Sunday mornings, although there ...

  • Mac and cheese is simple crowd pleaser Published 12/16/2009 at 2:42 p.m.

    The recipe this week is not the most elegant dish I’ve done in In the Kitchen, but it is always a crowd pleaser at the McDaniel home. There are many ways to prepare macaroni and cheese, but when it comes ...

  • Holiday tree is great party appetizer Published 12/09/2009 at 5:19 p.m.

    Everyone could use a festive and tasty appetizer this time of year. This one has the double benefit of not being a “sweet” treat. With so much entertaining and taking goodies to work and office parties, this festive dish works ...

  • Gingerbread Men and Women Cookies Published 12/02/2009 at 7:02 p.m.

    Emma Greene and Brooke Longhurst had a great time decorating these cookies. Emma is the daughter of Brian and Maria Greene and Brooke’s parents are Glen and Emily Longhurst, all of Maryville. One cooking note: Parchment paper is the best ...

  • Christmas Meringue Puffs Published 12/02/2009 at 7:02 p.m.

    These are so light and delicate and absolutely the easiest cookies to make. Decorate any way you like. You can leave them white and sprinkle with colored sugar, or add a drop of red or green food coloring to the ...

  • Festive Black Cherry Fudge Published 12/02/2009 at 7 p.m.

    This recipe will surprise you. It’s a new twist to an old favorite and is flavored with Kool-Aid! The black cherry Kool-Aid tartness makes a wonderful combination with the sweetness of the marshmallow crème.

  • Pineapple Cherry Delights Published 12/02/2009 at 6:59 p.m.

    This is just a good, anytime cookie recipe, but the chopped maraschino cherries do add some festive color. And sometimes it’s nice to have something with a taste of fruit in it at holiday time. This recipe makes quite a ...

  • Pretzels and Sprinkles Published 12/02/2009 at 6:57 p.m.

    These pretzels are a very festive idea and fun to make. I bought my candy wafers at Hobby Lobby. The saltiness of the pretzels versus the sweetness of the white chocolate make this a wonderful combination. These wrap nicely and ...

  • Warm up cold nights with hearty chowder Published 11/25/2009 at 1:59 p.m.

    Now that cold weather is here, and turkey has had its place of honor at your Thanksgiving feast, treat your family to a hearty cold weather chowder. This Shrimp and Potato Chowder dish is perfect for those cool nights when ...

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