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Robin McDaniel

Title: Food Columnist

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  • New Orleans style holidays often begin with Jambalaya Published 11/19/2009 at 3:01 p.m.

    If you are going to cook up some jambalaya, the very best place to start is with a recipe that has the right “flavor.” By that I mean that is has the correct heritage to it, as this one does. ...

  • Start holiday parties with cheesy appetizer Published 11/12/2009 at 12:30 p.m.

    The season of good food is upon us. With Thanksgiving just around the corner and Christmas following quickly on its heels, thoughts of cooking -- and eating -- are on everyone’s mind. It is always so much fun to have ...

  • Easy apple butter key ingredient in seasonal pie Published 10/29/2009 at 12:15 p.m.

    The fall season brings in so many wonderful tastes of the season and none can be better than a combination of apple and pumpkin. This recipe combines a traditional tastes of pumpkin pie with apple butter. The best news is ...

  • Puff pastry makes Sausage and Spinach Bake elegant dish Published 10/22/2009 at 4:24 p.m.

    “Brunch,” according to Webster, is a meal usually taken late in the morning that combines a late breakfast and a early lunch. Brunch is more often served on special occasions and traditionally served on Sundays. But when you want to ...

  • ‘Stoup’ is good dish for Fall Published 10/14/2009 at 2:29 p.m.

    This week’s recipe is courtesy of Rachael Ray and the Food Network. It’s called “stoup” because it’s thicker than soup, thinner than stew. The days are getting cooler, so a soup/stew dish was in good order. It is a perfect ...

  • Homemade oatmeal bars make snacking healthy Published 10/01/2009 at 10:30 a.m.

    If you want a favorite snack recipe that is healthy and delicious, my friend Brenda will love you. Brenda Pilson, who works at American Patriot Bank with me, is always trying to share something healthy with us. We all know ...

  • Stir-fry dish makes vegetables delectable Published 09/24/2009 at 11:05 a.m.

    My friend Nic Hankins has a favorite dish that his dad, Jerry, makes that is a great way to include a healthy helping of vegetables in your family dinner. Jerry says he had been making this family favorite for about ...

  • Pear Honey has hint of pineapple for delicious spread Published 09/16/2009 at 12:48 p.m.

    When I noticed the pear trees of my good neighbors, Barney and Carol Lewis, were overflowing with pears, I knew just the right recipe to share with you. Barney and Carol shared with me by providing the beautiful pears for ...

  • Burger wraps are made for grilling Published 09/09/2009 at 11:51 a.m.

    Having just celebrated Labor Day, the last “hurrah” of summer, you can still keep the summer spirit alive and use your grill to prepare these quick burgers. These burgers, while prepared on the grill, are a little different from your ...

  • Hearty soup has Italian flair Published 09/02/2009 at 3:18 p.m.

    Looking at the Foodnetwork site again, I ran across this recipe from Paula Deen. I love lasagna and also soup, so this was a perfect fit. Prepare this before going to your next football game and keep the recipe handy ...

  • Phyllo dough gives casserole touch of elegance Published 08/26/2009 at 10:35 a.m.

    I love baking with phyllo dough. The paper-thin sheets of dough give dishes a light and elegant touch that makes even the ordinary casserole something special. Phyllo dough can be used for everything from appetizers to desserts. The thin sheets ...

  • Chocolate crust is highlight for Key Lime Cheesecake Published 08/19/2009 at 11:51 a.m.

    Cheesecake is a favorite treat of mine. Key Lime pie has that sweet-yet-tangy taste that wakes up the taste buds. Put the two together, and you have a wonderful dessert for finishing out the last of these hot summer days. ...

  • Sauce is key in these grilled kabobs Published 08/13/2009 at 9:55 a.m.

    Summer is winding down, but we all want to hang on to that last taste of summertime as long as we can. For cooks, summer grilling easily turns to a fall activity, with cool nights on the horizon and busy ...

  • Goliath tomatoes top off this chicken salad treat Published 08/05/2009 at 2:39 p.m.

    With tomatoes in full season, I turned to one of my favorite cooks, Paula Deen, for one of her recipes that would include tomatoes. And I knew just who to call when the recipe I chose called for six large ...

  • Gluten-free products can lead to delicious dinners Published 07/30/2009 at 10:56 a.m.

    When my friend Leslie Spanger’s son Austin was diagnosed with Celiac disease, she had to start cooking a little differently. Austin required a gluten-free diet. A gluten-free diet means not eating foods that contain wheat, rye and barley. In today’s ...

  • Kid-friendly classic is summertime treat Published 07/23/2009 at 11:01 a.m.

    Mark Young is an intern here with us at American Patriot Bank where I work, and I have enjoyed getting to know him over the past four months. As he will be starting his freshman year at Tusculum College in ...

  • Tilapia is great catch for flavorful fish dinner Published 07/16/2009 at 11:25 a.m.

    I don’t prepare a lot of fish, but this recipe is one I really enjoy serving. Tilapia is a mild fish that is easy to cook and inexpensive. It is usually a fish dish to encourage children to try, as ...

  • Fresh fruit compote is worth the bug bites Published 07/09/2009 at 12:56 p.m.

    Never let it be said I haven’t suffered for my craft. There is just something about the summer season that makes one long for “fresh.” I found myself longing for a recipe that combined in-season fruit and berries, and found ...

  • Festive cake is hit for patriotic day Published 07/02/2009 at 11:47 a.m.

    Wow them at your Fourth of July cookout with this festive Flag Cake that is fun to make and delicious to eat. To get ready for the holiday, I asked some friends what was the first thing they thought of ...

  • A peachy treat for jams, cobblers or appetizers Published 06/24/2009 at 3:47 p.m.

    This week’s In the Kitchen began 16 years ago when the father and son team of Bob and Roger Hampton planted a peach orchard down in Greenback. After years of hard work and dealing with the foibles of nature, we ...

  • Ribs, stuffed potato skins are Father’s Day favorite Published 06/17/2009 at 2:15 p.m.

    Happy Father’s Day on Sunday to all our dads. I took a little survey to find out what dads’ favorite meal would be for this special day. The answer came back in one resounding word: Barbecue! A dinner on the ...

  • Summer fruit makes a delicious cherry pie Published 06/11/2009 at 9:15 a.m.

    “Can she bake a cherry pie -- Billy Boy, Billy Boy?” as the song goes, and cherry pie from my grandmother Hazel Rogers is the subject of this week’s In the Kitchen. I ran into Tommy O’Dell, a childhood friend, ...

  • Spice up the grill with Pepper Poppers Published 06/04/2009 at 9:30 a.m.

    Jalapenos are one of the most famous and most popular chili peppers. They can spice up almost any dish, whether they are fresh, canned or smoked. Now that it’s grilling time, these little pepper poppers make a great appetizer. The ...

  • Give summer picnics a healthy twist Published 05/28/2009 at 12:21 p.m.

    Warm weather and picnics go hand-in- hand. Potato salad is a picnic staple and is good with just about anything. It is a summer favorite that makes it to more backyard grilling sessions and church socials than almost any food ...

  • Food columnist celebrates 3 years with favorite recipes Published 05/21/2009 at 1:11 p.m.

    The first “In the Kitchen” column appeared three years ago this month! It’s hard to believe we have shared that many recipes already. We’ve missed very few weeks in the three years, and we done some special sections along the ...

  • Strawberries star in shortcake, smoothies Published 05/15/2009 at 3:30 p.m.

    Two yummy treats to make with strawberries.

  • Grill up a barbecue pizza Published 05/07/2009 at 12:52 p.m.

    Grilling non-traditional foods has become a real treat in the past few years. Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza is a different and delicious alternative to the traditional tomato sauce based pizza. Use your favorite BBQ sauce, vary the toppings, and your ...

  • Egg substitute makes this healthier breakfast Published 04/29/2009 at 3:08 p.m.

    Breakfast can get boring. These Ham and Egg Cups are a different treat for the breakfast menu without having “anything weird” in them, according to the review by my husband, Kirk. The use of a fat-free egg substitute also makes ...

  • Tomato tarts are a different kind of ‘pie’ Published 04/22/2009 at 1:06 p.m.

    Perhaps “tomato” and “pie” don’t sound like they should go together very well. I will admit to being skeptical when my friend -- and boss -- Brenda Pilson brought this treats to work one day. I was wrong! We all ...

  • Marinated Cheese makes appealing appetizer for spring showers Published 04/15/2009 at 1:46 p.m.

    A bridal shower was the occasion behind the discovery of this wonderful appetizer. The shower was for my nephew Davy Hill’s future bride, Lindy Foster. They will be getting married May 16. Jenny Swafford, who has shared recipes here before, ...

  • Easter Bunny Cake makes delicious centerpiece Published 04/08/2009 at 12:51 p.m.

    An Easter Bunny Cake can delight your family and provide a great Easter dessert for your holiday dinner. This cute cake also makes a great centerpiece for your Easter table that will disappear at the end of the meal! Jelly ...

  • Homemade pot pies are comfort food with restaurant quality Published 04/02/2009 at 10:14 a.m.

    Since I love to cook, I am often trying to “recreate” my favorite restaurant dish at home. Chicken Pot Pies have come a long way since the hard-frozen soupy pies we used to heat and eat as children. Restaurants often ...

  • Think light: Beet and Walnut Salad is seasonal favorite Published 03/26/2009 at 10:44 a.m.

    Celebrate the first end of winter and the first days of spring with a light, spring salad. My first thoughts when March 20, the first day of Spring, hit the calendar was for something light and refreshing, something along the ...

  • Stuff an egg roll with spicy filling Published 03/19/2009 at 11:06 a.m.

    If you want to try something with an exciting blend of traditional Southwestern ingredients, check out this dish. It can be used as an appetizer or as a main dish. The Southwestern Egg Rolls have a flakey outside and a ...

  • ‘Fluffy stuff’ adds green treat to St. Paddy Day Published 03/12/2009 at 10:32 a.m.

    St. Patrick’s Day will be here on Tuesday, March 17, so I thought something “green” might be appropriate. This Pistachio Salad is a favorite at pot-luck dinners. I always have requests to bring it, even though it is a super ...

  • Roll out a new breakfast treat Published 03/05/2009 at 10:32 a.m.

    Webster defines a omelet as “a dish made from eggs and other items, such as bacon, cheese, and ham and cooked until set.” When I was discussing a choice for a breakfast recipe with my friend, Carrie Lynn, she voted ...

  • Food Network recipe is easy Published 02/26/2009 at 10:52 a.m.

    My first thought when I was looking through the Scripps Food Network recipes and scanning the offerings of Paula Deen, one of my favorite cooks, was that this bisque was too hard. I was wrong! This Creole Shrimp and Lobster ...

  • Enchilada Casserole is ‘guilt-free’ comfort food Published 02/18/2009 at 11:22 a.m.

    When we think of “comfort foods,” our thoughts usually run to starchy, down-home cooking with such Southern delicacies as mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese and pot roast on the menu. This recipe for Enchilada Casserole, provided by Brenda Pilson, is ...

  • Sweet treats for your Valentine Published 02/12/2009 at 10:04 a.m.

    With Valentine’s Day on Saturday, a homemade sweet treat may be just what is needed to make your sweetheart swoon. This recipe for Red Velvet Cake “bonbons” make a great presentation and are easy to make and versatile. These moist ...

  • Cold night comfort Published 02/04/2009 at 11:32 a.m.

    If your looking for a warm comfort food that’s not to bad on the waistline, try this dish. It’s super-satisfying and is great for a busy weeknight meal, as it only took about 20 minutes to prepare. The recipe calls ...

  • Nachos are traditional Super Bowl treat Published 01/29/2009 at 10:50 a.m.

    Super Bowl XLIII will be here Sunday, Feb. 1, so many football fans will be munching instead of sitting down to dinner that evening. Traditional foods at Super Bowl parties include hearty snacks like wings, chili and nachos. You won’t ...

  • Warm up winter with homemade hot chocolate Published 01/22/2009 at 10:13 a.m.

    Hot chocolate is a great way to treat yourself on a cold and snowy night, or for a quick pick-me-up during the day. Homemade hot chocolate is heads above the powdered instant kind. Try these hot chocolate recipes, and don’t ...

  • Celebrate Inauguration Day with a presidential chili Published 01/15/2009 at 11:15 a.m.

    At noon on Tuesday, Jan. 20, Barack Obama will become the 44th president of the United States. No matter what your party affliations, all good Americans wish glad tidings to the new president and the new administration. To celebrate, I ...

  • Leftovers get happy afterlife Published 01/07/2009 at 11:18 a.m.

    If you stuck some of the New Year’s Day ham in the freezer, go ahead and get it out for this “leftover” dish that gives casseroles something to brag about. The Ham, Macaroni and Broccoli Casserole has several ingredients that ...

  • Salmon Pate gets new year off to impressive start Published 12/30/2008 at 1:17 p.m.

    It’s a new year. If you are planning to have guests over for a New Year’s Eve party, you will need an appetizer that is easy to prepare. If you can “wow” your guests with something special, well, that’s a ...

  • Don’t skip breakfast: Start with an easy burrito Published 12/23/2008 at 9:21 a.m.

    If you want a different way to start your day, try a Breakfast Burrito. Since it is very portable, it makes a perfect “on the go” breakfast. And don’t let the name fool you -- this breakfast burrito is good ...

  • Blueberry cake is colorful holiday dessert Published 12/18/2008 at 1:53 p.m.

    While traditional Christmas cakes are wonderful, sometimes it is fun to have something new for the holiday meals or that special holiday party. This Blueberry Cake is my friend Martha Conley’s recipe, and she says it is one of her ...

  • Taco casserole adds spice to winter Published 12/10/2008 at 2:26 p.m.

    If you want something quick to prepare after a day of Christmas shopping, this is your dish. This quick casserole is a comfort food that will spice up your dinner time in this cold weather.

  • December 2008 Published 12/04/2008 at 2:11 p.m.

    It seems more right to close out 2008 with a little brevity than retrospective. The year ending has been fast-paced, worry-filled and heavy-laden. The heart of the home needs a little fun for December 2008, so whip up a batch ...

  • January 2009 Published 12/04/2008 at 2:09 p.m.

    Comfort food. Enter a kitchen filled with the scent of ginger and cloves and all seems right with the world. Spicy Apple Pot Roast needs a cold January night and a loaf of homemade bread for “sopping” the gravy to ...

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