Carolyn

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Hi! My name is Carolyn and I live on the west coast the US. During the day I work during the day, but at night and on weekends you will find me in the kitchen or outside by the grill whipping up a new and tasty dish. I have been creating and competing in recipe contests and cooking competitions since several years. I started out slowly and just entered a few contests here or there, now it takes up most of my free time and am amazed at the wonderful opportunities it has afforded me. I have been published in numerous magazines and cookbooks,


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  • 1 large head cauliflower, rinsed, dried, and separated into florets
  • 3 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 – 3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced
  • 2 t. crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ c. Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, divided

Easy Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

This is a perfect side dish for a quick and easy weeknight meal. Just toss it all together and pop it…

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  • 4 orange Milano cookies (I used Pepperidge Farm)
  • 1 3/4 cups whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 box (3.4 ounce) Instant Cheesecake Pudding and Pie Filling
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons hot fudge sauce, room temperature

Orange Chocolate Cheesecake Mousse Parfaits

With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, I wanted to share a dessert that you could make in a snap,…

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  • 3 tablespoons wasabi powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 whole chicken wings
  • 2/3 cup seedless red raspberry jam
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Sweet and Spicy Asian Infused Chicken Wings

Well, I am still in a football tailgate munchie-type mood. And what better way to feed the munchies than with some…

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 16 ounces hot Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 3 10-ounce cans diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 12 ounces Mexican beer
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced (seeds optional)
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeds removed, chopped
  • 2 (15.25 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and well-drained
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 lime, cut into 6 – 8 wedges
  • Lime tortilla chips, for serving

A Great Game Day Chili

My favorite time of year is here…football season! And one of my favorite things to make for the big game is…

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  • 8 tbs olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup small diced cut carrot
  • 2/3 cup small diced cut celery
  • 3/4 cup small diced cut sweet onion
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounce each) petite diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 2/3 cup red wine
  • 1 cup raw lentils, rinsed
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, divided
  • 20 pitted Kalamata olives, sliced
  • 2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 7 tbs minced fresh basil, divided
  • Water for boiling pasta (2 – 3 quarts)
  • 12 oz mini penne pasta
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • For Garnish: Additional shredded parmesan cheese and minced fresh basil

Lentil Bolognese over Garlicky Penne

A few months back I shared one of my entries into The National Lentil Festival’s Legendary Lentil Cook-off and thought it…

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  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 ounces large shrimp, peeled and veins removed
  • 4 ounces grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon grill seasoning blend
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 2 (7-inch) flatbreads
  • 1/4 cup horseradish hummus
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded Asiago cheese
  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella, shredded, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Shrimp and Bacon Flatbread Pizza

I was looking for something to make for the game yesterday and ran across this oldie but goodie. The combo of…

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