Carolyn

Guest-Chef

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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  • 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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  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 18.5 ounce can Progresso Rich and Hearty Lentil and Andouille Sausage Soup
  • 1/2 cup couscous
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • Additional fresh cilantro for garnish

Easy Creole Stuffed Peppers

As cooler weather blows in, even here in Florida, comfort food comes to mind. Something that will stick to your ribs…

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  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup frozen seasoning blend chopped vegetables (onions, celery, green & red bell pepper)
  • 1/2 pound ground chicken
  • 14.5 ounce can petite cut diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh basil, divided
  • 1 cup milk, plus up to 1/2 additional cup
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup fast cooking polenta
  • 1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons finely shredded parmesan cheese, divided
  • Additional finely shredded parmesan cheese, minced fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil for garnish

Chicken Bolognese with Creamy Garlicky Polenta

With our first cold snap of the season, thoughts of a big bowl of warm comfort food comes to mind. But,…

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