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About amrecipes

My love of cooking has taken over. I was on the net one day and saw an ad for a recipe contest. I entered. Then, I entered another. Then another, and so on and when I won a contest... an entire year's worth of tomato products, I was hooked. Since then, I've entered many many different recipe contests. I have won a trip to New York, entries into cook-offs, a recipe published in a Kraft/Paula Deen cookbook and many food products and food related items. I enjoy cooking and entering recipe contests. I hope I spark an interest in others to create something they can be proud of. I'm always getting more ideas from the internet. Wow, I remember not having the internet years ago. It's a God send and I'm trying to cover every inch of the food sites!! Join me in my quest to keep fresh ideas flowing and creating new and exciting dishes.

Who Says NO to Meatballs??


I love using ground turkey for meatballs and I’ve created meatballs using different types of meat before.  Turkey, opposed to beef, absorbs the flavor of herbs and spices much better in a short amount of time.  To make these turkey … Continue reading

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A 5-Star Rated Entree Without Leaving the House


It was a nice Sunday so Mr. Special and I wanted to enjoy the outdoors. Not wanting to be in the kitchen, I decided to use the slow cooker and cook chicken that we had defrosted. What to do with … Continue reading

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Tasty Slow Cooked Beef PLUS Dessert


What may seem like a simple meal in the slow cooker can mean a tasty, special meal for two. Ingredients such as garlic, shallots, carrots and jarred piquillo peppers offers a variety of flavors in this easy slow cooked dish. … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Means Cookies


A chilly Sunday afternoon usually means I’m in the kitchen baking a little treat for “Mr. Special” and I. So I opened the cupboards and had some yellow cake mix and a package of peanut butter cookie mix on hand. … Continue reading

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Today is National Spaghetti Day


Since today is National Spaghetti Day, here’s my FAVE! Italian Chicken Sausage Topped Quinoa Pasta  Yummy! What’s your fave spaghetti recipe?? Related articles National spaghetti day (eatocracy.cnn.com) January 4 – National Spaghetti Day (foodimentary.com) 4 Great Recipes for National Spaghetti … Continue reading

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My Recipe is in the FINALS!!


My recipe Italian Ravioli with Pesto is a Finalist  in the Tyler Florence Ultimate Wine and Food Sweepstakes !! THANKS to Everyone Who Voted for My Dish!!! So, now it’s up to Tyler Florence, himself, to review the final recipes and decide on … Continue reading

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Win Announced With LocalTV Interview


I knew that it would be different to be interviewed on TV, but it was more than different. It was such an honor and a “blast” to have Raleigh’s local station, WNCN TV-17‘s own Page Crawford interview me this morning. Page … Continue reading

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TIME IS ALMOST UP TO VOTE!!


You Only Have Two Days Left to Vote for my Italian Ravioli with Pesto in the Tyler Florence Wines Ultimate Food & Wine Experience.   Please vote today AND tomorrow!! When you vote for me, I owe YOU, so please let me know  when … Continue reading

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas . . .


Yesterday was the finale of my wrapping and bagging of all of the Christmas gifts. All is now under the tree. Not sure if we could get anymore under there. Today, I’ve been busy baking cookies and baking Red Velvet … Continue reading

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A Christmas Favorite


Two years ago I created a recipe for a sweet bread made with spiced apple cider.   I took a little from about 4 different recipes and created my own bread using spiced cake mix and yams/sweet potatoes. So glad I … Continue reading

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