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A Post to You, My Audience

It’s a brand new year, and 2016 finds Some Kinda Good in its fifth year of inception. I wanted to take a moment to thank you for reading my posts and to share with you what this blog is all about.  Continue reading “A Post to You, My Audience”

A French Dessert, Georgia Style

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Georgia Peach & Wild Blueberry Galette with Orange Mint

Perhaps one of the best things about summertime is biting into a sweet, ripe Georgia peach and hearing the sound of the peel break apart, while the juice runs down your chin. Continue reading “A French Dessert, Georgia Style”

A Fourth of July Friendship

You can never really know the moment when a forever friend may walk into your life. That fateful day for my best friend of more than 20 years and I, happened in our sixth period physical education class at Hephzibah Middle School, circa 1994. Charity was born on the Fourth of July and ironically, it was Martina McBride’s song “Independence Day” that began our lifelong friendship. Continue reading “A Fourth of July Friendship”

Treat Dad to a Home-Cooked Meal This Father’s Day

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Grandma Dot is my Mother’s mom, and she is one of my greatest influences in the kitchen.

In my book, cooking a meal for someone you love is one of the greatest expressions of care and appreciation. We’ve long shown love in the South by feeding each other. As a child, I can remember going to Grandma Dot’s house for supper and the excitement and anticipation of it all. Continue reading “Treat Dad to a Home-Cooked Meal This Father’s Day”

The Best Shrimp Creole I Ever Ate

Some of you will know that feeling when you get a new cookbook and you just can’t wait to sit down and steal away a few minutes to get to know its pages. My mom found herself in that boat recently as we sat on the fishing pier at one of our favorite and most peaceful places. Despite the wind coming off the ocean, we flipped through the book as the sun rested on our backs. We came across a recipe for shrimp creole, and I knew I had to make it. It is the best shrimp creole I’ve ever eaten and I’m sharing the recipe with you today. It’s too good to keep to myself! Continue reading “The Best Shrimp Creole I Ever Ate”

Culinary School Week 2

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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.

This week marks my second week of culinary school and I’m pumped to check in with y’all to share a few things I’m learning. First off, it feels great to be a student again. Wearing a backpack and buying school supplies has been a fun transition.  Continue reading “Culinary School Week 2”

Scratch Baking & Blueberry Picking in The Peach State

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Bundles of ripened blueberries gleam in the sunshine on a farm in Baxley, Georgia.

I had lunch with a good friend the other day, and toward the end of our meal together, she asked, “What are you doing Sunday afternoon?” When I replied with “Not too much, what’s going on?” She said, “Would you like to come pick blueberries with me?” To anyone else, this may have seemed an arduous way to spend the Sabbath, but the wheels in my brain immediately started turning. Would you believe the only way I’ve ever purchased or eaten a blueberry has been from the pint-sized packages sold in the produce section of the grocery store? Pick blueberries, I thought? That sounds like a blast! Continue reading “Scratch Baking & Blueberry Picking in The Peach State”

Next Food Network Star Premier Episode Recap

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Meet the top 13 contestants on Next Food Network Star, Season 12. Not pictured: Martita Jara. Photo Credit: FoodNetwork.com.

The Season 12 premier of Next Food Network Star debuted tonight and I am so excited for its return! I’m going to be on this show one day, so I watch it while taking notes with great anticipation. Did you watch? In case you missed it, I’ll provide a quick recap here including my top picks right off the bat. Continue reading “Next Food Network Star Premier Episode Recap”

Light Mexican Casserole Heavy on Flavor

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I’ve always considered myself to be a pretty healthy eater, but since I began a weight loss program to get in better shape for summer just over a month ago, I’ve become extra aware of my food choices and the dishes I’m cooking at home. I’m not about deprivation–I love food way too much! However, I’m always on the lookout for recipes that allow me to indulge and enjoy the flavors I know and love without sacrificing taste and my waistline. Continue reading “Light Mexican Casserole Heavy on Flavor”

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Celebrating National Small Business Week with Brazzlebox

Great Infographic provided by Brazzlebox, a free community built by and for small business owners.
Great infographic provided by Brazzlebox, a free, online community built by and for small business owners.

When it comes to buying and shopping locally, you can bet, I’m a supporter–and not just where food is concerned. That’s why when Brazzlebox reached out to me about helping spread the word on National Small Business Week coming up May 1 – 7, I jumped at the chance. Based in Syracuse, New York, Brazzlebox is a 32,000-member online community network built by and for small and home-based business owners. The national recognition week is set aside each year in the spirit of helping small businesses connect and succeed. A bunch of entrepreneurs helping each other out is definitely a cause I can get behind! Continue reading “Celebrating National Small Business Week with Brazzlebox”