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Food Network Star Diaries

Rebekah Lingenfelser is a food enthusiast, writer and top ten finalist on Season 14 of Food Network Star. Catch her episode and recipe recaps below and tune in to Food Network on Sundays at 9 PM to watch her in action! Check back here for updates as the season continues. For business or media inquires, email SKGFoodBlog@gmail.com or visit RebekahLingenfelser.com.   Continue reading “Food Network Star Diaries”

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Say Cheers with Irish Mojitos

I’ve got a refreshing cocktail for y’all just in time to say cheers on St. Patrick’s Day: an Irish Mojito! Bright and a little on the dangerous side (because you can’t taste the alcohol), the Creme De Menthe gives this cocktail a minty flavor and a festive pop of green color. It’s fruity and just the kind of thing I love to sip on while watching the parade go by in the 80 degree Savannah, Georgia “spring” weather. Continue reading “Say Cheers with Irish Mojitos”

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Have a Sweet St. Patrick’s Day with Green Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Rebekah Faulk Lingenfelser of Some Kinda Good in Savannah, Georgia, wishing everyone a ‘Top of the Mornin” from Lafayette Square on St. Patrick’s Day , March 17, 2015.

It’s that infamous time of year in The Hostess City when everyone, no matter who your people are, becomes Irish for a day. Since I met and married a bonafide Savannahian, my life has never been the same. On March 17 each year, come rain or shine, we will don our green and orange, raise our glasses, pack our picnic baskets and join the hundreds of thousands of others in the Spanish moss-covered oak tree city of Savannah, Georgia.

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St. Patrick’s Day Episode of “Statesboro Cooks” including Featured Recipes On Air Now

A brand new episode of “Statesboro Cooks” is on air now! You can watch the 30-minute program featuring my St. Patrick’s Day menu on local cable Channel 99 at 7:30 p.m., 1 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily, or right now by clicking on the video below. Featuring the musical talent of lead vocalist and guitarist Justin Dukes of The Tiger Creek Band, this show was the most fun episode to film yet! Special thanks to Hunter Cattle Company, Sugar Magnolia Bakery & Cafe, and Simply Sweet Cakery for all your help in making the meal Some Kinda Good! Without further ado, enjoy the show and the recipes below. Cheers to St. Patrick’s Day!

“Statesboro Cooks” is a Georgia Southern University Department of Communication Arts multimedia communications team production.  

Mixed Green Salad with Seasonal Strawberries and Candied Georgia Pecans
Mixed Green Salad with Seasonal Strawberries and Candied Georgia Pecans

Mixed Green Salad with Fresh Strawberries

  • Organic Mixed Greens
  • Seasonal, Fresh Strawberries, hulled and halved
  • Candied Georgia Pecans, toasted
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Feta Cheese
  • Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

Directions:
Toss all ingredients (except dressing) together in a trifle bowl. Serve alongside Shepherd’s Pie and Irish Soda Bread. To candy pecans, dry roast the nuts in a saucepan until fragrant. Add about 1/4 cup of brown sugar, stirring until melted and coated evenly. Remove from the heat. For the dressing, combine equal parts balsamic vinegar and olive oil by whisking briskly. Add 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard and season with salt and pepper. Dress salad lightly.

Shepherd's Pie Featuring Hunter Cattle Company's Grass-Fed Beef
Shepherd’s Pie Featuring Hunter Cattle Company’s Grass-Fed Beef

Shepherd’s Pie

  • 2 pounds Hunter Cattle Company Ground Beef
  • 4 Large Potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 stick of Unsalted Butter
  • 8 oz. Sour Cream
  • 1/2 Cup of Heavy Cream
  • 1 Bundle of Walker Farms Rainbow Carrots
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Peas
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Corn
  • 1 Large Onion, Diced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Sharp Cheddar, Grated
  • Bella D’ Olivia Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Flat Leaf Parsley, for Garnish
  • Salt, Pepper, Dried Thyme

Directions:
Fill a large stock pot with water and bring it to a boil. Liberally salt the water. Add potatoes and cover. Let boil for 20-25 minutes until fork tender. Meanwhile, melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a cast iron skillet or 10-inch frying pan. Add in diced onion and carrots stirring until soft. Season with salt and pepper. After about 5 minutes, add in ground beef and brown. Stir in garlic. Season again with salt and pepper, adding in thyme. Incorporate peas and corn. Let cook for about five minutes. Drain potatoes and put them back in the same stock pot. Add in butter, heavy cream, sour cream, salt and pepper. Mash with a potato masher. Grease a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish. Pour ground beef mixture into the dish. Spread mashed potatoes evenly over the top. Sprinkle with grated cheese. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes, until cheese is melted and slightly browned. Garnish with fresh parsley. Enjoy!

The spread!
The spread!

Irish Coffee
Serves 1

  • 1 Cup Brewed Strong Coffee
  • 3 Tablespoons of Irish Whiskey such as Jameson
  • Fresh Whipped Cream
  • CinnamonDirections:Stir three tablespoons of whiskey into one cup of brewed coffee. Top with a dollop of fresh whipped cream, sprinkle with cinnamon.
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A Frilly & Feminine Valentine’s Dessert Worth Every Calorie

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a classy little delicacy like Red Velvet Cupcakes with Red Velvet Frosting?  I have always loved cupcakes and over the years, my reasons for loving them have changed. My favorite reason to love them today? They are perfectly portion controlled and simply satisfying. Continue reading “A Frilly & Feminine Valentine’s Dessert Worth Every Calorie”

Rainy Day Venison Stew

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Some Kinda Good Venison Stew is made with red wine and beef broth for rich depth of flavor.

Cooking with ground venison is much like cooking with ground beef. It can be
substituted for most any ground beef recipe. I make tons of Italian dishes with it,
like spaghetti, lasagna and venison rigatoni and love cooking up big batches of
venison chili and stew, like the recipe I’ll share today. Continue reading “Rainy Day Venison Stew”

Slow-Cooker Mexican Chicken Chili

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Slow-Cooker Mexican Chicken Chili is topped with sour cream, shredded cheddar, tortilla chips and fresh parsley.

Busy weekends or weekdays call for slow-cooker recipes! This Mexican Chicken Chili is so easy to put together and as flavorful as it gets. You don’t even have to brown the chicken first! Warm and comforting, the tender chicken, after cooking all day, literally falls apart with the touch of a fork. Topped with sour cream, sharp cheddar, crunchy tortilla chips and fresh parsley, this chili is light and satisfying. For a complete meal, serve with warm dinner rolls.

Some Kinda Good Slow-Cooker Mexican Chicken Chili

  • 3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 28 oz  Can Diced Tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 14.5 oz Great White Northern or Cannellini Beans
  • 8 oz can Tomato Paste
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Medium Onion, Chopped
  • 2 Jalapenos, diced with seeds
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • Sour cream, tortilla chips, shredded sharp cheddar, chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Season chicken breasts liberally with salt and pepper on each side. Add chili powder, cumin and garlic powder to the chicken, distributing evenly over each chicken breast. Add remainder of ingredients and cover with chicken broth. Cook on high for 6 hours. When the chili has finished cooking, taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper if needed. Ladle chili in bowls and top with sour cream, tortilla chips, shredded sharp cheddar cheese and fresh parsley, if desired.

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Georgia native Rebekah Faulk Lingenfelser is a freelance writer, entertainer and food enthusiast who writes and speaks about her love of good food and the Coastal South. A Food Network Star finalist, she is the Statesboro Herald food columnist and host of SKG-TV on YouTube. A Georgia Southern University alumna, Rebekah also attended Savannah Technical College’s Culinary Institute of Savannah. To learn more, connect with Some Kinda Good on social media, or visit RebekahLingenfelser.com.

Peppermint Cheesecake to Seal the Deal

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Creamy and decadent, Some Kinda Good Peppermint Cheesecake is topped with fresh whipped cream and has a vanilla wafer, walnut crust.

I met my husband Kurt in early November of 2012, just two months before Christmas. As we got to know each other, our shared love for good food became evident. Naturally, one of the first topics of conversation we ever discussed were our favorite foods. He told me of his love for cheesecake, and I noticed that he also really enjoyed desserts and drinks with mint flavor. So, for our first Christmas together, I combined two of his favorites into one and gifted him this festive and Some Kinda Good Peppermint Cheesecake. Continue reading “Peppermint Cheesecake to Seal the Deal”

Cinnamon-Sugar Pecan Twists

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Some Kinda Good Cinnamon-Sugar Pecan Twists are quick to assemble and perfect for gifting.

Cinnamon-Sugar Pecan Twists are a sweet treat and an easy, 5-ingredient recipe to bake when you need something semi-homemade in a pinch. One 8 oz. can of crescent rolls will make about 20 twists, but don’t count on there being any leftovers! I made a batch this weekend, and packaged them up to give to my neighbors, along with a Christmas card. Food gifts make the best gifts. When you take the time to make something homemade, in my experience, folks are always appreciative. Enjoy! Continue reading “Cinnamon-Sugar Pecan Twists”

Christmas Ornaments Have a Story to Tell

Decorating the Christmas tree has always been introspective for me. Aside from the standard ball ornaments, I have a special bag of sentimental ornaments I delicately wrap and unwrap each year, carefully peeling back the tissue paper to reveal the precious memories. Filled with stories of trips gone by and milestone occasions, the ornaments on my Christmas tree tell the stories of my life.

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Turkey Tips + How To Prep the Bird for Roasting

I’m already experiencing a fantastic Thanksgiving week! We celebrated turkey day at the office on Monday, and yours truly handled the piece de resistance. Today I’m sharing my recipe for Herb Roasted Turkey with you. Make this for the most moist, tender meat with the crispiest skin out there. Continue reading “Turkey Tips + How To Prep the Bird for Roasting”

How to Assemble an Antipasto Party Platter

This time of year is filled with holiday parties and fun get-togethers, and most importantly good food. If you’ve been invited to a festive shin dig this season, one of the most crowd pleasing appetizers you can take along is an antipasto platter. Even if you’re the party host, this platter makes an excellent option to serve guests while the final touches are being put on the main course. Continue reading “How to Assemble an Antipasto Party Platter”

Kurt’s Favorite Pot Roast

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Peel potatoes and be sure to chop all your ingredients the same size for even cooking.

When the weather starts to feel like fall in Savannah, it isn’t long before my husband, Kurt starts requesting pot roast for dinner. When we were dating, I needed a tire changed on my car. When Kurt came to the rescue, I said, “What do I owe you?” With that sweet Southern boy charm, he smiled and said, “Three pot roast dinners will do it.” He has always loved pot roast.  Continue reading “Kurt’s Favorite Pot Roast”

Pumpkin French Toast in October

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French toast is one of those easy, but comforting breakfasts that’s no fuss to whip up but feels luxurious on a leisurely weekend morning. For a fun fall twist to this classic dish, add pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg to the milk mixture. Continue reading “Pumpkin French Toast in October”

Fall for Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake

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Rebekah’s Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake is filled with tart apples and fall spices showcasing the warm, comforting flavors of the season.

It’s pumpkin spice season, y’all! I mean, fall. Bring on the granny smith apples, the bright orange pumpkins and multi-colored gourds, the cooler weather, football season and pumpkin spice everything. Lattes, coffee creamer, candles…oh my. 

Continue reading “Fall for Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake”