Food Network Star: Episode 3 – Crab Rigatoni

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If you’ve been following along on this season of Food Network Star, you know that I was eliminated on Episode 3 last Sunday evening. What a sad and devastating moment that was! In this week’s Food Network Star recap, I’ll share my thoughts on the episode, the mentors’ feedback and my recipe for Crab Rigatoni. Continue reading “Food Network Star: Episode 3 – Crab Rigatoni”

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Food Network Star: Episode 2 – Purple Loaded Chips

 

The second episode of Food Network Star aired on Sunday night and what a ride! Today, I’ll share some episode highlights, along with my thoughts from the show. On week 2, the finalists were tasked with producing an on-air podcast and later filming a field segment at an aviation museum and food hall in LA, known as The Proud Bird. Continue reading “Food Network Star: Episode 2 – Purple Loaded Chips”

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pizza at Home

Who doesn’t love homemade pizza? When you make it using a store-bought pizza dough, it’s one of the easiest and most fun ways to enjoy dinner at home with your family. Continue reading “Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pizza at Home”

Food Network Star: Episode 1 – Jambalaya

Thank you all for tuning in to the Season Premiere of Food Network Star! What an amazing and exciting first episode. Today, I’ll share some highlights from episode one, my jambalaya recipe and photos from my fun premiere party! Continue reading “Food Network Star: Episode 1 – Jambalaya”

Southwestern Dinner Leftovers Become Breakfast of Champions

The concept of repurposing, whether we’re talking about a piece of antique furniture or dinner leftovers, has always been appealing to me. Giving something new life is so much fun. Continue reading “Southwestern Dinner Leftovers Become Breakfast of Champions”

You’re Invited: Food Network Star Watch Party!!

I have so many exciting things to update you guys on!! We’re just a few weeks away from the Food Network Star Season Premiere and the countdown is officially on. Continue reading “You’re Invited: Food Network Star Watch Party!!”

Food Network Here I Come!!

One fine day in the early spring of 2013, I was cruising around Statesboro, Georgia in my black Grand Prix, when I had a light-bulb moment. At the time, I had been blogging for about two years, and as I considered where I wanted to take my food writing and culinary entertainment side gig, I thought, “Some days, all I need is a camera crew.” It was a simple idea; one that would soon come to fruition and catapult me into a world of cooking like I had never known before. Continue reading “Food Network Here I Come!!”

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”

The Waffle Iron Movement

Cinnamon Roll Waffles make a quick & surprising breakfast.
Cinnamon Roll “Waffles” make a quick & surprisingly good breakfast.

I’ve never been one to show a lot of interest in food trends or new kitchen gadgets, but there’s one craze on food TV lately that’s got my attention. For all intents and purposes, we’re going to call it The Waffle Iron Movement. Have you seen the chatter? Evidently, the waffle iron, that little machine we plug into the wall to make fluffy buttermilk waffles, is capable of so much more. I’d like to preface this post by saying today’s “recipe” requires zero cooking ability.

Enter canned cinnamon rolls.

Who knew this was possible?
Who knew this was possible?

The Food Network’s Sunny Anderson taught me this trick while I was watching The Kitchen earlier this week. As they say on the show, “I tried it, and I liked it!” Essentially, the waffle iron can cook cinnamon rolls in less than half the time it takes to cook them in the oven. And yes, the waffle iron cooks them all the way through.

Pop the cinnamon rolls on a greased waffle iron, and shut it. Simple.
Pop the cinnamon rolls on a greased waffle iron, and shut it. Simple.

When cooked, the cinnamon rolls take on a crunchy exterior and remain tender on the inside. It’s amazing how this works!

Crispy, cinnamon roll "waffle" goodness.
In less than two minutes, you have crispy, cinnamon roll “waffle” goodness.

How’s that for breakfast on-the-go? Golden brown with great texture, you don’t even have to worry about the dough oozing out from the sides of the waffle iron. Clean up is easy!

Allow the icing to serve as your syrup.
Allow the icing to serve as your syrup.

They look and taste like real waffles. Ideal for college students in a dorm room, or apartment dwellers with galley kitchens, this trick is super fun. Plus, using an appliance to create something it wasn’t designed for makes me feel like a true rebel. I’m living on the edge these days.

Some Kinda Good approved!
Some Kinda Good approved!

Now, I’m not saying this idea trumps the good ol’ cinnamon roll every time. There’s not too much that can replace the soft, ooey-gooey pleasure that a properly cooked cinnamon roll elicits. But, if you’re in a hurry (and who isn’t in the mornings?), this trick is worth the minimal effort. Are you likely to try it?


While that waffle iron is hot, you may want to try Bobby Flay’s Peanut Butter French Toast “Waffles” with Mixed Berry Sauce, or The Pioneer Woman’s Waffle Maker Quesadilla.

Have you used your waffle iron or another kitchen appliance for something inventive lately? Let me know in the comments below!

Some Kinda Good Teams Up with Paula Deen LIVE!

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EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it!

I couldn’t be more excited to announce that the Paula Deen team contacted little ol’ me this week with some GREAT news! I’ve been invited to attend Paula Deen Live! in Savannah as a special guest on Friday, August 8 where I’ll be LIVE tweeting and posting about the show on Facebook from the historic Lucas Theatre!

The surprise came earlier this week when I checked my food blog’s email account. The subject line read, “The Heart of Home Cookin’ Coming to Savannah, GA!” It was Paula’s social media coordinator requesting my presence in the Hostess City. Be still my heart. As a life long fan of Paula’s, you can imagine my excitement when I read these words:

To get right to the point, we came across your blog, Some Kinda Good – and we love it! Paula is so excited about her LIVE event, and she wanted to invite some of her biggest fans and supporters, specifically Southern bloggers and influencers.

Do y’all know how many Southern bloggers there are in the world?? I am beside myself and honored that they chose me. Mama and them already purchased their seats!

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Join the conversation using #PDLIVE!

If you’d like to join the fun, check out Paula’s website for all the details or, follow me on Twitter and LIKE Some Kinda Good on Facebook so you don’t miss a thing. Join the conversation on social media using #PDLIVE. During the event, word also has it that there’ll be a few small surprises in store for you! Paula’s come back tour kicks off on Friday, August 1 with stops all over the country. Be sure to check back after the event for a follow-up post, too. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Here’s a sneak peek at the fun that awaits. Good times…See you soon PAULA!


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