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27 Feb Dad’s Pork Dumplings, Gone Vegan

For a WASPy midwestern guy, my dad sure did make a mean pork dumpling (and mad latkes too, go figure). No matter how many he made, there never seemed to be enough (and in the rare occasion there were a few leftovers squirreled away, we would eat them cold for breakfast, nom nom nom!). The intense gingery flavor, the crunchy chewy texture, and the myriad dipping sauce options all command a visceral reaction of my tastebuds just on memory alone. Making the dumplings was an all-hands-on-deck family activity from start to finish, not only because of the sheer joy and warm fuzzy quality time it created, but also (because of what I now realize as an adult flying solo in the process) if you don't want to be sitting in the kitchen for HOURS, it takes many hands to crank out the massive amount of dumplings we always consumed.Now, I...

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02 Feb Carolina Panthers Hot Pimento Cheese n’ Collards Dip

Recipe #2 in my Super Bowl series for Fox Sports​, this time it's one for my family's home team: the Carolina Panthers! This Hot Pimento Cheese n' Collards Dip is a spin on one of my favorite dishes from home: pimento cheese! This gooey dip brings a bit of the south to that traditional baked artichoke spinach dip you're used to - and it's super easy to whip together for a crowd (and totally healthy with all those collards, right?)[yumprint-recipe id='97']...

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02 Feb Denver Broncos Pretzel Monkey Bread with Denver Stout Salted Caramel Sauce

One more for my Fox Sports Superbowl campaign, this one's all about celebrating the incredible craft brew culture in Colorado for those Broncos fans out there. I don't ever bake, but this is totally a dessert I can get behind (and this caramel sauce is the best thing I've ever made!). The pull apart bread is made easy with pre-made pretzel dough (you can use biscuit dough too) and made INSANE with a Denver Milk Stout Caramel sauce and crunchy Maldon sea salt flakes. Eat this one fresh out the oven for best consistency (doesn't keep too well, but honestly- it won't last more than 5 minutes without getting devoured).   [yumprint-recipe id='99']...

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02 Feb Carolina Panthers Super Cam Jam with Fried Pickles

The last in my series with Fox Sports for their Superbowl campaign, this one is made for the man with the million dollar smile- Panther's superstar quarterback Cam Newton, aka Super Cam. Spicy and sweet hot pepper jelly (inspired by a real Carolina grandma, Lauris H. Connolly) is perfectly paired with my favorite crowd-pleaser: fried pickles (don't be scared- they are always the first to go at any party I bring them to!).This recipe makes 3 jars of jam, so you can share one with your crowd and hoard the rest to use on toast, over cream cheese as a dip, in sandwiches, or pretty much on anything! [yumprint-recipe id='100']...

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02 Feb Denver Broncos Green Chili Cheese Tots

Looking for some badass Super Bowl Snacks to feed a crowd? Check out the video recipe series I created with Fox Sports, each featuring a twist on local Colorado and Carolina cuisines. First up? A play on chili cheese fries, but using the eponymous Denver Green Chili on top of crispy tater tots (how could you go wrong??)[yumprint-recipe id='96']...

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07 Dec Turnip and Tater Latkes

Every year I try to have a new take on latkes at the Chanukah table, and since I'm usually home in North Carolina when creating these recipes, inevitably they have a southern spin. Sometimes they're just a twist on the traditional (check out my latkes with southern style milk gravy recipe), sometimes they're horrible and weird, and sometimes they just wind up just perfect and become an instant favorite tradition for the coming years like this recipe. These turnip and tater latkes are mostly turnip and turnip greens (lending a lot of nutritional goodness not often found in the traditional potato guys and an earthy vegetal flavor not often found in the super sweet carrot or sweet potato versions) with a little potato to mellow that mighty turnip punch. You can leave out (or use the low end measurement) of the red pepper flakes if you're not into spice, but...

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09 Nov Beet Threeway Tartine

After an incredible Sunday Funday cocktail event with The Juicebox Truck last night where they whipped up the most insane smoky earthy Beetbox juice and El Silencio mezcal cocktail for my guests, I've had beets on the brain (and a whole hell of a lot of leftover beets and greens in the fridge). So I set out to craft a recipe inspired by the cocktail and using all parts of the beet, and this Beet Threeway Tartine was the happy resulting product. It may seem like a lot of work for a piece of toast, but it's totally worth the effort. Roast the beets and make the pickles ahead of time and store in the fridge and the recipe finishing time is cut to just 10 minutes. Now, go forth and get your beet on![yumprint-recipe id='92']...

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26 Oct Vegan Pumpkin Rice Crisp Treats

In honor of the final Meatless Monday before my favorite pumpkin filled holiday, I rolled up these adorable (and very easy to make) little pumpkin shaped rice crisp treats for your Halloween trick or treating pleasure! Unlike traditional Rice Krispy treats, these cuties are completely vegan and a bit healthier by using brown rice cereal + brown rice syrup (instead of gelatin/chemical filled marshmallows). And if you're feeling super crafty, you can even take them a step further and decorate them with icing to create a "carved" pumpkin look! Happy Halloween all, and stay spooky! [yumprint-recipe id='90']...

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10 Aug Smashed Potatoes with Tahini Sauce, Feta, Za’atar and Olives

When I lived in Israel many moons ago, I fell in love with many flavors of the middle east. The most memorable, though, has to be the Za'atar spice blend. A perfect mix of sumac, toasted sesame seeds, sea salt, and the herb Za'atar (a variety of wild thyme we often do not get here in the states so it is often substituted with greek oregano), Israelis put it on everything from baked goods to eggs to meats to pizza. My favorite of all Za'atar food vehicles was from a pizza place around the corner from me, a perfect pie consisting of mozzarella, feta, green olives, and za'atar (I must have consumed several hundred pounds worth in just half a year), and is the inspiration for this recipe.Now, if you've followed me for a while you know that I'm majorly potato-obsessed (really, it's the perfect food- you can do anything...

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