Victory In Our Challenges

Victory In Our Challenges

By Troy Vincent Sr. We all are faced with challenges that seem insurmountable. Often times the challenges seem so difficult and we ask ourselves where do we start, and how will this end. I know, I’ve been there. Knowing that the inevitable is going to happen, the question we must ask ourselves is “How we...
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Mean Green Turkey Burgers with Spinach Feta Pesto

Mean Green Turkey Burgers with Spinach Feta Pesto

Troy is a meat and potatoes kind of guy. He could easily go days without a vegetable, and not even realize he has deprived himself of nature’s promises! He is such a carnivore 😆! If I prepare them he has no problem eating them, but due to his work schedule and travel, he is the...
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Many Roads to Travel in Life, Choose the One with Your Name on It

Many Roads to Travel in Life, Choose the One with Your Name on It

As we journey through life we will have to make many choices as to the direction we will take. Should I go left, right, straight? One thing for sure we always need to forge ahead and never go backwards. No one wants to be like Lot’s wife who looked back and turned into the pillar of salt! The challenge we face is our instinct to retreat from obstacles that lie ahead. Challenges build character and fortitude. They are also preparation for the many lessons we will encounter throughout our life. No one will be...
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Curry Shrimp Pasta Salad

Curry Shrimp Pasta Salad

It is summertime, and with summer comes barbeques and a many variety of celebrations. I always enjoy the menu selection during this time of the year. There is nothing like charred meats on the grill, but no summer celebration is complete without the sides to accompany the barbeque. There are staples, such as, potato salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, and a faithful toss salad. All good in a nostalgic kind of way. I like to mix it up, some staples with some surprises. This year I added my “Curry Shrimp Pasta Salad” to the repertoire. It is a sure crowd pleaser and may just...
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Nana Edie

Nana Edie

If you grew in a kitchen similar my Nana Edie’s, you know there are no recipes! You watch and observe. In my case, I could not just sit on the sidelines. The attraction to cooking came early and runs in my DNA. I come from a long line of amazing chefs. Yes, I used the term chef, because that is exactly who they were. They cooked for the entire neighborhood on a daily basis. That sounds like a restaurant with customers to me! The difference is, it was a labor of love, and the compensation was watching...
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Can Your Children Mimic Your Behavior?

Can Your Children Mimic Your Behavior?

Inevitably children grow up and hopefully bloom into their own lives. That time is nothing you can plan for. Maybe better stated, the flood of emotions cannot be planned for. To date we have had two of our children go off to college, and yet as we cross this bridge once again, it does not get any easier. It gives us great joy to consider our children moving forward into the next chapter of their life, but this does not come without the ting of...
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Roasted Tomato and Three Cheese Quiche

Roasted Tomato and Three Cheese Quiche

Yields 2 – 8” 1 – 10” deep dish Preheat oven to 350°F Ingredients: 8 Eggs 2 c. Heavy Cream 1 t. Salt 1 t. Pepper 12 Roasted plum tomatoes, diced – recipe on blog 4 oz. Smoked Gruyere cheese 4 oz. Colby cheese 4 oz. Jack cheese Tri-color tomatoes Fresh cracked pepper Pie crust...
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Pie Crust

Pie Crust

Yields 2 —8” to 10” pie crust Ingredients: 3 c. flour 1 t. salt 4 oz. (1 stick) chilled butter diced into small pieces 1 ½ c. iced water Combine dry ingredients into a large bowl Add butter pieces to dry, use a pastry cutter or back of a fork to cut butter into dry...
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Roasted Plum Tomatoes

Roasted Plum Tomatoes

Yields 12 Preheat oven to 325° F Ingredients: 6 Plum tomatoes, halved olive oil Balsamic vinegar Salt Fresh cracked black pepper Place tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with foil. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Place in oven for 40 min. Remove and cool.
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Coarse Blue Grits

Coarse Blue Grits

It is always fun to take a very traditional staple and funk it up. VINCENT COUNTRY loves grits! I decided to use blue coarse grits instead of traditional grits. To me there is a nuttier flavor and they cook up smoother. They are not a typical grit found in the grocery store, at least I have not found them. I order them fresh from a milling company. It is a fairly simple recipe. My tip is to stir often. 6 c. water 1 T Salt 2 c. Blue coarse grits 8 oz. mascarpone Salt and pepper to taste Put water and salt into a saucepan, bring to a boil. Reduce water to medium, add grits while stirring constantly with a whisk. Add mascarpone to grits, continue to stir consistently. Reduce heat to low and...
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