Cooking with Chef Kathy


Mardi Gras – Time for a Muffaletta Recipe!

The muffuletta is the quintessential New Orleans sandwich of cured meats, cheese and tangy olive salad piled onto a sturdy Italian loaf.

Muffaletta Sandwich Recipe
1 large round Italian loaf (sourdough works)
1/2 lb thinly sliced mortadella
1/2 lb thinly sliced Genoa salami
1/2 lb thinly sliced ham
1/2 lb provalone cheese, sliced
1/2 lb mozzarella cheese, sliced

Shrimp, tomato, and spinach pasta in garlic butter sauce

Shrimp, fresh tomato, and spinach with fettuccine pasta in garlic butter sauce – a delicious Italian pasta dish and a great way to use up a bunch of fresh tomatoes you might have sitting around in your kitchen.


1 pound fresh shrimp, uncooked, shelled and deveined
5 medium tomatoes, fresh, chopped into large cubes
1 cup cooked spinach
5 garlic cloves, minced

Beer-Candied Bacon

It’s a quick and easy appetizer that’s so fun and different – a great start to the new year

1 lb thick-cut, high quality bacon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp beer 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine brown sugar and beer in a small bowl, whisking well to form a thin syrup. Set aside.

Authentic Fish Tacos w/Lime Herb Mayo

Crispy, flaky and tender fish topped with tangy slaw, tomatillo salsa, spicy pico de gallo, cool and creamy herb lime mayo and of course guacamole!

    • For the fish:
    • 8 ounces Flaky fish like tilapia, mahi mahi
    • 1 cup flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Loaded Smashed Sweet Potatoes

A great appetizer that combines the light sweetness of sweet potatoes and traditional loaded potato toppings!    

2 strips thick bacon
3 large sweet potatoes, cut into quarters
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup sour cream
4 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
Fresh chives


Old-Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup

Old-Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup - chicken noodle soup does so much more than feed a cold - it’s love and comfort in a bowl. 

Butter Almond Meltaways

Lasagna Soup

Do you like lasagna? If you answered yes, or even no, you’re going to want to make this soup!

Pecan Pie Cookies

Deliciously sweet, caramel-y, nutty filling with a flaky pastry!

    • 1 prepared single pie crust (homemade or purchased, I used Pillsbury)
    • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
    • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
    • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup corn syrup

Cranberry Eggnog Cupcakes

If you’re looking for some of Santa’s elves to dance on your tongue, then head out to the grocery store to pick up some eggnog for these cuties!


1 box white cake mix
1 tsp. nutmeg
3 eggs
1/3 C. oil
1 C. eggnog
1/2 C. plain yogurt or sour cream
1 tsp, vanilla extract

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