Recipes

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I’m Andria, and I’m a happy wife, mother of two boys, cook, baker and author. I live in my kitchen, and when people visit my house they don’t want to leave. Read more…

 

Chicken Cordon Bleu Mac and Cheese
Recipe re-post from April 4, 2013. Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate in comfort food. Homemade macaroni and cheese has
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Bourbon Peaches and Cream Shortcakes
I think the eclipse threw me off my game last week. Looking at the shadowed sun through those 3D glasses
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Farmerstand Salad with Rotisserie Chicken
When I was a kid, my mom took my sister and me to different farms to pick all kinds of
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Triple Chocolate Fudgy Brownies
On Saturday, August 12, 2017, Queen City Kitchen will be a vendor at the Love Desserts Charlotte dessert festival. This
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Dulce de Leche Banana Pudding
I used to be a volunteer cook for Wednesday night supper at my church. Every week for several years, I
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Homemade Croutons
Fresh homemade croutons are the best way to add a crispy texture to a fresh salad. Unlike their store-bought counterparts,
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Key Lime Pie
Thirteen years ago, I started my culinary journey at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. I had no clue what I
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Asian Shrimp and Noodle Salad
Whenever I get the opportunity to cook on Charlotte Today, a local lifestyle and entertainment morning show in Charlotte, North Carolina,
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Good Ol’ Fashioned Potato Salad
I am really particular about potato salad. Growing up, there were only three people’s potato salad that I would eat,
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Tex-Mex Rice Pilaf
I make this rice whenever Tex-Mex is on the menu at my house. It’s my version of the tomato based
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Chipotle Cheerwine Chicken Tacos
Last week I was flipping through a bunch of food magazines in search of inspiration for a recipe I needed
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Black Bean and Corn Salsa
I can’t believe it’s already May! I feel like I just took down my Christmas tree, and it’s already Cinco
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Asparagus Tart with Manchego and Crispy Prosciutto
I’d been putting off cleaning out my freezer for months.  It’s not one of my favorite things to do, and
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Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas
Spring is here! And along with it comes crops of amazing seasonal vegetables, my favorite being sugar snap peas. I
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Baked Spaghetti with Sausage and Pepperoni
I made baked spaghetti the other night, and it was so good that I just had to share. I typically
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Bourbon Bacon Meatball Sliders
This post is sponsored by Ms. C’s Soppin’ Good BBQ Sauce. Since the 1800s there’s been an ongoing feud between Eastern Carolina
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Orecchiette with Collard Greens and Sausage
This week really got away from me. I am currently in the process of writing my second novel and my
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Fettuccine Alfredo
When I think about a romantic dinner for two, my mind immediately drifts to that famous Bella Notte scene in Lady
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Andouille and Corn Chowder
Last February, I had the opportunity to present a workshop at the first annual When The Heart Dreams conference in
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Stovetop Popcorn
Yesterday was my last day on the Daniel Fast, and I feel so much better. After consuming an obscene amount
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Berry Almond Oatmeal
When I think about oatmeal, I think about the bowl of sweet, creamy goodness my Nana used to serve me
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Asian Chopped Salad With Peanut Vinaigrette
I’m one week into the Daniel Fast, and I have to say that it hasn’t been that bad. It’s actually
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts
I think my husband was the only kid in the state of Ohio who loved Brussels sprouts. He couldn’t get
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Shrimp Fra Diavolo
Fra diavolo translates to “brother devil.”  It’s an old-school Italian sauce that didn’t originate in Italy. It was actually created
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Chicken Tortilla Soup
After consuming all that rich, heavy food on Thanksgiving, followed by consuming several days of holiday leftovers, I am pretty
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Pumpkin Crumb Muffins
I’ve really embraced the whole pumpkin spice thing this year. I’ve made everything from pumpkin spice bread to pumpkin spice
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Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto
Risotto has a reputation for being fussy and time-consuming. It requires patience and about 30 minutes standing at the stove,
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Pumpkin Spice Crispy Rice Treats
It’s pumpkin spice season, and I have jumped on the bandwagon. This past weekend my kids wanted to make some
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Broccoli Salad
Much of my life can be chronicled by food. I fell in love with Big Daddy over a pan of
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Aunt Frankie’s Applesauce Cake
My mom and her sister, Evelyn—aka Aunt Frankie—are the best cooks I know. They both have their specialties, but no
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Baked Apple Chips
I love it when I learn how to make something new. I started baking my own apple chips about five
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Homemade Applesauce
It’s apple season! And ever since my boys were little, we have made the two-and-a-half hour road trip up to
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Potluck Fried Rice
Friday is potluck night at my house. I pretty much cook dinner every night, and there is always a little
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Pork Nachos with Tomato Broccoli Fondue
Two weeks ago, I came across an email from my sister while cleaning out my inbox. She’d sent it earlier
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Red Beans and Rice Salad
My mom is a pretty cool lady, and everyone who meets Mae Belle—that’s what we call her—falls in love with
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Shrimp Tostadas with Watermelon Salasa
Every year I anxiously wait for watermelon season to roll around. Watermelon is one of the few fruits I won’t
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Motel Joes
Last week, my cousin passed away after a long battle with lung disease. This post is in honor of her
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Slow-Roasted Pork Tacos with Peach Pico De Gallo
With Father’s Day coming up soon, I thought it would be fun to dedicate my first blog post on the
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