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Pancetta Kale Stuffing

Face it. Thanksgiving is a brown and white starchy holiday. The table is full of bread, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, macaroni and cheese? It?s always hard to find room for something green. Sure you can make one more side dish, but it?s not that easy. Everyone wants their traditional favorites, so one more dish … Continue reading »The post Pancetta Kale Stuffing appeared first on Zestuous.

Posted on Zestuous on 2013-11-19 11:31:57

Grilled Mashed Potatoes

Here?s another Thanksgiving recipe that reduces oven and stovetop time, so you have more room to cook all the other Turkey Day sides. I like to grill my turkey because it cooks faster and comes out with moist meat and crispy skin. While I?ve got the grill going, it?s super easy to add a row … Continue reading »The post Grilled Mashed Potatoes appeared first on Zestuous.

Posted on Zestuous on 2013-11-18 21:32:03

Brined and Grilled Turkey

This is a time-saving, oven-saving way to make a Thanksgiving turkey. I?ve been brining my turkey for years. I usually boil a pot of water and dissolve some salt, sugar and herbs in the pot; wait for it to cool and then pour it over Tom the turkey and let it bathe for 24 hours. … Continue reading »The post Brined and Grilled Turkey appeared first on Zestuous.

Posted on Zestuous on 2013-11-18 12:11:44

Chefs Eric Ripert and Michael White ?Hangout? with Zestuous

I had an amazing opportunity today to join Chefs Eric Ripert and Michael White in a Google+ Hangout as part of Tasting Table?s Table for Two. Five foodies were invited to ?hangout? and ask the chefs questions as they discussed … Continue reading »

Posted on Zestuous on 2013-11-14 02:31:47

Truffled Fonteenies with Saucy Mama Dijon Mustard

This grilled cheese recipe was named the 5th best grilled cheese sandwich in the world at the 2013 World Food Championships in Las Vegas Nov. 7. I competed in the ultimate food fight in downtown Vegas in the sandwich category. … Continue reading »

Posted on Zestuous on 2013-11-13 11:21:44

Zestuous competes in World Food Championships

Christie competed in the Sandwich category Nov. 7 on Fremont Street. For her signature recipe, she prepared a Grilled Bacon Drippings Filet Baguette with Saucy Mama Horseradish Bacon and Asparagus Slaw. For the grilled cheese, she prepared Truffled Fontina Ciabatta … Continue reading »

Posted on Zestuous on 2013-11-08 13:41:39

World Food Championships Press Conference Highlights

LAS VEGAS ? More than 300 food competitors from around the world are taking over downtown Las Vegas Nov. 7-10 for the second annual World Food Championships. The event, with seven food categories, has drawn competitors from eight countries and … Continue reading »

Posted on Zestuous on 2013-11-06 13:21:39

Campfire Bacon

Apologies to all the Zesties out there. I?ve been so busy preparing for the Wolrd Food Championships that I haven?t posted a lot of recipes lately. But I figured out how to make it up to you?BACON!!!! This is a … Continue reading »

Posted on Zestuous on 2013-11-02 13:42:06

Zestuous competing in World Food Championships Nov 7

Christie Vanover, will join more than 300 food competitors on Fremont Street to compete in the World Food Championships Nov. 7-10. The 2nd annual tournament-style culinary showdown brings trained chefs and home cooks together in front of a live audience … Continue reading »

Posted on Zestuous on 2013-11-02 11:22:04

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

This dip is made with bright, flavorful jarred peppers and capers and a hint of Mediterranean spices. What really rounds out the flavors though is the use of Saucy Mama?s Dirty Martini Olive Juice. This juice is a little sour … Continue reading »

Posted on Zestuous on 2013-10-23 11:01:57

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