WPL in the Kitchen With Chef Shelley

Eggs with Mexican Black Beans

Sometimes you need a little more than coffee to kick-start your morning, especially if it’s your 11th Monday morning living in quarantine! (Hey, I can’t be the only one counting the days and weeks.) A quick, easy, and spicy breakfast could be just what the doctor — and in this case perhaps Dr. Oz — ordered!

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Grilled Chicken Wings

Holiday gatherings may be on a much smaller scale this summer, but there’s no reason not to enjoy your favorite foods!Chicken wings typically are fried and eaten by many on Super Bowl Sunday. But my family agreed recently that grilled wings made according to a recipe in The Great Wings Book are the best we’ve ever had.

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Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Before stay-at-home orders, I thought nothing of jumping in the car to pick up a missing ingredient we absolutely “needed” to make dinner. If I didn’t follow a recipe exactly as written, I figured it just wouldn’t turn out right.

Well, these current times have forced us to think outside the box…

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The Perfect Cup of Iced Coffee

Now more than ever, many of us want to enjoy life’s simple pleasures while staying safe at home. For me, that’s been savoring the extra time we have on hand to grind coffee beans and use a French press to brew our morning coffee.

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Summer Corn Chowder & Bread

The calendar says it’s May, but we had to look twice to believe our eyes when we saw snowflakes swirling outside our windows.

Weather like that calls for comfort. It certainly didn’t feel like summer, but I did have the ingredients on hand for Oprah Winfrey’s Summer Corn Chowder from her cookbook Food Health and Happiness.

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Mann’s Mock Crab Cakes

Sometimes the best recipes don’t come from a book or the Internet. Sometimes they are written down on a card by a loved one.

At my bridal shower 20 years ago, my mother asked friends and family to write down recipes that then were placed into a new recipe box for me.

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Joanne Fluke’s Party Cookies

A surprise plate of warm beignets arrived at our door one Friday evening. Then a gift box of homemade chocolate-covered Oreos on a Sunday afternoon. Both were sweet and cheerful (and very welcome) gifts delivered by two teenage girls.

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Stretching Your Food Budget (& Substitutions Advice!)

Back in 2009, British food columnist Kate Colquhoun wrote The Thrifty Cookbook: 476 Ways to Eat Well with Leftovers. She cites economical and environmental reasons to heed her advice, but her book remains relevant today, as we seek ways to stretch our food budget and our leftovers amid the coronavirus crisis.

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Sweet Treats (with Sneaky Vegetables!)

I don’t know about you, but as I look back to March 12, to be exact, I’ll admit that I was panic buying. I couldn’t find toilet paper so I decided to stock up on what I could. For me, that was canned goods — especially beans — and oatmeal.

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Pizza Making with Lidia Bastianich

When you have the time, there’s nothing like homemade pizza. It’s especially fun to get the whole family involved in the pizza-making process, from kneading the dough to simmering the sauce and assembling all of the ingredients before sliding that pie into the oven.

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