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Searching The Web for BIG GAME PORK Chow!! The mission started with a simple email asking about a few ideas for ribs or pork chops for the BIG GAME!

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Kent Whitaker "The Deck Chef" Bio - Kent has raised his down-home, Southern-style cooking to an art-form. “I like to do a bit more than burgers and dogs on the grill.”

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Prep it, Crock Pot it and Relax! Looking for a few fix it and forget it meals during the cold months and during the busy holiday season? 


Here are four crock pot recipes from several of Kent's Cookbooks that are sure to please. The great thing is that you can adjust the ingredients to what you have on hand or to your families tastes! - Enjoy!

Cheesy Corn Chowder
2 cans cream corn
2 cups boiling water
1 cube chicken bouillon
4 cups diced, peeled potatoes

1 1/2 cups diced onion
1 cup diced celery
1/ 4 teaspoon pepper
Small dash of salt
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded American cheese
Directions: In a large Crock pot combine all of the ingredients and cook covered in a crockpot on low until cheese is melted and potatoes are soft. Stir as needed to break down potatoes. Serve hot garnished with parsley flakes and toast or crackers.

Cajun & Creole Cooking and Much More! 

Vegetable, Cheese & Bacon Soup
1 can chopped carrots
1 can mixed veggies
1 cup real bacon bits
1 large diced onion
1 stick of butter
4 tablespoons flour
1/ 2 cup milk
1 can evaporated milk
1 can chicken broth
1 pound Velveeta cheese, cubed
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon steak sauce 
Directions: Combine all and cook in a large crock pot on low for two - three hours. Add milk for the desired soup thickness you want. Soup will thicken when cooled. Serve hot garnished with parsley flakes and toast or crackers.

Crock Pot Burger Stew
1 1/ 2 pound browned hamburger
1 cup chopped onion
2 beef bullion cubes 
4 cups water
2 cups sliced celery
1 1/ 2 cups sliced carrots
2 small diced potatoes
1 diced green pepper
1/ 2 cup chopped parsley
1 can diced tomatoes
1 1/ 2 cups elbow macaroni
4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon marjoram
Directions: Brown meat and onion together and drain. Combine with other ingredients in a large crock pot and cook covered on low for 4-5 hous. Or until potatoes are done. Add more water if needed. Do not over stir as to not break up macaroni and potatoes. Add additional salt and pepper as desired.

Cajun & Creole Cooking and Much More!  

Cold Snap Chicken Chili
Description A tasty Chicken Chili that's perfect for an upcoming cold snap! Cook in the crock pot or on the stove. Recipe from the Hometown Cookbook Series by Sheila Simmons and Kent Whitaker.
1 pound dry pinto beans
1 whole chicken (or 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts)
3 cayenne peppers (optional)
1 medium onion, diced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 (10-ounce) can tomatoes with chilies (rotel)
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder or Creole seasoning
Directions: You can make this in a Crock pot or stove top, both work great! The day before the cold snap, soak pinto beans overnight. Early the next morning, cook beans according to package directions. Boil chicken with cayenne and salt to taste until done. Debone (or chop if using boneless, skinless breasts) chicken and return to chicken stock. Add chopped onions (I prefer to sauté them in butter, salt and pepper first), tomatoes, tomato sauce and seasoning. Add pinto beans (if they aren’t completely done, it’s okay as they will continue to cook with the chili) with juice. For a crock pot combine, cover and cook on high for two hours, reduce to low and cook for at least three hours or more. Stir as needed. For stove top, Cook, stirring frequently, over medium-high heat for 30 minutes then reduce to simmer. Simmer until done or as long as possible (even overnight). Add flour to thicken before serving, if desired.

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Stuffed Burgers! Heck Yea - Here are two tasty burger recipes for your next grilling session or tailgate. Quick, easy and full of flavor. Ya, Can't Beat That!


Stuffed Home Run Burgers!
This recipe is from an article from the Chattanoogan.com . It was originally published for a Father's Day Grilling article I wrote.

Ground Beef  - Enough for 4 HUGE patties
Minced Garlic
Olive Oil
Worcestershire sauce
Dash of Hot Sauce
Lots of Ground Black Pepper
Pepper Jack Cheese
Fine Sliced Onions
Other Stuff
Directions: Combine the meat with some minced garlic, a few dashes of olive oil, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce.

Mix well by hand and separate into four LARGE portions. Split each portion in half to make eight equal portions. Flatten these into eight wide patties that are a bit thin and wide.

Sprinkle with pepper and place an equal portion of pepper jack cheese in the center of four patties leaving an edge around the outside.

Place other four patties over the four covered patties and press the edges together to seal. You should have four good sized stuffed burgers. Grill over medium high heat turning as few times as possible. Serve hot on fresh bun, toasted French Bread Slices or toasted Texas toast with your favorite toppings.You can stuff this burger with all kinds of other stuff such as mushrooms, Blue cheese, peppers… whatever you like.

Basic Taco Burgers
1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon hot sauce
2 tablespoons taco sauce
1 packet cheap taco seasoning
1/ 4 cup of fine minced onion
1 handfull crushed tortilla Chips
Directions: Combine all ingredients, form your patties, chill in fridge to set shape. Grill em how you like ‘em! Serve with hot pepper jack cheese or white American cheese.

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Tonya's Tip! Blueberry Pie - Homemade blueberry pie by Tonya Whitaker. July is my favorite food times of the year in Tennessee. July means we have fresh tomatoes (especially Bradleys!), fresh corn, and fresh blueberries!So that means it is time to bake a family favorite dessert! Blueberry Pie! This recipe is very straightforward, requires only a few ingredients, and is a great pie to make with little one in the kitchen. Of course an adult would handle the oven portion!

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Ice Cream Sandwich Pie or Cake Anyone? By golly, sometimes you just need some ice cream. And sometimes you need a pie. And sometimes all you have is a box of Ice cream sandwiches and some extra items in the pantry. Don't worry, here is an easy kid friendly recipe that is perfect for combining kid time with kitchen time with little or no fuss.

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