Wendy Perry

A quirky kinda gal... who knows life is too short and wants to enjoy the ride and share it with anybody who wants to come along, and even those who don't! A God fear'n sister, aunt (Dee Dee), Marketing Home Economist & Culinary Adventurist (and ECU Pirate) who thinks HOME EC is k.e.w.l. and needs a resurrection... and is on a mission to do just that! It's revival time ~ Hallelujah and pass the plate ~

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Carolina Cajun Shrimp Boil Packets

Foil packets are perfect for camp cooking on the grill or in hot coals. Make ahead at home and throw in your cooler, or have fun making on site. They come in their own serving “dish” too!

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Grandma’s Cranberry Congealed Salad With Krispy Kreme crullers

Growing up, I can never remember a time my Grandma didn’t have a dish of this in her refrigerator. She loved cruller doughnuts and hated waste, breaking up the stale ones into her Jell-O salad. This dish would shine at a summer picnic — don’t forget the Cool Whip!

Creamy Fried Chicken Salad Rolls

What’s a southern picnic without fried chicken? Or chicken salad? I’ve combined the two and offer you these stuffed rolls to make and take with our time-saving tip. The salad can be a bit messy, and although you can serve on mini rolls as sliders, I like stuffing into top-split dog rolls so the goodness doesn’t fall out!

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Steak with Mongolian Beef Gravy

A favorite at many Asian restaurants, I’ve switched up Mongolian Beef with a little bit of “Southern” by making the sauce into … gravy!

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Crispy Girl Scout Cookie Butter Mint Fudge

Each January, we look forward to the appearance of our annual treats … Girl Scout cookies! We all have our favorites, but their biggest seller remains the thin mint. Set aside a few to make this crispy, fudgy treat. During off season, substitute thin mint “grasshopper” cookies from your grocery store.

Tex-Mexican Spaghetti

Don’t we all love spaghetti? Some of us even like it for breakfast… hot or cold. Spaghetti is fun to create too, so I offer you this one with a southwestern twist.

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No Fry “Fried” Banana Pudding Ice Cream

Remember when Chi-Chi’s introduced us to fried ice cream long ago. Simply scrumptious. Enjoy my version with a twist… no frying fried ice cream! The crispy cereal is crunchy like fried without all that… and a banana pudding version on a puddle of dulce de leche… just because!

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Winter Broccoli and Dried Cherry Salad dressed with balsamic dijon

This vibrant fresh salad is a nice side with a pot of soup on a chilly winter’s day. You might want to double up on the tasty dressing… it keeps well refrigerated for several weeks. It’s quick to make but if you have a favorite, you can easily substitute that as well.

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