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January 18, 2014

Culinary Conversation: Shenango woman shares recipes

NEW CASTLE — None of us could have predicted that the first days of the new year would be raw. It was actually colder here than it was at the North Pole.

When it’s time to hunker down and stay warm, it’s also time to bring out those recipes that are comforting.

Kristine Suber of Shenango Township has just the hot-out-of-the-oven solution to counteract the chills. It’s her recipe for chicken ’n dumplings — beloved by many for its filling, tasty attributes.

Kristine wrote that the recipe is a family favorite.

The wife and mother of four said she enjoys reading Culinary Conversation and loves to cook.

“I have been collecting cookbooks for years and concocting my own kitchen creations,” Kristine said. “My day starts early in the kitchen, packing lunches, sending three kids off to school while I stay home and tend to our fourth child (a two-year-old). I try a new recipe almost every day.”

She also takes photos of the dishes and posts them on her Facebook page to help inspire others to be creative in the kitchen.

But if the chicken ’n dumplings wasn’t enough, Kristine included five more recipes. She noted she serves the three- pepper cranberry chicken salad over fresh spinach leaves that she dresses with a store-bought honey Dijon dressing, and then tops with raspberries.

And there was baked swai over spinach and feta orzo pasta, and low-carb eggplant slice pizzas.

Of the latter, she wrote that she knows many people are watching their weight with the beginning of the new year.

She recently made bagel pizzas for the kids, “but since I am a diabetic and need to watch my carbohydrate intake, I used eggplant slices for my pizzas.”

Her apple nachos are always a huge hit with company, too.

“There is never a single apple left on the tray and you can be versatile with your toppings. You can add butterscotch chips, dried fruits, chocolate sauce and figs. Use whatever you like and watch the apples fly off the plate.”

Kristine’s inventive recipes sound so appetizing. And if you can get the whole family to agree on something it loves — mission accomplished.

Who knows, someday she may have her own show on the Food Network?

Thanks, Kristine and keep up the great work in the kitchen.

Chicken ’n dumplings

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