Celi Cooks: Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

For the recent holiday, I got a little bit creative in the kitchen. We invited my parents over for a simple Christmas dinner on the 25th, but I didn’t want it to be the typical night at home. I took a look at my menu and decided to kick it up a few notches in the appetizer department. One way I did that was with bacon wrapped water chestnuts. It’s a simple appetizer that packs big punches on flavor and…

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Celi Cooks: Easy Chocolate Covered Bacon

‘Tis the season for a little chocolate. And a little bacon. Who am I kidding? Every season is the season for chocolate and bacon. So why not chocolate covered bacon? I first tried some at the Oklahoma State Fair three years ago, and since then I’ve been in love with this sweet and salty treat. There’s just something so wonderful about it. If you haven’t tried some, I urge you to do so. Which is why I’ve cooked up a…

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Celi Cooks: Sassy Bacon Dip

A couple of weeks ago, I spotted an awesome recipe for Cheddar Bacon and Ranch Dip over on the Buns In My Oven website. Looked like just the thing for a fall football party. A few days ago, I had the chance to try it out, as a friend was hosting a birthday party potluck just in time for the Bengals game. I pulled the recipe out and made just a few modifications in an effort to cut a few more…

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Oh, Snap! — Taft on Tap

The Taft Museum of Art is one of my favorite Cincinnati spots. The elegant museum has one of the most beautiful gardens in the city, tucked away in a historic part of downtown. The galleries of American art inside this once private residence are some of the best in the region, and in my opinion the Taft is one of the shining gems that makes Cincinnati a great city. Lately, staffers at the Taft have further showcased the venue by…

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LOCAL-ized Eating

I’m a foodie at heart. I love a good, hearty meal. And I like to think I have some taste (just a little). At the very least, I’m adventurous. One of the places I’ve been meaning to try is a spot in Norman, OK called LOCAL. I’ve stalked the Facebook page for this pace a few months now, and I’ve always heard good things. Recently, I had a chance to see for myself. I met a friend for a quick-lunch there…

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Tasty Treats at Chefs’ Feast

Everyone knows I love a good, swanky party with lots of great food and drinks. A good night out in a great dress is one of the pleasures in life. I’ll never shy away from the opportunity. And that’s why I love going to the annual Chef’s Feast Fundraiser benefiting the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. This year, the event theme was “Tune in to Fight Hunger”. In other words, a TV theme. Right up my alley. Courtney Francisco, Latasha Givens…

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