LKNConnect needs you!

See your name and favorite recipe “in print” in our IN THE KITCHEN column. Our family, friends and LKN neighbors have been sharing their favorite recipes with us and you can see them all online in our 2021 and 2020 Cookbooks. Read on for our celebrity chef recipes.

See our latest IN THE KITCHEN recipe

By clicking on the recipe card (photo link) below

We would love to include your favorite recipe

How to submit your In the Kitchen column

Email the following to our Managing Editor, Ellen Stafford:

  1. The recipe, instructions, and any hints about how you make it
  2. Two horizontal photos, (or more if you’d like to do a step-by-step), of the completed dish
  3. A short introduction (any of the following)
    1. Where you found the recipe (especially if it is from a cookbook)
    2. Why it’s a family favorite
    3. Is it quick and easy to make?
    4. Does it use a special or “secret” ingredient?

Our ongoing 2021 Cookbook

See all of this year’s published recipes in LKNConnect’s 2021 Cookbook.

Last year’s 2020 Cookbook

Click here to explore LKNConnect’s 2020 Cookbook. 

Celebrity Chefs

The Lake Norman region is home to great restaurants and bakeries. Here are a few of the executive chefs, sous chefs and pastry chefs that have shared a signature dish with us.

Our Columnists

Sweet Decadence

Click here to see Pastry Chef Maria Kemp’s professional tips and recipes.

In 2017, Maria established Beyond Decadence as Lake Norman’s first and only pop-up bakery specializing in American, gluten-free, and French desserts. As Pastry Chef and Owner of Beyond Decadence, Maria Kemp wears many hats on any given day. In her words, “At the end of the day, awards, accolades, recognition, being a French Pastry School alumni simply don’t matter if I don’t consistently produce a remarkable product or craft a memorable private virtual baking experience. My goal is to exceed my clients’ expectations on every level and/or tantalize their taste buds.

Sweet ReMarks

Click here to see Pastry Chef Keli Marks insights and recipes.

Pastry Chef Keli Marks

Keli has been on the Food Network on three separate occasions: Sugar RushRomance Novel Cake Challenge and The Holiday Baking Championships. As the pastry chef owner of Bakery 28, she incorporates local ingredients from farmers within the Carolinas and promises to only use natural ingredients.

Executive Sous Chef Jordan Cox

Click here to see Chef Jordan Cox’s farm-to-table inspired seasonal recipes.

Jordan Cox is the Executive Sous Chef at The Peninsula Club. A graduate from the Culinary Institute of Michigan, he moved to Cornelius in 2016. Working with seasonal foods, he is always challenging himself to create new and exciting flavor pairing to create an exquisite eating experience.

Featured Chefs

Chef Jen Brulé

Chef Wes Choplin

Don’t have time to make great food?
Click here to view the LKNConnect Restaurant Guide
to find your local favorites!

EH Stafford

Ellen H Stafford is the managing editor for LKNConnectCommunity.com. Making and eating delicious food is one of her favorite pastimes! She also loves great conversation with family and friends.


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