In the Kitchen: 2020 Top Ten Recipes – See What We Cooked Up This Year!

by | Appetizers, Desserts, In the Kitchen, Meals, Recipes

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We saw a lot of good cooking (and eating) in 2020!

Our In the Kitchen column is published every Friday. We include favorite recipes from our staff, family, friends, and members of the Lake Norman community.


We would love to include your favorite recipe in 2021

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?


LKNConnect’s In the Kitchen Cookbook

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The “Top Ten” recipes from 2020!

We’ve included the 12 top recipes from this year. Note: every recipe includes a link to be able to print the recipe at the bottom of each article.



Our readers number 1 favorite

Enjoy a slice (or two!)


Saint Charles Cheesecake

Jodi Squires Fitzgerald, LKNConnect’s health advisor/legal consultant, shares a favorite cheesecake from the time she worked at Saint Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY. Our Managing Editor, Ellen Stafford, made the recipe and provides step-by-step photos.






Numbers 2 – 10


Brunswick Stew

Janice Luckey has been making this Brunswick Stew recipe for 25 years. She says it’s almost as good as her grandmother’s — she never used a recipe!





In the Kitchen: Margi’s Twice a Year, Cranberry Brie Pull-Apart Decadent Bread

Margi isn’t sure where she found this recipe, but it’s been a success for years now. She shares with us her secrets for this delicious bread.





In the Kitchen: Amaretto Chicken – Delicious, Easy and Unique!

Margi Kyle shows us a how to make an easy and unique chicken for a dinner party. The amaretto liqueur takes the chicken from good to fantastic!




In the Kitchen: Fig Prosciutto Pizza with Arugula

Margi Kyle shows us a how to make an easy and impressive appetizer for a dinner party. This pizza is a delicious combination of sweet and salty.




In the Kitchen: Southern Beef Rice Casserole

Earlene Steger shares with us a delicious and easy to make casserole that has been her family’s favorite for over 40 years!




Mama Dip’s pecan pie


Family Favorite Pecan Pie

Jodi Squires Fitzgerald (LKNConnects health advisor/legal consultant) shares with you her family favorite pecan pie. This recipe holds a special place in her heart because it was given to her as a gift from Mildred Council, who was lovingly called Mama Dip.






The Perfect Sugar Cookie

Feeling adventurous? Ellen Stafford is on a quest to bake the perfect lemon sugar cookie. They are easier than you might think if you follow the directions.






Banana Nut Bread

Banana nut bread, great for gifts or a marvelous treat for a chilly afternoon. This recipe from Ellen Stafford’s great grandmother is simple and delicious.





Bloody Mary Chili

Margi Kyle’s Bloody Mary chili — Great for parties. Make a day ahead — it’s easily re-heated. It also freezes well.






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