Jamika's Journal

Food

Today Show Tailgate

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I recently had the pleasure of being a guest chef on NBC’s Today Show. I brought the party to the Plaza! I  represented hard for my home NFL team, the Atlanta Falcons aka “Dem Dirty Birds”. I created two dishes to make my team and home fans proud.  I prepared my famous “Dirty Bird” Stuffed …

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Don’t Call It a Comeback

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Don’t call it a comeback… I’ve been here for years! I have to quote the great rapper LL Cool J, because it is only fitting after my recent appearance on Food Network’s Comeback Kitchen/Food Network Star. Back in 2009, when I was asked to be a competitor on Food Network Star season 5, I had …

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Caribbean Heat meets Southern Sweet on Home & Family

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In case you missed it, I had such a great time cooking with crew of Home & Family on the Hallmark channel.  With reggae music playing in the background and delicious food and drinks on the menu, how could we not have a good time on set. I love blending the cuisines of my Caribbean and …

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Teasing Your Man’s Senses

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Valentine’s Day is considered a day for love; unless you are newly single, then it might be the day of drunk texting your ex. (Hopefully that won’t be you.) This year ladies, don’t put all of the pressure on your man to make the day romantic; instead make your man feel special while setting the mood …

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Tips for a Great Romantic Meal

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Looking to set the mood for that special someone? Well, Chef Jamika is to the rescue! 1. Do Your Research: Make sure you know the likes and dislikes of the person you are cooking for. Do some investigative work ahead of time and ask questions about favorite foods and wines. Make sure he or she …

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One Pot Wonder-Ful

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Fall is my favorite time of year. I watch The leaves change color, I bring out my cute coats and boots, and on a cool day, there is nothing better than a hearty meal that makes me feel all warm inside. My White Chicken Chili is a Fall favorite of mine because it is so …

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Pizza Perfect

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One of my favorite foods is pizza. As best I can, I want to stick to my New Years resolution of giving up white foods such as flour, rice, and processed sugar, while not giving up my passion for pizza! Well here came the challenge. I found a recipe online for Flourless Pizza. I thought, …

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The Perfect Grilled Steak

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Who doesn’t love a thick, juicy steak? A steak done right may even cause a vegetarian to change his mind. Do you know how to grill the perfect steak? You may think you do, but that overcooked Frisbee you call a steak, ain’t working! Follow these simple tips to create the perfectly grilled steak. Tip …

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Homemade Steak Sauce

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Sometimes you just can’t have steak without steak sauce. Here is my recipe for a quick and tasty steak sauce great for dipping, marinating, or sautéing. 1 cup ketchup 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon garlic powder Several dashes of hot sauce, your preference In a …

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The Five Minute Tomato Sauce

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Looking for a quick sauce that pairs well with just about any meal and cooks in 5 minutes? Check this out! All you need is: 3 tablespoons olive oil 4 cloves garlic, minced ½ white onion, minced 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped Zest of …

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My “I Love Lucy” Moment

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While visiting See’s Candies in Los Angeles, CA, I was asked to join the ladies on the candy assembly line. I was flattered, but soon realized why I was greeted with several muffled laughs and smirks from the workers. I took my place on the line and the candy started coming, and coming, and coming! …

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Chef Jamika’s Island Style Party Tips

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Always have options for your guests. You never want to have an all beef buffet or make everything extremely spicy. You never know when an unexpected guest may show up who may be a vegetarian or have food allergies; so always have a variety of options for your guests to choose from. Try grilling some …

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