CULINARY ARTS: Crestview resident wins nationwide cooking contest

Published: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 11:34 AM.

“Anything you can use in a Dutch oven you can put in a Crock-Pot. Just adjust the temperature,” Williams said. “They have one Crock-Pot you can actually program. I don’t have that fancy one yet. The ones I have now are doing just fine.”

The ease of cooking in a slow cooker is attractive for someone with a full-time job, Williams said.

“I like that I can prep everything the night before and put it on in the morning, and when I get home, all I have to do is finish it up and dinner’s ready in no time,” she said. “It’s also easy clean-up, too. Nobody likes to do the dishes.”

Williams said she often uses Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes in her recipes because “you don’t have to use them for what they’re made for.”

“I’ve used those seasonings in quite a few things. I did soups, and I did some pinto beans with a ham hock and I used their barbecue seasoning,” she said. “I’ve actually mixed the packet with extra virgin olive oil and made a marinade. I like trying new recipes and I’m trying different things all the time.”

‘Superstar’ in the kitchen

Williams has entered — and won — several regional and national cooking contests. Her ribs won a grilling contest that sent her to the World Food Championship in Las Vegas, where she mingled with cooking pros from around the world.

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