Apple Fritters

  All the talk in the media of our impending “Southern Freeze 2014” had everyone here in Savannah and the surrounding areas acting like we were going to be snowed in until March.  Schools let out at noon yesterday even though the winter weather wasn’t due until evening, a major local employer sent their employees home at noon as well, … Read More

Watermelon & Feta Salad


At first glance this combination sounds a bit odd.  Sweet watermelon with a salty cheese?  The swelling popularity of “salted caramel” this and that should be enough to convince anyone that it’s a well-liked flavor pairing.  This has been a popular recipe when I’ve used it in my cooking classes.  The oddity of the ingredients catches guests attention but it’s … Read More

Red, White and Blueberry Blondies

Fresh Picked Raspberries

Tomorrow is Independence Day and let’s face it…we’ve all had enough of the cakes covered with whipped cream and lined up with berries to mimic the American flag.  Nothing wrong with it, just that it’s nice to do something different. Dying the cake batter…yup, Red Velvet is popular (don’t get me started…not a fan of it) but really, who wants … Read More

The Love of Baking

Devilishly Sinful Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

Chocolate, roses, Champagne, expensive dinners in fancy restaurants…I could keep going on about what people will be doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day today.  Each of these of course makes us feel special and appreciated on any day, not just Valentine’s day.  However I’m willing to bet that deep down in the recesses of our memory, baking somehow plays a part … Read More

Delicious Destinations–Arabian Nights!

Once again this year I was a guest chef for the gala fundraiser for St. Vincent’s Health system of Jacksonville, FL.  The annual event called “Delicious Destinations” is held annually the week following Labor Day weekend at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.  Last weekend was the 11th year for the annual event and my … Read More

Grilled Summer Corn Salad

This past weekend in my “Fresh from the Market” class here in Savannah, I had a guest who said that “Blue Rhino” is one of his most commonly used ingredients when cooking (in other words he grills everything!).  Nothing wrong with that…there are great meals to be had from the grill, not just this time of year but year round.  … Read More

Refreshing Drinks for Hot Summer Days

The summer heat calls for something cold and thirst quenching.  My typical summer go-to for everyday summer refreshment is good ol’ plain sun tea – preferably unsweetened. Summer entertaining however typically calls for something a little more festive whether it’s alcoholic or non-alcoholic.  For my basic sun tea I like to add an unexpected bit of flavor by including a … Read More

Tilapia Escovitch

I was first introduced to the concept of the “Escovitch” style of preparation by my friend and former colleague, Chef Mario Martinez.  Mario was originally born in Spain and spent many years working aboard cruise ships in the Caribbean where he encountered this method of preparation.  Chef Mario’s recipe below is for Red Snapper which is delicious but other thin … Read More

Chicken with Lemon & Garlic

This is a recipe I showcased this past weekend while doing a cooking presentation for Castey Cookware at the Americasmart wholesale market in Atlanta.  This simple preparation  is a traditional style of Spanish Tapa often served throughout Spain and shows how easily a few ingredients can produce a delicious dish.  When I prepared this at the show I embellished it … Read More

Sauteed Calamari with Vinaigrette and Catalan Spinach

  [print_this] Sauteed Calamari in Vinaigrette with Catalan Spinach The Spanish word for spinach, “Espinaca”, is one of the many Moorish influences that have left an imprint on the Spanish language and food ways. Spinach has been consumed in Spain since the Moorish occupation. It’s most likely the Moors or Spanish Jews that incorporated the use of sweet dried fruits … Read More