Curried Sweet Potato & Coconut Soup with Peanut Gremolata

Curried Sweet Potato & Coconut Soup with Peanut Gremolata Rich in texture and taste, this slightly spiced soup is great for a chilly fall or winter evening. In the photo I’ve garnished the soup with shrimp sauteed with additional creole seasoning but it’s delicious without too. You can make this vegan by simply swapping vegetable broth for the chicken broth. … Read More

Parfait of Tuna Tartar with Guacamole

Parfait of Tuna Tartar with Guacamole Consider using the tuna tartar on its own with crackers or as a filling for sushi. Yield:  4 servings Guacamole: 2 ripe avocados ¼ cup finely diced red onion (about 1/8”) 2 large cloves garlic, minced 3 tablespoons minced cilantro Juice of 1 lemon 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin ¾ teaspoon kosher salt ¼ teaspoon … Read More

Ceviche Tostadas

Ceviche Tostadas When preparing dishes with raw fish, it is best to use previously frozen fish fillets to minimize the risk of parasitic infection.  The only two fish that the FDA doesn’t recommend using frozen, are farm-raised salmon and Tuna. Follow this link for more background on consuming raw fish. If left to soak too long in the citrus marinade, … Read More

Preparing Raw Seafood Safely

Safe Seafood Preparation – What do I need to know? A frequent cooking class guest of mine recently mentioned that she had never prepared ceviche or tuna tartar because she wasn’t certain about how to do it safely, what did she need to know? I thought that was a perfect opportunity to showcase as one of my Facebook Live shows … Read More

German Flavors for Oktoberfest Burgers

Oktoberfest: Enjoy German flavors for your next tailgate, backyard cookout, or Oktoberfest with my recipe for Oktoberfest burgers. Now today considered the world’s largest festival, Oktoberfest originated as the wedding celebration of Crown Prince Ludwig I of Bavaria and princess Therese from Saxony-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich came out to participate in the festivities which closed with horse races in … Read More

Chinese Five-Spice Braised Short Ribs – Pressure Cooker or Oven

Five Spice Asian Shortribs

Five-Spice Braised Shortribs These Asian flavored short ribs may look to have a laundry list of ingredients but there are very few steps.  The key is cooking them in a pressure cooker to tenderize the meat in a short time frame.  In less than an hour you’ll have amazingly delicious tender shortribs.  If you don’t have a pressure cooker, they … Read More

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

North Meets South – A Beautiful Culinary Affair

North Meets South - A Culinary Affair

North vs. South, it’s an on-going battle, a point of discussion and matter of debate.  Sure there are many differences between the regions, the people, lifestyle, and food.  One thing that is similar, is an appreciation for the regional foods from each area. Coming up on Saturday January 18th, 2014 will be a celebration, a “culinary affair” of the two … 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