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

Orange Pineapple Sangria

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 couple of mint tea bags with the regular black tea.  It doesn’t look any different but the first taste reveals a light fresh minty flavor that slowly … 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

Cocido–Spanish Comfort Food

If you had your choice between cooking with anything you wanted or being presented a limited pantry, which would you choose? Which do you think would make you more creative? Just last week I was talking to someone about this very topic.  We both agreed that cooking straight from the pantry without making a trip to the store usually resulted … Read More

Spanish Paella

While I don’t particularly care for the extreme heat this time of year, one thing I do love are the endless opportunities for creativity  provided by the variety of seasonal ingredients.  Appetite wise, I also find that this time of year my tastebuds tend to favor a more Mediterranean flavor.  Perhaps it’s the fact that so many wonderful ingredients typical … Read More

Savannah Tomato Sandwiches

Plump, ripe tomatoes are one of the surest signs of summer.  The Forsyth Farmers market here in Savannah has had vendors with all manner of multi-colored orbs ranging from small single-bite tomatoes to those the size of soft balls.  Friends of mine recently visited a u-pick  farm where they could pick 5 gallon buckets for just $8/bucket.  Their offer to … Read More

Yogurt Panna Cotta with Orange-Scented Strawberries

Strawberries are in full swing!  Sure, strawberries are available in the grocery store year round but if you want sweet juicy berries you’d better make the most of them now. Anything in season will always be better than those shipped from further afield, even if it’s in season where it’s being shipped from. The closer to the grower the food … Read More