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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

Storing Strawberries

Fresh Picked Strawberries

Growing up in southern California we would start getting strawberries as early as February and they’d carry on into the summer.  I grew up in the mountains of southern California where the “soil” was actually a porous gray mess of decomposed granite that had very little growth value and required a lot of amendment in order to cultivate a garden.  … Read More

The Cookin’ O’ the Green….Grits, that is!

Green Grits

St. Patrick’s Day has once again arrived.  Growing up in Southern California the extent to which it was a holiday was pretty much limited to making sure you wore something green to school to prevent being pinched for not having green.  Is that still done?  I don’t think I’ve heard mention of that in ages! Little did I know that … 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

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