Monticello and Charlottesville – On the Road Again

Monticello

It was a crazy fun summer full of day trips and beach days and like all good things it had to come to an end.   But instead of driving straight home (to a still rain filled monsoon season) we took our time making stops at my brother's home in Lexington, Virginia and enjoyed a few day trips in his neck of the woods visiting Monticello and … [Read more...]

Do you Blab? It’s the Next Best Thing in Social Media!

blab, social media

It never ceases to amaze me at the never ending stream of new social media that's being developed and implemented for use in for business and for social interaction on this great blue marble we call planet earth.   And as each new platform arrives the planet get smaller and smaller.   We find friends in parts of the world we've never seen and … [Read more...]

Red Snapper en Papillote

Red Snapper en Papillote

I had a request from one of my friends to make poisson en papillote  aka fish cooked in a parchment paper. It's been ages since I've cooked fish using this method and I've never made this type of dish for Lisa so I thought it would be fun to revive this healthy and delicious style of cooking in our home.   Looking at the fish I had on hand I … [Read more...]

Have your cake and eat it too with Duncan Hines “Everyday Celebrations” Mini Cakes

Duncan Hines Perfect Size Cakes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duncan Hines. All opinions are 100% mine. When I was first contacted by Duncan Hines to try their new Everyday Celebrations Mini Cakes, I had my doubts.  I mean after all I'm a chef and a food blogger, we make our cakes from scratch......right? Well truth be told there isn't always time … [Read more...]

Save the Flavors with The Seeds of Change #SaveTheFlavors

Save The Flavors

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Seeds of change and their save the flavors campaign. All opinions are 100% mine. As a chef and a culinary instructor I have a deep love for food and quality has always been the first of my priorities when it comes to ingredients.  With that in mind, what could be better than growing your … [Read more...]

Pan Seared Halibut with a Garlic Crab Topping

pan seared halibut with a garlic crabmeat topping

Halibut has become one of my new favorite seafood options because of its flavor and texture.  Halibut is a lean fish with mild, sweet tasting white flesh, large flakes and a firm but tender texture.  Because of its leanness halibut becomes dried-out if overcooked, so make sure not to let this gorgeous fish dry out. I recently posted an image my … [Read more...]

How to Make Salmon Cakes

How to make Salmon Cakes., remoulade

To think that six months ago I didn't like salmon and now I'm not only eating it, I'm making Salmon Cakes out of it.  It's not that I didn't try to like salmon, as a chef I kept experimenting with specials stuffing, seasoning, and cooking it as many ways as I could think of.  But it just never tasted good to me...sigh Then I found Pacific … [Read more...]

Celebrate Your #Selfie…Refresh Your Day with Noble Juice

Noble Juice

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Seminole Pride Noble Juices. All opinions are 100% mine If you've been following me you know I had a 6 week road trip that finally came to an end a week ago. And although Lisa and I did have an amazing time traveling it's always good to get home and for me home is Florida! I've been a Florida … [Read more...]

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation can help you become employable

Robert Irvine and Chef Dennis

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. All opinions are 100% mine. I can't remember the exact day I decided to become a chef, but I do know that it was the best decision of my life.  Becoming a chef and being involved in food service has been a rewarding occupation, offering … [Read more...]

Travel America and See All This Big Country Has to Offer #USCCBigCountry

Travel America

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of U.S. Cellular. The opinions and text are all mine. Over the last few months I've had a lot of fun traveling around this big beautiful country!  While I've only begun to scratch the surface of our Big Country, I'm constantly amazed by the beauty and diversity of this great nation.  Do … [Read more...]