Three Bean Bourbon Chicken Chili

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  One of the dishes I remember most as a child was Chili con Carne.  Not true Texas Chili mind you, but a more Tex-Mex version including beans and served with homemade flour tortillas fresh off the griddle.   I tend to make a mess when I eat chili without silverware, scooping up that rich spicy chili with a half of a tortilla.......sigh   I … [Read more...]

Blackened Salmon with a Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

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Northwest Coho Salmon has made a salmon lover out of me and that's saying a lot! I hate to admit that I never really enjoyed the taste of salmon until I tried Coho.  And my lightly blackened salmon recipe with a gorgonzola cream sauce is the first of many salmon recipes to come.  Who knew I would end up loving salmon after all these years of … [Read more...]

Lobster Chowder Recipe

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It doesn't have to be winter to be soup season, especially when the soup you're making (or eating) is Lobster Chowder.  When Lisa and I go out to eat we're always on the lookout for delicious starters and good homemade soups always fall into that category. When I first met Lisa many years ago she didn't like lobster, she was a blue claw crab … [Read more...]

Shrimp Étouffée Recipe for Mardi Gras

Around the Kitchen Table

With Mardi Gras quickly approaching I thought I would share one of my favorite dishes from N'awlins, Shrimp Étouffée.   If you look up Étouffée in the dictionary you'll find the literal translation to be smothered.  Étouffée uses a technique known as smothering, which is a popular method of cooking in the Cajun areas of southwest Louisiana … [Read more...]

Freezin’ For A Reason – 2015 Polar Plunge at Seaworld Aquatica

Polar plunge Seaworld Aquatica

Did I mention it gets crazy cold in Florida?  In fact we even have our own Polar Plunge.  Now I'm not saying its as cold as Lake Michigan this time of year, but for Florida Saturdays water temp was a chilly 55 degrees....brrrrrr I know right now some of you are laughing, some are cursing but before you get too riled up, let me … [Read more...]

Chocolate Ganache Truffles and Treats for Valentines Day

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With Valentines Day quickly approaching my thoughts turn to chocolate!  Well that's not really a surprise, my thoughts turn to chocolate quite often, and not just because I like chocolate. I haven't gotten to be this old to know that there's a special relationship between women and chocolate.  I've also learned that "Chocolate has charms that … [Read more...]