How to Make Tex-Mex Jambalaya

Tex-Mex Jambalaya

Living in Florida has certainly enhanced our menu options with the wide variety of Regional and Southern cooking available.  When I shop I find different cuts of meat, tropical produce and a wealth of Latin ingredients to spice up my dishes! We still enjoy going out to dinner and experimenting with new restaurants and dishes and recently … [Read more...]

My Seven Favorite Meyer Lemon Recipes!

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One of my favorite times of year is when the Meyer Lemons start coming into season and I've begun to see them in my area supermarkets again so that means its time to getting cooking with Meyer Lemons!   Meyer Lemons made their first appearance in the United States in 1908 when Frank Meyer introduced this hybrid of a lemon and mandarin orange. … [Read more...]

Chicken and Shrimp Toscano

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During my restaurant days I loved the saute station, blending ingredients together, finding the right balance, getting the sauce just right and providing my guests with a good value and a delicious meal. One of the ways I used to keep costs down was to mix chicken and shrimp together.  My guest still got the splurge of plump juicy gulf shrimp, … [Read more...]

San Franciscan Choppino Recipe (aka Cioppino)

San Franciscan Choppino

August and September are big birthday months in our family and we usually gather together to celebrate everyone's birthday in each month with a special dinner.    We did that last month ago for the August birthdays but didn't seem to find time for our September birthdays this year. Since we weren't going to have time for a family celebration this … [Read more...]

Nicoise Salad with Grilled Shirmp

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Some of my fondest memories are of our travels through France and Italy.  Trying new dishes and learning first hand how they taste, and seeing how they're presented.    Of course we can Google them to see what they look like but trying in person adds a whole new perspective to the learning process. One of our trips years ago had us in the South … [Read more...]

Crabcake Sliders

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I do love crabcakes just about anytime of the year, but summer is always the time I enjoy them the most.   When I can find fresh crabmeat in the market, you can be sure these little beauties will be on the menu at home! You may remember I made these sliders for a challenge I did with Epicurious earlier in the year, and for some reason I never … [Read more...]