Stuffed Lobster, Stuffed Shrimp and Stuffed Mushrooms for the Holidays!

crab imperial

With the winter holidays just a few weeks away, its time to kick the menu up a few notches to give your holiday guests something to talk about!  And what could be better than Stuffed Lobster, Stuffed Shrimp or Mushrooms all stuffed with a delicious crabmeat stuffing!   Now thats something to celebrate! The crab imperial I use for those delicious … [Read more...]

How to Make Pesto Three Ways – Around the Kitchen Table

spaghetti alla Pesto Genovese

To me fresh basil and classical Pesto Genovese will always mean summer, the aroma of fresh basil always transports me to a warm and sunnier climate no matter what time of year it is.   For me basil is a state of mind, a calming herb.  But it's also has been touted as an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and helpful in improving your cardiovascular … [Read more...]

How to Make Chicken and Shrimp Pepperoni – Backstage at Around the Kitchen Table

Chicken and Shrimp Pepperoni 2

There's a saying in Florida "If you don't like the weather just wait 5 minutes" Well this week I waited and waited and waited, and finally after 3 days of rain the sun broke through to picture perfect weather....sigh So much for five minutes. But I really complain because compared to the winter we would have had in Philadelphia this year, … [Read more...]

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...]

Chicken and Shrimp Toscano

chicken shrimp toscano 3

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...]

Ravioli and Shrimp Scampi – Inside my Restaurant Kitchen

Spinach and cheese ravioli topped with shrimp in a garlic scampi sauce

In my restaurant days finding new ways to use product we already had on hand was a bonus.  If you came up with a new special to run and didn't have to buy any other ingredients, that was a win-win situation.  You're customers got something new to try and you didn't have to bring any new products into your restaurant.  When you're cooking at home … [Read more...]