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Chef John Rivers: The Southern Cowboy

Chef John Rivers: The Southern Cowboy

One story above historic Park Avenue lives the heart of a man and his vision: Chef John Rivers. No amount of press, blogging, nor story-telling can prepare you for John River’s restaurants, the culinary creations within, and the emanating spirituality supporting his blossoming business. Together with […]

Copper River Smoked Salmon Recipe

Copper River Smoked Salmon Recipe

  Copper River Smoked Salmon Copper River salmon is one of the shortest salmon runs in the pacific northwest, and for that reason, one of the most coveted. We discovered this recipe for smoked salmon after purchasing a Kamado Joe kettle grill. There are two […]

Lamb Chops Artichokes and Aioli Sauce

Lamb Chops Artichokes and Aioli Sauce

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We love lamb chops

The savory flavor of grilled lamb is a delicacy enjoyed in cuisines throughout the world. And this recipe is no exception. Seared lamb chops are versatile enough for a casual weeknight meal, a dinner party with friends, or a special romantic evening for two. Just scale to the number of people you need to serve.

This dish requires a few tasks to be worked simultaneously, but you’ll find it all comes together at once. We added a recipe for grilled artichokes from the PBS Food website. The lemon aioli sauce really balances the intense flavors of the meat.

Make a light rice pilaf as a side if you desire. Enjoy!

Food Hacks to Keep Your Food Fresh

Food Hacks to Keep Your Food Fresh

Loaded up on a bounty of produce at your local market this weekend? Check out this handy food hacks infographic. It shows you how to keep your food fresh for longer. You know how asparagus is presented upright on ice at the grocery store? There’s […]

Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast

Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast

Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast
Slow Cooker recipes don’t get simpler than this!

Who doesn’t love a simple, fast, tasty recipe? You can prep this in 10 minutes and slow cook all day. Come home to a kitchen wafting of savory, beefy goodness. This slow cooker Mississippi roast is a family pleaser. It’s also great for busy weekends because you can have dinner ready and waiting, just add a quick rice pilaf, lentil, or lemon buttered pasta. Pair with a hearty healthy side like sweet potato, roasted Brussels sprouts, steamed cabbage, or greens like sauteed spinach or chard. YUM! Are we ready to do this?!

Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast

It’s only six ingredients – non-cooks: you can DO this! 

Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast
Mmmm. Simmering away in buttery bliss!

Cover it! Look at that slow cooker work’in for ya! Go have fun, there’s no need to stay in the kitchen!

Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast
Are you ready to taste this deliciousness?

Ah, you can smell the anticipation after a few hours, right? Be patient. Do not disturb this wonder in the making.

Burrata Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette

Burrata Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette

This recipe was created from the need to use up the last blood orange from my produce box and leftover burrata from yesterday’s salad. I imagined the colors of blood orange juice mixing with olive oil as a vibrant sunset on my kitchen counter. And so, this burrata […]

Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This southern baked macaroni and cheese includes egg yolk for a rich, thick Bechamel Sauce as the base for this recipe. I’m willing to bet every deep south grandmother has a secret recipe for macaroni and cheese quietly filed in her memory. A recipe memorized over hundreds of repetitious […]

Bacon Cheddar Biscuits

Bacon Cheddar Biscuits

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[dropcap]A[/dropcap] recent trip to Eat More Produce in Winter Park, I spied a block of bacon cheddar and knew, just knew it must be mine. The possibilities began whirling through my brain with relentless fervor: bacon cheddar potato salad, bacon cheddar biscuits, bacon cheddar scrambled eggs, bacon cheddar burgers. Mmmmm. You see where this could go right? You’ve gotta try this bacon cheddar biscuit recipe to see just how the smoky bacon marries with the melted cheese. The grilling with butter just soaks up the flavor into the doughy biscuits. Oh yeah.

Although not the typical made-from-scratch recipe I usually push on you, pair it with my somewhat homemade Savory Tomato Soup and you’ll be in cold weather remedy heaven. Or, at least pretty comfy.

Savory Tomato Soup

Savory Tomato Soup

Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches go together like peas and carrots. The variations on tomato soup abound, but this is the version I created years ago as a wholesome immune system booster to pair with a Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich, or even  Bacon Cheddar Biscuits. […]

Burrata Salad Recipe

Burrata Salad Recipe

Burrata Salad This burrata salad recipe is a quick rendition of how easy it is to make a terrific salad with ingredients on hand. In this version, we used an organic pre-mixed arugula and spinach blend. Top with sweet and tender pea shoots and decadent […]

Teriyaki Pineapple Chicken Meatballs

Teriyaki Pineapple Chicken Meatballs

 

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A simple Asian Italian inspired dinner with a twist. Serve with broccoli, shaved carrot, scallion, cilantro, and fragrant jasmine rice.

Our favorite teriyaki pineapple chicken meatballs are available from Aidells. This is not a product endorsement, but we do love them. They are pre-cooked and ready to heat and serve. This recipe calls for blanched broccoli and shredded carrot, topped with scallion and chopped cilantro. Set atop a good helping of fragrant jasmine rice, and you’ll have a meal in under 20 minutes. Scale this meatball recipe to any size for a quick and easy weeknight meal.

Spinach and Strawberry Salad

Spinach and Strawberry Salad

  I love vegetables and creating salads from ingredients on hand is rarely a letdown. It’s pretty difficult to fail at making salad and while raw spinach isn’t everyone’s favorite, this spinach and strawberry salad recipe is packed with both flavor and vitamins. Add feta cheese for protein, scallions […]

Swine and Sons Provisions Opening in Winter Park

Swine and Sons Provisions Opening in Winter Park

The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder owners James and Julie Petrakis are opening a new Southern inspired quick service restaurant in Winter Park, Florida. Swine and Sons Provisions is located next to Cask & Larder and offers a variety of take out options. Seating is […]

Marlow’s Tavern: Ribs & Whiskey

Marlow’s Tavern: Ribs & Whiskey

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Marlow’s Tavern runs an annual program called Ribs & Whiskey. The menu features entrees enticing guests into their local neighborhood gems. Of particular interest are the following menu items:

  • BBQ Blazed Cobb Salad
    BBQ Chicken, Crisp Field Greens, Roma Tomato, Apple-Smoked Bacon,
    Sweet Corn, Gorgonzola, Crispy Tobacco Onions and BBQ Gorgonzola Dressing
  • A Pig with Buns
    Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork, Crispy Tobacco Onions, Basted with Chipotle
    BBQ Sauce on a Buttery Soft Roll with Our Soon-to-Be-Famous
    “Two Potato” Potato Salad
  • Ribs & Whiskey Hookup
    Slow-cooked St. Louis-Style Maker’s Mark Glazed Ribs, Drunken Chicken with
    Our Soon-to-Be-Famous “Two Potato” Potato Salad, Southern-Fried Mac &
    Cheese and House-Made Sweet Corn & Jalapeño Muffin

Try all of this special, limited time menu this month and let us know your favorites. You can also like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.

Franken-Quesadillas: The Original Snack of Horror

Franken-Quesadillas: The Original Snack of Horror

  Who doesn’t love quesadillas? It’s like the grilled cheese of the south, the way way south.  This kid-friendly chicken quesadillas recipe is adapted from the above cookbook from Better Homes and Gardens entitled New Junior Cookbook. It’s chock full of kid-friendly recipes, especially designed for […]

Quantum Leap Winery: Kaley’s Rescue Red

Quantum Leap Winery: Kaley’s Rescue Red

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Quantum Leap Winery‘s NEWest blend of Kaley’s Rescue Red is released for summer entertaining, maybe even the beach picnic.  This red blend is one of Leap’s lower price appointed wines. Don’t let that deter you, oh fellow wine snobs. You’ll want a case for your next gathering. A bit on the pedestrian walk of the aisle, but truly drinkable for an entire evening, or as a warm up for guests.

Tasting Notes:

This is a smooth, medium bodied blend from Columbia Valley, Washington that is made up of four different varietals: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Tempranillo. There are delicious aromas of dark fruits and berries and a hint of clove, while the taste reveals dark fruits and cherry and a bit of spice.

Order online or pick up your supply from Florida’s only Sustainable Winery: Quantum Leap Winery located at 1312 Wilfred Drive, Orlando, Florida. Also sign up for their newsletter to get insider info on weekly events and special members-only occasions.

You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Cheers!

Cookbooks and Culinary Publications We Love

Cookbooks and Culinary Publications We Love

Vietnamese Home Cooking: Chef Phan of Slanted Door Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies   Lucky Peach: A Quarterly Journal of Food and Writing Culture: The Word on Cheese The Art of Eating: The Authority on Food, Wine and Taste

Asian Ramen Noodle Coleslaw Salad with Toasted Almonds

Asian Ramen Noodle Coleslaw Salad with Toasted Almonds

Bring this easy ramen noodle coleslaw salad with toasted almonds, fresh carrots, and tasty oriental dressing to your next potluck or backyard barbecue. This recipe is a summer favorite perfect for casual entertaining and family gatherings. It pairs well with grilled meats such as chicken or spareribs. Add […]