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 his committed staff, loving wife, and infinite dreams, chef John … Continue reading

smoked salmon

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 approaches to creating this delicacy. You can purchase your salmon … Continue reading

lamb chomps

Lamb Chops Artichokes and Aioli Sauce

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 … Continue reading

Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast

Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast

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 … Continue reading

buratta 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 salad with blood orange vinaigrette was born on a sunny … Continue reading

southern 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 occasions surely cannot be forgotten. The molten gooey comfort sauce might … Continue reading

Bacon Cheddar Biscuits

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 … Continue reading

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. Here’s a super quick and easy way to spruce up … Continue reading

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 burrata cheese. We found these ingredients at our local Trader … Continue reading

teriyaki pineapple chicken meatballs

Teriyaki Pineapple Chicken Meatballs

  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, … Continue reading

spinach and strawberry salad with feta

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 for vitamin K, and garden green beans for added crunch. … Continue reading

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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 limited, as the establishment is geared toward fast counter service. … Continue reading

ribs and whiskey

Marlow’s Tavern: Ribs & Whiskey

  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 … Continue reading


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 fun! Our first ever Kid Kitchen post is easy to … Continue reading

Quantum Leap Winery: Kaley’s Rescue Red

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 … Continue reading

ramen noodle coleslaw salad

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 side dishes like corn on the cob, fresh watermelon, and … Continue reading

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