chana masala recipe

Indian Chana Masala: Chickpea Tomato Stew

Credit: SweetOnVeg This Indian inspired Chana Masala recipe is a fast meal or side dish that can be prepared with just a few ingredients from your humble abode. Use canned chick peas and tomatoes for quick assembly. If you prefer a smooth texture, you can puree in a food processor or blender prior to serving.

COOP Shrimp n Grits

The COOP A Southern Affair

  Restaurant Preview on Park Avenue I received an invite for a Scott Joseph Supper Club preview of The COOP menu, a new restaurant concept from the Rivers crew… A Southern Affair… Where? In the headquarters test kitchen of course! I could not turn down the exclusive opportunity for A: Test Kitchen (we could stop there but…), B: Meeting … Continue reading

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Chef’s Tasting at Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen

Photo courtesy of Dry Creek Kitchen There’s nothing quite like the realization that you are somewhere beyond daily monotony. Post anticipation and preparation for excursions new, there is a certain oxymoronic, anxious calm that manifests just below the collar. It’s like a morning dew that hasn’t quite settled into dawn. I am checked in to … Continue reading

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Papa Joe’s Pizza 25th Anniversary Dinner

Once upon a time in Brooklyn, Sicilian immigrants began opening Italian restaurants and pizzerias showcasing family recipes from their homeland. While the origins of pizza specifically, are hotly debated, the history behind Papa Joe’s is certain. When Papa Joe relocated from Brooklyn, New York to quiet Altamonte Springs suburbia, he arrived filling an untapped niche … Continue reading

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East End Market: A Pop Up Dinner Celebration of Women Chefs, Restaurateurs and Winemakers

Saturday marked my second Pop-Up dinner following the event at Quantum Leap Winery this spring. I reserved my coveted seat for the evening showcasing women entrepreneurs in the local community. Compounding my enthusiasm and support for local small business was the fundraising for the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs scholarship fund. National recognition for the surge of … Continue reading

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Prosciutto, Pear & Arugula Pizza

 Recipe adapted from Leah Peavy’s home kitchen This rustic homemade pizza recipe features balsamic glazed bartlett pears, salty prosciutto, and peppery arugula. Vidalia onions and fresh parmesan and mozzarella really marry well in this sweet and savory dish. This recipe makes for an easy weeknight meal.

A Kitchen Checklist for a New Home

…for the Aspiring Cook Whether starting out on your own, beginning anew, or just plain paring down, this kitchen checklist contains the essentials for your new home. Some items are specific for a reason, to which I’ll elaborate in future posts in this section. Others are open to one’s own tastes and preferences. A sharp knife is … Continue reading

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Thumbprint Cellars French River Cruise

Sonoma winery owners are hosting a food and wine excursion sure to please. The Touring & Tasting Luxury River Wine Cruise to Burgundy and Provence is an all-inclusive 8-day vacation April 6 -13, 2014.  Visit the Thumbprint Cellars tour page for details on booking this group tour. Indulge in France’s wine country aboard the S.S. Catherine. Ports of call while sailing on … Continue reading

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Supper Club at Chuan Lu Garden

Fraught with anticipation, I entered through the back door of Ginza as instructed in the Scott Joseph reservation. I’m always a bit anxious attending these events because I usually go solo, but per usual, I was super excited for Supper Club. Any array of dinner guests show up to these events and without disappointment the … Continue reading

Creole Eggs with Cheese

Creole Eggs with Cheese

Spice Up Your Day with A Creole Eggs and Cheese Sandwich Stuffed between potato bread and two runny over-easy eggs, you’ll love the roasted tomatoes and extra sharp cheddar cheese. Eat it for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. A nod to the Royal with Cheese from one of our favorite pop-culture films, this sandwich isn’t a Big Mac; … Continue reading

Salsa with Tomato, Black Bean, Corn, and Red Pepper

Salsa is an ambiguous term in the culinary world. It can mean any combination of chopped, diced, puréed ingredients. It’s a largely misunderstood accompaniment for chips, burgers, and fish and seafood toppings. This recipe pairs well with any of the aforementioned and beyond to include any creative desires. Tomato, black bean, and corn serves all … Continue reading

Secret Sauce for Barbecue Meatballs

Yep. You read correctly. Your eyes are not deceiving you. I’m finally giving out my recipe for the special sauce you’ve all grown to know and love. A given at my many a holiday parties, exuding effervescence from the crock pot; behold. This recipe contains a LOT of ingredients and ALL are crucial. There are … Continue reading

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Barbecue Pork Mac & Cheese Sandwich

Wondering what to do with 4th of July leftovers? Don’t spend the days recovering from all the fireworks with the same plate over and over. Change it up with some of these creative options. Pile it together! Why do other holidays get the catch-all sandwich gratuity? Don’t ignore leftover dinner rolls, hoagies, whatever bread you have … Continue reading

Mediterranean Pasta

Delicious Mediterranean Pasta

  We are always looking for new and easy weeknight recipes. Pasta is a simple go-to, but the sauce and accompanying ingredients are usually where people get stuck. This mediterranean pasta recipe originated from wanting to figure out how to use my warehouse size jar of kalamata olives, without imparting that briny flavor many dislike. … Continue reading

mediterranean spinach salad

Mediterranean Spinach Salad

In need of a quick yet filling lunch salad, I realized the solution was simply combining two containers from the frig. Using the last of the family size organic baby spinach and about half pint of mixed greek lima beans, peppers, and olives from the olive bar made the perfect hearty bite.

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The Weekend: Tibby’s Crawfish Boil

Thursday May 16th – Sunday May 19th Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen is celebrating the prime of seafood season with their 2nd annual Crawfish Boil by shipping a whopping 700 pounds of crawfish in from their suppliers in New Orleans.  You DO NOT want to miss your chance at devouring these succulent morsels at the height … Continue reading

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