Low Country Boil…Corn and Crawfish Pie…Red Beans and Rice…My First Taste of Masala…Gnocchi–Hold the Potato…Easy Fish Tacos with Pico de GalloGrandma Brown’s Beef BarbecuePasta Diane (Pasta with Pancetta, Basil and Mozzarella)Braised Pork with Green Chili Sauce

Low Country Boil…

Serving up a Low Country Boil for family and friends is a fun way to ride out those last days of summer...and there are only a few days left. Fresh corn, shrimp, potatoes and sausage commingle in a spiced-up broth, then are drained and dumped onto newspaper for fun--and easy cleanup; it is the perfect…
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Corn and Crawfish Pie…

Crawfish pie. It is the one and only thing my eight year-old son had on his New Orleans bucket list. He had his hopes set on finding a version as good as--or better than--the pie from Vivian's Cajun Crawfish Pies at downtown St. Petersburg’s Saturday Morning Market. Her version is chock full of crawfish and…
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Red Beans and Rice…

Weekly food traditions are a fun way to plan the week. Some of my favorites have been Sandwich Sunday, Meatless Monday, and Taco Tuesday; I'm a sucker for alliteration. During our recent trip to New Orleans, we were introduced to a weekly tradition among the locals that goes back generations: Red Beans and Rice Monday--so…
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My First Taste of Masala…

The date was October 3, 1999. The time was 11:00pm. How could I remember my first taste of masala so clearly? It was my second date--the day after our first date--with my now husband, Ed. After hitting three restaurants in Tampa in a 24-hour span, we decided to explore downtown St. Petersburg to grab a late…
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Gnocchi–Hold the Potato…

(Nyoh'-kee) - a dish of little dumplings made from potatoes, semolina, flour, or a combination of the three. There is no mention of ricotta in that definition from Dictionary.com, but there totally should be; the first time I had those pillowy puffs of goodness made from ricotta in lieu of potatoes, my mind. was. blown.…
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Easy Fish Tacos with Pico de Gallo

From page 218 - 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous - Get the Book Here! For years I claimed I did not like fish tacos, but I'm here to report that I've come to my senses. This is one of my husband's favorite dishes, so little by little (bite by bite of his) I warmed…
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Grandma Brown’s Beef Barbecue

When I was growing up my grandma used to cook and bake all of the time.  I was the baker in the family along with Grandma.  Besides baking she had other fantastic dishes that we all loved! Before she passed away, she hand wrote her recipes for me and I am going to share them…
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Pasta Diane (Pasta with Pancetta, Basil and Mozzarella)

Chefs will tell you, always use the finest ingredients you can find.  That’s sound advice, no doubt.  But there is also a lot to be said for understanding those ingredients, cooking them with techniques that get the most out of each. The special thing about this dish is how its flavors - the fragrant fresh basil, crispy fried pancetta,…
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Braised Pork with Green Chili Sauce

Mild canned California green chilis season this meaty pork stew. Serve it with rice or as a burrito filling.[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Braised Pork with Green Chili Sauce - - Lean Boneless Pork Butt, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Onion (Chopped), Garlic (Minced), Green Bell Peppers (Seeded & Chopped), California Green Chilis (Seeded & Chopped), Oregano Leaves (Crumbled), Ground Cumin,…
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