St. Louis-Style Ribs and Hasselback Cantaloupe Recipe

Plated ribs and hasselback cantaloupe

Okay folks, it’s June…and that means summer, picnics and the start of grilling season. I don’t know about you, but when I think about grilling, a juicy rack of ribs often comes to mind. However, being that we live in a small downtown St. Petersburg apartment with very minimal outdoor space, grilling is not something that we are able to … Continue Reading

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Short Rib Quesabirria Tacos Recipe

Quesabirria tacos ready to serve

If you tend to keep up with all of the latest food trends, and/or don’t live under a rock, odds are, you have heard of Birria or Quesabirria Tacos. However, for those who haven’t, Birria tacos are usually comprised of meat, such as beef or goat, that has been slowly braised and is then loaded into a tortilla and pan … Continue Reading

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Strawberry-Balsamic Chicken with Crispy Rice & Watercress Recipe

Strawberry-Balsamic Chicken with Watercress & Crispy Rice

Don’t let this semi-intimidating name fool you, this chicken-rice-salad situation may sound intricate, but the truth is, it’s anything but. It all starts with some leftover rice, chicken, strawberries, whatever greens you have on hand and a few simple pantry staples items – that’s it.

What is crispy rice you ask? This was something I discovered in the early stages … Continue Reading

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Shrimp Fra Diavolo with Toasted Breadcrumbs Recipe

Plated Shrimp Fra Diavolo with Toasted Breadcrumbs

In search of an impressive, low-fuss dish to serve at that dinner party you agreed to host? Craving a decadent meal on a Wednesday night where time spared for dinner is sparse? Or, perhaps you’re longing for a luxurious meal that also leans on the healthier side? Well, I have a recipe capable of satisfying all three of those scenarios … Continue Reading

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Sous Vide Duck Breast with Orange-Honey Pan Sauce and Root Vegetable Gratin Recipe

Sliced sous vide duck breast with orange sauce

For the majority of my adult years, preparing duck was always something that intimidated me – and I don’t shy away from much in the food world. I think, perhaps, I had just never had “good” duck. In most cases when ordering out, it always arrived undercooked or overcooked – and no one wants either of those things; therefore, I … Continue Reading

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Fried Lost Coast Oysters with Tomato Butter, Pickled Shallots and Corn Recipe

When generating new recipes, I always tend to abide by what’s in season at that present moment. Currently in Florida, oysters, tomatoes and corn are in their prime, so naturally, I took advantage of that trio for this easy, yet impressive appetizer that is suitable for any and all occasions.

All of the ingredients for this recipe can be easily … Continue Reading

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Cacio e Pepe Rice-Stuffed Kabocha Squash Recipe

Nine times out of ten, if you hear Cacio e Pepe, there’s usually some sort of pasta involved. Cacio e Pepe, which literally translates to “cheese and pepper” in multiple Italian dialects is a popular dish comprised of pasta, shaved parmesan cheese and fresh cracked black pepper, for the most part. Throughout the years, many recipes have been created with … Continue Reading

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BLT with Basil Mayonnaise Recipe

BLT with Basil Mayonnaise

One of the most wonderful times of the year is upon us – peak tomato season! From late summer, to early fall, tomatoes are in their absolute prime. From vibrant, eye-catching heirlooms, to juicy grape and vine ripe tomatoes – you should be cooking with these beautiful fruits as often as possible.

Tomatoes are a part of the starting lineup … Continue Reading

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Grilled Soy Shrimp Skewers with Scallion-Lemon Relish Recipe

Finished Soy Shrimp Skewers

One of the best parts about this shrimp recipe is that it has the ability to evolve into any number of dishes – don’t limit yourself to just the shrimp, alone. Turn them into the shining star during your next taco night, add them to your favorite salad, use them to top off a plate of crispy rice, enjoy them … Continue Reading

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Blackened Snapper with Strawberry-Tomato Salsa & Summer Farfalle Pasta Salad Recipe

Blackened Snapper with Summer Farfalle Pasta Salad

During these hot summer months in Florida, cooking for hours over a hot stove isn’t exactly desirable. Beat the heat and save some time with this Blackened Snapper and Strawberry-Tomato & Summer Farfalle Pasta Salad meal, which actually equates to three recipes in one.

Right off the bat, some of you may be scratching your head – what is farfalle? … Continue Reading

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Sambal Soba Noodle Salad with Leeks and Lots of Green Onion Recipe

Soba Salad Finished Product with Chopsticks

For me (and probably most all of you), alliums are an essential cooking staple. There’s a 100% chance that at least one member of the allium family is in our household at any given time. But, let’s back up for a moment – what is an allium, you ask? In essence, an allium is a bulbous plant which typically includes … Continue Reading

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Healthy-ish Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Enchilada finished product 2

I can’t say that I’ve never not wanted to crawl up into a big ol’ lethargic ball of waste on the couch after ingesting a plate of enchiladas – especially those from a Mexican restaurant where the portions are enough to comfortably feed a family of 5. Don’t get me wrong, those type of sinfully delicious enchiladas are good…damn good, … Continue Reading

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Dashi Beans with Sausage Recipe

Dashi Beans

Dried beans are totally an underrated and under appreciated pantry staple that 100% deserve our attention. Sure, canned beans are a convenient alternative that often aid in making our lives easier, but if you know me, you know that I find beauty in preparing food without any shortcuts. I think that there is something so magical about enjoying a meal … Continue Reading

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Steak and Potato Salad with Gochujang Vinaigrette Recipe

Salad finished product

I cannot tell you how many salad recipes that I have made for dinner that do not translate well for lunch the next day. That’s right – I’ve opened up my pyrex containers the next day to many, sad, sad desk lunch salads. However, with this salad, recipe, it was my goal to create a bowl of greens that would … Continue Reading

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Skillet Hasselback Potatoes with Herb Butter

Hasselback Potatoes with Herb Butter

Some people loathe cooking during the holiday season; however, I love it! In fact, I live for it. What’s my secret, you ask? I make it fun by preparing recipes that I actually enjoy cooking and eating. During the holiday season, most folks seem to feel an obligation to make certain things, such as stuffing, mashed potatoes, and other usual … Continue Reading

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