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Grilled Shrimp Tostada with Mango & Papaya Salsa Recipe

You can optionally serve cilantro garnished on top of the tostada with lime on the side

Indulge in this spring/summer recipe delight of Grilled Shrimp Tostadas with Mango & Papaya Salsa. The spice-coated shrimp are kissed by the flames of the grill and are accompanied by a refreshing mango & papaya salsa, creamy avocado sauce and zesty lime-dressed watercress. All of these components are layered atop a beautifully crisped organic corn tortilla.

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Oven Risotto with Roasted Mushrooms & Tomatoes Recipe

Oven Risotto with Roasted Mushrooms & Tomatoes

This preparation of risotto removes a whole lot of work and stirring with the use of the oven. The majority of the effort required to make this dish is required during prep. The steps all happen very quickly so it is absolutely crucial that all of your ingredients are prepped, measured, etc. before any of the cooking begins.

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Panko Crusted Pickled Deviled Eggs Recipe

The Panko Crusted Pickled Deviled Eggs

My most recent restaurant review was centered around Sonata Restaurant at the Mahaffey Theater. For this month’s recipe, Kevin presented a brilliant idea of reverse engineering an item from Sonata’s menu. A few ideas were tossed around and ultimately, we landed on this one – Panko Crusted Pickled Deviled Eggs. We, of course, ordered these during our recent visit to … Continue Reading

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Dutch Baby with Strawberries & Coconut Whip Recipe

Dutch Baby with Strawberries & Coconut Whip

A Dutch Baby, also known as a German pancake or Dutch puff, is a delightful breakfast dish that elevates the boundaries of traditional pancake offerings. This oven-baked pancake is characterized by its unique puffiness and golden-brown edges which create a visually appealing presentation. The batter is made of simple ingredients like eggs, flour, milk and sugar which are all combined … Continue Reading

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Mortadella & Beef Meatballs with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Recipe

Mortadella & Beef Meatballs with a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Meatballs are almost like a universal love language. In fact, throughout my thirty something years on this planet, I cannot recall a single time when I encountered a human who shared their distaste for this food. A mashup of ground meat, cheese, eggs, herbs, garlic, breadcrumbs (and sometimes additional ingredients) formed into individual bite size spheres swimming in a bath … Continue Reading

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Miso-Maple Glazed Squash with Burrata & Chili Crisp Recipe

Another shot of the Miso-Maple Glazed Squash

When November rolls around, I love to really to hone in on cooking recipes that project comfort. For me, that entails a strong focus on in-season ingredients and recipes that remind me of the holidays. Squash is always something that I have on hand this time of year – winter squash varietals, specifically. Some favorites of mine include, but are … Continue Reading

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Spicy Tomato Soup with Basil Cream Recipe

Spicy tomato soup with basil cream recipe

Tomato Soup is perhaps one of the more simplistic soups to throw together and undoubtedly one of the tastiest. A handful of ingredients and a little bit of patience is all you need to whip up a piping hot pot of comforting tomato soup. The most important aspect of this recipe, of course, is the tomatoes. A lot of recipes … Continue Reading

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Sausage and Egg Breakfast Sandwich with Pimento Cheese

Sausage and Egg Breakfast Sandwich with Pimento Cheese

Breakfast sandwiches and Pimento Cheese are arguably two of the greatest pleasures known to food. A breakfast sandwich on Saturday morning after an evening of libations always hits the spot. And pimento cheese is best enjoyed anytime, period. The two of them together make for the perfect savory marriage – a true sandwich delight.

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Smoked Salmon & Crispy Rice Bowl Recipe

Smoked salmon and crispy rice bowl close up

Up your at-home brunch game with this smoked salmon & crispy rice bowl that is both impressive and easy to assemble. If you’re familiar with standard caviar service, you’ll note that this dish is composed using most all of the ingredients served alongside caviar. The only thing missing is a potato element and in its place, we’re using the crispy … Continue Reading

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Pork Chops with Charred Jalapeño & Peach Puree Recipe

Grilled pork chops with charred jalapeño and peach puree

Something about summertime just makes me want to fire up a grill on the regular. Balmy evenings, ice cold drinks, good company and the smell of delicious food cooking away on a blazing hot grill – I love everything about it. However, here in Florida during the summer months, the temperature, especially during the day, can be a bit too … Continue Reading

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Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki & Mint Gremolata Recipe

This herbaceous plate of meatballs, Tzatziki & mint gremolata is perfect for the Spring & Summer months

Meatballs are typically something I associate with a rich red sauce like marinara and a giant plate of spaghetti. However, the temperatures are rising, spring is in the air and summer is around the corner and lately I’ve been craving lots of vibrancy in my meals. These lamb meatballs with tzatziki and mint gremolata are the perfect dish to enjoy … Continue Reading

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Fish Tacos with Spicy Mango-Cabbage Slaw Recipe

Grilled fish tacos with spicy mango-cabbage slaw (2)

Grilling hasn’t always been my forte or preference when it comes to cooking, but I’ve learned to love it as of recent. In fact, this Spring, my husband and I have probably grilled more dinners than not. It has inspired my cooking and sparked my imagination. An added bonus has been spending even more time outdoors before the summer heat … Continue Reading

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Seared Halloumi and Chicken Pita Recipe

Seared Halloumi and Chicken Pitas

If you’ve never seared off a piece of cheese, this is your sign. Specifically, Halloumi cheese. Halloumi is a cheese made from goat’s and sheep’s milk (and sometimes cow). The texture of the cheese out of the packaging is quite squeaky and less-desirable.  When seared, however, it transforms into a melty, savory delight. Unlike most all cheeses, Halloumi possesses enough … Continue Reading

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Miso-Spinach Pesto Pasta with Lemony Breadcrumbs Recipe

Another shot of the pasta

At one point or another, you’ve probably enjoyed or even made some form of pesto. The standard starting lineup for most pesto recipes is typically pine nuts, parmesan, garlic, lots of fresh basil, olive oil and salt. In this rendition, we’re totally shaking things up using mellow white miso, spinach, cilantro (in addition to basil), lemon juice and soaked cashews … Continue Reading

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15 Hour Potatoes & Steak Recipe

15 Hour Potatoes and Steak

Steak is great, but when it comes to this meat and potatoes duo, it’s all about the potatoes baby.

I’ve been itching to recreate this recipe with my own spin for a long time now. I actually had plans to make it for our Christmas dinner this year, but realized I was already fighting a losing battle when it was … Continue Reading

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