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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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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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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.

I’ve consumed plenty of pimento cheese … 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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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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Cacio e Pepe Corn Ribs Recipe

Cacio e Pepe Corn Ribs

Creamed corn, corn casserole, and even frozen corn are some of the standard players there to represent corn at the Thanksgiving table. Add in a dose of nontraditional fun with this vegetable this holiday season by making these air fryer corn ribs.

Sweet corn season just started in Florida as it runs from October through June. Perhaps the most difficult … Continue Reading

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Pumpkin Basque Cheesecake Recipe

Pumpkin Basque Cheesecake - the perfect Thanksgiving dessert

Thanksgiving is on the horizon and I have the perfect Fall-inspired basque cheesecake recipe to serve your guests for dessert. Some of you may not be all too familiar with what exactly a basque cheesecake is. In short, it’s a a form of cheesecake cooked at a high temperature which in turn makes for a “burnt,” caramelized top with an … Continue Reading

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Grilled Steak with Tomato & Charred Corn Salsa Recipe

Tomato & Charred Corn Salsa over sliced steak

Liven up a beautiful seared and sliced piece of steak with a zingy tomato and charred corn salsa. Steak, tomatoes and corn are of course the stars of this show. Tomatoes and corn are in season in Florida currently so you’re likely to find an abundance most everywhere.

There are no strict guidelines with this recipe – just think of … Continue Reading

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Smash Burgers with Kimchi Mayo Recipe

A Double Smash Burger

Burgers – they come in all different sizes, dressed will all sorts of accessories stacked in many different ways. My favorite one of all though? A smash burger. In essence, it’s a burger in its most simplistic form with everything it needs to be a winner without going over the top. Ultra thin beef patties smashed and cooked on a … Continue Reading

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Spiced Melon Panzanella Salad Recipe

Spiced Melon Panzanella Salad

Panzanella is a Tuscan chopped salad typically made with stale bread, tomatoes and onion and is served mostly during the summer months. The toasted bread cubes sop up the beautiful tomato juices, olive oil and lemon which makes for one incredibly satisfying bite. Feel free to use any bread of your liking -Focaccia, Brioche and Dave’s Killer Bread (as you … Continue Reading

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Lasagna Primavera Recipe

Lasagna Primavera

Grab a handful of your favorite in season spring vegetables and whip up this take on Lasagna Primavera. Spinach, mushrooms and bell peppers are all in season during the month of April here in Florida so I appointed them as the main characters of this dish. I chose to omit a red sauce and instead utilized only a light béchamel … Continue Reading

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Harissa Cauliflower Steaks with Maple-Tahini and Herby Peanut Crunch

Harissa Cauliflower Steaks with Maple-Tahini and Herby Peanut Crunch

Another low effort/high reward weeknight meal is ready to be added to your regular rotation. For those unfamiliar with Harissa, it’s a spicy chili paste that is frequently used in North African and Middle Eastern cooking. I love using it to add flair and flavor. You can find it in most grocery stores – usually in the International section. However, … Continue Reading

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