Hurricane Irma’s Baked Spaghetti

 A wild weather week for Florida! With time to prepare, evacuate, get out of the way, shelter in place or some combination there remains the stress of waiting and anticipating.  Mother Nature can be incredibly generous and she can be equally devastating.  This month alone Harvey doused Texas and Louisiana, and Irma exploded on the … Continue reading Hurricane Irma’s Baked Spaghetti

Dirt to Table Experiences: Baked Turkey Chiles Rellenos

This time of year our garden is an untamed jungle.  Heat and humidity have taken their toll on our summer vegetables, and the weed Gods have blessed the foot high grasses, and welcomed the natural pests of the vegetable garden.  As we hack our way through the garden standing tall and proud are the poblano … Continue reading Dirt to Table Experiences: Baked Turkey Chiles Rellenos

Weeknight Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Gumbo is perhaps the dish that most represents Louisiana and its Creole-Cajun heritage.  A fine gift to American cooking. An authentic gumbo takes time.  A lot of time to prepare.  Depending on the cook's preference a pot of gumbo can include a variety of ingredients from crawfish, sausage (especially andouille), oysters, duck, pork shoulder, poultry, tomatoes. … Continue reading Weeknight Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Savoring the Season: Refrigerator Cucumber Salad

Preserving the seasons bounty does not have to be all consuming.  It can be simple with delicious results.Late spring when the cucumbers in the north Florida garden are coming in faster than can be consumed or shared with friends is the signal to make a batch of refrigerator cucumbers.  You need only a few ingredients, … Continue reading Savoring the Season: Refrigerator Cucumber Salad

All That…And A No Bake Peanut Butter Pie Too

"To be outstanding get comfortable with being uncomfortable" ~ UnknownIf you have been to North Carolina there is no disagreement, its a beautiful state from its bustling cities, expansive farmland, to the mountain landscape of southern Appalachia.Getting off the beaten path and taking the road a little less traveled results in the adventure, more often … Continue reading All That…And A No Bake Peanut Butter Pie Too

Tuscan Style Ribolita with Sausage and Kale

Ribolita translated from Italian means "reboiled".  Translate "reboiled"  in english equates to "leftovers".  This is a hearty peasant stew with a thousand Italian family variations.  There are a few core ingredients; tomatoes, kale (dark green variety known as lacinato), cannellini beans, and stale bread.  I did not include the bread in this particular recipe but, … Continue reading Tuscan Style Ribolita with Sausage and Kale

Mediterranean Style Three-Bean Salad

Beans are under appreciated in the American diet.  A budget friendly staple packed with fiber and plant based protein, not to mention a list of vitamins and minerals (Vitamin B6, Potassium, folate, magnesium etc...).  It's recommended we consume 25 mg of fiber each day.  A half-cup of cooked beans delivers a whopping 10 mg!  So, … Continue reading Mediterranean Style Three-Bean Salad

Savoring the Season: A Southern Old-Fashioned Cocktail

Our good friends invited us over for a new cocktail they were enjoying.  Typically, not fan of whiskeys but we were pleasantly surprised.Old fashioned cocktails have a place in American culture. This cocktail dates back to 1806.   A recipe which included a mix of spirits of any kind, water, sugar cubes and bitters.   … Continue reading Savoring the Season: A Southern Old-Fashioned Cocktail

Savoring the Season: Moroccan Chicken and Vegetable Soup with Chickpea Croutons

This morning I woke-up to a chill in the air.  The bone chill jumped started my winter weekend with an outrageously comforting healthy winter soup.  With heaps of seasonal vegetables, and rich sources of antioxidant spices like turmeric, cumin, ginger and cinnamon, provided incredible flavor and reduced the need to add additional fat or salt.Who … Continue reading Savoring the Season: Moroccan Chicken and Vegetable Soup with Chickpea Croutons