Stay out of the Kitchen: Summer Gazpacho

The heat has become almost unbearable. The humidity on most days is pushing 100% along with the 100 degrees F.  temperatures. We affectionately refer to the heat here in the panhandle of Florida as "swamp heat".  Unlike the southern part of the state which lay claim to a tropical climate, us hooligans in the north … Continue reading Stay out of the Kitchen: Summer Gazpacho

Savoring the Seasons: Avocado and Pineapple Salad

Cool summer salads like this one makes me want to throw open the patio doors, fire up the grill and let the Florida summer months begin! In spite of knowing, I will regret this comment in August when the swamp heat arrives (laugh).This is a cool summer salad. The fresh flavors, highlights the season and … Continue reading Savoring the Seasons: Avocado and Pineapple Salad

Savoring the Season: Peach and Vanilla Cream Panna Cotta

The doors of peach season are on the brink of being thrown wide open.  Florida peaches have already made their debut but the Georgia and South Carolina peaches in May will be when the party really starts.There is no better way to showcase summer peaches than to prepare this absolutely delightfulpanna cotta- literally translated is … Continue reading Savoring the Season: Peach and Vanilla Cream Panna Cotta

Savoring the Seasons: Hearts of Palm and Avocado Salad

It is time to get more creative with salad! With a few twists and turns combining flavors and textures, you can create a healthy salad to be served alone or as a hearty side dish.In this salad, hearts of palm takes center stage, and it is best described as similar to white asparagus but tastes … Continue reading Savoring the Seasons: Hearts of Palm and Avocado Salad

The Warmer Side of Winter: Citrus Chicken Chili

Winter in Florida means there is an abundance of citrus fruits.  There are great ways to add a little zest or juice to your dishes to brighten the color and flavor.  This citrus chili dish is a perfect example.The twist in this recipe is the broth which includes a variety of peak season citrus juices … Continue reading The Warmer Side of Winter: Citrus Chicken Chili

Savoring the Season: Preserved Meyer Lemons

It's That Time of Year!  If you have been following my blog you already understand the excitement when the Meyer Lemons on my backyard tree are ready to harvest.Meyer lemons are the sweethearts of the citrus kingdom.  A mature tree can produce hundreds of lemons in one season. What do you do with a few … Continue reading Savoring the Season: Preserved Meyer Lemons

Savoring the Season: Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sautéed Apples

The pleasure of simple, warm comfort foods this time of year is irresistible. With cooler weather comes new cravings.  Cravings for heartier and more substantial dishes (think homemade mac n' cheese, mashed potatoes, creamy soups, chicken pot pie and meat loaf).  We might crave comforting classic dishes but we don't like piling on the pounds … Continue reading Savoring the Season: Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sautéed Apples

Savoring the Season: Summer Berry Bread Puddings

This is a summer bread pudding that is dressed to impress.  There is nothing complicated here.  The season's berries are peaking and they steal the show here in this easy to prepare bread pudding.You may want to skip the main entree and go right to dessertBerry Bread PuddingsServes 8Recipe from EpicuriousIngredients:8 cups of bread, cubed … Continue reading Savoring the Season: Summer Berry Bread Puddings

Savoring the Seasons: Ribbon Summer Salad

This month's Clean Eating magazine had a section for summer side dishes with only three main ingredients, and a few pantry staples. The simplicity caught my attention.The sweet melon, savory zucchini, thin sliced ham blended with a light viniagrette really make this salad come together in a special way.  It is a unique, easy to … Continue reading Savoring the Seasons: Ribbon Summer Salad

Savoring the Season: Chilled Strawberry Soup

We often associate soup with cold weather comfort.  Soup provides warm weather comfort too.  A chilled berry soup is often refreshing and light with a hint of sweetness that can be very satisyfying during the warm months without being heavy and hot.Strawberries are at their peak in Florida and there is no resisting using fresh … Continue reading Savoring the Season: Chilled Strawberry Soup