Savoring the Seasons: Sticky Toffee Date Cake with Bourbon Glaze

"Dear Self, this going to be your year. So dust off your sh*tkickers and let's get started" ~ All my love, Me We are not big fans of the New Year's Eve hype and I don't know about you, but I certainly don't feel renewed on the first of January.  Still January 1 is the … Continue reading Savoring the Seasons: Sticky Toffee Date Cake with Bourbon Glaze

Savoring the Season: Spicy Watermelon Margaritas

The sun is blazing, and its late afternoon on a Sunday.  We retreat to our patio to escape the sweltering heat.  The ceiling fans are humming overhead, and the wind down begins.  Warm weather appetizers are a must and we start with crispy polenta rounds, with creamy burrata, sliced watermelon wedges, and a arugula tossed … Continue reading Savoring the Season: Spicy Watermelon Margaritas

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

Keeping it Simple: Potato and Kale Soup

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated~ConfuciusThere is nothing complicated here.  Only a few fresh ingredients needed.  Take a moment and savor the simplicity.Potato and Kale SoupServes 6Ingredients:2 Tablespoons olive oil2 strips applewood bacon, chopped1 medium onion, chopped2 garlic cloves, minced1-2 large carrots, diced6 medium yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut … Continue reading Keeping it Simple: Potato and Kale Soup

Hold the Sauce! Oven to Table Thin Crust White Pizzas

Don't get me wrong I love traditional Pizza but, crave a lighter thin crust white pizza (no tomato sauce) on occasion. I experimented with two recipes.  The first recipe was a proscuitto and arugula pizza.  This pizza was a beautiful contrast of a thinly sliced Italian proscuitto paired with baby arugula greens-it was delightful.  The … Continue reading Hold the Sauce! Oven to Table Thin Crust White Pizzas

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 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