Mom’s Swiss Steak

Growing up, my mom would frequently make what she called Swiss Steak.  At the time, I had no idea why she called it that, because no part of it seemed “Swiss” to me.  Seriously, when I think “Swiss,” I think cheese and chocolate, and neither were in this dish.  The cuts of round or cube…

#SundaySupper Pork Chop Recipes: Bourbon-Mustard Glazed Pork Chops

Growing up in the south, I’ve eaten my fair share of pork chops.  Mostly fried and always overcooked, pork chops are a southern staple.  However, with USDA lowering the safe cooking temp of pork to 145°F in May of 2011, juicy pork is more popular than ever! For me, I still love a good bone-in…

#SundaySupper Easy Dinner Recipes for 2: Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry

We’ve all been there.  We’ve all done it.  We love it. Dating! Dinner…Movie…Popcorn…Candy…Soda… it can seriously add up!  Dating, these days, is expensive. Going on a simple date with dinner and a movie can easily run you $100, and that’s not including cocktails!  With kids, cars, mortgages, and everything else that life throws at us,…

Big Game Snacks: Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

The BIG GAME is tomorrow night. Are you making snacks or like my husband suggested, picking up sushi take out? Seriously, he suggested picking up sushi take out and watching the game, so that I wouldn’t have to cook for a game that I cared nothing about.  I love that man! Well, regardless of my…

Six Ten Brewing Chili Cook off

Six Ten Brewing in Tampa is hosting a chili cook-off this weekdend, and the only requirement…Use Six Ten Beer!!! I can do that! Actually, there are 2 requirements…Six Ten Beer and no fillers…No beans, no corn, no rice, no hominy… No Problem! Sooooo….My entry will include Six Ten’s Horchata Stout, Pork, Cinnamon, Mole, and a…

Fire and Oak Grill…Jersey City

At the most inopportune time, I’ve gone out of town for what could be a life changing opportunity (more on that later), and as usual, I set out from my hotel, on foot, to find a Taphaus that should have been, according to Google maps, an 11 minute walk. However, I’m a Florida girl and…

2017 American Fine Wine Invitational Kicks off

American Fine Wine Invitational The American Fine Wine Invitational celebrates a decade of promoting the finest wines produced in the United States and to be invited to participate in the “mock” Wine Judging event, thrills me to say the least!  Seriously…who wouldn’t want to participate in a wine judging event!?!?! This may be the one…

Cigar City to Begin Distribution Tennessee!

Cigar City Brewing Company Announces Tennessee Distribution Continued growth is on the horizon for Tampa, Florida’s Cigar City Brewing with 2017 kicking off with the addition of Tennessee to the brewery’s distribution network. This marks the first new state to receive deliveries of Cigar City’s award-winning beer in over four years. CCB will be partnering…

Innovation & Celebration: Cigar City & Perrin Brewing Collaboration

Cigar City Brewing’s Jai Alai Produced in Comstock in Celebration of Collaborative Partnership Partnership, innovation and celebration are all terms that come to mind when discussing the latest collaboration between Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing and Comstock’s Perrin Brewing Company, a Michigan brewed Jai Alai IPA. Born out of the desire to celebrate this partnership, this…

Sunday Dinner: Braised Moroccan Beef

My culinary education was far from optimal. I was taught to cook with whatever I could find in the pantry and refrigerator. During college and my twenties, I cooked dinner with whatever I could find in my apartment. Through that disorganization and lack of planning, I learned to be flexible. I learned to improvise. I learned…

3 Daughters Rod Bender Red Toffee

Beer candy?  Absolutely! At this year’s World Food Championships, I was given the opportunity to host a live cooking demonstration showing guests how to use beer in desserts. While pairing beer with food is common, using a beer to actually create the dessert may seem foreign, and rightfully so.  As a culture, we are taught…