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Not Your Average Sausage Pizza and done in only 30 minutes!

As usual, when I’m testing recipe ideas, I’m asked multiple times, “what’s for dinner?”, to which I reply, “a new recipe.”  That, undoubtedly is met with, “what’s it called?”, to which I sadly snap, “It doesn’t have a name.” I don’t mean to be short with my husband and kids, but when I’m trying to …

Appetizers & Snacks featured Food and Wine Conference recipe

#SundaySupper Small Bites for Entertaining: Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

This week’s Sunday Supper Event is a Live! event at Tapa Toro on International Drive in Orlando. Tapa Toro combines “contemporary, Spanish cuisine with a vibrant, energetic atmosphere”. Their unique paella pit, where chefs prepare the most awesomely gigantic pan of paella imaginable, vibrant tapas menu, and extensive selection of imported wines is a perfect date night …

Appetizers & Snacks Blogger Challenge recipe

Cooking with #saltfish: Teriyaki Mini Egg Rolls #IslaBrisa

To be honest, when I was asked to participate in a the CFE International Blogger Recipe Challenge using salt fish, I had no idea what salt fish was.  Yes, I’ve seen it in the supermarket my entire life, but to my knowledge, I’d never tried it. So, in order to participate and not ruin the …

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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 …

Appetizers & Snacks Breweries Desserts featured recipe

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 …

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Crab Enchilado Empanadas with Avacado Cream #SundaySupper

As a kid, I hated how and where I grew up. Like most kids, I didn’t appreciate the routines, the rituals, the storybook setting, the food, the things that now, as an adult, I “get it.” As I began preparing this recipe, I’m reminded of the afternoons of my mom sitting with bowls of steamed crabs …

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Ybor City Deviled Crab Rolls

If you grew up anywhere around Tampa Bay, then you should know what a Deviled Crab Roll is. Nearly every restaurant in Ybor City, the Cuban neighborhood of Tampa, and several food trucks around town serve them.  However, as truly “Florida” as a Deviled Crab is, outside Tampa Bay, they’re virtually unheard of. Deviled crab  …

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College Football Bowl Game Snack…Apricot Teriyaki Pork Meatballs

I may not sit and watch football for hours, but my husband does.  Like many others, Jeremy will watch any bowl game that happens to be on; it doesn’t matter which teams are playing.  The one thing that I’m thankful for is that we never host or go to football parties.  However, I know plenty …

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New Year’s Appetizer Experiment…Ostrich!

Being from Florida, when someone mentions “exotic meat”, we know that they probably mean something like alligator or snake or rabbit.  You see, in Florida, those critters are so ordinary and common place that seeing them on a menu really isn’t that surprising or”exotic.”  No, to us “exotic” has to be something really odd…lion, llama, pufferfish, …

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