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Coconut Crusted Mahi with Tropical Slaw & Avocado Crema

Being from Florida, when I’m asked to create a dish that represents me and where I’m from, seafood, fresh produce, and fruit are always at the top of my list.  When Cooks vs. Cons threw party dip into the mix, I had to get creative, but considering that I could eat dip by the spoonful, …

contest recipes featured Mains recipe Sandwiches

Sirloin Patty Melt with Balsamic Figs, Onions & Brie

If you’ve never had a patty melt, it’s what happens when a cheeseburger and a grilled cheese have a baby.  It’s a cheese burger served on (usually) thick sliced & grilled bread, dripping with cheese, and topped with caramelized onions.  Before competing on Cooks vs. Cons, I’d never had one.  I knew the principle, but …

Drinks featured Wineries

Sunset Wine-tini with CK Mondavi Wine (recipe)

This summer has been all about adventures. From Guinness in Dublin to Watermelon Punch in St. Pete and Mango Cocktails in St. Augustine, no summer would be complete without a trip to the beaches of Southwest Florida. The sunsets over the Gulf are epic and the inspiration for an unforgettable wine cocktail. Print Yum Sunset …

Breweries featured Mains recipe

3 Daughters Cider Braised Pork Belly Tacos with Salsa Verde

Taco Tuesday may be gone, but I still LOVE tacos, especially pork tacos. So when, I was challenged to use 3 Daughters Brewing’s new hard cider in creative, interesting ways, I knew that we would incorporate it into savory recipes. Pork belly is a boneless fatty cut of meat from the belly of a pig, …

featured Food and Wine Conference Just My Thoughts...

Food Wine Conference 2017 vs. All Other Conferences #FWCon

As a full-time teacher, I’ve been to my fair share of meetings and conferences. However, none of those “professional,” career-oriented conferences have ever compared to Food Wine Conference 2017.  No, I have NEVER been to a conference quite like this. Friends At most, if not all, of the conferences I’ve been to, attendees may know …

featured Mains recipe Sandwiches

Memorial Day BBQ: Guava-Ale BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich #SundaySupper

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, and there’s no better way to kick off summer than a cookout with family & friends.  However, some of us don’t have the best BBQ grill skills, so we have to be creative with our BBQ menus. The quickest and easiest way I know to BBQ without …

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#Giveaway: Gourmet Everyday Giveaway Kick-off!

Here we go…the FIRST of our GIVEAWAYS!!!! In the coming weeks, we have some A-M-A-Z-I-N-G things to giveaway.  But to kick it off, we’re giving TWO of our fans & followers cookbooks.  To be entered to win ONE of these phenomenal books, simply let us know which one you want…The Cabot Creamery Cookbook OR Steven Raichlen’s …

featured Kid-Tested Mains recipe

Sweet Tea Brined Chicken Pancake Tacos #WeeknightDinner

As most of us parents with kids know, feeding the family can be a challenge.  Between work and meetings and extra curricular activities, we still have to find time to make dinner.  Add to that the fact that many kids are picky eaters, creating menus that are both exciting and healthy can seem impossible. However, …

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 …

Breads Breakfast Desserts featured recipe

Superfood Scones with Almonds & Coconut #Superfoodrecipecontest

As a blogger, I am often sent new products/ingredients with the challenge of creating recipes.  Often times, I use the ingredients in a dinner recipe and test them on my in-home guinea pigs (aka my husband and children).  This time, however, I tested an ingredient on myself and my students. After battling an all day …

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