Freezer Clean-Out Meals: Venison-Parmesan Flatbreads

Like many people, I have a freezer full of partial bags of peas, single breakfast sandwiches, leftover spaghetti sauce, unidentifiable plastic containers, and ziploc bags of mystery.  However, rather than leave these things until it’s time to buy a new refrigerator, I try to clean out periodically and cook with what’s there.  Over the years,…

Arepas with Shredded Pork & Pickled Onions

In the south, we have “hoe cakes,” but in South America, specifically Venezuela and Columbia, they have “arepas.” While arepas are similar to hoe cakes, their distinct difference comes from the type of corn meal used.  Hoe cakes are made from unlevened simple cornmeal, but arepas use pre-cooked cornflour, which can be found in many larger…

Refreshing Summer Cocktails: Florida Cider Caipirinha #SundaySupper

In Florida, everyone will tell you that “it’s not the heat; it’s the humidity,” and that may very well be true.  However, regardless of heat or humidity, summer is prime time for cocktails…cool, crisp, refreshing cocktails! I’ve often said that I eat and drink my way around the world, and through my travels, I’ve come…

Bacon-Chocolate Twists with Black Lager Affogato

As a foodie and craft beer chef, my brain is always in overdrive brainstorming ideas for combining two of my favorites…beer and dessert.  Many people can’t imagine beer and desserts going together, but they are SOOOOO WRONG!  True…BAD beer doesn’t work well with dessert, but EXCEPTIONAL beer is perfect for a dessert. This dessert has…

Father’s Day Fare: Cider Braised Pork Belly Tacos #SundaySupper

It’s Father’s Day, and unlike Mother’s Day, where pretty, lady-like meals are in order, Dad doesn’t want quiche and salads and tea sandwiches.  No, dad wants hearty, manly meals. Dad wants meat, and since we can’t order up a rack of Flintstone ribs, let’s give him a manly, unpretentious, no-holds-barred pork belly. Pork belly is…

Caldo de Camaron (Shrimp Stew)

Have you ever had a dish that, years later, you still dream about and crave?  For me, that’s Shrimp Stew.  When I was pregnant with my oldest son, 14 years ago, there was a little Mexican restaurant in our town that made it, and I’m pretty sure I had it weekly. The hurricanes of 2004…

Kid Friendly Recipe: Zuppa di Ravioli (Ravioli Soup) #SundaySupper

With 2 kids, who, at times, will complain about everything put in front of them, I need to use ingredients that they are guaranteed to like, while sneaking in healthy stuff like spinach, squash, peppers, celery.  While I don’t advocate lying to your children, bending the truth and playing dumb are perfectly acceptable. If my…

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,…

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…

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,…