Holiday Gift Giving: Cranberry Cider Syrup #CapeCodSelect

So, how do you get in on the Cranberry Cider Syrup game?  Simple.  Make some yourself.  Make extra and give it to a friend.  Or make extra, hide it in back of the refrigerator, and don’t tell the kids that it’s there!

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Southern Sweet Tea Brined Chicken Biscuit Sandwich #NationalSandwichDay

The real name of this sandwich was “Sweet Tea Brined Cornbread Crusted Chicken Biscuit with Fried Egg,” and the more accurate description is even longer. However, the sandwich itself, regardless of name length, is one cohesive, Southern-inspired, piece of heaven, and while it seems difficult to make, it’s actually quite easy. **My tip is to…

Good Friends & a Fish Taco

When I was thrust into the World Food Championships stage back in 2013, I thought I knew everything, and upon arrival at registration, quickly learned that I knew nothing.  I was poorly prepared, out-classed, and a nervous wreck.  Even with all that, I did pretty well.  I discovered that my Excel spreadsheet obsession had me…

Coastal Coconut-Key Lime Cookies

At World Food Championships, competitors are faced with 2 and possibly, 3 rounds of cooking: a Signature Round, in which competitors create their “signature” dish, a Structured Build, in which WFC dictates what will be made, and the Finals Round, again, dictated by WFC.  During my first WFC, the Structured Build was simply to make…

Easy Mardi Gras Recipes: White Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding #SundaySupper

For most of us, when we hear Mardi Gras, we think of partying, parades, beads, and plenty of drinking. However, Mardi Gras is rooted in religion as a celebration beginning on or after Three Kings Day, the Christian feast of the Epiphany, and the name in French translates to“Fat Tuesday” and reflects the practice of indulging on rich, fatty…

Gunter Wilhelm Knives

As a chef, having phenomenal and reliable knives is ultra important. As a competitive chef, I need to be able to cut and chop quickly and effortlessly, so the heavy, yet balanced, feel and the razor sharp blade is undeniably efficient.