Makes 6 parfait glasses or champagne flutes Ingredients: 2 cups fresh strawberries; washed, tops removed, and quartered 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar; divided 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice; divided 1 each 750ml bottle Champagne, Prosecco, Cava – whatever bubbles you like! 3 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin powder – measured from 2 packages How … Continue reading Champagne & FL Strawberry Gelée
2014 was full of surprises, amazing memories made, great friendships new and old, traveling to incredible places, and so much more. Cheers to an incredible year and an even better 2015! If you’re like me, leftover Champagne is not a problem that I ever have, but I would gladly open a new bottle to enjoy … Continue reading A Bubbly Toast to Last Through the New Year
Ingredients: 1 pound medium pink shrimp; shell-on preferably 3 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning; divided ½ tsp. celery seeds 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil 3 lemons; zested and juiced ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped 2 tbsp. fresh dill, picked into small pieces ½ tsp. crushed red chile flakes 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 12 … Continue reading Pickled Shrimp
Sunflower Seed Risotto Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 cup sunflower seeds; raw, shelled 3 cups vegetable broth or water 2 tbsp. grapeseed oil or extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp. garlic; minced ¼ cup white onion; small dice 1 tsp. kosher salt 1 tsp. crushed red pepper 3 each overripe beefsteak tomatoes; grated on box grater … Continue reading Sunflower Seed “Risotto” with fiery tomato sauce & broccoli
Summer is a season that we all look forward to….school’s out, pool parties are a must, and the air has a consistent aroma of neighborhood cookouts. Growing up, summer to our family meant peach season. My grandfather started a peach orchard when he retired from the public school system and my brother, sister, and … Continue reading Summer = Peaches & Mangos
Ricotta Gnocchi “Carbonara” Serves 4 For Ricotta Gnocchi: 2 cups whole-milk ricotta (1 pound) 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup grated parmesan cheese 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour ,plus extra for dusting How To: 1. Stir together ricotta, eggs, cheese. Add flour, stirring to form a soft, wet dough. 2. Shape dough on a … Continue reading Ricotta Gnocchi Carbonara
Three years ago, I bought a nice camera and signed up for this blog. Shortly after, I went on Top Chef and have strayed from sitting down and finally getting this blog going. So, here it is. Please be forgiving, as I am a chef and not a computer genius nor a skilled writer. This … Continue reading Let’s Go!