I have always felt that sports and food go together like bread and butter and there is no better way to get your game on for March Madness than with arancini. If you are not familiar, arancini (which means little orange in Italian) are little rice balls that are coated with bread crumbs and fried. Often they are filled with a cheese (such as Mozzarella or Fontina) or a meat sauce and they originate from Sicily.… Read the rest
I love this time of year. Holiday parties are in full swing and everyone is in a festive mood. There is nothing I enjoy more than throwing a cocktail party with elegant hors d’oeuvres and lots of wine. Today I am sharing a spin on a classic recipe that includes one of my favorite local products from Plant City, FL and pairs well with several selections from one of my favorite wineries. I am also excited to reveal my early Christmas gift….I am now an ambassador for CK Mondavi Wines which, if you know me, is kind of a big deal.… Read the rest
Happy Father’s Day! Today is perfect for firing up the grill and making dad a dinner he will not forget. I am not sure where you live, but I am in Tampa, FL and ready for one hot grilling season. Summer is here and I am excited to share one of my favorite recipes that is perfect for a simple backyard BBQ or a picnic. These delicious Grilled BLT Kebabs are easy to make and even more delicious to eat.… Read the rest
Chicken wings and I go together like bread and truffle butter. I enjoy them baked, fried or grilled, but the most important component is the sauce. My favorite combination is sweet heat and my recipe for peach hot wings is sure to tickle your taste buds and put a smile on your face.
Have you ever organized a dinner party and spent so much time cooking that you barely had time to socialize with your guests? That happened to me numerous times until I learned to simplify things and serve dishes that are easy to make yet super tasty. Polenta is one of my go-to items for many reasons. 1. It is inexpensive and for a single mom on a budget, it comes in handy. 2. It is versatile.… Read the rest
Today was one of the best Saturdays I have had in ages. Two of my dear friends came and picked me up, brought me a piping hot soy latte, and took me to a new market I have been anxious to check out in Saint Petersburg. This amazing place is none other than Locale Market. A food lover’s dream, Locale Market is the brain child of Chef Michael Mina and Chef Don Pintabona. Locale is like Disneyland for food lovers, as you will find everything from fresh local seafood, produce, cheese, wine, desserts, coffee, sushi and more.… Read the rest
As a busy mom that works full time, entertaining guests is something I enjoy but do not always have time to prepare elaborate dishes. Simplicity is key and nothing compares to the taste of fresh figs paired with cheese and wine. Since moving to Florida from Northern California, I do not get to enjoy fresh figs as often but when I see them at the local market during season, I am always sure to pick up a basket.… Read the rest
I could eat Mozzarella Sticks everyday. I mean, how can you resist gooey, fried cheese dipped in a thick Marinara sauce? Since I am always looking for quick and appetizers, I found a recipe from A Taste of Home for fried Mozzarella sticks using egg roll wrappers and string cheese. Someone posted in the comment section on Pinterest that you can bake them instead of deep frying. Intrigued, I tested the baked version and they turned out incredible.… Read the rest
Goat cheese has long been one of my favorite cheeses and when I saw this recipe for Honey and Tangerine Whipped Goat Cheese Crostini from The Lemon Bowl on Pinterest, I knew it was something I would love. Made with creamy goat cheese blended with fresh tangerine juice and honey, it is ideal for entertaining all year round.
To begin, thinly slice a French baguette and brush each piece with olive oil. Bake for about 7-9 minutes.… Read the rest
Chicken and waffles is one of my guilty pleasures. The first time I tried this sweet and savory dish was during a trip to Atlanta back in 2004. I was at a jazz club and while browsing their late night menu, their chicken and waffle dish caught my eye. I just had to order it and that was the night I fell in love with this sweet and savory combination.
With the Super Bowl upon us, I wanted to share an easy appetizer that you can put together in minutes.… Read the rest