Secret Recipe:  Spaghetti Al Tonno

Spaghetti with Tuna Sauce is a recipe that the Italian side of my family has been eating for years, and is a standard during our Feast of Seven Fishes, a cherished Christmas tradition. The recipe is reminiscent of a leaner times when my grandparents and great grandparents made do with what they had in the […]






Chef Wynter’s Conch Chowder Recipe

Chef Donna Wynter, executive chef at the Boca Beach Club, graduated from the French Culinary Institute in New York City, and has worked her way through South Florida’s most esteemed hotel restaurants. A Floribbean favorite, Conch Chowder is one of Wynter’s most popular dishes. If you can’t make it to Boca Beach Club’s Seagrille to […]






Pane Rustica’s Medjool date, spiced Apple & Pistachio strudel

As promised, here is Pane Rustica’s Medjool date strudel that was served at last week’s Natural Delights Tampa Blogger’s Dinner. This recipe is very easy and would be a great addition to New Year’s day menus focused on good luck pork dishes. Medjool dates are a very versatile fruit. Some people compare them to figs […]






Camping, Food Porn and Watermelon | A Food Blogger’s perfect weekend

I just returned from an awesome food bloggers conference in the San Bernadino Valley called Camp Blogaway. Yep, I brought a sleeping bag, roasted smores and sang kumbaya out of key! (Full disclosure, while we slept in cabins, it was still a giant leap for womankind as far as I’m concerned) While camping, I met […]






Sometimes simple holiday traditions are the most memorable

One of my favorite things about the holidays is hearing about other people’s family traditions. In a culture where crackberries and twitter keeps us ever-evolving and virtual, there’s a simple satisfaction in connecting one-on-one, sharing deep-rooted traditions that aren’t subject to mainstream whims. In my family, Christmas Eve is the big event of the year. […]






Easy Thanksgiving recipe: Butternut Squash Bisque

You only have one chance to make a first impression, especially when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner. This amazing (and easy) Butternut Squash Bisque from Chef Debbie Frangipane is the perfect Thanksgiving starter. It can be made ahead of time and gives the cook a few extra minutes in the kitchen to assemble last minute […]






Easy Thanksgiving cocktail that puts the fun back in dysfunction

We’ve mentioned our secret to getting through Thanksgiving dinner without having the turkey thrown out the window (yep, that’s happened in our family) or the electric knife being used as a weapon in response to repeated comments like “my mashed potatoes aren’t hot enough” (insert shrill, whiny voice here). This easy Thanksgiving cocktail—pairing the quintessential […]






Easy Thanksgiving Turkey recipe with Florida Flair

Looking to add some regional zing to your turkey this year? This Thanksgiving turkey recipe pairs a traditional roasted turkey with Cuban mojo flavors, making it the perfect Florida turkey. While this recipe is a bit more time intensive than straight-up roasting since the turkey has to marinate in brine for 8-24 hours prior to […]






Easy Thanksgiving Dinner recipes to save you from being a kitchen slave this Thanksgiving

Julia Child said that the best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the hell out of a chicken. While we’ve adopted the same philosophy for cooking Thanksgiving dinner, these days, the prospect of having to cook for and entertain a houseful of people doesn’t HAVE to drive the […]






Summer’s bounty can inspire the most novice canner to stash produce away for the harsh winter. (Not necessarily the case in Florida, but my Midwest roots run deep). This weekend, Mister M and I made Mother Goose proud and picked a peck (actually quite a bit less than a peck, one pound to be precise) […]