Cooking in the Florida Heat

Cooking in the Florida Heat
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Friday, January 27, 2012

Marinated Chicken Skewers

One of the many wonderful benefits of living in Florida is the ability to grill outdoors in the winter. Though we had rain early this morning, as the day progressed it became a gorgeous day with temperatures hitting around 72°F with the sun shining! All in all, it was a gorgeous January day!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Homemade Vanilla-Honey Butter!

Vanilla-Honey Butter
When I was a very young child I remember the milk man delivering fresh milk to us in glass bottles. Back then there was no such thing as day care. Most mother's stayed home and raised their children. Fresh vegetables and casseroles were typical for dinner along with a dinner roll and real butter. Ok, so you've figured out that I've passed the half century mark a while ago. There is a point to this, I promise. During my lifetime I've seen Mother's go off to work and real food be replaced with processed foods all in the name of convenience. All of a sudden butter was the enemy and you should only eat margarine. Then fat wasn't good for you and you should eat low fat only. Imagine knowing that almost an entire lifetime was spent eating the wrong foods. Why? Because they made a mistake.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Homemade Yogurt

Cranberry jam in yogurt

I always thought yogurt was too complicated to consider making. And then I learned how and found out that it's very easy to make and it doesn't take any fancy gadgets though if you have them, use them.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Zesty Cocktail Sauce!

Cocktail sauce may not be the first condiment that comes to mind, but you have to admit that it gives that certain something extra to fish and shrimp. And this recipe promises to have each vibrant flavor dance across your tongue in a happy dance of glee!

Honey-Pineapple Teriyaki Glaze

I love wings! Hot wings! Teriyaki wings! Breaded or Buffalo - Wings Wings Wings! And they're so quick to throw together for the playoff games. For me, it's all about the glaze, the sauce, the sticky fingers that just begged to be licked. That brings me to my all time favorite glaze. This can be used as a marinade as well as a sauce for chicken, fish, pork and even stir-fry!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Gluten Free Sunflower Seed Bread

This is a grain free/gluten free bread. It is a smaller loaf and more dense than other bread. The amount of liquid in the loaf keeps it moist and delicious and as you can see, it's got pretty decent crumb. If you're not a fan of coconut and have never used coconut oil let me assure you that this loaf doesn't have an overpowering coconut taste. (I'm not a coconut fan and I love this bread)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Seafood Quiche

This recipe is the one I get asked to make the most.  It’s so delicious and comforting. When I make seafood quiche, I make a minimum of 4 pies at once. They freeze wonderfully and thaw quickly.  And it’s versatile and perfectly suited for any meal of the day.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Salted Vanilla-Caramel, a Pot de Crème

Heaven. On. A. Spoon.

I wish I knew what's come over me! All I think about are desserts! The ideas keep coming to me throughout the day, and again as I lay in bed at night. I don't count sheep, I count tiny cakes filled with scrumptious fillings. There are Pot de Crème fairies dancing around me! Outrageous I say! Ahhh, and oh so delicious. Really.