Specialty Foods

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary Honey Mustard Glaze with Tomato Bruschetta

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary Honey Mustard Glaze with Tomato Bruschetta

Even though the air's begun to chill with early sunsets and the leaves begin to fall doesn't mean you can't squeeze the last out of the summer's tomatoes, natural honey, herbs, and some end-of-season grilling. A farewell to summer in a special autumnal dinner. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQUMhJXxeHA Tomato Bruschetta 2 ripe heirloom tomatoes sliced 2 cloves of garlic peeled and halved 8-10 basil leaves chopped Olive Oil Salt – I use fleur de sel Crusty bread Grill bread on both sides until...

A Musical Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A Musical Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Pianist/Composer Jeffrey Biegel spoke to Opera Joe about his journey to creating this musical tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for the anniversary of her passing and the tremendous feelings it brought about for him last year in the time of Covid-19 and a world out of balance. A true musical tribute of heart and soul bringing together a talented group of musicians to sing and play to the Honorable Notorious RBG. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLZRU-KTryA A concert featuring...

Italian Sausage With Roasted Peppers

Italian Sausage With Roasted Peppers

I am fortunate to live in an area that has many people with Italian heritage because we have access to some of the great Italian specialties.  I do love freshly made Italian sausage, especially with fennel and garlic.  It is one of my favorite quick summer grill meals.  I like to serve it in a good sausage roll with peppers.  You can certainly buy roasted peppers in the grocery store, but this meal takes on a whole new meaning when you serve it with freshly made peppers, and it isn’t that hard...

Mountain Biking the Alps, Part Two

Mountain Biking the Alps, Part Two

During my second weekend in Europe during a recent business trip to experience the cheeses of Switzerland, I was scheduled to cross over the Alps again and planned a stop for a quick mountain biking adventure. The previous weekend trip to Zermatt provided the single-track mountain ride high in the Alps that I was eager to experience.  This weekend I had hoped to visit one of the better bike parks in the Alps in the Aosta Valley town of Pila, Italy.  The weather report was not looking...

Mountain Biking the Alps, Part One

Mountain Biking the Alps, Part One

On my recent business trip to Switzerland and Italy, I had around 24 hours of free time, so I decided to check out some of the world-renowned mountain bike riding in the Alps.  I landed in Milan, Italy, and drove my rental car north past Lake Maggiore and up over the high mountain pass known as Route Napoleon.  The trip to Zermatt is about a 3.5-hour drive, and the scenery is breathtaking.  It’s a popular driving road.  I was greeted at the highest point of the highway by a...

Fresh Summer Garden Tomato Soup

Fresh Summer Garden Tomato Soup

When it gets hot in summer I usually start to crave this wonderful cold tomato soup.  As the fresh garden vegetables and herbs come to market, it’s possible to gather this fresh assortment of ingredients to go in the tomato juice.  I make homemade croutons cooked in butter to bring that buttery element to the fresh soup.  In this recipe I utilize one of the specialty butters from Butter Craft Provisions, to also bring some spicy jalapeño flavor to go along with the butter.  This soup can be...

Filipino Spice-Rubbed Grilled Halibut and Sesame Seed Spinach

Filipino Spice-Rubbed Grilled Halibut and Sesame Seed Spinach

Halibut is my favorite fish.  It has a meaty flavor and texture that makes it different than just about any fish.  In this Asian-inspired preparation, I use a Filipino Spice Rub from Serious Foodie.  I serve the dish with mashed potatoes and sesame-seasoned spinach (see my recipe below).  I usually take the skin off the fish and put it into a grill basket so that I can get it off the grill without falling apart. https://youtu.be/uAlwLl2GtT0 Ingredients: 1 Container Serious Foodie Filipina...

Carolina Style Smoked Pulled Chicken Sandwich

Carolina Style Smoked Pulled Chicken Sandwich

I do enjoy the flavor that the smoker gives to all sorts of proteins.  This preparation with chicken breasts doesn’t take very long, but it tastes fantastic.  It can also be made ahead, pulled, and saved in the refrigerator.  When your ready to serve you can just put in a saucepan with some warm sauce and your ready to roll.  I also use Buttercraft Provision Roasted Jalapeno butter for the toasted roll to give it extra flavor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-42pQsRr3c...

A Special Fourth of July Dinner

A Special Fourth of July Dinner

Greek Marinated Chicken Kabob I like serving this recipe for chicken kabobs when I am serving many people because everyone can take as little or as much as they like.  This marinade is a classic Greek style and can flavor the chicken in as little as 6 hours or can even be marinated overnight.  I like to serve with a Greek salad or you can try me Harvest Corn Salad Recipe and Grilled Zucchini with Balsamic Dressing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoWofCKlXN8 Ingredients: 2.5 lbs chicken breast...

Jamaican Jerk Shrimp & Southeastern Asian Slaw

Jamaican Jerk Shrimp & Southeastern Asian Slaw

Southeast Asian Slaw I make this spicy salad to accompany a variety of spicy or bold dishes where I want a vegetable accompaniment that can add a light and fresh element to the meal such as bbq or other grilled foods.  Even though it may sound spicy, it really isn’t packed with heat but has plenty of satisfying flavors.  Since limes can vary a little with flavor, I usually taste the dressing and adjust the amount of fish sauce.  You want to be able to taste the saltiness without actually being...