Specialty Foods

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...

Mezcal Fizz

Mezcal Fizz

Ilegal Mezcal has a beautifully balanced profile, with a mouth full of agave and a hint of smoke.
Handcrafted in small batches by fourth-generation mezcaleros, our Joven, Reposado, and Añejo mezcals are all made with perfectly ripe, sustainable Espadín agave, double distilled in the Santiago Matatlan Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Hickory Smoked St. Louis Ribs

Hickory Smoked St. Louis Ribs

Ribs are such a treat when they are cooked slowly first and then finished on the grill. I use an electric smoker set at 225 degrees to cook the spice-rubbed racks for a couple of hours. You can use St. Louis, Arkansas, or Baby Back according to your preference.

Celebrating 60 Years Of The Romeros!

Celebrating 60 Years Of The Romeros!

Pepe Romero and Opera Joe enjoy reminiscing about the history of The Romeros, music memory, time machines, and how musicians can handle quarantine! But, most importantly, The first live stream of the Romeros live!

Mulange Interviews D’z Nuts Creators at Nature’s Eats and BrandFire

Mulange Interviews D’z Nuts Creators at Nature’s Eats and BrandFire

We took a moment to touch base with the creators of D'z Nuts, J.C. Taylor III, Director of Marketing and Product Innovation at Nature's Eats, and Chief Creative Officer of BrandFire, Adam Padilla, to hear about their collaboration with Hip-Hop Legend Darryl McDaniels #DMC on a healthy, savory treat "D"'z Nuts. In six delicious flavors. There's heart and charity in this product, a passion project that you can eat. #DzNuts #GetDzNuts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsARgpbw5JI D’z Nuts are good...

Mifroma Swiss Raclette

Mifroma Swiss Raclette

I was fortunate enough to travel to Switzerland when I was young, and I quickly discovered the fantastic cheese dishes that feature the fantastic mountain cheeses made locally.  Raclette was one of those dishes, which incorporated a plate of meats and vegetables with melted Swiss cheese ladled over the top…its heaven on a plate.  Here in America, Raclette was very difficult to find, and only available at a select few specialty cheese stores. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWS3ZjRceC8...