Panzanella…For Your Summer Party

I’m hosting a summer party and the theme is South Florida=inspired cuisine. So, I decided to have a summer salad that feature South Floridan inspired ingredients. What I came up with is a twist on Panzanella (also known as Tuscan Bread salad). I mixed in crusty Italian bread, heirloom cherry tomatoes, papaya and mango. Papaya…

Paella: 3 Important Things You Need

Paella is probably what comes to mind when you think about Spanish food. It’s actually much easier to make than most people think! Saying that, there are three “gadgets” for making restaurant quality paella: (1) Saffron – Paella rice is yellow. The yellow comes from saffron. Saffron also helps this dish to have the distinctive…

Five Tricks in Making Fantastic Pizza at Home

Going to a pizzeria. It has always been fascinating to see a deliciously fresh pizza coming out of the woodfire or brick-ovens. Making pizza at home is easier than you think! And the taste is close enough to those commercial ovens that there is no reason to install one of those at home. I made a pizza…

Pineapple and Plum Burger

Posted by Jeff Parsons I dont’t eat a lot of burgers these days…but when I do I really LIKE TO EAT. So for this meal I actually tried to cut a few hundred calories from breakfast and lunch so I could splurge a bit. There are three things special about this burger: the toppings, the…

Thai Massaman Curry.

Today I’m making Thai massaman curry. There are many types of Thai curry dishes — Massaman has one of the most unique flavor. It actually blends some of the South Asian curry spices that you normally would not find in Southeast Asian cuisine. I’m not ready yet to make my own Thai curry so I…

Sun-dried Tomato Pasta

It’s a world apart between home-made fresh pasta and factory-manufactured dry pasta than you buy in stores! I only make pasta with organic eggs and high quality semolina flour. Making fresh pasta from scratch is actually much easier that most people think! This week, I decided to experiment in making sun dried tomato pasta. Yummy!…

Asian Noodle Stir-Fry

This is an easy meal to make…and quite delicious. Because you are making the noodles from scratch, you will need to start at least two hours ahead. But the bulk of the work happens in the final 20-30 minutes. For the noodles, I used three egg whites. ginger powder, garlic powder, Kosher salt, and a…

Italian Sandwich with Croquettes

I kept it simple tonight–Italian sandwich with home made croquettes First….the croquettes. Start by boiling your potatoes.  Once boiled, mix in green onions,  mozzarella cheese and   salt in a mixer bowl. Add some pepper to taste. Mix then roll the mixture as a thin log. This will be your thickness of your croquettes. So,…

Homemade chocolate ice cream with something special!

Posted by Jeff Parsons This is an easy but delicious one. Plus you can add a few extras to make it your own. Start with the simple ice cream recipe: ¾ cup sugar, a cup of milk, a pinch of salt if you want, 2-3 table spoons of cocoa powder, 3 egg yolks, chocolate chips…