Okra


Article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor A major vegetable in the south, okra, like corn, is synonymous with summer. It is often grown year-round in southern climates that do not have frost, as it stops producing once temperatures go below 50 degrees. Okra is cultivated in tropical and warm climates. It is among…


Recipe inspired by  Chef John Ash who shared this method at the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone Campus, St. Helena, CA during the 2012 Healthy Kitchens Healthy Lives Conference. Adapted and presented by Courtney Thompson. This is a meal fun for the whole family. It allows you to create individual pizzas so there is no…

One Chicken – Three Meals


Recipe and article courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor All of us find balancing quality of food, cost, and availability to be challenging. Add to that time constraints, social and family demands, home duties, etc. and we can probably agree that preparing a quality meal two or three times per day can be,…

Roasted Whole Chicken, Sweet Corn and Asparagus


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Down home and hearty, easy to put together and super easy when it all can be cooked together on the grill. This is, in many ways a go to, comfort food classic. Mashed potatoes would be appropriate but I decided asparagus would be a better choice…

Roasted Cornish Game Hen, Sweet Potato Medallions and Grilled Okra


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Hearty, herby and a terrific combination of flavors, texture, color and smokiness and all prepared on the grill. This dinner is a favorite of the family, takes little prep time and just about cooks itself on an outdoor grill. Throw in a salad, crunchy bread, and…

Cilantro Pesto Stuffed Shrimp


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a very tasty and a little spicy dish with great eye appeal. I like to serve them with yucca fries with a honey mustard dip and a cold black bean and mango salad. Enjoy! Equipment/ utensils required: Chef’s knife, cutting board, cast iron skillet…

Another Basic “Mother Batch” – Roasted Chilies or Tomatoes


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor The roasting and removal of the skin of chile peppers and tomatoes is a basic technique that is relatively easy, may be done in bulk, and creates the basis for numerous dishes, sauces, and more. Once the product has been roasted and skins removed it may…

Grilled Eggplant


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor When eggplant is plentiful this is one of my favorite ways to prepare the vegetable. It is also one of the simplest and quickest recipes for eggplant as well as one of the tastiest, especially if you choose to grill over wood to add a little…

Lamb Shoulder Chop with Grilled Brussels sprouts and Pilaf Salad


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Equipment needed: Knife and cutting board, Flat grill or other grilling surface, small stock pot, mixing bowls, and mallet. Ingredients: 2 lamb shoulder chops (About 4 to 5 oz. each) 1tbsp. All purpose Cajun Season

Grilled Zucchini Salad with Lemon & Scallions


Recipe courtesy of Sharon Schneider  – Contributor, adapted from original recipe from Real Simple June 2009 Equipment needed: Knife and cutting board Basting brush (optional) Grill Flat iron grill or slotted grilled pan (optional)

Grilled Asparagus


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Equipment needed: Chef’s Knife, cutting board, flat iron grill, baking sheet Ingredients: ½ lb. or a full bunch of fresh asparagus

Grouper or Mahi-Mahi Grilled Fillets


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Equipment needed: Flat Grill or Cast Iron Skillet or Large Sauté Pan, large mixing bowl, tongs. Ingredients: 1 lb. Grouper fresh or Mahi-Mahi fillet ¼ cup Cajun seasoning 1 tbsp. Olive oil

Simple Roasted Corn in the Husk


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Equipment needed: Tin foil, outdoor grill or oven, chef’s knife Ingredients: 5, 6 or more ears of corn in husk Tin Foil Water

Minimizing Carcinogens when Grilling


Article by Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Grilling outdoors is very popular in the area in which I live, the West Coast of Florida. We have an abundance of seafood, fish, and the availability of grass fed beef, and cage free chickens, all of which may take on unique flavor profiles when grilled, smoked,…