Shrimp, Chicken and Potato Stew Italian Style


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This may be viewed as Cajun gumbo crossed with an Italian seafood stew. The result is savory and very satisfying especially during the cooler evenings of the year when a hearty hot dish is appreciated. Enjoy! From time to time we publish recipes that on the…

Chilled Avocado Soup


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Avocados are relatively inexpensive at this point in the season here in Florida and as such we try to make use of this delicious fruit in as many ways as possible. Given the very warm weather and a propensity toward chilled dishes during the summer, as…

Gazpacho with Avocado and Lime Yogurt


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Chilled soups are a favorite around our home during the summer months. Fresh garden vegetables are in abundance and making gazpacho is easy, holds well in the refrigerator for several days and makes a terrific presentation with the addition of the avocados and lime yogurt. Whereas…

Black Bean, Roasted Corn and Three Chilies Salad


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a terrific summer salad to add to your arsenal. Easy to toss together, refreshing to the taste buds, and versatile, it serves as a wonderful addition to cheeses, fish, and vegetable salad plates. (See pictures below) This recipe, when I do it, uses ingredients…

Chipotle Chicken Stew


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Turn up the heat a little with this chicken and chilies bowl of rustic tastiness! Add a garden fresh salad, a hunk of hot corn bread, a glass of wine and ….. Enjoy!

LENTIL, KAMUT AND MUSHROOM SOUP


Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor A very hearty and nutritious soup that freezes well.  Freeze some in one ladle containers for quick lunches. Add a salad and some dark crusty bread for a great dinner.

Corn, Quinoa, and Roasted Rainbow of Chile Peppers Chowder


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor We cooked a large mother batch of corn, beets, tomatoes, and peppers on the smoker/grill the other night which we found on sale at our local organic grocer. As it was going to be a rather blustery and cooler evening we decide soup and salad might…

Green Chile Chicken


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This dish may be served straight up with rice or polenta or as a fajita dish, tacos, wraps or other choice of presentation. The recipe is one that may be accomplished relatively quickly using fresh ingredients and a minimum of preparation. The sauce combines the classic…

Savory Smoked Turkey Soup


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor A couple of posts ago I presented a recipe for slow smoked whole turkey. Considering the size of the bird and that only two of us would be partaking for the initial meal a good deal of turkey would be left for future consumption. A really…

Simple Fresh Salads and Easy to Prepare Dressings for a Quick Meal or Side


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Assuming you have on hand, either from the grocery or in your garden, a few greens and vegetables such as lettuces, tomatoes, garlic, basil, lemons and a few other essentials, tossing together a fun salad for lunch or dinner should be quick and relatively preparation time…

Spicy Ginger Sauce Stir Fried Shrimp with Two Rice Pilaf


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor The complex flavors of this recipe bring a decidedly spicy, sweet and sour sauce into harmony with crunchy vegetables and succulent shrimp. Other than the rice the prep and cooking time is no more than 30 minutes and, as a one pan cooking technique, reduces clean…

One Pan Fresh Chicken Tacos with Smokey Tomatoes and Chiles


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor When we are in the mood for a smoky, spicy taco, this is one of our favorites. To do so we need 1 chicken breast and some previously smoked tomatoes and chiles from a mother batch made earlier in the week. Rather than buy chicken breasts…

Spicy Jerk Shrimp on the Grill


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Typically I like to do this fruity, spicy, and hot version of grilled shrimp as an appetizer or as a portion of the entree. The last time we served the jerk shrimp, I used the appetizer size paired with half a Dungeness crab smoked in banana…

Country Style “Mac-n-Cheese” with Jalapeno Peppers


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor The following version of macaroni and cheese is based on an old Southern style of preparation of the classic dish. Country style mac-n-cheese more closely resembles a cheese and, in this case, vegetable lasagna. It is al dente pasta held together with fluffy, rich, custard of…

Roasted Red Pepper, Sundried Tomato, Chipotle Bisque


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor I usually have on hand in the pantry dried chiles, roasted peppers and sundried tomato paste among other storable goodies. I like to have ingredients stored that I can throw together quickly for lunch or a quick appetizer round for friends and family that drop in…

Sautéed Portabella Mushroom with Asparagus and Pesto Pasta


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Each day I try to plan to pass through the produce area in one of our local markets, on my way home, to see what is fresh or on sale that I can use for the evening meal. Shopping daily also allows me to get in…

Shrimp with Chile Paste Basil Pesto over Linguine


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a one bowl meal that easily can come together in 20 minutes or less. If you’re a Chile Head you’ll appreciate the chile sauce together with the fresh basil and garlic. It’ll bring a little perspiration and release a few of the desirable endorphins…

Sockeye Salmon with Winter Greens and Mozzarella Salad


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor The best thing about growing vegetables and other edibles in containers around our house is being able to eat them. This time of year the early greens are coming in as the temperatures have dropped into the sixties at night. The tomatoes, greens, beets, and more…

Gumbo


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor There are many versions of gumbo, most combining shrimp, sausage, and vegetables with rice. This is a little different spin, using seasonal vegetables without rice, substituting mushrooms instead to enhance the richness of this brown sauce gumbo. Throw in a tasty salad a glass of wine…

Rustic Chicken Stew and Biscuits


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor A couple of recipes ago I roasted a whole chicken on the grill stuffed with celery, sage and rosemary. That roasting and the subsequent saving of the breasts, the stuffing and the pan drippings form the basis and are essential for the deep savory flavor of…

Quicker Cioppino – Shrimp, Clams and Mussels


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor If you enjoy shellfish this is a classic. It is a quicker version of my favorite Italian seafood stew which may depending on what you start with may take a couple of hours to develop the stew prior to adding the shellfish if you use a…

Two Bean Quick Vegetarian Chili


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a fairly quick fix for lunch or dinner and very hearty, especially if you add a couple of pieces of gunslinger or regular corn bread. You can use already soaked & cooked red beans and black, or if you don’t have stored a mother…

ItalianTomato and Fresh Basil Soup


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor There is lots of basil available in the yard this time of year in containers and random plants throughout the yard from seeds that have blown around. You can never have too much basil and a quick lunch that is really tasty and easy to make…

Mussels in a White Wine, Olive Oil, Garlic, and Basil Sauce


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a super easy recipe and delicious complete meal in one bowl to throw together assuming you are sure to clean the mussels well. The easiest way to be sure the mussels are free of grit is to purchase them ahead of time, (be sure…

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…

Black Bean, Cilantro and Mango Salad


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This tasty Caribbean Style cold salad is really easy to prepare and has a pleasing eye appeal and a very exotic nose.  You may choose to make ahead of time and hold, refrigerated for up to 2 hrs. prior to service. Enjoy!

Italian Style Vegetable Ragu over Quinoa Pasta


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Pasta’s in Italy are as diverse as you can imagine from region to region and range from very simple pasta’s with the pasta, oil, and cheese to more complex vegetable combinations called ragu. The following is a combination of ingredients high in nutritional value, and combined…

Leftovers?


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor. Having leftovers from a meal is a good thing especially if you’ve planned for the leftovers to become some quick and easy sides, or meals for future breakfast, lunch, or dinners. Over the weekend we did a low country boil and as luck would have it…

CILANTRO, JALAPENO AND LIME HUMMUS


Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor As with all hummus recipes, many of the ingredients can be increased or decreased according to taste, such as salt and chile peppers. This recipe can also be customized to each person’s taste by adding more jalapeno for more heat and more cilantro for those who really…

Southwestern Roasted Chilies and Roasted Corn Chowder


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a variation of a previous green chile and corn chowder published, with the difference being the addition of tomatoes, removal of the potatoes, heavy cream and milk, and substituting rice cream as the thickening agent. This version adds nutrition and reduces fat and calories…