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    March 25, 2011

    Michelle Melt: A Recipe by Spike Mendelsohn

    ​Earlier this week, we interviewed Top Chef cheftestant spike Mendelsohn. If you missed the interview, you can catch it here and here. Since Spike's restaurants are in Washington D.C., he's named this delicious patty melt after First Lady Michelle Obama. Enjoy the recipe.       ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Deal of the Day: $8 for $20 Worth of Food & Drink at La Fiesta Cafe in Delray Beach

    La Fiesta Cafe​La Fiesta Cafe  in Delray Beach is everything you want a Mexican Grill to be. They have fajitas and flautas; burritos and tacos; chimichangas and quesadillas.But unlike the other Mexican pit stops -- where you order fast, fresh and make-as-you-go -- at Fiesta Cafe, things ... More >>

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    March 13, 2011

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 80 -- Insalata Caprese at Fiorentina

    As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2011, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to 80: Insalata Caprese at Fiorentina​

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    March 10, 2011

    For Vegetarians: Four Corned-Beef-Free Dishes to Make for St. Patrick's Day

    Foxtongue via Creative CommonsIt doesn't have to be this way!​ Irish cuisine isn't really known as being super veg friendly, what with all the adorable, fuzzy lambs that are turned into decidedly less adorable stews and such. Any vegetarian who's ever traveled the Emerald Isle -- or stopped by a S ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Coconut Curried Snapper, A Recipe From Chef Charles Coe

    Catch, Clean Cook Coconut Snapper​Chef Charles Coe is the star of the new television series Catch, Clean Cook. Set in the Caribbean, Chef Charles and takes viewers to different exotic locales where he and his crew make a wonderful meal using only the freshest local ingredients. Clean Plat ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    For Vegetarians -- Four Awesome Meat-Free Sandwiches

    Tricia WoolfendenDelicious vegan club -- tastes nothing like chicken.​Meat eaters have the advantage over vegetarians in many dining situations, not the least of which is at the deli counter or sandwich joint. Palm Beach County in particular is flush with authentic New York-style delis where the m ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    Top Chef Cheftestant Carla Hall Shares Chicken Pot Pie Recipe on Jimmy Fallon

    NBC Universal Chef Carla Hall​Carla Hall, the loveable and ditzy Top Chef cheftestant that usually runs around like a chicken with her head cut off, was recently on Late Show with Jimmy Fallon to share her winning Chicken Pot Pie Recipe.  For those of you who want a bit of lovin' in ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011
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    February 3, 2011
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    February 1, 2011

    Super Bowl Burger Battle: The Green Bay Brat-Burger

    stilettosetsports.comBurgers, beer-cheese, and brats? Yes, please.​​If you thought beer cheese soup was going to get the job done, think again. That's right, Cheeseheads -- if you want to go head-to-head with the Pitts-Burger this Sunday, you'll have to bring something, well, meatier. ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011
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    January 22, 2011

    Make This Stone Crab and Artichoke Dip For Your Football Watch Party

    Courtesy of Linda Gassenheimer Stone Crab and Artichoke Dip​You've invited a bunch of friends over to watch the games this weekend. That also means you're going to have a half dozen hungry guys and gals in your living room and if you don't feed them they're going to start eating the furnit ... More >>

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    January 22, 2011

    Fuel up for Football: Make These Amazing Pork Sliders

    Flickr/AO101101 Pulled Pork Slider​Watching football requires a lot of work- there's the wearing of the lucky jersey (or hat), goal dancing, cursing at the television...all that works up quite an appetite. Why phone in for bad pizza delivery when you can have these amazing pork sliders? C ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    Heavenly Hogfish and Tomatoes: A Recipe From Linda Gassenheimer

    ​This week we featured a two-part interview with chef and author Linda Gassenheimer, who's latest book, "The Flavor of The Florida Keys", hit stores last month. Check out the other parts here and here. Linda agreed to share a recipe from her new book with Clean Plate Charlie readers.

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    January 13, 2011
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    January 7, 2011

    Exotic Meat for Sale: Lion, Rattlesnake and More

    Laine Doss Lion - It's what's for dinner.​Earlier this week, we told you about James Jablon -- a man who's living with lions for a month, and has said he will even eat what they eat. (We gave some advice about that.) Well, here's some info for those who would rather eat a lion than live wi ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010
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    December 2, 2010
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    November 22, 2010

    The Best Thanksgiving Turkey Ever

    ​Awhile back, I wrote plugging the Best Chicken Ever, a dry-brined bird based on a recipe developed by Judy Rodgers of San Francisco's Zuni Café.   Rubbed with salt and pepper and stuffed under the skin with fresh herbs, then left to "brine" in the fridge for 24 to 48 hours and roasted ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    More Halloween Recipes to Scare the Kids: Stuffed "Rat" Meatloaf

    Stuffed "rat" meatloaf with green pasta: A Halloween treat! ​A friend of mine really got into the Halloween spirit this year. We went to a party over the weekend, where she served the witch finger tea cookies I posted about on Monday. She and her sister also made a main course to go with that: Stu ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    Recipe: Dracula's Tochitura (from John Baleanu of Restaurant Transylvania)​Dracula's favorite eatery serves up all sorts of spooktacular cuisine in downtown Hollywood. Today, Restaurant Transylvania's owner, John Baleanu, shares a recipe for Dracula's Tochitura -- a pork stew. Tochitura is a traditional Romanian dish -- each region of the country ha ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Easy Korean Beef and Kimchi Stir Fry in Pictures

    ​I love Korean short ribs. The marinated beef balances sweet and salty, spicy and savory just right. But short ribs are also pretty fatty and more difficult to cook at home. So when I got my hands on a jar of kimchi and some lean, top round beef, I thought I'd take the classic short rib marinade a ... More >>

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    October 1, 2010

    Recipe: Jumbo Prawns, Tuscan Style (Recipe From Casa D'Angelo in Fort Lauderdale)

    ​Casa D'Angelo is known for its Tuscan cooking -- and what better way to enjoy the  flavors of this elegant yet comforting cuisine than through Chef Angelo's specialty prawn dish? It's a quick and easy recipe that's sure to impress even the most discerning guest. Gamberoni Al Vino Bianco ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Recipe: Lasagna Bolognese From Cafe Vico

    ​ Chef Marco Vico from Cafe Vico Ristorante is known for his lasagna. Made with fresh pasta and a thick, creamy sauce, there is no question that this dish will make you a kitchen star to your diners.  The recipe, after the jump.

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    September 9, 2010

    Make These Winning Top Chef Banana Fritters at Home

    ​Last night's episode of Top Chef that took place in Singapore was easily the best of the season. It featured a series of stunning looking dishes from all four remaining cheftestants that were cooked in a backdrop full of beauty and culture. Everything looked so tasty, it made me want to hop a fli ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    Recipe: Braised Beef Short Ribs

    Bon Appetit​Andrew Lampasone, owner of Wine Watch in Fort Lauderdale, enjoys a good meal with his wine.  This braised beef short rib recipe is a winner at their catered events and at his home dinner table.  Braised Beef Short Rib au Thyme JusThis recipe needs 2 days of marinading and h ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    How to Make the Perfect Roast Chicken (Hint: Pre-Salting)

    ​Is there any food more delicious, more comforting, more soothing to the soul and taste buds than a perfectly juicy, succulent, crisp and golden-skinned roasted chicken?  In a word, no.  Unfortunately, finding that perfectly juicy, succulent, crisp and golden-skinned roasted chicken is a ... More >>

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    August 11, 2010

    Dean James Max Wins Crown in Great American Seafood Cook-Off With Clams BBLT

    Chef Dean Max's Clams BBLT​We told you about Chef Dean Max of 3030 Ocean in Fort Lauderdale competing this past weekend in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in NOLA. NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service sponsored the seventh-annual contest, held again in New Orleans. We now present you with h ... More >>

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    August 3, 2010

    Easy, Low-Fat Recipe: Summertime Orzo Pasta Salad

    John Linn​When I think of summer food, I think bright, bold flavors that won't weigh you down. And this summertime orzo pasta salad delivers on all fronts. It's got everything you'd want to awaken your palate in this brutal heat: There are woody kalamata olives; tart marinated artichoke hearts; co ... More >>

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    July 2, 2010

    Grilling Something Different: Grilled Chicken Pasta With Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

    John Linn​This Fourth of July, you don't have to just grill something and slop it on a plate. Grilled food can make a wonderful addition to a larger dish, like in this pasta with Gorgonzola cream sauce.This bold, hearty pasta is livened by roasted red peppers, onion, and bacon, while the addition ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    How to Make Jerk Chicken and Ribs To Die For

    ​Whether it's smoking low and slow or grilling fast and hot, I absolutely love making chicken and ribs during the Summer. And my favorite preparation for making each at home has to be Jerk-style. Good jerk just has so much going for it. The spiciness makes you sweat and actually cools you off in t ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    It's a Pasta, It's a Frittata. . . It's a Pasta Frittata

    ​Everybody needs a "kitchen sink" recipe, a quick and easy dish that you can throw together from whatever you happen to have hanging around in the fridge--leftover meats, small chunks of cheese, the last salvageable vegetables.  In addition to the time saved shopping and cleaning up refrigera ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    Recipe: Chorizo Skewers with Spanish Orzo

    ​Every cook needs a few flavor bombs in their kitchen, ingredients that can take a dish from tasteless to tasty with minimal time and effort.  Salt is the most basic flavor bomb, even more useful now with the availability of various flavored, smoked and sea salts. Artisan olive oil and real b ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010
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    June 1, 2010

    A Recipe for Hurricane Season: Latin Macho Burger

    Dori ZinnThe " latin macho" burger from Latin Burger and Taco​Besides Mother Nature's damage, the only other thing hurricane season brings is a massive barbecue. After last week's announcement from the National Hurricane Center that this year's season will be "extremely active," veteran hurrican ... More >>

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    May 28, 2010

    Memorial Day Grill Recipes: Mango Barbecue Sauce, Fish Marinade, Slaw

    Recipes for grilling on Memorial Day or for any cook-outs.

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    May 14, 2010

    The Crappy Kitchen Cookbook

    ​Is your kitchen smaller than Snookie's brainpan? Do you barely have enough counter space to spill a can of Bud? Does your refrigerator wheeze like Kirstie Alley running a marathon? Is your stove something Neanderthal Man would have used to roast a hunk of woolly mammoth?  If you answered "ye ... More >>

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    May 4, 2010

    The Best Damned Chicken Caesar Salad Ever

    ​There's something furtive, slightly embarrassing, even shameful about it. Sort of like spanking the monkey to Sarah Palin videos or watching the goombah nitwits of Jersey Shore.      But we do it anyway, at lunch and even at dinner, unable to resist its base, carnal lure. Sure ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Homemade Pizza: The Meal to Seal the Deal

    You could just make pasta. You could roast a chicken and boil some water, and create a delicious meal to present to your almost-significant other. But if you want to seal the deal, don't let them sit around watching you mix, stir and flip. Cooking shouldn't be a spectator sport, so get them to activ ... More >>

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    March 29, 2010

    The Complete Idiot's Guide to: Matzo Ball Soup

    Last week, we discussed my only love for Passover: brisket. OK, so maybe I lied, because I do have strong ties to matzo ball soup, which we serve by the gallon at my Passover Seders. Flickr: Josh Bousel​ It's the only form I can tolerate matzo in. In its most natural form, I am completely disgus ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Italian Oven Café's Artichoke-Lemon Pesto

    ​I miss Italian Oven Café.  For a quick, inexpensive, Italianesque lunch in a contemporary, cleanly designed room, this now-long gone eatery in West Palm's CityPlace did it better than just about anybody. What did it in apparently had nothing to do with the food but with a much-delayed openi ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010

    Prepare for Passover with Sliced Beef Brisket

    There is no way of getting around the fact that Passover is my least favorite holiday. Ever. It's sad, really, because the holiday commemorates the freedom the Israelites gained when they left Egypt like a bazillion years ago. It's actually a celebration. But Passover is different. Starting Monday ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    Dish Deconstructed: Table 42's Coal Oven Wings

    ​The best thing to happen to chicken wings since the invention of hot sauce is the upscale pizzeria.  Sure, everyone loves Buffalo chicken wings, perhaps the ultimate culinary achievement in turning a pig's ear (or in this case, the useless appendages of a corporate-raised sack of virtually f ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    Cooking With Dried Chiles, Part 3: Barbecued Pork Al Pastor

    John LinnBarbecued pork al pastor all chopped up and ready to eat.​Welcome back to Charlie's dried chile adventure. In previous installments, we talked about how to prepare dried chiles as powder or puree, and how to transform those ingredients into award-winning chili con carne. Today, we're goin ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    Cooking With Dried Chiles, Part 2: Chili Con Carne

    John LinnA bowl of spicy chile con carne using home-ground chili powder. Nothing's better.​Yesterday, I talked about how to turn dried, Mexican chiles into powder or paste that can be used in any number of dishes. Today, we're going to put those ingredients to use in a batch of chili con carne, Te ... More >>

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    January 16, 2010

    Haute Stuff

    ​The humble burger is humble no more.  Truffles, foie gras, all manner of designer beef, exotic cheeses, infantile greens, confit-ed everything, artisan buns, more aiolis than you can shake a whisk at have all collided with the basic meat patty to take the burger from blue-collar grub to high ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    A Nice Cuppa Soup

    ​Seeing as South Florida has at least temporarily morphed into Buffalo with palm trees, the ability of a cup (or bowl or railroad tank car) of soup to ward off the cold has never been more important.  And though we don't have our normally gorgeous, balmy weather, we do still have access to al ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    It's Cold Outside, So Let's Get Stewed

    Photo by Flickr user ulterior epicure​When I was a kid growing up in the Northeast, cold weather was good news. I'd get outdoors early to enjoy the snow and chat up cute girls in puffy down jackets. And I'd spend the entire day outside, trying to stay upright on my minibike while running wide open ... More >>

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