As much as we love taking in the flavors of the holidays, it's a gluttonous time of year. Between work events, family dinners, ugly sweater parties, and the usual debauchery, there's a good chance you're feeling like you've overdone it a bit. That doesn't mean you have to give up on the indulgence ... More >>
Most of the time, we prefer our holidays to be separate -- more reason to keep the celebration going throughout the year. But as long as the commingling of festivities doesn't result in a less food or fewer gifts, we can deal with it. This year the first night of Hanukkah is taking place on T-day, ... More >>
With Halloween less than two weeks away, the time for consuming copious amounts of pumpkin -- or similar squash -- is here. Sure, you've been drinking the pumpkin beers since the summer, you've probably had a few pumpkin and cream cheese muffins, and we know you've had your share of pumpkin spice l ... More >>
Starbucks seasonal pumpkin spice latte is back, but did all you vegans know there's dairy in your drink, even if you order it with soy milk? A few vegan protestors discovered the popular fall-release latte syrup contains condensed milk, which means that -- whether for health or ethical reasons -- yo ... More >>
Easter weekend is about to begin. With it comes a celebration of all things Easter Bunny: Easter Bunny cards, Easter Bunny cakes, Easter Bunny chocolates, Easter Bunny decorations. It doesn't freaking end.This Easter, rather than stuffing your face full of fake, preservative filled rabbit, why not t ... More >>
Come Sunday morning, what's the first thing you'll be guaranteed to stuff your face with after an exhausting Easter basket hunt? Will it be fruit-flavored jelly beans, a block of rabbit-shaped chocolate or an entire box of florescent pink Peeps? Guess again. Before you reach for that basket of sug ... More >>
This St. Patrick's Day, the B Ocean Fort Lauderdale Hotel is asking you to drink (and eat) outside the box. Sure you could go anywhere and have some green beer and corned beef and cabbage, but have you ever asked yourself, "why on earth would I want to consume cheap beer laced with green dye?"Instea ... More >>
Ah, the holiday season, a time for holiday parties and tons of food. While the holidays are always a great excuse to pig out on all those home-cooked goodies, it's also a great reason to get slogged off festive cocktails and martinis with your extended family and friends. This year, celebrate t ... More >>
Nutting Bumpuses. Northern Spy. Newt Grindles. These are just a few of the unique names given to a variety of rare, heirloom apples found on John Bunker's Super Chilly Farm in Palermo, Maine.Bunker, a self-appointed Maine preservation pomologist, has without a doubt the most knowledge of apples in N ... More >>
The world's largest funeral party is soon upon us, with the celebration of Dia de los Muertos on November 1 and 2. And while the living might play dead for a day... they still have to eat, right? Right. And the Mexican-born holiday has a crop of traditional fare to be munched upon in observance ... More >>
Oktoberfest means it's time for beer-chugging contests and libation-filled celebrations of the world's most popular alcoholic beverage. But there are other ways to honor the drink. In fact, Oktoberfest is a great opportunity to bake up sweet odes to beer.Stout beer -- made with roasted barley or mal ... More >>
Yesterday, we caught up with Aran Goyoaga, the acclaimed blogger, photographer, and food stylist, about her upcoming cookbook. Today, we have a sneak peak into the book, which won't be released until October 23. This is her children's favorite cookie -- soft, chewy and packed with chocolate chips an ... More >>
Justin Patrick Timineri isn't just your average chef. He's actually Florida's official state chef and culinary ambassador for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Yes, a mouthful -- we know. But we're betting Timineri has more to stuff your face with than a just a fancy ... More >>
Chef Julien Gremaud can't mark Bastille Day in his native country of France, but the executive chef at Pistache French Bistro in West Palm Beach plans to spend the holiday immersed in a South Florida version of the traditional celebration. Bastille Day is Saturday, July 14, and Pistache is planning ... More >>
Palm Beach's own Top Chef contestant Lindsay Autry has been getting around a lot, lately. Fresh from her recent Sunday Supper/Monday Leftovers pop-up with chef Roy Villacrucis, Autry flew to New York City for an appearance on the Today show. Chef Autry, who resides in West Palm Beach, presented an ... More >>
Ever wonder why Don Draper and his Mad Men cohorts could get through a two-plus-martini lunch and still manage to make it back to the office with enough acumen to land the Lucky Strikes account and their secretary before the end of the day? Being a debonair badass is only part of the equation. Mi ... More >>
Bad Santa respects your drink choices.Drinking on Christmas is encouraged, because when you're inebriated, Mom is a little more tolerable, Grandma's sexist rants are adorable, and your brother's constant cursing is almost endearing.No one wants to endure those awkward family dinners while sobe ... More >>
Can you guess what makes pancakes made from scratch extra-fluffy? Well, Rosa Parks can tell you. Yes, you read that correctly. Turns out Parks is famous for being more than just the mother of the Civil Rights movement. It appears she was also a pretty good cook, as well. The Gotham ... More >>
The Food NetworkFood Network Star's Fourth of July Episode winner Susie Jimenez cooked spicy pork ribsFood Network Star finalists put on quite a show Sunday night for Season Seven's Fourth of July special-episode featuring "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," host, Guy Fieri. The show's 10 remaini ... More >>
Coco Asian BistroRecently we featured an interview with Chef Mike Ponluang, owner of Coco Asian Bistro in Fort Lauderdale. If you missed it, you can read it here and here. We're now sharing Chef Mike's recipe for pan seared red snapper with roasted almonds. Enjoy.
John LinnLast week, my fiancee's father returned from a trip to Northern Florida with a veritable bushel of wild blueberries purchased from a roadside vendor. These things were amazing -- monstrously big, ripe, and practically bursting with juice. For the next few days, we had blueberries on ever ... More >>
Chef Allen presents another delicious dish.Earlier this week, Chef Allen Susser spoke with Clean Plate Charlie about the upcoming Riverwalk Trust Burger Battle, the closing of Chef Allen's after 25 years and his plans for the future. If you missed the interview, you can read it here a ... More >>
Laine Doss Bam!Earlier in the week, we interviewed Chef Emeril Lagasse. If you missed the interview, you can read it here and here. We're now sharing one of Emeril's recipes with you. These Vietnamese-style wings are inspired by a dish that's on the menu at Chef Emeril's restaur ... More >>
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 >>
Chef Francy DeskinEarlier this week, we interviewed The Office's Chef de Cuisine, Francy Deskin. If you missed the interview, you can find it here and here. We're also sharing with you Chef Deskin's recipe for Wild Boar Ragu Over Chestnut Polenta. Enjoy.
flickr/asphaltbuffetEat me, I'm Irish!If you want to make something authentically Irish this St. Patrick's Day, try soda bread. It's so easy and literally mixed in minutes (no kneading!). Try this recipe. Seriously. It comes straight from Ireland's Ballymaloe Cookery School which is run by ... More >>
Earlier this week we featured an interview with Emeril's Miami Beach chef de cuisine, Tim Doolittle. You can read the interview here and here. A recipe for Emeril's classic Barbeque Shrimp follows.
Catch, Clean Cook Coconut SnapperChef 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 >>
Caramel cornSettling in tonight to watch the Oscars with buds? Gotta have something harmless to throw at the screen when a lame movie - the one you didn't place a bet on - takes the statues.Here's the recipe for caramel popcorn - but feel free to toss in just about anything that shines your statu ... More >>
Laine Doss Geoffrey Zakarian and wife MargaretLast night Geoffrey Zakarian represented New York restaurant The National at The South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Burger Bash. Geoffrey will also appear at the sold out The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Clean Plate Charlie recently intervi ... More >>
NBC Universal Chef Carla HallCarla 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 >>
Do-si-dos -- safe for Celiacs!The little hustlers, also know as Girl Scouts, have left their perches in front of Walmart and retreated into their human caves.You know what that means, right? No more girl scout cookies until next year.If you're a celiac -- and you can't consume gluten -- then this ... More >>
Sarah SchiearCupcakes are so 2010.Forget the cupcakes - what your lover really wants this year is some good, old-fashioned whoopie.You think you can handle that? Maybe this Valentine's Day won't be so bad, after all.
NBC Universal Top Chef's Fabio VivianiThis week we featured a two-part interview with Top Chef contestant and chef Fabio Viviani, who's e-book "Did I Really Make Breakfast?" is available on Amazon.com. Check out the other parts here and here. Here is Fabio's take on the classic Sloppy Joe. ... More >>
A South Plantation High is supposed to be a mellow, half-indica, half-sativa buzz. Nothing too intense. Usually if you wake and bake, you're almost straight by the time lunch rolls around. Unless you eat the weed. Then you're way too crippled up for shop class. But Brian Hamacher and To ... More >>
Courtesy of Linda Gassenheimer Stone Crab and Artichoke DipYou'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 >>
Flickr/AO101101 Pulled Pork SliderWatching 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 >>
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.
Bulldog BBQ Shrimp and Grits Chef Howie Kleinberg wanted to create a contemporary approach to a traditional barbecue favorite, shrimp and grits. He often serves it for special events like the BubbleQ, where he pairs it with a crisp Chardonnay. 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined ½ cup diced to ... More >>
I'm all about breakfast, the most important meal of the day. It's especially fun when you make something seasonal and themed, like these pumpkin and pecan pancakes. They'd fit right in with the fall theme anytime from now until Christmas, but who doesn't think about pumpkins, especially around Ha ... More >>
solarnavigator.netDracula'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 >>
Witches' fingers make for a spooky Halloween treat.Getting creative with Halloween can be fun, especially when it comes to food. I remember eating all sorts of Halloween-themed treats as a kid. There's nothing like being dressed up as the grim reaper and eating eyeballs (skinned grapes) or intest ... More >>
No heavy lifting, exotic ingredients or even kitchen know-how is involved in making deviled eggs, which, incidentally, never fell out of favor with certain regional types (read that: Southerners). Trendy? We scoff at the notion that a simple picnic basket, funeral table and church supper staple s ... More >>
Photography by Tara, courtesy John Paul Kline Delicious and easy to make!Chef John Paul Kline makes all kinds of delicious treats for private clients through his Delray Beach catering business, John Paul Custom Cuisine. Today, he shares his recipe for Portuguese Date Dip. Says Kline: "It is co ... More >>
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 >>
Jodi SwankJodi Swank, from Swank Specialty Produce up in Loxahatchee, has concocted some tasty and healthy combinations from the hyrdo-farm she operates with her husband, Darrin. (Read our interview with him here.) All those leafy greens they grow come together for some pretty unique recipes, ... More >>
If you have a lemon, you make lemonade. If you have a preserved lemon, you can make just about any damn thing taste a little more interesting. Except lemonade. That would really suck. Preserved lemons are a staple of Moroccan cooking, basically just lemons stuffed in a jar with lots o ... More >>
Bon AppetitAndrew 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 >>
For the past two days, we've given you a little insight into the world of Chef Carlos Fernandez of Hi-Life Cafe in Wilton Manors and Top Chef fame. Today, he's sharing with us the recipe for his popular Coca-Cola Cake. Enjoy!