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    September 10, 2014

    September is National Bourbon Month: Celebrate With Whiskey-Infused Recipes

    Ah. September. Let us count the ways we love thee. After months of feeling like we're living in a sauna, the breeze is starting to cool down (ever so slightly), the kids are back in school, and we're finally gearing up for season to come back around. As much as we love all of the above, there's ye ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    Valentine's Day Dinner: How to Cook Dolce Vita with Fabio Viviani (Recipes)

    Valentine's Day is today and the way we see it, you've got two alternatives. You can take your significant other to a schmancy restaurant filled with other people...or you can prepare a decadent dinner-for-two at home. Don't know what to make? Allow Fabio Viviani to assist you. The Top Chef All Sta ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Vegan Cupcake Recipe: Leaving the Nest Almond / Caramel / Chocolate Cupcakes

    ​Earlier this month, while some high school seniors were ditching classes to catch up on lost episodes of 16 and Pregnant (it's too addictive to avoid), one impressive Nova High School senior took pen to paper and later spatula to bowl to craft the perfect sticky sweet sendoff as she leaves her fa ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Vegetarian Easter Dishes: Feed Your Meat-Free Friends

    By Aussiegall via Creative Commons There's plenty for the bunny huggers to eat besides carrots.​ As a vegetarian, Easter is one of several holidays where I struggle to muster half the enthusiasm for the menu as most everyone else in the room. If, like me, you've ever gone riffling through the East ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Recipe from Daniel Ramos of Market 17: Saute of Canaveral Shrimp with Jalapeno White Cheddar Grits

    Grits are just the beginning of this delicious dish.​Saute of Canaveral Shrimp with Jalapeno White Cheddar Grits, Swiss Chard, creamed leeks and Garlic Thyme Pan Sauce Grits 1 cup yellow grits 4 cup water 1 jalapeno diced and seeded 1 cup shredded white cheddar ½ cup unsalted butter Salt a ... 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 20, 2010

    Recipe: Coca-Cola Cake From Carlos Fernandez of Hi-Life Cafe

    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!​

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    August 13, 2010

    Mark Militello's Semolina Crepes Recipe

    ​The past two days, we've shared with you Chef Mark Millitello's insights on his past and his future. Now it's time for one of his recipes, savory semolina crepes stuffed with ricotta and prosciutto.Mark's Semolina Crepes Stuffed With Homemade Ricotta & ProsciuttoFor the Ricotta (makes 2 cups) ... 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 6, 2010

    It's Not Meatloaf, It's Meatloaf de Veau

    ​Yesterday the economy was booming, everyone was making money, and it was steak and lobster for all.   Today the economy is in the shitter, everyone is broke, and it's Hamburger Helper and ramen for dinner. It's times like these that test a cook's ingenuity. If you want to eat like a kin ... 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 14, 2010

    Sweet Summer Birthday Cakes (and a Texas Sheet Cake Recipe)

    Jeff SandquistTexas sheet cake (with walnuts) ​Jennifer Reed is a pastry chef based in South Florida and owner of the Sugar Monkey. Every week, she'll share her insights about life, local food, and the people who cook it. Summer birthdays are kind of a drag. Yeah, you could take your cupcakes ... 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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    May 31, 2010

    Summer Comes to Steak 954

    ​Happy Memorial Day!Today ushers in the unofficial start of summer, the time of year when it gets so hot that people start looking for any way to cool down. Well here's one way to make that happen: check out the new, summer exclusive ice cream sandwich at Steak 954.The frozen treat costs $15 and c ... 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 4, 2010

    The Complete Idiot's Guide to: Traditional Eggs Benedict

    Flickr: bunbunlife​When we're kids, Mom always tells us not to buy her anything, that she is perfectly happy with whatever we make her. In my house, she was thankful if my three brothers and I let her sleep in. Mother's Day has always proven to be the busiest day of the year for restaurants. In o ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    A Blossom Recipe Blossoms

    ​Now that the Sunshine State has actually seen a couple of weeks of sunshine, all those fruits and veggies that were hiding out for our wretched winter are now, well... blossoming. And with our weekend farmers' markets in full swing and such full-time produce markets as Harvest Time (4361 Hypoluxo ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    Last call at Savor the Avenue - and Caffe Luna Rosa's Ceviche Recipe if You Miss Out

    Very few seats left at Savor the Avenue, but make this ceviche at home and pretend you're there.

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    January 18, 2010

    The Complete Idiot's Guide to Banana Pancakes

    Flickr:​Whether it's the first time they've woken up at your place, the 100th, or the 1,000th - I personally believe there is no better way to impress someone the morning after than to make them breakfast.Don't make eggs. Because eggs are like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches: speci ... More >>

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    January 11, 2010

    The Complete Idiot's Guide to Blondies

    Photo by flickr user Little Miss Amanda.​Some time in high school I realized that I was good at baking. And brownies became my go-to dish: they were simple and, surprisingly, people got excited about eating them. After awhile, though, even a great brownie baker needs a change of pace. &nb ... 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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    December 23, 2009

    What Holiday Dishes Are You Cooking?

    John LinnA homemade cranberry dressing makes this easy salad a holiday treat.​ The most important thing about the holidays next to family? What's on the table, of course. My family usually starts preparing their holiday meal a day in advance, and this year is no different. We're going to be doing ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    Dish Deconstructed: Pumpkin Spice Soup

    John LinnWarm, spicy pumpkin soup is a winter time treat.​ Now that we're enjoying one of our rare cold fronts, you may as well make the most of it by making some wintery, homemade soup. This pumpkin spice soup takes canned pumpkin puree and turns it into an easy, cheap, and tasty meal that will w ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    Meat Pies: Australian for Food

    Photo by Flickr user Mr & Mrs Stickyfingers​A couple of years ago, I went to a Christmas party in New York City. It wasn't a dinner party, but more of a "stand around and chat while you swirl wine in a glass and look fancy" kind of deal. I prefer sitting, preferably with my legs up and a bowl ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    Order Up: Beachside Grill

    ​With the Holidays right around the corner, it seemed like an appropriate time to review Beachside Grill, a retro bar and restaurant in Lauderdale by the Sea thats specialty is Sunday gravy. Beachside's version is chock full of tender pork and Italian sausage, and while it's hard to take it over y ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    Dish Deconstructed: Baked Halibut

    John Linn​This delicate fish is so simple, even the most inexperienced cooks can make it. Start with inch-thick fillets of the fleshy white fish -- fresh is best, though even the frozen packages available at Publix are of decent quality. Just be sure to defrost properly by placing the fillets in t ... More >>

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    November 27, 2009

    Purge the Bird and Braise Yourself Some Short Ribs

    Photo by Flickr user Dave Lifson​I love me some good poultry. I've basked in the glory of wings, become reverent in the presence of a well-cooked turkey, waxed lyrical about Thanksgiving leftovers. But it's right about this time every year that I find out I have a poultry limit. It's time to flush ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Saving Thanksgiving, One Pumpkin Bread at a Time

    Matthew HorbundThis moist pumpkin bread can offset any dried-out turkey.​By Dori Zinn Thanksgiving, in all of its food-coma glory, comes but once a year. And for eating my Aunt's dried out, overcooked, over-prepared turkey, once a year is entirely too much. Some family members suck it up and eat ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Even Fast-Food Giants Know: It's Not Hard to Make an Awesome Wing

    Photo by Flickr user sokolokophoto​I hate chain restaurants, and they seem to be multiplying. Every time I turn around, there's another squatting smugly across the parking lot from Best Buy or snuggled into the corner of a mall, waiting for trans-fat-hungry customers to order some sort of deep-fri ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009

    Dish Deconstructed: Matteo's Linguine Frutti di Maré

    Bill Citara​Matteo's is the kind of upscale Italian-American restaurant that's as common as Botoxed foreheads and lipo-ed thighs in its tony Boca Raton neighborhood. The menu doesn't plow any new culinary ground, but what it does it does pretty well, and one dish it does really well is the classic ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    Shepherd's Pie: Meaty Perfection in a Pan, or, Proof that the English Really Can Cook

    Photo by Flickr user mitchenall​For a time, when I was a lad growing up in New York, I went to an obnoxiously upscale grade school called St. Bernard's (pronounced with Connecticut lockjaw of course, as in BERnerd's, not BerNARD'S). I still have a copy of the school's Christmas card from when I wa ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    Stealing From the Restaurant: Canyon's Stuffed Poblano

    ​Find me someone who doesn't like fried cheese and I'll show you an awful, unpatriotic, humorless, demon spawn who shouldn't be drawing breath. That or I'll show you someone who is lactose-intolerant (just a step above humorless demon spawn, in case you're keeping track). Lactose intolerance is no ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    Stealing From the Restaurant: Tuna Burger with Teriyaki Aioli

    Bill Citara​When John Montagu, First Lord of the Admiralty and avowed Satanist (!), asked his valet to slap a hunk of meat between two slices of bread in 1762, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich could hardly have known that almost 250 years later a restaurant in Boca Raton would nestle a juicy slab of gr ... More >>

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    August 17, 2009

    Improvising With Leftovers - Bok Choy Quiche

    John LinnQuiche in a skillet - now that's an interesting idea.​One thing I can't stand is having extra ingredients go bad in my fridge. Last week, I was in Oriental Square, a Chinese Market in my neck of the woods that has amazing deals on produce. I buy all types of fresh vegetables and herbs the ... More >>

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    August 12, 2009

    Stealing from the Restaurant: Anthony's Meatball and Ricotta Pizza

    I'm a sucker for Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza's meatball and ricotta pie. The combination of the thin, crisp, slightly charred, and bubbled crust with a simple tomato sauce, a little mozzarella, tiny meatballs, and blobs of rich ricotta is hard to resist when the urge for takeout pizza strikes.  ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    Putting a Chef Through Misery for One Great Meatloaf

    Photo by Flickr user mooshee85​My sister had a business partner in her restaurant for a number of years, who, to protect his identity, I'll call him Tattoo. He was a vegetarian -- I know, I know, but you can't argue with crazy. Tattoo didn't just avoid eating meat, he was grossed out by it. Not ... More >>

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    July 24, 2009

    Skip the Smoker; Pulled Pork Just takes Patience -- and Red Stripe

    Photo by Flickr user Another Pint Please... As a young man, the subtleties of pulled pork were lost on me. Technique, patience, care: pointless wastes of time to my still immature, I-want-it-fast mind. "Grab the pork," I thought, "and pull it. It's not rocket science."With maturity, though, cam ... More >>

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    July 1, 2009

    A Burger Goes to Spain

    Clean Plate Charlie is obsessed with burgers. Hey, it's better than sneaking out of the governor's mansion to rub the bacon with former Argentine TV reporters or performing unnatural acts on small farm animals.   Charlie's burger fetish plays itself out by coming up with patties that chann ... More >>

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    June 5, 2009

    Stealing From the Restaurant: Pork-Stuffed Shrimp at Home

    Clean Plate Charlie had this really cool idea. Take one of your favorite dishes from one of your favorite restaurants and, applying a little time, a few tablespoons of culinary knowledge, and a willingness to eat the inevitable mistakes, attempt to re-create it at home.Since Charlie absolutely adore ... More >>

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    June 2, 2009

    Cucina Verite: La Grande Bouffe

    Andrea Ferreol and Philippe Noiret devour each otherI had to skip last week's Cucina Verite because it took me a full 10 days to get through the entirety of Marco Ferreri's La Grande Bouffe, and frankly, I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it. When the film was first shown at Cannes in 1973 ... More >>

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    May 13, 2009

    Cucina Verite: Mostly Martha

    Too many cooks make one lovely soupI love to serve them roasted.It gives them a more robust taste.A wonderful side dish would be ravioli with boletus --truffles with wild mushroomsor chanterellesdepending on the season.But you need a good pigeon.It must be meaty or it'll dry out.You could also cook ... More >>

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    May 8, 2009

    First Bites: What's Your Favorite Mom Dish?

    Most of us have at least one or two "fond memories" (which may be code for: burned into the brain traumas) of Mother in the kitchen -- whether she was a gourmet cook or a baked-beans-in-a-can afficionado.  My own mom was no great whiz at the stove. We ate a lot of canned weenies and beanies dur ... More >>

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    April 14, 2009

    Post-Easter Regression: The Triple-Pork Sandwich. With Peeps.

    Peeps' Last Meal My friend Peggy Jean was in town over the Easter holidays. Peggy Jean is a real Southern cook, which means that just about everything she makes calls for many pounds of butter, cartons of heavy whipping cream, half and half, bacon fat, salt, and variations on the theme of sugar (tur ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    Post Holiday Depression Diet

    If you're like me after the holidays, a person who routinely has trouble pushing herself away from the table**, you're feeling fat and broke. So I looked up some traditional Depression Era recipes, hearkening back to the days when everybody was skinny because they ate so much cabbage, noodles, beans ... More >>

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    October 6, 2008
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    August 3, 2008

    Homebrew: Sue's Brazilian Fish Stew

    Brazilian Fish Stew. This is a great recipe for us Floridians because of the availability of gulf shrimp and snapper

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