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…

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…

Sweet Potato Fries “Bakes?”


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor As we know sweet potatoes are loaded with nutritious goodness, so finding ways to create various dishes with them is not only good for us but can have a very different set of flavor characteristics depending on the direction you choose. Most folks like crisp French…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Gunslinger Cornbread


Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove D.O., FACOG- Nutrition Editor This is a variation of an easy cornbread that packs some heat and has a little extra punch from the red curry powder in combination with the black pepper. Enjoy!

Vegetable Soup Another Mother Batch


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a perfect vehicle for a mother batch that may, once initially cooked, be stored in sealed containers, frozen and then reheated for service. What is really great about a basic vegetable soup is that first you can use whatever veggies you like and when…

Saffron Risotto


Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove D.O., FACOG- Nutrition Editor A great side dish with chicken, pork, shrimp or fish. The preparation is a little time consuming and quite a lot of stirring during the process is required to finish with the desired creamy consistency, but the work is worth the time spent. If you choose…

Coho/Sockeye Salmon Tartar


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Each year in August and September we begin to get fresh, never frozen, wild caught Sockeye and Coho Salmon. When you can get this product you’ll notice that the flesh in more red than the farm raised variety and has a much more elegant taste and…

Mango Avocado Salsa


Recipe courtesy of Kathi Bayne, North Carolina Equipment Needed: Chef’s knife, cutting board, covered bowl. Ingredients: 2 mangos, peeled, cut into ½ inch cubes 1 jalapeno, fresh, diced 2 cloves garlic, fresh, minced

Chicken and Roasted Corn Tacos


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor A while back I did a couple of mother batches, one chicken and another, a bunch of roasted vegetables on the grill. The following recipe is using a container of the chicken left after making chicken stock, and leftover roasted sweet corn. The greens, chard came…

Hearty Chicken Soup


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a relatively easy and quick recipe for a large batch of chicken soup that can be stored in smaller quantities, frozen and heated up later. One of my favorite reheats is to add whole wheat pasta, noodles or elbows to the soup when reheating…

Snake Bites


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Most of us have had an appetizer commonly known as “Poppers”. Normally this is a jalapeno pepper stuffed with cream cheese, battered and deep fried. The following recipe is a little more time consuming and adds a couple of twists, in that it incorporates shrimp, tempura…

Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Hummus


Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor What’s special about this recipe? Besides being mine, I have incorporated poached garlic instead of uncooked garlic. Poaching the garlic before putting it into a recipe that will not be cooked, keeps the garlic from getting stronger (hotter), as it rests in storage. Information about poaching garlic…

Shrimp Chowder


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor I have several “go to” soups and chowders. The following shrimp chowder is one that is easy and relatively quick to prepare. The recipe was prepared for a dinner party that started with a duo presentation of the shrimp chowder and red pepper hummus soup. Equipment/…

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…

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)

Dill and Horseradish Potato Salad


Courtesy of Sharon Schneider – Contributor Equipment needed: Medium to large stock pot, chef’s knife, whip Ingredients: 15-20 small red potatoes, washed, unpeeled, cut in bite-size pieces 3 eggs, boiled, peeled (under cold water), quartered or grated

Black Bean, Mango, and Roasted Corn Salad


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Equipment/ utensils required: Chef’s knife, mixing bowl. Ingredients: ½ lb. dried black beans soaked overnight in unsalted veggie stock and then cooked until tender 1 Mango, skinned and flesh removed from pit and cut to ½ inch dice

Ahi Tuna and Avocado Salad


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Equipment/ utensils required: Non-stick sauté pan, spatula, chef’s knife. Ingredients: 4 oz. ahi tuna 2 oz. avocado

Quinoa, Wild Rice, Bulgur Wheat Pilaf with Lemon Cumin Vinaigrette


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Equipment/ utensils required: Chef’s knife, mixing bowls, vegetable peeler, whip, grater, medium stock pot. Ingredients: 1 cup mix of equal parts wild rice, quinoa, bulgur wheat, barley pearls, and brown rice. Keep the bulgur wheat portion separate. Also keep the quinoa portion separate.

Hummus with Red Chiles, Spinach and Feta


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Try a fresh twist on traditional hummus by adding fresh chiles, spinach and feta cheese. This pairs well as a side with smoked fish when spread on bruschetta, crusty bread, or crackers. This recipe is very easy to prepare once you have the ingredients and dump…

Great Northern Beans and Beer


Equipment/ utensils required: Chef’s knife, large sealed refrigerator container, large sauce pan. Ingredients: 2 cup dried white beans (Great Northern, Cannolini, etc) 1 pint homemade vegetable stock, no salt

Mango and Avocado Salsa Chicken Salad


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Equipment/ utensils required: Chef’s knife, medium or large mixing bowl, covered sealed container. Ingredients: 4 oz. chicken breast (approx. 1/2 cooked chicken breast) 4 oz. mango (approx. flesh of one medium mango) 2 tbsp. sweet onion chopped to small dice

Green Chilies and Corn Chowder


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Equipment/ utensils required: Chef’s knife, mixing bowl, large sauce pot. Ingredients: 4 oz. corn cut fresh or from roasted ears. Approx. 3 ears of corn 4 oz. green chiles. Roasted, peeled and chopped to medium

Lobster, Calamari, and Shrimp Ceviche


Recipe Courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Equipment/ utensils required: Chef’s knife, mixing bowl, cling or clear wrap. Ingredients: 2 oz. lobster claw and knuckles in shell 3 oz. squid with tentacles (fresh or fresh frozen) (If fresh frozen you normally will not have to clean the squid.) 4 oz. shrimp, peeled, de-veined,…