Buttermilk Fried Okra


Recipe Courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a little twist on Southern style fried okra. Rather than cutting the okra into little chunks and dredging in corn meal I prefer to split the pod lengthways, soak in buttermilk, dredge in a little seasoned flour prior to frying. These cook up very…

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…

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…

Eggplant-Basil Pesto Bruschetta


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor A super way to use older bread that is going or has become stale or just dried out. Topping can be just about anything you can dream up that would be tasty to yourself and friends. Sometimes I put out a bunch of ingredients and let…

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!

Tapas Tostadas


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a really fun appetizer with lots of eye appeal and an explosion of tastes. You need some leftover spicy black bean soup from a mother batch, ahi tuna, and shrimp for the basic flavor profile and a little more time to prepare. It’s worth…

Coconut-Curry Sweet Potato Soup


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor The following soup is my take off of an Indian style squash soup, substituting sweet potatoes for the squash, as sweet potatoes are plentiful in our area during the summer and winter and they add a decidedly flavorful dimension that squash lack. In the picture of…

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Soup


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a really interesting soup both for texture and flavor. It combines products from three “mother batches” that we typically keep in the refrigerator most of the time, roasted red pepper hummus, roasted beets, and poached garlic cloves. It is a quick “go to” soup…

Hogfish, Shrimp and Avocado Ceviche


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Equipment/ utensils required: Chef’s knife, cutting board, mixing bowl, cling or clear wrap. Ingredients: 6 oz. Hog snapper or other fresh snapper cut to ½ inch pieces

Steamed Artichokes


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Equipment needed: Medium to large stock pot, chef’s knife, poultry shears or scissors, small ladle. Ingredients: 3 Artichokes Fresh with top and tips trimmed away. 3 cloves garlic freshly chopped or use poached garlic (See recipe at Recipe/Veggies)

Spicy Black Bean Soup


Recipe Courtesy of Courtney Ankrum Thompson – Contributing Culinary Author Equipment Needed:  Large stock pot with lid, chef knife, cutting board, prep bowls, covered bowl for soaking beans. Ingredients: 1 lb dry black beans 6 cups unsalted vegetable stock (approximate) 3 tbsp olive oil 1 large sweet onion, coarsely chopped

Baked Clams and Linguine


Recipe courtesy of Beverly Bryant – Contributor Equipment/ utensils required: Roasting pan, sauté pan, measuring cups, chef’s knife. Ingredients: 1 box dry whole wheat linguine 24 little neck clams 1/4 cup olive oil

Herb Marinated Ahi Tuna


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Equipment/ utensils required: Small stock pot, stainless steel stirring utensil, chef’s knife, clear cling plastic wrap, measuring spoons, liquid measuring cup. Ingredients: 8oz. Ahi tuna raw 2 tsp. rosemary fresh chopped fine

Red Bean and Rice Soup (Puree)


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor The following recipe contains “Rice Cream” and can contain Romesco Sauce, both of which I was introduced to by Chef Wong of the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone while my wife and I were attending a workshop during the Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives conference in Napa…