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…

Mussels in a White Wine, Olive Oil, Garlic, and Basil Sauce


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a super easy recipe and delicious complete meal in one bowl to throw together assuming you are sure to clean the mussels well. The easiest way to be sure the mussels are free of grit is to purchase them ahead of time, (be sure…

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…

Cilantro Pesto Stuffed Shrimp


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a very tasty and a little spicy dish with great eye appeal. I like to serve them with yucca fries with a honey mustard dip and a cold black bean and mango salad. Enjoy! Equipment/ utensils required: Chef’s knife, cutting board, cast iron skillet…

Yucca Fries with Honey and Stone Ground Mustard Sauce


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Try this if you can find fresh yuca root, also called Cassava or manioc, as it is unusual to many folks that may not even know what yucca is let alone having it as part of a meal. The look is similar to potato fries but…

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!

Italian Style Vegetable Ragu over Quinoa Pasta


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Pasta’s in Italy are as diverse as you can imagine from region to region and range from very simple pasta’s with the pasta, oil, and cheese to more complex vegetable combinations called ragu. The following is a combination of ingredients high in nutritional value, and combined…

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…

Low Country Boil with Southern Fried Hush-puppies


Guests love this meal. It is both visually appealing and unique to in that it requires little preparation effort and, with a little bit of attention to timing, cooks everything in one pot ready to dump onto a large platter and serve. The choice of ingredients is up for grabs as long as it includes…

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…

Southwestern Roasted Chilies and Roasted Corn Chowder


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a variation of a previous green chile and corn chowder published, with the difference being the addition of tomatoes, removal of the potatoes, heavy cream and milk, and substituting rice cream as the thickening agent. This version adds nutrition and reduces fat and calories…

Red Cabbage Slaw


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor I’ll make this condiment fresh for fish or shrimp tacos. Gives more crunch than lettuce and the color is much more interesting. Enjoy!

Savory Seafood Stew


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor The following recipe uses little neck clams. When using fresh clams one of the keys to delicious clams other than not over cooking the little bivalves is to be sure that they are free of grit, sand, etc. An effective way is to place them into…

BARILLA’S HOME MADE BOLOGNESE


Recipe sent in to NutritionHealthNet courtesy of Chuck Barilla – Culinary Contributor Equipment: Large stock pot, chef’s knife, cutting board, food processor

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

Basic Smashed Red Potatoes with Cheddar Cheese and Greek Yogurt


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Smashed potatoes are easy to make and versatile in that you can add so many flavorful ingredients, chives, cheese, yogurt, bacon, onions, peppers, whatever pleases your palate, to the potatoes when you mash them. The following recipe makes a “stiff” smashed potato dish with the skins…

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…

Roasted Summer Vegetables with Pork Rice and Chutney


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor We’ve discussed the idea of constructing plates of food following the Mediterranean style of proportion, 50 % vegetables, 25 % grains, rice or fruit, and 25% protein. The following dish is a pretty good example of such a construct using seasonal vegetables, rice, and pork left…

A Basic Chutney-Fruit with Honey


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Chutney may be made from nearly any fruit or fruit with vegetables reduced in juice, sugar and spices to a jam like consistency. The following chutney is easy to make any time of the year as it can be made with a bag of frozen mixed…

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…

Tempura Batter – Basic Recipe


Tempura Batter – Basic Recipe Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Tempura batter is a uniquely light and fluffy batter that works well with foods that do not require a lot of frying time and makes for an attractive final presentation of said product. Many times vegetables are blanched or partially cooked…

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…

Sea Grapes


Contributed by Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor Prolific, environmentally sound and good to eat! Sea Grapes, or Coccoloba uvifera, is a flowering plant in the buckwheat family. It is native to coastal beaches throughout America and the Caribbean. It is an evergreen shrub or small tree reaching 7-26 feet. Sea Grapes are very salt tolerant,…

Shrimp and Grits


Throughout the South shrimp and grits are prepared in numerous ways with clever ingredients used to enhance the seafood and grits center piece. The recipe I am going to share today uses basic ingredients common to many shrimp and grits recipes with just a slight twist. I have eaten shrimp and grits in many places,…

Ahi Tuna Tacos with Bok Choy and Shrimp


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Equipment needed: Knife and cutting board, Flat grill or other grilling surface, Ingredients: 2 oz. shrimp (about 4 large), peeled, deveined, and butterflied.