Cornbread Stuffing Recipe from Chef Ethan Kostbar

The holidays are quickly approaching, and for me (who happens to be hosting Thanksgiving this year) that means I'm on the hunt for new recipes to freshen up the menu for my holiday dinner. Thanks to Moderne Barn's Chef Ethan Kostbar, I have a new twist on stuffing; instead of using my traditional Pepperidge Farm bread cubes, I'll be using cornbread, and adding a new flavorful side dish to my list of favorites. Enjoy! CORNBREAD STUFFING Ingredients: 8 cups Cornbread (small cubes, dried in oven) 1 medium Onion, diced 2 Carrots, diced 6-8 stalks Celery, diced 1/2 pound Bacon, diced [...]

By | 2013-10-16T15:56:51+00:00 October 16th, 2013|recipe|0 Comments

Strawberry and Feta Goat Cheese Salad Recipe

During the broadcast of Friday's Lisa Wexler Show, I had the pleasure of meeting Frank, from family-owned Goats & Gourmets, a new vendor at the Ridge Hill Farmer's Market. I was immediately impressed by the super fresh goat cheese created at the farmstead, especially with some of the flavor combinations they offer. I picked up a small tub of their creamy apricot and honey goat cheese (a perfect spread for your favorite cracker) and the Greek feta, a combination of fresh feta goat cheese, Greek dressing, green olives and sweet onion. The latter (which turned out to be my favorite) [...]

By | 2013-10-01T22:37:09+00:00 October 2nd, 2013|recipe|0 Comments

Balsamic Portobellos Caprese Recipe

Go meatless this monday with a delicious recipe from Swirls of Flavor blogger and Chef Gwynn Galvin. I’m a push over when it comes to anything Caprese. Fresh mozzarella, juicy tomatoes and fragrant basil…..it doesn’t get much better than that! Brings me right back to my visit to Italy a few years ago…..and makes me wish I was there again! Inspired by a Caprese platter, I flavored Portobello mushrooms in a Balsamic marinade, grilled them and crowned them with fresh mozzarella, pesto and compari tomato slices. Topped with the finishing touch of fresh basil leaves, these portobellos can be a vegetarian meal or side dish. [...]

By | 2013-08-15T23:46:51+00:00 August 19th, 2013|recipe|0 Comments

Recipe: Deconstructed Sangria (Fruit Kabobs)

There's nothing like a glass of red sangria on a hot summer day. While I love the fruit and wine combo, I have to admit I don't always love the slices of fruit swimming around in my glass; they're either bumping into my lips while I'm sipping (giving me a nice red wine mustache) or playing elusive when I'm trying to fish out a few pieces to eat. This weekend, I tested out my "deconstructed sangria," an easy recipe to prepare for any barbecue. Simply purchase some long, decorative toothpicks, skewer your favorite fruits (i used oranges, grapes, blueberries, raspberries [...]

By | 2013-07-29T03:37:46+00:00 July 29th, 2013|recipe|0 Comments

Grilled Panzanella Salad Recipe

Looking for a quick and easy dinner idea, perfect for summer? Skip turning on the oven and try this grilled panzanella salad recipe for Sleepy Hollow Chef Heidi Valenzuela. Grilled Panzanella Salad Serves 4 Salad 1 head of romaine lettuce, chopped 1 large heirloom tomato cut into bite size pieces 1 seeded cucumber cut into small pieces 1 cup lightly packed basil leaves, torn 1/2 cup red onion minced 1/2 cup good quality olives 1 cup of mozzarella balls (drained) Grilled bread 1/2 loaf sliced bread (Italian, sourdough, ciabatta) Olive oil 1 clove of garlic Salt & pepper Dressing Zest and [...]

By | 2013-07-15T03:44:11+00:00 July 15th, 2013|recipe|0 Comments

Grilled Corn with Tomato Basil Butter Recipe

Growing up, summers meant the sounds of screen doors slamming, playing outdoors until dinner time, sips from the garden hose, and sneaking into my father's garden to eat sun-ripened tomatoes. I remember the first bite—my teeth sinking in as juice dripped down my chin. I remember the taste so clearly, I can feel the sun on my back... It's so interesting how nostalgic food can be—how flavors can be so attached to a person or memory, it can bring you back to that moment. Some foods just define the season. For me, summer means corn on the cob. My father's [...]

By | 2013-07-05T21:51:12+00:00 July 4th, 2013|recipe|0 Comments

Fourth of July Cocktail

I'm one of those goofy people who get really into holidays. I love a special occasion where I can play host—on Halloween you'll find me in full costume, platter full of "finger-food" trickery in hand. The Fourth of July is no different. I'll be decked out in red, white and blue, and so will everything else in my menu. But when it came to creating the perfect beverage for the holiday, I was drawing a complete blank. Sure I could put out the same thing I did last year, but instead I decided to use my Twitter connection with Slovenia, [...]

By | 2013-07-02T04:48:30+00:00 July 2nd, 2013|entertaining, recipe|3 Comments