Blueberry Rhubarb Cream Tart

I had originally planned on having this online for July 4th–its seasonal, the flavors are sophisticated and refreshing (perfect way to end a barbecue!), and the colors are vibrant and appropriately patriotic (well, its kind red, white, and blue, right?). Oh well, better late than never, because this one’s a keeper for sure: a blueberry rhubarb cream tart that will have everybody begging for seconds.

Once I finally discovered my love for rhubarb and how wonderfully it pairs with strawberries, I started trying to make up for lost time and work it into whatever I could. But I’d realized how little I’ve really come to appreciate rhubarb–I mean every use of it so far has been with strawberries! So it finally seemed time to… click to read more…

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Red Grouper with Tomato Braised Fennel

I love the produce of summer–for me, the challenge becomes enjoying as much of it as I can while its still in season. While my produce-lust is usually fruit-centric, one of my veggie favorites: fennel. This delicious vegetable has fronds kind of like dill and a bulb that is sweet, subtle, and anisey–the flavor is just quite unique and the perfect foil for fish. Today, we have a Red Grouper served over Fennel braised in a Citrus Tomato Sauce.

I originally went to the grocery store with sea bass in mind, but it seems red grouper was in the cards for me, so red grouper it is! The grouper worked wonderfully, but I still would lean towards a nice white fish next time around (like sea bass, halibut, mahi, etc).

This dish was simple and tasty–the kind of thing that is good for a hot summer day when spending a lot of time in a hot kitchen just isn’t… click to read more…

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Blueberry Mango Mille Feuille

A Mille Feuille (a.k.a. a Napoleon in some circles) is a classic dessert that comes in all shapes and sizes, but the core of it remains the same: alternating layers of delicate puff pastry and various sweet fillings (fruits, creams, etc). I decided to use some great local produce to flavor my rendition: blueberry, mango, and (of course 😛 ) strawberry.

I was inspired to make this by a fantastic entry way back during Strawberry Seduction. This dessert is really quite easy to prepare (assuming you cheat and use store-bought puff pastry like I did….shhh!)–the bulk of the time and effort is actually spent putting it together so that it looks nice. I think I did a pretty decent job, but looking back at the photos, there’s definitely room for improvement (e.g. my layers of cooked pastry aren’t even close to uniformly flat, so things… click to read more…

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You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Frozen Desserts: The Roundup!

A month ago, I called on the creative food bloggers out there to tempt us all with some delicious frozen desserts to get us through the summer with a food blog event: You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Frozen Desserts! Being a big fan of ice cream, I was hoping to see what other fun things you all could come up with, and I was blown away with the results.

I just wanted to say thanks to all of the participants! There’s definitely something here for every palette and it should have you all screaming for ice cream (and many other frozen desserts). Bookmark this page or pass it on to your friends who could be swayed to try making some frozen desserts of their own rather than picking up something from the store!… click to read more…

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Crab Quesadillas with Mango Avocado Salsa

Something about the oppressively hot and humid Florida weather has given me the urge to eat more seafood this summer. Maybe because its lighter fare? Maybe so I can pretend I’m on vacation somewhere tropical? Whatever the case, I had a craving for something pseudo-Mexican in flavors, so somehow, that resulted in quesadillas filled with king crab, a mango and avocado salsa, and some cheddar and monterey jack cheese.

This would have been a really quick meal to prepare if not for the one laborious, slow, somewhat aggravating process of harvesting every last bit of meat from the crab. If you can get help for this step, go for it–make those sharing dinner with you earn their keep! Its not like this step will take you hours, but for how quick the rest of the dinner goes, a little speed boost on this step (or a beer) will make you feel better. Everything else is very quick work: boiling… click to read more…

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My Mom’s Deadly Dark Chocolate Kahlua Brownie Chunk Ice Cream

Just like during Strawberry Seduction, my mom, a regular reader of this blog, had to join in on the fun, but this time, for You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Frozen Dessert. So without a blog of her own and always resisting my pushing her to have one (since she loves reading the comments! 😛 ), I am hosting her ice cream entry here. So here is her entry without any further interruptions from me: Deadly Dark Chocolate Kahlua Brownie Chunk Ice Cream

Our family has always had a love for chocolate and Kahlua is out favorite drink, so why not combine the two for Michael’s desserts?

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 9 ounces sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2

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