Category: Guest Posts
Stretching only ten miles, the islands of Marathon are right in the middle of the chain of the Keys islands. Traditionally a home to fishing and marine activities and beachside restaurants, the city loves its stone crab, lobster, and other fresh seafood that come straight from its waters. Local chef John Mirabella has become one with the local seafood and community, immersing himself completely, so I asked him to take us on an edible tour of Marathon.
I can’t believe that it has already been almost a year since I went to Italy! Do you remember my fairy tale trip to cooking school in Southern Italy last fall? If you missed it, here are some of my posts from my trip:
Have no fear, this Friday the 13th is your lucky day. Why? Because we have an AWESOME guest blogger here today with an amazing recipe for Featured Foodie Friday, Chef Dennis. If you missed it, I guest posted for him a while back with my Potato Gnocchi w/ Jerk Chicken on Green Pea Puree recipe. If you are not already following his blog, you need to. He is full of great advice and wonderful recipes.
As for this cake? For all of you who are stuck in rainy/snowy/cold/cloudy weather or didn’t get the chance to take a vacation this spring break, this cake is your way to indulge and transport yourself here with me in Hawaii. I do have to admit, I had indulged in my first Pina Colada since being here last week and it has me wanting to bake this cake ASAP.
Pina Colada Cake
Do you hate making decisions? I kind of do. This week was filled with some big decision making, I will share more with you when things are more solidified. Either way, it’s weeks like these that make me want to just pack my bags and go, yet again. I don’t want to decide on things, I just want them to happen; unfortunately this is not always how life works, so for now I will hope that I am making the right decisions and that things will figure themselves out in the end. Our guest blogger this Friday is one of the masterminds behind SaucyCooks, Jill, who has also had to make some big decisions. Luckily for us, they involved her starting the SaucyCooks blog. Check out her delicious Chicken Marsala recipe for this week’s Featured Foodie Friday.
Today is an exciting Featured Foodie Friday for me; it is my mom! After reading this post it will all make sense. My mom is a world traveler foodie, just like me; where do you think I got it? She worked at IBM for 25 years before deciding to quit and start her own private culinary classes business, Cooking With Michele. Check her out and if you are interested in taking classes or going on her yearly trip to cooking school in Italy let her know, she would love to have you. So there you are, I am proud to introduce my mom, Michele with her Caribbean Curried Lamb recipe this week.
Caribbean Curried Lamb
Wow, I feel like I am announcing one Friday after the other. Time flies… On the Hawaii front, my foot is slowly but surely getting better, only missed two days of work and my limp is almost gone. Some exciting news for this upcoming week, Iron Chef Morimoto is coming back into town to oversee how things are going at the restaurant. Stay tuned for the behind the scenes. This week I am happy to introduce you to Brandon from The Yummy Bits for our featured foodie with a delicious dressing for your healthy spring salads.
Sweet Onion Dressing
Happy Friday everyone! This week I have a different kind of guest post for all of you. Today I am featuring Andrew, who is a writer about cooking, home brewing and DIY projects for Appliance Help. I am sure many of you have the same problem I have, a tiny kitchen with no room to do anything! Andrew has some great tips to maximize the use of your tiny kitchen. Who knows, maybe your weekend will be filled with DIY kitchen organization.
6 Ways to Cook Better in SmallApartments:
Get more space, find kitchen gear that works, and make awesome food more quickly with these tips!
First off, I have to give a HUGE apology to Pragati for not getting this post up earlier! Sometimes our busy lives get in the way of our cyber ones, why can’t we all just be rich bloggers like Pioneer Woman? Haha. Either way, I am so excited to have Pragati from Get Fresh With Food here guest posting today. I love finding new ethnic recipes and her blog is full of them; not to mention I LOVE her photography!
Coriander Chili Chutney
Today I have some food for thought for you. As a foodie, what matters most to you? Is it health and nutrition; exotic, widespread cuisines; taste; or simply something else? It amazes me how big food has gotten over the last 100 years. We have always eaten, but suddenly food has become this celebrity that has won the hearts of us all. What is it about food that does this? Yes, we all love food that tastes good, but there is something else. For me, my life revolves around food. My job, hobbies, actions, thoughts, aspirations, dreams, you name it. I want to learn about all the cuisines of the world; all the plating techniques used in fine dining; etc.
As for the cause of this epidemic? I think it is because good food has the ability to create a widespread happiness and feeling of togetherness amongst us. You know they say a way to a mans heart is through his belly. I think this is true for everyone. Why do you cook? I cook because of the way food makes me feel; I want to be able to share this with others. On that note, I think our guest blogger today is a great addition to my rant because she has created a unique cupcake that shows how far food has come. Please welcome Claudie from Bohemian Kitchen.
Sour Cream, Almond, & Saffron Cupcakes w/ Cardamom & Sumo Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
Happy Friday! For once, I feel like this Friday is a weekend day; it feels great. I have two days off work and finally have a minute to take a breath and relax. I went to lunch with my roommate yesterday at a new restaurant called Jawaiian Irie Jerk Restaurant. It used to be a food truck, and was so popular that they turned it into a restaurant. Pretty cool story; definitely has added a little to my dream of owning a food truck! On another note, this friday we have a great guest blogger from the mainland; please welcome Kimby from A Little Lunch!
Sponge Cake with Lemon Sauce