Cinco de Mayo Recipe Round-up!

Cinco de Mayo Recipe Round-up!

There is nothing more delicious than a blog post filled with Mexican and South American inspired recipes.  The rich, bold and spicy flavors remind me summer is on the horizon and it makes this chef delirious with anticipation.  Outdoor grilling, fresh local summer produce, casual dining, flip flops or barefoot; it positively makes me giddy just thinking about it. Cinco de Mayo is Monday, May 5th and to celebrate,  I’ve got a fabulous line...

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5 Sassy Sides

5 Sassy Sides

“A side dish, is a side dish, is a side dish”, said one of my sassy gals.  Until, of course, she tasted one of my sassy sides. A sassy side can rev up dinner and make it take off to new heights.  Especially when fresh, lovely produce is abundant and time is of the essence.  A sassy side is the most perfect complement to a simple but tasty meal. I love to pan sear chicken thigh and leg quarters, and then finish them off in the oven. (I’ll post...

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Oven Barbecue Shrimp with Sweet Potato Polenta

Oven Barbecue Shrimp with Sweet Potato Polenta

Louisiana is where I learned to love seafood. With dishes like fish crusted in chopped pecans and smothered in fresh crab and a lightly spiced white wine beurre blanc, dark and richly flavored seafood gumbo that’s been simmering for hours, and finger licking good crab and crawfish boils. Once I got a taste of Cajun cuisine, there was no turning back. My love of all things Cajun was born. So when I found this recipe, I was over the moon excited....

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Sweet Potato Spoon Bread

Sweet Potato Spoon Bread

Sweet potatoes always grace our Thanksgiving table.  It’s tradition.  And you don’t mess with tradition in the Bennett house.  No sirree Bob.  My two sassy gals will let me know in a New York minute if I’ve left out, or mistakenly altered, time-honored traditions.  It’s almost amusing.  Almost. So, when I mentioned I’d be testing this new sweet potato spoon bread recipe, I had everyone’s attention.  That...

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Curried Sweet Potato and Chicken Stew

Curried Sweet Potato and Chicken Stew

I have a sweet potato fascination.  You’d think this time of year I’d be talking pumpkin, butternut squash, maple syrup and apples.  I’m getting to those.  But right now I’m stuck at sweet potato. I love sweet potatoes for so many reasons.  They’re a superfood, über versatile (I put them in everything) and they really are a tad sweet.  Especially with a little pat of butter (I did say little), a sprinkle of brown sugar (yes, just a...

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