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Antipasti D’Cortona

Antipasti D’Cortona

The Holidays are a special time of the year. You hopefully get the opportunity to enjoy them with all the important people in your life. Holiday dinners and buffets are always fun. I love to make antipasti because of the wide assortment of toppings for the salad. There’s always something for everybody. About 15 years […]

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Pinecone Holiday Cheese Spread

Pinecone Holiday Cheese Spread

It seems like this year just flew by … We’ve had our more than fair share of scary hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, threats of nuclear attacks, and needless to say, our own personal heartbreaks and scary moments. I’m sure we’re all looking forward to some fun family holiday season, and we all deserve it! So, now I […]

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Double Layer Pumpkin Pie

Double Layer Pumpkin Pie

I don’t know about you, but I love Thanksgiving, and I especially love all the spice and yummy pumpkin desserts … There’s the pumpkin roulades with their tasty cream cheese frosting oozing out of every roll; there’s the traditional pies … pumpkin, mincemeat, apple, squash, and sweet potato and we can’t forget all the delicious […]

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Flavorful Ice-Cubes Performing Double-Duty

Flavorful Ice-Cubes Performing Double-Duty

It’s summer again, and we all have to keep hydrated!  We all should be drinking an abundance of fluids, and on a hot summer day, who doesn’t like a refreshing cold drink.  If you’re like me, you also do not love that the ice cubes dilute your tasty beverage! I’m sure you’ve noticed how your […]

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Caribbean Duck Breasts

Caribbean Duck Breasts

Over the many years I spent in the Caribbean and cooking aboard various yachts, I’ve of course made lots of recipes that are island themed.  It’s interesting that this is a “Caribbean” duck breast recipe because duck wasn’t always easy to find in the earlier years, but has become a lot easier to find with […]

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Breakfast Waffle Panini

Breakfast Waffle Panini

Fun fact:  Did you know that the term for one panini is panino?  Panino is the term for several paninos… who knew! Breakfast aboard a private yacht was usually a rushed sort of time if we were getting underway early that morning, but I always tried to make breakfast interesting and fun.  I found that if […]

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Ziti with Portabella Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, and Goat Cheese

Ziti with Portabella Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, and Goat Cheese

Ziti with Portabella Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, and Goat Cheese About 14 years ago, I worked on a yacht that was owned by a prominent businessman who resided in Puerto Rico. He didn’t normally like us to have the boat in San Juan, except when we were bunkering fuel from a barge in the harbor. One […]

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Cruzan Rum Cake

Cruzan Rum Cake

 Way back when I lived on a 43 foot sailboat (a Mason 43 Custom Catch) and worked in St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and before my life as a yacht chef.  This recipe was extremely popular and became a staple in the West Indian yachting social circles along with the use of the […]

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Smart Batter Whisking

Smart Batter Whisking

When making your cake batter, try separating your eggs and put the egg whites aside.  Mix your egg yolks in with the batter.  Then using a wire whisk or your stand o mixer, or even your hand mixer, whisk the egg white separately. After you’ve combined all your other batter ingredients together, gently fold in […]

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Dividing Cake Batter Evenly

Dividing Cake Batter Evenly

Nothing can ruin the look of a layer cake more than uneven layers … the layers look lopsided, and they don’t bake evenly.  It can be frustrating getting a cake batter evenly divided between your 2 pans, so here’s a fabulous quick tip! Try mixing your cake batter and then divide the batter as evenly […]

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Snow Topped Strawberries

Snow Topped Strawberries

Chocolate dipped strawberries are wonderful and gorgeous and perfect for Valentine’s Day! Try using your microplane to grate some white chocolate over the chocolate coating while it’s still wet to create a snow effect as nice change to the expected drizzling of the white chocolate.  If you don’t own a microplane, a cheese grater will […]

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Easy Bake Biscotti

Easy Bake Biscotti

Making biscotti normally involves baking your biscotti 3 times; baking as a loaf to start; slicing into the oblong cookies and baking the slices for a shorter period of time on one side; and then flipping them over and baking again on the other side. My method is a lot easier and cuts the baking […]

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