June 10, 2013
Chili Seared Broccoli

Done well, broccoli is sweet and substantial. It’s loaded with nutrients so a quick steam is all you really need to get everything broccoli has to offer. Still, there are other ways to get broccoli on your plate with a little more pizzaz than just the steamed, buttered, salted and peppered variety. Here’s one for when you want to spice things up a bit.

What you need:

1 lb broccoli florets

1 Vine ripe tomato diced

2 Cloves of Garlic minced

1 tsp red chili flakes

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

What you do:

1. Toss broccoli in garlic, salt and olive oil. Heat skillet over medium hight. Sear Broccoli until slightly charred but still firm. Remove from pan and set aside.

2. Add a light coating of olive oil back to the pan and add tomatoes, garlic and chili flakes. Let bubble for a few minutes until tomatoes begin to break down.

3. Return broccoli back to the pan and toss until coated with chili sauce mixture. Serve hot.

June 2, 2013
Savory Spicy Meatballs

This simple recipe takes ordinary ground meat and transforms it into a bold, flavorful treat.

What you need:

1 lb. ground round (or turkey)

1 Small-Med Shallot

2 Garlic Cloves

1 Red Hot Chili Pepper

1/2 T Fresh Oregano

1 t Thyme

1 t Cracked Pepper

1/2 t Fennel Seed

1/4 Cup Bread Crumbs

1 Egg Beaten

Salt & Pepper to taste

What you do:

1. Preheat oven to 350º. 

2. Finely chop shallot, oregano, garlic and chili. 

3. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.

4. Roll into 2” balls. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Serve individually with a righteous red sauce dip or smother in sauce over crusty french bread with melted cheese for a killer meatball sub. You can also serve over pasta with red sauce or cream sauce garnished with fresh basil and parmesan cheese.

May 20, 2013
Fried Green Tomatoes with Crab Claw Remoulade

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This recipe can be served as an appetizer or a small entree, depending on how much you put on the plate. I like to stack the tomatoes two high atop a dollop of “crabless” remoulade and some watercress with layers of crab remoulade in between and on top. The crispy breading with the tangy tomatoes and the rich, spicy remoulade is perfect for brunch. And if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can add a fried or poached egg for a special treat.

I also like to use crab claw meat because it’s only about $6 for a cup. Which is more than you need. But you can mix the leftover crab claw meat with a little ketchup and horseradish and spread it on crackers with cream cheese for a light hors d’ouvres or evening snack.

What you need:

2 medium or large green tomatoes
2 eggs beaten
1/2 Cup Flour
1 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
1/2 Cup Mayo (homemade pref.)
4 oz. of Crab Claw meat
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne
2 cups of watercress
1/4 Cup of Canola Oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt
Pepper

What you do:

To make the remoulade:

In a mixing bowl, combine mayo, paprika, garlic, rosemary, basil, oregano, cayenne and lemon juice. Set aside while frying the tomatoes to allow the flavors to marry.

To fry the tomatoes:

1. Place flour, eggs and breadcrumbs in separate shallow dishes. Season flour with salt and pepper.

2. Slice green tomatoes about 1/4” thick. You should get about 4-5 slices per tomato.

4. Dredge tomatoes in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs coating liberally and evenly. Set aside.

5. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add tomatoes a couple at a time and fry until golden brown. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel to remove excess oil.

To prepare for eating:

1. Divide the remoulade in two. Mix half with crab claw meat until you get the consistency you want.

2. Place a dollop of crabless remoulade on a small plate. Add a small handful of watercress. Add a tomato slice. Add a layer of crab remoulade. Add another tomato slice, add more crab remoulade and a watercress leaf or two.

3. Enjoy

August 31, 2012
Go tech or go home.

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March 29, 2012
7 Social Media Musts

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A friend asked me today if there was any information out there that illustrates how to best use social media. I thought about it for a minute and realized…no…there isn’t.

There is, however, a veritable plethora of examples of how people have used social media effectively. And they’re as close as your nearest search engine.

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