Breaded Pork Loin Marsala

  Chef Nick Farkas enjoys living in Pensacola but often misses his hometown and the food. He is a transplant of Indiana and says “Many transplants from Indiana and other portions of the Midwest miss the same thing, the beloved breaded pork loin. This version isn’t served as a sandwich or with mashed potatoes and gravy,…

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Eggplant Parmesan

One of my Favorite things to do on a Saturday morning is visit my local Farmers Market. Looking for the freshest Eggplant, I can’t wait to head home to put together this cheesy concoction of layered goodness. I also prefer to make my own tomato sauce and use canned or jarred San Marzano tomatoes if…

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Lillie’s Southern Fried Chicken

Helpful Hints: – The pan. Every Southerner knows that a cast iron skillet is the way to go. If you don’t have one passed down by generations, start your own tradition and get one from Lodge Cast Iron. They’re great for frying chicken,  baking cornbread, stews, and greens! -The chicken. A Free-range, preferably organic chicken…

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Lightened Squash Casserole

Yield: Makes 10 to 12 servings Recipe Time Hands On: 25 Minutes Total: 1 Hour, 10 Minutes Ingredients 3 pounds yellow squash 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided 1 cup grated carrots 1 (10 3/4-oz.) can reduced-fat cream of chicken soup 1 (8-oz.) container light sour cream 1/4 cup chopped fresh…

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Gulf Coast Cioppino

A Sicilian dish first concocted by Italian Fisherman in San Francisco, Cioppino is a seafood stew made with shrimp, fish and mussels. The secret to classic bruschetta is stale bread. 2 servings Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup fresh basil Italian seasoning, red pepper, salt and pepper…

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Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter

Serves 6 For the Sauce: 2 pounds fresh, ripe tomatoes, prepared as described below, or 2 cups canned imported Italian tomatoes, cut up, with their juice 5 tablespoons butter 1 medium onion, peeled and cut in half Salt to taste 1 to 1 1/2 pound pasta Freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese for the table Preparation: Put…

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Quick Tomato Sauce

Ingredients: 2 cup quartered cherry tomatoes 1/3 cup thin sliced red onions 2 tablespoons chopped basil 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 1 clove garlic, smashed 1 cup ex virgin olive oil 2 tbsp red wine vinegar course sea salt and cracked pepper Preparation: Vigorously mix all of the following together with a whisk, and be sure…

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Smoked Mozzarella & Watermelon on Pumpernickel Rolls

Makes 8 appetizer sandwiches Ingredients: 1 1/4 cup Honey Dijon mustard 8 pieces Soft pumpernickel rolls, split 8 slices 1/4 inch thick smoked mozzarella cheese* 8 slices seedless watermelon the same size as the cheese 1 cup fresh alfalfa, sunflower or your favorite sprouts Preparation: Spread the mustard on each of the cut sizes of…

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Goat Cheese Frosting

Ingredients: 3 oz butter or goat butter if you can find, cubed and softened 3 oz very fresh goat cheese (chevre) softened, like Belle Chevre 1/2 cup of powdered sugar (I used homemade – so not quite as fluffy. Use less if using store bought) pinch of sea salt Preparation: Mix well and serve with…

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Tomato Jam

Ingredients: 2.5 lbs of mixed cherry tomatoes Juice of 1 meyer lemon Peel of 3 meyer lemons cut into thin strips with pith removed 1 cup of sugar pinch of sea salt Preparation: Cook tomatoes, lemon juice, lemon peel, sugar, and salt in a very heavy pot over medium high heat skimming foam from the…

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Warm Pound Cake

When my Grandmother came to visit us each summer, I would wake early to the incredible smells of biscuits, coffee, bacon and pound cake drifting up the stairwell. It was such a pleasing aroma and rekindles a memory of her that puts a smile on my face with each whiff caught today of the same. Light…

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Buttermilk Brined Fried Chicken

  Buttermilk Baked Chicken 4 servings Ingredients: 2 cups buttermilk Juice of 1/2 lemon 1 tablespoon hot sauce 1/2 yellow onion, sliced 5 sprigs fresh thyme 3 cloves garlic, smashed Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 (3 pound) chicken cut into 8 pieces, rinsed and patted dry 2 cups crushed corn flakes 3/4…

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