Jurga’s No-Fail Rice

Simple. Delicious. Easy.. Three of my favorite words. This recipe is great served with any dish.  Add your favorite vegetables (and YES, even fruit!) and you will have the perfect side dish. Enjoy! Print Jurga’s No-Fail Rice Author Jurga Ingredients 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter 1 cup chopped onion 1 large clove garlic, minced 1 cup raw white rice 1 1/2 cups chicken broth Instructions Melt butter in a 12″ frying pan over medium high…

HOT HAVANA IN MIAMI!

Normally, I’m sound asleep at 4 am, but on this morning I was skulking around my friends’ front yards with a flashlight and an ice pick — the flashlight allowed me to see while I used the ice pick to help with putting the legs on the pink flamingos. You see, pink flamingos shout “fun” and our Great 8 dinners are always a wonderful time, so we decided our dinner theme around pink flamingos. And what better way to…

Mango Habanero Sauce

This starts out with big chunks of beautiful vegetables and fruits and ends up a silky smooth sauce that is great with fish, chicken and pork. One of my friends even puts it on his egg whites in the morning!   Print Mango Habanero Sauce Adapted from The Food of Miami cookbook. Author Anna Ingredients 2 red bell peppers, stem removed, halved and seeded 2 yellow bell peppers, stem removed, halved and seeded 2 habanero peppers, cut in half, stem…

Mango Papaya Salsa

This Mango Papaya Salsa is wonderful served on grilled fish, try it on veggie burgers or serve it as an dip with chips. It has the fresh, sweet juiciness of the fruit and a little heat from the jalpeño…perfection! We love it on grilled swordfish. Choose fruit that gives slightly to the touch and make it about 4 hours before serving. This will give the flavors time to marry. Print Mango Papaya Salsa Author Anna Ingredients 3…

Cubano Sandwich

I made these as an appetizer, cutting them into small portions, for our Hot Havana in Miami Great Eight Dinner Theme. This is a very fancy Grilled Cheese! Cubano Sandwich Ingredients: Cuban bread or French bread – 12 to 16 inch loaves 8 slices of Ham, thin sandwich slices, about 1/2 lb. 8 slices of roast pork *see note, thin sandwich slices, about 1/2 lb. 6 slices Gruyère Cheese or Swiss Cheese, thin sandwich slices, about 1…

Black Bean Salad with Avocado-Lime Dressing

This is a Gr8, versatile salad. Try serving it alone, the beans add protein, or add some shredded chicken breasts for a delicious meal. We shared this at Anna and Vince’s Hot Havana in Miami Gr8 Dinner and it was a hit! The freshness of the salad complemented the sweetness of some of the sauces served at the meal. Black Bean Salad with Avocado-Lime Dressing Ingredients: 2 – 15 oz. cans no salt added Black Beans 4…

Still in Venice…

Still in Venice! Ristorante Da Ivo Dressy casual, reservations necessary, closed on Sunday. Phil and I had read about Da Ivo and heard about it from friends, so we knew we definitely wanted to try this restaurant. As soon as we arrived at our hotel in Venice we asked our concierge to make the reservation. A very small place. Maybe 12 tables. Very kind, patient and friendly waiters. I loved the framed menu presentation. Each dish explained in detail by…

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