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Cooking and Chef Recipes

Here you'll find recipes and tips from some of the best chefs in Central Florida, plus the fun and exceedingly user-friendly columns from the Divas of Dish, Pam Brandon and Anne-Marie Denicole.

Lauren Brown Shows How to Make Potato Latkes on The Daily Chew

 

It's Hanukkah, which means potato pancakes, or latkes. Lauren Brown of Brown's New York Deli in Maitland shows us the proper technique on The Daily Chew. Click the image above to see the video, and click this link to get the recipe.

Fluffy Cloud Cookies from the Divas of Dish

Fluffy Cloud Cookies

December is cookie time, and every year we look for a winner for our diva pal Julie's annual Cookie Party competition. That sublime sweet that will outshine all the others.

We think we found it at the Biltmore in beautiful Asheville, N.C., and with a little coaxing, we got Chef David Ryba from The Dining Room at the Inn on Biltmore to part with the recipe. You'll be on cloud nine after baking these Fluffy Cloud Cookies, a riff on traditional chocolate chip cookies with added lightness from cake flour.

Happy holidays from the divas!

David Ramirez Shows How to Build a Chocolate Christmas Tree on The Daily Chew

 

David Ramirez of David Ramirez Chocolates was my guest on Thursday's The Daily Chew segment on WFTV-Channel 9 and icFlorida. It's a really simple thing to do, and if you've got kids, they'll love helping you make it -- and eat it.

You can make your own star pattern on drawing paper. You'll need to draw stars that are 5 inches, 4 inches, 3 inches and 2 inches across, about five of each. It doesn't matter if they're not perfect stars -- this recipe is very forgiving. 

Take a look at the video above, and then you can find some of the instructions here.

 

 

Kevin Fonzo's Apple Brined Pork Chops on The Daily Chew

 

We're taping a fresh batch of segments for The Daily Chew today. In the meantime, here's the most recent edition with Kevin Fonzo of K restaurant in College Park demonstrating his recipe for Apple Brined Pork Chops with Stuffing. And here's a link to the recipe at icFlorida.com.

Crunchy Pickled Red Onions with Orange, Chipotle and Tequila from the Divas of Dish

Onion Relish

Relish a relish with nary a cranberry. Crunchy pickled red onions bathed in a kicky Latin marinade of orange juice, smoky chipotles and a swig of tequila adds a bit of sass to even the most traditional holiday menus. And you won't believe how easy these complexly flavored beauties are to create.

Without the hassle and mess of canning, the marinade performs its magic in the fridge, working to draw some of the liquid from the onion, leaving it as crisp as a fresh apple. And you can pickle to your heart's content up to two months before you plan to serve the sweet/hot scarlet nibbles (or fill an extra jar or 10 as the perfect gift for the foodies on your holiday shopping list).

Serve alongside, oh, just about everything--a swanky buffet, the humble casserole, a platter of cheeses, or straight from the jar for a low-calorie late night indiscretion.

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  • Divas of Dish
    After creating countless thank-you feasts for their children’s elementary school teachers, Anne-Marie Hodges and Pam Brandon began compiling recipes and tips, and created their cookbook in 2004, Culinary Confessions of the PTA Divas:  Stylish Recipes and Saucy Secrets for the Everyday Gourmet was born in 2004.  Along with delicious recipes, the book is a tale of food and friendship that began with a grass-roots crusade to uplift the status of dedicated teachers at Hillcrest Elementary in downtown Orlando.

    Since the debut of the cookbook, Anne-Marie has married and moved to Phoenix (now Anne-Marie Denicole), and Pam, a resident of Winter Park, has written two cookbooks for Disney Publishing (Delicious Disney and Delicious Disney Desserts) and has a third Disney cookbook that will be in bookstores in 2010.
    The cookbook is available on amazon.com, or, for an autographed copy, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Chef recipes
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