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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.

The Daily Chew: Chicken-Fried NY Strip with Greg Richie of Soco Restaurant

Here's the debut edition of The Daily Chew, featuring Greg Richie preparing Chicken-Fried NY Strip from his Soco Restaurant in downtown Orlando's Thornton Park. You can find the recipe at icFlorida.com. 

Crispy Pepperoni White Tortizzas with Sliced 'Maters and Fresh Basil

Divas tortilla pizza

Lazy gals deserve great pizza too. So what if slaving over a flour-festooned counter makes you sink even further into the couch with a pillow over your head? Don't worry, we totally get it. And we're here with a deliciously clever answer to your doughy dilemma.

Hiding in your pantry, ready to perform any number of culinary tricks is the ubiquitous flour tortilla – a perfectly crisp, golden pizza crust, the ultra-thin sort for us (mostly) ultra-health-conscious gals.
Let the kids choose their favorite toppings and call it Tortizza Tuesday. You can direct from the couch with a perfectly chilled glass of wine.

Garlic Shrimp Aussie Style

Divas Garlic ShrimpPhoto: The Walt Disney Company

Fall is in the air, when the divas venture out of air-conditioning in search of Florida's fabulous food festivals. Our perennial top pick is the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Disney World, open daily through Nov. 10, where we happily sip and nosh our way around World Showcase at more than 25 international Marketplaces along the waterside. (And burn those calories with a mile-long walk around the park's lagoon.)

We adore the small bites, just enough for a taste or two. From escargot in France to crispy pork belly with black beans, tomato and cilantro in Brazil, and kimchi hotdogs in South Korea, we get our happy on as we sip a cocktail or wine with each little dish.

A favorite that's back this year is the Garlic Shrimp at the Australia Marketplace. Pair with a cool chardonnay or a pale ale, then traipse off in search of the next discovery – it's a delectable trip around the world without a passport.

Under the Tuscan Bun Ground Turkey, Chickpea and Spinach Burgers

Divas Tuscan bun

It's innate. The unchecked, primordial desire for a juicy, decadent burger, beckoning from the greasiest spoons to glam restaurants. An American addiction gone global, we yearn to make our habit a healthy one.

So consider this tasty morsel. The bold flavors of Tuscany, the healthful bennies of a Mediterranean diet: lean protein, fiber and antioxidants fashioned into a single patty--the Reader's Digest version of modern nutrition. Voila! A knockout burger with all the decadence of steamed broccoli, we can't get enough of this healthy stuff.

Posana Kale Salad

Kale salad

September is the most sultry time of summer: muggy, hot days, even if the calendar officially says autumn starts on Sept. 23. The divas like to stay out of the kitchen and escape to someplace cool, and this year our getaway was to Asheville, N.C., where you can splash in icy mountain water at places like Sliding Rock and Skinny Dip Falls. Ahhhhh!

We kicked back in high style at the gorgeous Inn at Biltmore, tucked back in the astounding 8,000 acres of the Biltmore Estate, relaxing in Adirondack chairs on blissfully cool morning and evenings with soothing views of Mount Pisgah in the distance.

Forays into town for supper (Forbes magazine named Asheville one of the Top 5 "secret foodie" cities in the U.S.) were rewarded with remarkable tastes like this kale salad at elegant Posana Cafe, where every dish is gluten free, and Chef Peter Pollay appreciates his local farmers.


  • 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..
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