RECENT RECIPES

BARB'S RECIPES, MAIN COURSES, MEAT

Beef Braciole

Ingredients 6 thin slices boneless top round (about 2 pounds) 12 cloves garlic 1/2 cup finely chopped Italian (flat-leaf) parsley, plus more for garnish 1 cup shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese, plus more for serving if desired 2 tablespoons seasoned dry breadcrumbs salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste […]

BEVERAGES, COCKTAILS, MAIN COURSES

Classic Manhattan Bourbon Martini

Here’s my twist on the Bourbon Manhattan. I called it the Classic Manhattan Bourbon Martini! First thing to do is chill your martini class by filling it with ice cubes. Three ingredients: Bourbon, Bitters and Sweet Vermouth. Here’s the simple way to remember the recipe. The area code for Manhattan […]

BEVERAGES, COCKTAILS, MAIN COURSES

Patriotic 4th of July Vodka & Club Soda Cocktail

Here’s one of my favorite 4th of July cocktails. It’s my variation of the classic Gin & Tonic. However in this case, I use vodka instead of gin and soda water instead of tonic water. And, it’s delicious! To add a patriotic touch place a skewer of blackberries, strawberries and […]

MAIN COURSES

Sherry Braised Beef Short Ribs

It’s now November in SW Florida. After a sweltering summer, we finally got a break in the weather and Rob requested what he calls “Winter Food”.  I had beef short ribs in the freezer and called our friend Ruth Manchester (who by the way is an award-winning chef) for a suggested […]

MAIN COURSES

Middle of the Night Berry Craving

I don’t know about you, but I frequently have middle of the night food cravings! Sometimes it’s a salt, pizza, dessert, smoothie, or a myriad of hunger desires. Last night it was berries (meaning any kind of fruit). So, I headed into the kitchen and check out the frig…

APPETIZERS, SIDE DISHES

Maduros Fried Panamanian Sweet Plantains

I fell in love with Maduros when I had a marketing business in Panama for four years. My two favorite things were Maduros and Mojitos. Trust they were over the top. I still miss them and whip them up at home frequently. When I do, half the neighborhood shows up. […]

MAIN COURSES, MEAT

Healthy Date Night Bento Box Easy Meal for Two

Want a well-rounded, colorful, healthy meal for two? Well… this is it! And it’s only three simple ingredients: baked sweet potato, a good helping of asparagus, and a 2-inch 8 oz filet mignon. I like my sweet potato extra crispy. So begin by baking two sweet potatoes at 450 degrees […]

BEVERAGES, COCKTAILS, MAIN COURSES, SMOOTHIES

Summertime Pineapple Cocktail

There’s nothing better than a fresh and delicious cocktail to enjoy during the long hot summer. Well, here’s one of my favorites! This is my version of a great “Summertime Pineapple Cocktail”! It’s fun to make and your friends will love it! For this recipe I used my Cuisinart blender […]