The Ultimate Meatballs

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If you have ever tried to make a meatball correctly, you know how important this recipe is. The “meatball recipe” in my family was a secret for many years! I just learned how to make them the right way through trial and error three or four years ago. Try this one and see if you notice a difference.

 

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A Romantic Dinner for Two

It’s no secret that a truly romantic meal can be very expensive. Here’s a way to recreate your own romantic dinner at home. All of these ingredients are readily available right here in St. Pete. A good, local caviar source is Mazzaro’s. Probably the best beverage to serve with this meal is a quality champagne.

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Rotisserie Leg of Lamb, Roasted Potatoes and Shallots and a Minted Pea Puree

St. Patrick’s Day is coming soon and I had a request for a more non-traditional menu. These recipes embrace some of the bounty of Irish food. And make no mistake, Ireland is becoming a destination on the culinary map these days.

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Escalopes of Tuna with a Madeira Mushroom Sauce over Fettuccine with Broccolini

Many people I have spoken to lately have cut back on red meat consumption for one reason or another. This is a recipe I have made for years as a meatless alternative. You won’t miss the meat at all. In fact, some people have questioned whether it was really fish or not!

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Decadent Brownies

This recipe is not one of mine, it is Ina Garten’s. I have not found a better brownie recipe in all these years. These brownies are so rich, they should be handled with care!

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Herb encrusted rack of lamb with a buerre rouge, potatoes dauphinoise with gruyere and spring aspargus with roasted garlic

This a deceptively easy menu to prepare and great for a dinner party. This recipe is for four people, but you can certainly double it. Serve with an exceptional California Cabernet or  a French Bordeaux.

 

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St. Pete Brasserie does not disappoint

I went to St. Pete Brasserie the other night, with the intent of having a glass of wine and heading out to try another restaurant. Well, that did not happen. Why? Quite simply, once I was there, I didn’t want to leave.

 

 

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Madfish is no diner

Drive into the parking lot at Madfish and you might think you are going to enter a New York – style diner. The outside is a shiny dining car that screams pot roast, burgers and shakes. Walk inside and you will probably be as surprised as I was on my visits there. The decor is contemporary with dark wood accents, comfortable seating and pleasant lighting. Elegant tablecloths, wine glasses and silverware adorn the tables.

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