Taste of Inverness

April 9, 2016 at The Taste of Inverness charity event for Boys & Girls! I was honored to be asked to judge at this fabulous event!

We are ready to taste and judge

We are ready to taste and judge

This event had 23 vendors, a large tent full of art a band on a beautiful Lake.
taste of Inverness event

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taste of Inverness vendors

41 entries 10 categories, from Ethnic foods to BBQ, to Fine dining, to food truck catering, to pizza, to dessert you name it we tasted them all. Fabulous food well deserved recognitions and well the city of Inverness is a tight community with super friendly people!!
taste of inverness ethnic dish

taste of inverness food truck catering
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taste of Inverness fine dining

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taste of inverness bar food

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taste of inverness dessert

I’m looking forward to judge again next year! If you are local please go to this event it’s well worth it and tons of fun for a good cause. Got to love it..
taste of Inverness certificate

Here is the list of Awards for best dishes..

2016 Taste of Inverness Judges Scores
Out of 90 possible points

• La Cantina de Mexico: 69
• Fox Den: 65

• Arbor Trails Seasonal Food Truck: 78
• Fox Den: 75

Catering / Foodservice
• Blazin’ 7s: 64
• Inverness Club Apt: 59

Fine Dining
• McLeod House Bistro: 85
• Chefs of Napoli: 72

• Papa Johns: 78
• Domino’s: 74
• Chefs of Napoli: 49

• Ice Cream DR: 79
• Sonny’s: 72
• Green Valley: 66
• Joe’s Family: 66
• Pine Street Pub: 60
• Olive Garden: 59
• Brooklyn Deli: 59
• Subway: 40

• Blazin 7s: 89
• Arbor Trails: 88
• Ice Cream DR: 71
• Sonny’s BBQ: 60

Casual Dining
• Blazin 7s: 83
• Ice Cream DR: 76
• Pine Street: 66
• Olive Garden: 59
• Brooklyn Deli: 50
• La Cantina: no entry

• Chefs of Napoli: 87
• McLeod House: 86
• Big Lukes Taco Truck: 71
• Domino’s: 53
• Inverness Club Apt: 47
• Sonny’s: 68

• Mcleod House: 90
• Nicole House of Cakes: 88
• Lynn’s Ice Cream: 86
• Pine Street: 84
• Joe’s: 66
• Kooky’s by Connie: 60
• La Cantina: 58

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My entry for The Daily Meal and BUSH’S Your Chili “Spicy 2-Bean Buffalo Chicken Chili with Blue Cheese Sour Cream”#Bushschilicookoff

Spicy 2-Bean Buffalo Chicken Chili with Blue Cheese Sour Cream1
4 tablespoons butter
2 celery branches chopped small
2 garlic cloves minced
1 ½ pounds boneless chicken breast
½ cup hot sauce
2 (15.5oz) cans Bush’s Best white chili beans great northern beans mild chili sauce
1 (15oz.) can Bush’s Best black beans drained and rinsed
1/3 cup cilantro chopped fine
8 ounces sour cream
4 ounces blue cheese crumbled
Cut the chicken into 1 inch cubes. On stove top in a medium pot add chicken and the first three ingredients. Sauté on medium high heat until chicken is no longer pink. To the chicken add the hot sauce and beans bring to a simmer and simmer for 15 minutes add cilantro mix to incorporate well.
In a bowl mix the sour cream and blue cheese crumbled together.
Ladle chili into bowls and top with a doll up of blue cheese sour cream. You may garnish with additional celery.

Ancho Chili Citrus Rub Turkey Breast

This week it’s all about turkey!
Roasted turkey fried turkey and smoked turkey! We are trying to go a little bit healthier in my house for the holiday feasts. Having said that why not just buy the turkey breast all white meat much leaner. So I came up with the perfect combo for a rub using our fresh local grown oranges and Ancho chili for a little kick and three fresh herbs. Let me tell you it’s fantastic I gave myself a pat on the back with this one and so moist and juicy it melts in your mouth.
Ancho Chili Citrus Rub Turkey Breast rub plated with forks
1(6 to 7 pound) Turkey breast
2 oranges quartered plus juice of 1 orange about ¼ cup or less is okay
1 rosemary clipping
4 basil leaves
1 fresh oregano clipping
1 large ancho chili pod mild
½ cup olive oil plus 2 tablespoons
3 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven at 325 degrees. Rinse turkey breast well and pat dry with paper towels. Stuffed cavity of breast with orange pieces, rosemary, basil leaves and oregano.
Brush turkey breast with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Place turkey breast in a roasting pan on a rack. Put about ½ inch of water in the pan. Place in oven.
Place Ancho chili pod in a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes to softened the chili. Remove seeds and roughly chopped the chili.
Add to a food processor the chili, remaining olive oil, garlic cloves, red wine vinegar, and juice of 1 orange, seas salt, paprika and pepper. Pulse until forms a thick sauce.
After turkey has cooked for 1 hour remove from oven and cover with chili sauce using a brush. Return to turkey breast to oven and bake an additional 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours or according to package instructions.
Remove from oven place a loose piece of aluminum foil on top of turkey breast let rest 20 minutes before slicing.

Pear Tatin

It’s October and fall is in the air and it’s pear season ya’ll and the French gal in me wanted a taste of an old family recipe my grandma use to make for a dessert for our Sunday family gathering among fabulous homemade pies all cooked in a wood stove I can just smell it right now!! I changed a little to make it my own. Bon Appetit!
Pear Tatin

3 medium firm-ripe pears
½ cup dry cranberries soaked in warm water and drained
1/3 cup brown sugar
¼ teaspoon fresh lemon
2 oz. (4 Tbs.) unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces

1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1-3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. table salt
1/2 cup whole milk
1-1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
4 oz. (8 Tbs.) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
Preheat oven at 350. Grease a 9 x 2 baking pan and set aside.
Soak in warm water the dry cranberries while you peel, core and quarter the pears. In a microwave safe bowl melt 4 tablespoon butter stir in the lemon juice and brown sugar and pour in the bottom of greased pan. Arrange the pear at the bottom of the pan. Next drain the cranberries and sprinkle evenly in the pan.
Make the batter by mixing together the butter, eggs, sugar, milk and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients with the wet ingredient until it forms a smooth batter pour on top of pears and bake for 35 to 45 minutes insert toothpick in center of cake to test if cake is done if toothpick is clean it’s done. Let it cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the pan. Turn a cake plate upside down on top of the cake pan and, using pot holders; carefully invert the cake pan onto the plate. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream and garnish with sliced almonds.

Update on Off the Hook on the Plate

Hi everyone, it’s been a long 2 months since my last post I wanted to let you all know I was in a jetski accident on July 5th and I am still recovering from the accident I hope to be fishing and cooking again soon. Please enjoy all of the delicious recipes and fun fishing videos for the time being I hope you are having a fabulous summer! I hope to return in the fall with new recipes and video.. Thank you all for your support.
Me with my walker

Local fishing report……

Well we are finally seeing the pinfish back in the canals up here in Pasco county but they die within a few hours in the traps very strange since the water temperature is still in the low 80’s another thing that is weird is that Tarpon Spring and North offshore fishing is basically grunts only no grouper keeper as far out as 45 miles while down south Clearwater/Saint Petersburg area they are catching grouper keepers usually we are a couple weeks behind in catching what is in the water throughout the year but not so this year makes me think that oil spill 2 year ago has something to do with it and it finally reached us out 35 miles at the bottom of the sea so having said that it’s mainly inshore fishing for trout, reds and snooks we are starting to see shark as well in the shallows it’s the season where they come in throughout the month of September. Happy fishing in your neck of the woods ya’ll…
josee with redfish