Iron Chef Cat Cora coming to Clearwater

July will start with a bang.

Iron Chef Cat Cora will be back in town to host a free cooking demo and book signing at 12:00 p.m. July 1, at the Macy's Westfield-Countryside Mall. She’ll also share recipes from her new cookbook, Classics with a Twist.

In February, I had the pleasure of talking with Cat about food, her children, Iron Chef, and her new cookbook. She's delightful!

Cat will be at Macy’s as a member of the Macy's Culinary Council - http://bit.ly/culinarycouncil.


Free cooking demo with Iron Chef Cat Cora

Thursday, July 1

12:00 pm


Macy’s Home Store at Westfield-Countryside Mall, lower level

27001 US Highway 19

North Clearwater, FL 33761

RSVP’s are recommended, but not required. To reserve your seat, call 727-724-7314.

MORE INFO: http://pitch.pe/68822


It's time for Ruskin to shine!

Many folks consider Ruskin tomatoes the absolute best, and this year, the juicy jewels have lived up to their reputation. Luckily for me, Ruskin tomatoes are grown in my hood. Not many can make that boast!

Recently, my partner and I picked two five-gallon buckets of these stop-sign-red tomatoes. It didn't take long for me to decide what to do with them. After putting a dozen or so aside, I opted to make sauce.

I can now say with a hefty dose of pioneer pride, I have 14 quart-jars of tomato sauce lining my freezer shelves. And man, oh man, is it ever good!

Freezer tomato sauce takes a shortcut. In its simplest form, tomatoes are cooked, jarred and frozen.

You can read more about my recipe for basic tomato sauce here in this week's South Shore News & Tribune.


Guess where I'm eating?

All right, I'm going to spoil you with a hint AND dangle a carrot by awarding a prize for the correct answer.

And what a carrot it is! You'll soon be particularly fashion forward with a Table Scraps apron, if you are the first person to guess where I ate this fire-grilled steak.

Hint: If you don't spend your days breaking broncos, you can eat like you do.

Post your answer in the comments below.


Clean Your Fridge Frittata

This Clean Your Fridge Frittata recipe is from Micah Edelstein. You may remember her from Season 3 of Bravo's "Top Chef." I spoke with Micah recently about a seminar she presented in Boca Raton called Surviving a Hurricane with Culinary Style.

The frittata is a great way to make good use of leftovers, hurricane or no hurricane.

You can read more about Micah's culinary tips for surviving a long-term power outage here in this week's South Shore News & Tribune.