The word dessert comes from the French word desservir, which translates to “to clear the table.” Sweets were fed to the gods in ancient Mesopotamia, ancient India and other ancient civilizations. Dried fruit and honey were likely the first sweeteners used in most of the world. It was the spread...
By Jack Smith Southern cooking has some international roots showing. Fried chicken, rice and gravy, sweet potatoes, collard greens, and spoon bread - all good, old fashioned, down home Southern foods, right? Wrong. The fried chicken and collard greens are African and the rice is from Madagascar. Southern cooking, as...
By Susan Benton, 30AEats.com My mother, Charlotte, makes the best squash casserole, and no matter how I try, mine is never as delicious as hers. It is always a favorite, and a dish that is comfort food to me. Whether at a church social, a holiday gathering, a family dinner, or...
By Jack Smith Hamburgers may well be considered America’s favorite food, but the origins of the hamburger are fuzzy at best. The Germans claim it started in Hamburg (hence the name, hamburger), influenced in turn by the 12th century Mongolians’ steak tartare. In the 19th century, beef from German Hamburg cows...
By Susan Benton, 30AEats.com This Italian Wedding Soup is packed with immune boosting and good for you foods, like lemon, dill, spinach, bone broth, and much needed lean protein. Wedding soup is not so named because it is served at Italian weddings, but because the flavors of stock and bitter greens...
By Jack Smith When I was a child growing up on the Chesapeake Bay, we had a special word for shrimp: bait. My first experience with shrimp as a food source was in the ‘60s and it came in the form of a shrimp cocktail. Fried, blackened, steamed were all...
By Marta Rose-Thorpe Poké (“PO-KAY”): A diced raw fish served either as an appetizer or a main course and is one of the main dishes of Native Hawaiian cuisine. When did a bowl of Poké go from being a type of cuisine to an experience? The answer is: When Island Fin...
Shrimp cocktail might be retro, but when done right, this party staple is never out of style. This classic version boasts big, plump, perfectly-cooked shrimp with a lemony, horseradish-spiked cocktail sauce. It’s incredibly easy to make and rivals the shrimp cocktail served at the finest restaurants and steakhouses. The...
By Jack Smith Southern cooking’s international roots run deep. For example, Floribbean. Floribbean cooking is a combination of Floridian and Caribbean cuisines. This style of cooking is found throughout Florida, but mainly on the Southern tip of Florida. Floribbean cooking combines influences from the Caribbean, but also from Hispanic and...
Kurt Fadden and his wife, Eve, are the owners of the new poké restaurant, Island Fin Poké Co located in Pier Park North. The Restaurant serves Hawaiian style poké bowls, as well as Dole soft serve in various flavors. The build-your-own poké bowl experience starts with choosing a base...