When I think of the strawberry, I am reminded of a quote by William Allen Butler: “Doubtless God could have made a better berry, than a strawberry, doubtless God never did.”  Webster’s dictionary defines a strawberry as a small red fruit. I would add that even though it is small in size, it is large in flavor. Strawberries are grown throughout [...]

Planning a Mardi Gras celebration? Here's a delightful kale salad that features a favorite soul food staple: cornbread.  There are plenty of ways to eat your greens and I enjoy a hearty kale salad. The lemon and soy sauce in the vinaigrette help to cut the bitterness of the kale. The addition of the spicy shrimp makes it a delicious entrée.  Spicy Shrimp and Kale Salad [...]

I am back at the Florida Blue Florida Classic for the fifth year in a row, and I couldn’t be happier.  The Classic is one of my favorite events and I love sharing great recipes with the attendees, many of whom I meet year after year. [...]

Game Day Shrimp Salad

Posted on Aug 9th 2018 by Chef DeJuan

Planning on attending the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp game tonight? Here's a deli [...]

People, including chefs, have their own definition of what they think farm-to-table means. Sometimes called farm-to-fork, the phrase is used to refer to the various processes in the food train from agricultural production to consumption. In layman’s terms, it’s how we get the food we eat, without it being processed or chemically enhanced, to our table. Over the last few years, farm-to-t [...]

Once again, I am pleased to join Florida Blue at its Flavors Food Truck during the 2015 Florida Blue Florida Classic on November 21. The Classic represents the longest-running rivalry in college football between Bethune-Cookman and Florida A & M universities. It is one of the year’s most anticipated events for the [...]

The word “holiday” is a noun or verb. As a noun, it is defined as “a day of festivity or celebration when no work is done.” Can you imagine that during the holidays, one could really get by without doing any work? I know from experience that lots of work is being done to ensure plenty of days of festivity. As a culinary professional, the holidays are often the busiest time of the yea [...]

Thanksgiving is all about family, friends and comfort food. Here are a few of my favorite holiday dishes.  It includes a Sweet and Spicy Berry Chutney you can serve with your turkey on Thanksgiving Day, as well as warm Cornbread and Roasted Root Vegetables. Make sure you save a couple of tablespoons of that Chutney for a flavorful addition to the leftover Holiday Turkey Salad recipe I have inclu [...]

From world-renown culinary institutions to home kitchens, kale has become the green of choice.  We are seeing it in everything from to chips to smoothies. Some like to call it the new super food, while others see new ways to enjoy an old-time favorite. Once again, I am pleased to work with the Florida Blue Flavors exper [...]

For almost four decades, the Fiesta of Five Flags, Pensacola Seafood Festival has had a history of satisfying visitors with a taste for good seafood and the beaches of Northwest Florida. This annual event showcases delicious dishes and live entertainment celebrating the rich heritage of Pensacola  I am pleased to [...]