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 [...]

This vegetarian Brussels sprout and potato hash recipe is a quick, easy dinner, perfect for a cool fall evening. Resist the urge to stir it too much! Cooking the hash undisturbed allows a crispy caramelized crust to form on the potatoes at the bottom of the pan. Look for hash browns that don’t have added salt to help keep sodium in check.   [...]

Eating Well has many tasty recipes that we often like to share. The latest one, Mixed Lettuce Salad with Cucumber Herb Vinaigrette  is not only healthy summer salad, but also tastes great and is sure to please anyone's palette!   [...]

[RECIPE] Corn and Basil Cakes

Posted on Jul 8th 2014 by Florida Blue

This corn and basil cake recipe is a great side dish for any summertime barbeque! Not only is it pretty healthy, but also very delicious. [...]

[Recipe] - Triple Veggie Dip

Posted on May 5th 2014 by Florida Blue

The Springtime is a great time to try this delicious veggie dip with dinner, or as a picnic appetizer. This triple veggie dip is a tasty, healthy recipe is sure to appeal to your friends and family. Ingredients • 1 ½ cups grated Parmesan cheese, divided [...]

Win prizes when you visit our Spanish-Language Facebook page, Florida Blue Familia. Find healthier versions of Latin recipes for everything from arepas to croquettes, and then submit yo [...]

Packing your kids a healthy lunch takes a little planning, but it’s worth every bite. When it’s time to fill the lunch box, pick something from each of the five food groups for a balanced meal. Here are a few ideas to get you started: Fruits - dried fruits, chopped fresh fruits or canned fruits, applesauce Vegetables - side dishes or leftovers from dinner, salads, bake [...]

Some days grabbing breakfast can be difficult, especially when you're in a rush to get out the door and head to the office. This cherry vanilla smoothie has great fruit  that supplies natural sweetness, beneficial fiber and phytonutrients.  Phytonutrients are plant foods that contain thousands of natural chemicals and when [...]