Bûche de Noël (French Christmas Cake)


November/December 2012 Ingredients For the cake: Unsalted butter for greasing 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting 3/4 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 4 eggs, at room temperature 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract Confectioners sugar for dusting For the syrup: 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 to 3 Tbs. dark rum or … [Read more...]

Greek Christmas Recipes


November/December 2012 A multitude of traditional Greek dishes are served at Easter, while the Christmas and New Year’s holiday cuisine focuses primarily on baking. Christopsomo –Christ’s Bread – is a customary bread consumed either on Christmas Eve or during Christmas day lunch. In addition, several forms of traditional Christmas cookies fill the homes of Greek families … [Read more...]

Hanukkah Holiday Recipes


When I lived in the United States, I made potato pancakes for the Hanukah holiday. We usually placed a dab of sour cream or apple sauce on top – and I made them part of a meal. The idea is to consume food that is made with oil in commemoration of the oil that burned for eight days, even though there was only enough for one day. In Israel it is customary to eat doughnuts … [Read more...]

Casserole Queen Recipes: Tipsy Chorizo Cheese Dip & Mexican Lasagna

mexican lasagna

Mexican Lasagna Ingredients: • 2lbs of chorizo ground sausage (The sausage usually comes in a plastic casing you have to remove in order to cook the meat.) • 2.5lbs of frozen vegetables (I use about 1/2 bag of Birds Eye Stir Fry; it comes with green beans, yellow & red bell peppers, carrots, baby corn, snap peas, and mushrooms. Be sure to remove the sauce packets.) • … [Read more...]

Islands Catering Crab Stuffed Whiskey Peppercorn Filet recipe

whisky filet

Ingredients 4 5-6 ounce beef tenderloin filets 4 ounce blue crab 2 tablespoon parmesan cheese 4 strips pepper bacon cracked black peppercorns sea salt 1 teaspoon minced garlic Sauce Ingredients 2 ounce whiskey ½ cup cream Method Sweat the bacon over low heat and set aside. Using a paring knife cut the filet in the center of the side and create a small pocket in … [Read more...]

Islands Catering Louisiana Style BBQ Shrimp recipe


Ingredients 1 lb Fresh Shrimp. (Straight off the boat at Shem Creek is the best) Peeled and deveined. Seasoning Mix 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon cayenne 1 teaspoon sea salt ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves ½ teaspoon crushed rosemary leaves ½ teaspoon oregano Sauce Ingredients ½ stick sweet butter 1 Tablespoon Worchestshire Sauce 2 … [Read more...]

Islands Catering Chilled Cucumber and Dill Soup recipe

Ingredients 3 whole cucumbers (seeded and peeled) 1 cup rough cut celery ½ cup Vidalia onion 1 teaspoon minced garlic ½ cup white wine 2 tablespoon honey 2 tablespoon chopped fresh dill salt and pepper to taste Method Place cucumber, celery, onion, and wine in a blender and puree until smooth. Remove from blender and place in a mixing bowl. Add garlic and honey. … [Read more...]