Unique Food Recipes & Dinner Ideas

Stone Ground Grits

Stone Ground Grits
We have wonderful recipes for grits rich in the southern and Mardis Gras traditions below. We start with the simple cooking directions and then move on to recipes that highlight the power of grits ( AKA polenta).

Oscar Night 2020

Oscar Night 2020

Before we discuss the food, here are some lists that may be both interesting and the fodder for trivia games or contests during the event...

  • HOW MANY HORS D'OEUVRES DO I SERVE FOR A COCKTAIL PARTY?

  • HOW SHOULD I PLAN THE MENU?

  • HOW MUCH WINE DO I NEED FOR A COCKTAIL PARTY

The Guide to Wild Foraged Mushrooms

The Guide to Wild Foraged Mushrooms
If you do not forage for your own mushrooms, it can be challenging to find great quality and assortments of wild mushrooms at your local retailer. Professional foragers have helped resolve this situation, but they tend to offer slightly larger quantities than the home cook hopes for. Do not let this dissuade you from enjoying the opulence and joy of cooking with these beauties. The seasons can be relatively short and not to be missed. Either, share with friends, freeze some (methods described below), or indulge in an feasting orgy of one of nature's greatest gifts.

Live Fresh Caught Day Boat Lobster from Maine

Live Fresh Caught Day Boat Lobster from Maine
Lobsters have a colorful history from plentiful and shunned to a gourmet staple for the most discerning palates. How lobster is brought to market determines the experience with only day boat fished lobsters shipped directly to your door delivering the promised delightful crisp taste and firm sweet meat. The lobster is a treat either simply steamed or boiled and enjoyed with drawn butter or as the basis of creations from rolls and bisque to pastas. 

Fish Fillets with Asian Accents

Fish Fillets with Asian Accents
The accents of Asian spices both hot, sweet, umami, and intense are perfect for fish fillets. Some believe that nothing enhances the flavor of fish better. The recipes below are for Black Cod, Halibut, Sea Bass, and Salmon, but the firm white fish fillet is ubiquitous and fungible in Asian recipes. We have highlighted the very fresh fish that is sourced from day boats and sustainably fished by the quality fisherman supporting To-Table. Some of the more difficult spices to find are available through To-Table as well.

Mole and Other Real Cinco De Mayo recipes

Mole and Other Real Cinco De Mayo recipes
I worked for nearly two decades with really wonderful associates in Nogales, Senora. My business partners ran the factory there and I was at the fa...

Grilled Swordfish Recipe

Grilled Swordfish Recipe

Swordfish offers many health benefits, especially for people who are following low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets. It has no carbohydrates and contains essential amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids. Learn more!

Passover Recipes

Passover Recipes
All the other traditions are important, but a flavorful meal with some unique variations can make the passover seder truly special. We have some recipes that take the traditional foods to a new level. First, we think the grass fed bison, sustainably raised on the great plains of the Dakotas offers a new flavorful, healthy and environmentally friendly ingredient of traditional foods.

Corned ______?

Corned ______?
It seems on St. Patrick's Day, everyone thinks of corned beef and cabbage. It is simple and perhaps more interesting to consider corned meats, such as bison brisket, elk brisket or wild boar shoulder in lieu of only planning for beef. The process of corning meat only takes time (our recipe suggests 10 days) as the meat is sitting in the refrigerator and very little prep or cook time.

Time to Feast - Mardi Gras and Carnaval

Time to Feast - Mardi Gras and Carnaval
The period between Epiphany and Fat Tuesday is known as Carnival or Carnaval (the spelling in Brazil). On Ash Wednesday, all the debauchery ends and the deprivations of Lent begin. Food and feasting is a big part of the events. Canival or carnival derives from "carne" or meat and "levare" or remove. In other words, feast and party hard until you give it all up for Lent. In the US, we of course think of the celebration as Mardi Gras.

The Chile (Chili) Debate

The Chile (Chili) Debate
While many dishes are flavored with either red or green chilles, there are two main southwestern dishes that rely entirely on either red or green chiles. Historically, game meats, the primary proteins consumed in the early history of the chiles, were used. Not surprising, today almost any meat can be used in making a red or green chile and the character and flavor is different each time it is made.

Foods of Venice

Foods of Venice

Because it is a region that for centuries had commerce and trade with distant lands, such as the Far East (in which the Venetians learned the the use and value of spices) and Northern Europe. The four key points of Venetian cuisine are: polenta, cod, rice and beans. 

Carnevale, which means "farewell to meat," is one of the biggest festivals in Italy and begins two or three weeks before Ash Wednesday.