Culinary Travels

Stories and recipes from our travels!

Chef Judi’s Favorite Holiday Recipes

Chef Judi Holiday recipes picks Now that we have reached November, the recipes are flowing, getting us all ready for Thanksgiving, Hanukah, and Christmas. And all the tastes of the season. There will be no doubt cookie exchanges, turkey talk and open houses along with the big family meals. After 23 years of cooking Thanksgiving …

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Paso Robles

Off the beaten path, but surely not to be missed, is a region of vine heaven. Aloft in rolling hills and mountains, with a daily flow of chill that introduces itself around 3:00 p.m., Paso Robles is ripe for great wines and wine makers, farmers and quaint towns, each gently hugging the area.     Not …

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Can you really trust a skinny chef?

Keto and Paleo and garden-fresh common sense Personally, I have never been “skinny”. In fact, I have battled the muffin top and extra 30 pounds a food critic carries. I have however learned to balance using mostly a Paleo / South Beach kind of eating plan on those distinct days I am not in the …

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Fall Recipes

Welcome to our fall edition. With the air cooling and parts of the country mesmerized by the splendor of autumn colors, my kitchen turns to its own colorful display of braising pots, baking and roasting pans and bowls of apples, jars of apple butter and cranberries and. cinnamon sticks. My oven has already started the …

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Innisbrook Resort and Spa

By Judi Gallagher – Innisbrook Resort and Spa is a mere hour and fifteen minutes north of Sarasota and central to the Tampa Bay area, but feels like a hint of Virginia or North Carolina. The trees may not be in full autumn colors, but the greens on the golf course with a forest of …

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Palm Island Resort

By Judi Gallagher – ‘A hidden gem’: typically reluctant to use trite phrases as such, I am called upon now, however, to describe Palm Island as a precious personification of beauty surrounded by water.  Fear not, hidden, not really. More of a beach and tree-laden mecca, the island is a lovely and relaxing drive from …

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Beach retreat on the ninth floor

(Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa) Have you ever had one of those dream vacations? One where everything goes just right? It does happen, and lucky for me, it happened by chance. I really needed a long weekend away. Without a second thought, I went with a tried and true hotel brand, who …

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Roasted Duck Breast with Honey and Spices (La Bouteille d’Or)

For 2 persons Ingredients: 1 duck breast (360 g) 1 half-teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 star anise 1 cinnamon stick 1 pinch crushed pepper 3 tablespoons honey 15 cl meat broth Fine salt   Preparation: Heat the honey in a pan over high heat; add all the spices. Heat 2 to 3 min, the time that …

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Culinary travels with Chef Judi

Welcome to the flavors of culinary travels. Each month I will bring the destinations from my edible adventures back to the Suncoast. Explore some the most delectable experiences through vivid pictures, recipes and suggestions on where to go, what to eat and where to stay. This month, I take you away to one of my …

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