Recipes from the Heart

From Doc Lawrence

Our own Doc Lawrence shares his favorite recipes.
"Every recipe has a story. Many are priceless memories. They connect us like music and great literature."

Recipes From The Heart No. 4

Most of us will enjoy Sunday’s Super Bowl at home, far from the magic that Tampa offers. Perhaps its a good time to substitute the wings, chili, tacos and Bud Lights with food and drinks that have an affinity for the romance and flavors of this alluring Florida city. Cuban food is loaded with flavor …

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Recipes From The Heart No. 3

The upcoming Super Bowl will highlight some of the spectacular cuisine of Tampa. My first visit was during my freshman year at FSU when a nice, lovely classmate invited me to visit her home there, allowing a pilgrim from Georgia to enjoy a tour into the wonders of Ybor City, the Cuban-Spanish district of Tampa …

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Recipes From The Heart 2021: No. 2

The pleasures of the dinner table make possible interludes of joy each day.  Days may be short now, but spring approaches methodically, inevitably. Let’s resolve to celebrate life and love with good food and wine. Good times, long postponed, return soon. Caesar Salad Dressing: 3 to 5 anchovies packed in oil, depending on taste 2 …

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Recipes From The Heart 2021, No. 1

Ready for a little spice to combat January doldrums? Inspired by Jim O’Kon’s knowledge of Maya culture, chilis, hominy and vanilla bean seem quite appropriate. Hominy, Tomato and Chili Soup Ingredients: 1 teaspoon cumin seeds2 tablespoons olive oil1 cup finely chopped white onion1 large fresh Anaheim chili, stemmed, seeded, chopped (about 1/2 cup)2 large garlic …

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Recipes From The Heart XL

Hoppin’ John, a New Year’s dinner tradition in the South, is mainly associated with the Carolinas. Gullah or Low Country cuisine reflects the cooking of the Carolinas, especially the Sea islands (a cluster of islands stretching along the coasts of South Carolina and northern Georgia).  It’s a revered rich bean dish made of black-eyed peas …

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Recipes From The Heart XXXIX

Christmas in Georgia, like so much of the country, is a time for intimacy. Family, quiet gatherings, traditions observed like gifts, songs, remembrances and foods of the season. There are constants that we’ve preserved that when observed and enjoyed pay homage to earlier generations. These remind us through the magic of aromas, flavors and textures …

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Recipes From The Heart-XXXVIII

These are optimistic recipes, food that inspires celebration of family and friendships. Each bite and sip is a personal affirmation that each moment we’re together is sacred and should rightly be celebrated. Southern Baked Grits “This signature dish is simple Southern with a little finesse. The grits are baked in individual ramekins, then served with …

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Recipes From The Heart XXXVII

The table is set, anticipation and appetites run high and the room is filled with intoxicating aromas and the elixir of good cheer. We’re still warming up for the big feasts soon to come, taking a little time to revisit some favorite dishes in Charleston, SC, New Orleans and Lynchburg, Tennessee. And the wine this …

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Recipes From The Heart XXXVI

Lobster from Florida? They are remarkably delicious and while they aren’t as widely known and their Maine cousins, they lack nothing in flavor. Dickie Brennan’s New Orleans restaurants enjoy global acclaim. His steak recipe is elegant and appropriate for the holiday season. Finishing off with a heritage Kentucky Bourbon bread pudding is but a warm-up …

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