Heather McPherson's Posts

Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Pie is the dessert du jour because April 28 is national Blueberry Pie Day. The timing is perfect for Florida growers because our berries are in plentiful supply. Florida’s history of blueberries began with wild berries in the late 1800s, according to the Florida Blueberry Growers Association.  The industry ... Read More »

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Morning Mix recipe: Beef Roast With Roasted Cauliflower

Beef Roast With Roasted Cauliflower is Sunday supper worthy. But the dish won’t be special if it’s overcooked. Using a thermometer the only sure fire way to tell if meat is cooked thoroughly and to the desired doneness. There are several kinds of thermometer including digital, dial, instant-read and oven-safe ... Read More »

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Florida Grapefruit and Jicama Salad

Florida Grapefruit and Jicama Salad pays homage to our citrus heritage. In 1823, Count Odet Phillippe planted the state’s first grapefruit grove near Tampa, according to the Florida Department of Citrus. Before that, the first documented grapefruit tree was found in Barbados in the 1700’s. The fruit earned its unusual ... Read More »

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Saucy Chili-Orange Pork Back Ribs

Saucy Chili-Orange Pork Back Ribs are falling off the bone tender and basted with a sweet and sassy citrus sauce. Back ribs originate from the blade and center section of the pork loin, which is known for the “finger meat” between the bones, according to the National Pork Board. Back ... Read More »

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Blueberry Betty

Blueberry Betty is a vintage dessert with a classic American name. In fact, it’s one of many fanciful named concoctions you will find in old cookbooks. A Betty is made from seasonal fruit and sweetened crumbs. A pandowdy is a variation of a cobbler in which the fruit is topped with a ... Read More »

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Orange Velvet Pound Cake

Orange Velvet Pound Cake takes advantage of one of Florida’s signature flavors: Citrus. Much of the oranges  are grown in the southern two-thirds of the peninsula, where there is low probability for a freeze, according to the Florida Department of Citrus. Growers produce several types of citrus, including oranges, grapefruit ... Read More »

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Morning Mix recipe: Chicken with Roasted Tomato Sauce

The more the merrier in Heather’s Florida Kitchen! That’s why I have teamed with the fabulous folks over at Orlando’s WOMX Mix 105.1 to offer the Recipe of the Week. Today’s recipe is Chicken with Roasted Tomato Sauce. This is a great weeknight meal for busy households. I like to ... Read More »

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Baked Rigatoni with Broccoli

Baked Rigatoni with Broccoli is a recipe adapted from Clifford A. Wright’s cookbook “Hot & Cheesy.” It’s one of several cookbooks with lots potluck menu inspiration. Another of my favorites is Betty Rosbottom’s “Sunday Casseroles: Complete Comfort in One Dish.” Here are some of Rosbottom’s casserole tips: Shallower dishes tend ... Read More &raqu...

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Spiced Grilled Ham With Citrus Glaze

Spiced Grilled Ham With Citrus Glaze pairs well with roasted asparagus and steamed small potatoes tossed with butter and parsley. To make the recipe your own, try using different combinations of juice and jam, jelly, or marmalade. In the Florida kitchen, strawberry and blueberry preserves are good choices. Spiced Grilled ... Read More »

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Flourless Almond Cake with Strawberry Sauce

Flourless Almond Cake with Strawberry Sauce is a well balanced dessert that captures the end of one of my favorite Florida harvests. Strawberries meld into a sauce that is tempered with fresh lemon juice and zest. The acidity is perfect for the richness of the almond cake. Before serving, scatter ... Read More »

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