Fish and Bubbles Party Mix

This sweet and salty snack is a great crowd-pleaser. As the school year draws to a close, it is the perfect little treat to give to teachers and administrators as a thank you for all of their hard work. Ingredients: 5 cups crispy corn and rice cereal, such as Chex 3 cups Cherrios 4 cups … Continue reading Fish and Bubbles Party Mix

Bern’s Carrot Cake Brownies with Toasted Pecan Frosting

In the Tampa Bay area, there is a name that can evoke a response of “Mmmmm!” and “My favorite!” and “Legendary!” and that name is Bern. That’s Bern of Bern’s Steak House, of course, and the outwardly unassuming steak house is a landmark in Tampa Bay because of the unique atmosphere, famed steaks, French onion … Continue reading Bern’s Carrot Cake Brownies with Toasted Pecan Frosting

Pumpkin Dip

This recipe is simple and perfect for the holidays.  This recipe can easily be doubled.  I recommend sifting the confectioners’ sugar to make the dip  smoother. Ingredients: 16 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin 4 cups confectioners’ sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger Instructions: Combine the cream cheese, pumpkin, confectioners’ … Continue reading Pumpkin Dip


Picadillo: classic Cuban dish featured in Capture the Coast cookbook. Easy to throw together on a busy weeknight for the family with tons of flavor. Serve with a side of black beans and Cuban bread to complete the meal. Ingredients and Recipe 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion 3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper 1 1/2 … Continue reading Picadillo