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Poptails equal summer fun

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman  thechefsexpress@aol.com Poptails are grownup’s version of popsicles. A refreshing frozen alcoholic beverage on a stick. Sound intriguing? Read on… You’re poolside, the sun is really hot and you’re thinking about those cold specialty drinks you enjoyed on vacation. The pina colada, mudslide, or perhaps watermelon margarita. Most of your favorite drinks can be turned into a “Poptail.” Make plenty ahead and keep frozen to share when guests join you at the pool or beach. Pull out the kid’s popsicle tray or use any small 3 oz-4 oz cup or shot glass. Locate some stir sticks or ... Read More »

It’s not always what’s cookin’? Sometimes it’s who’s cookin’?

CHEF’S TABLE  Chef Anne Feinman  Mangos Dockside Bistro You enter your front door from a long day at work…and the aromas hit you…awww, those memories of Grandpa’s kitchen…yes, Grandpa Anders did most of the cooking in my grandparents’ home. You don’t even have to go any further…you know you don’t have to ask “what’s cooking?”…you know what it is and you know just exactly who is creating those wonderfully delicious feelings you are enjoying. Memories touch all our senses, and my favorites are smell and taste. The taste of foods I especially loved as a child…and of course the smell of ... Read More »

Lemon bars

CHEF’S TABLE  Chef Anne Feinman  thechefsexpress@aol.com Lemon bars…Lemon Squares… Lemon Slices….whatever your name for them…means mouthwatering to me.The combination of buttery shortbread and tangy lemon filling, makes them so very irresistible. They are best eaten the day they are made, when the shortbread is crisp and the lemon filling is tart and tangy. In order for them to have a nice tart citrus flavor, be sure to use real lemons, NOT lemon juice from a bottle. Always choose lemons with a bright yellow color, fragrant, firm and plump. Be sure to wash lemons well, before removing the outer rind (zest). The ... Read More »

Food Disasters: So Sorry, Dave!

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman  thechefsexpress@aol.com As I was preparing to write a Chef’s Table story today, my son John came into my office to share an event that occurred last night at our restaurant. So, first off, in writing for the world to see….we are so sorry, Dave Purcell! You can keep the t-shirt, too!….oops, John just told me you need a different size, so stop in this week…and I promise all ketchup bottles will be restrained. Most kitchen blow-ups are harmless, and can lead to a funny story to tell later. As, I hope Dave will be able to, ... Read More »

Happy Easter… from our kitchen to yours!

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman  thechefsexpress@aol.com Easter always brings me such a fuzzy, warm feeling. From the Easter egg hunts, the pretty dresses and bonnets Mom dressed us 5 sisters in, to the wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen. Easter Sunday has always been such a wonderful family day of great food! This year I will be enjoying Easter with our extended family…our wonderful customers, employees and friends. We want to share some great recipes with you to make your Easter dinner one to remember! Lets start with: Jack Daniels Baked Ham • Fully cooked bone in ham 4-6 lbs. • ... Read More »

Stand out from the crowd

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman thechefsexpress@aol.com Sometimes, we feel we need to do big things in life to stand out from the crowd, to make a difference… but in my experience I have found that it is the small things that make a difference. A smile for someone who is feeling a bit down, a touch on the shoulder for someone feeling lonely or a ride to the store for someone with no car. Imagine being the recipient of any of these gestures,in your time of need…imagine that that someone is you. I have a dear friend and long time customer, ... Read More »

I LOVE TO COOK Rediscover your own JOY of cooking for family and friends

Chef Anne Feinman thechefsexpress@aol.com Has cooking become a chore…the thought of preparing, shopping and serving… an absolute dread? I can remember having those days. Yes, as a successful restauranteur… those moments are part of all our busy lives. Your life can consist of a hectic work, social, and family day…but take time out to be inspired and to inspire others! It is so easy to add a special touch to the foods you prepare. I like to add a strawberry to the top of pancakes and French Toast, with a sprinkle of powder sugar. An edible orchid is exceptional on ... Read More »

One of my favorite quotes

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman  thechefsexpress@aol.com  “Food is so primal, so essential a part of our lives, often the mere sharing of recipes with strangers turns them into good friends.” ~ Jasmine Heiler In reflecting on this quote, I have two very special friends who have shared recipes with me, and now, I would like to share them with you, our Coastal Breeze readers. The first is a recipe that I have been using here at our restaurant, Mangos Dockside Bistro, at The Esplanade….yes, I thought it was quite the fit! Moist and delicious and our customers call out for more, ... Read More »

Be brave and sit at the sushi bar!

Chef Anne Feinman  thechefsexpress@aol.com When I first started out on my sushi adventure, sitting at the sushi bar was a bit scary. I didn’t know how to order anything other than a California Roll and the knife-wielding sushi chef was intimidating. But one day, I got brave, and sauntered up to a sushi bar. It was well worth the effort and I promise it will be the same for you. Bring a friend or two if it might seem too much of a challenge. The fun part of leaving the safety of your table is that you never know what ... Read More »

Making a new year’s resolution

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman thechefsexpress@aol.com It’s that time of year when we are all considering what our New Year’s resolutions should be. I know, I have made the resolutions and have found a way to deny it was ever so…only to make the same resolutions the following year. I promise to exercise more, eat better and healthier and to “not work so much”…. but for those who know me and love me, it doesn’t seem to happen the way I plan. Today is December 23rd and until two days ago, I had not given one thought to this year’s resolution. ... Read More »

Chef Bob remembers Christmas

Chef Bob Aylwin  chefbobpremier@yahoo.com Now that Christmas time is upon us once again, I have been literally pouring over hundreds of my Christmas time recipes for this article. As a result, I suddenly found myself less interested in recipes and party ideas and more interested in what Christmas really is, or should be about, namely family, friends and love. As I sat at the computer getting ready to embark on some “Holiday Good Mood Food” ideas I began to drift back in time, to my early childhood days growing up in Springfield, Massachusetts. In my imagination, I can still see my ... Read More »

Christmas Marco Island style

By Chef Anne Feinman thechefsexpress@aol.com The Christmas Boat Parade is just around the corner and the Holidays are upon us. Put together some fun and delicious refreshments and invite friends and family to your home. Favorites of mine include this Christmas Cosmopolitan: • 1 1/2 oz Green Apple Vodka. • 1/2 oz Triple Sec. • 1 tsp grenadine. • 3 oz cranberrry juice. Pour over ice and strain into your favorite martini glass. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a cranberry that will float on top. A non-alcohol Holiday beverage treat: • 4 cups apple juice. • 3 cups ... Read More »

I want wontons!

Chef Bob Aylwin  In the Aylwin household we are not very complicated in our daily food routine but we do enjoy a variety of worldwide cuisines every week. We have always enjoyed teaching our children about different cultures and culinary styles of many different nations. Whether it is a simple dish of Bavarian style meatballs on Monday, or French Beef Burgundy (Boeuf Bourguignon) on Tuesday, or possibly some andouille potato crepes of French origin on Wednesday, we try to include many cuisines in our diet. We love Dominican style coconut tres leches (creme brulee) for dessert on occasion and it’s ... Read More »

INVITE YOUR CHILDREN INTO THE KITCHEN

Chef Annie  I’ll admit that cooking with kids is not always easy. I’ve had plenty of spilled milk, dropped eggs, burnt cookies and even a mixing bowl dropped on my toe. I can remember when my girls, Lauren and Nicole, were 4 and 11 and helping me make cookies for the holidays….I ended up with an entire gallon of spilled milk all over the kitchen floor! My patience was not always there, but I knew I had to share my love of the kitchen with my two lovely daughters. Often what the eleven year old could do, the four year ... Read More »

Avocados, falsely accused

Chef Bob Aylwin After spending my summer on beautiful Put In Bay, Ohio, it was a wonderful feeling arriving home to Marco Island. Five months away from home is a long time and certainly there were so many things I missed. But one thing I missed dearly was my avocado tree. That’s right, my avocado tree. Sure I missed my wife and kids and surely I missed the Marco Island beaches. I missed my cat, my friends and my rosemary bush­es, too. But my avocado tree and me go way back. For 14 wonderful years my tree has been producing ... Read More »

PEAR, SPINACH AND GORGONZOLA BAKED CHICKEN

Chef Annie  Who would have thought that the simple combination of spinach, chicken, pears and gorgonzola could create such a delicious meal? Well, for me, I’m just awed that it took me so long to realize it. I mean, I love spinach, I love chicken, I love pears and I am crazy for anything with gorgonzola! How has this dish never been prepared in my kitchen? And when can I have it again? It truly is a perfect combination of flavors and textures and all those other things that make food so decadent. This dish has the benefit of making ... Read More »

The Chefs Express wins The Superbowl…. with a new location!

CHEF’S TABLE By Chef Anne Feinman  With football season upon us, and the excitement of opening our new restaurant, I recently went looking for creative new recipes. Yes, we will have the football package, and I’ll look forward to watching the faces of our guests, friends and family, when all our creativity and deliciousness meet! The following was inspired by Disney, and I encourage you to “Pass” these around for a “Touchown.” Meatballs: • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef. • 1 large egg, beaten. • 1 cup bread crumbs. • 1 cup onion, chopped finely. • 1 tbsp minced garlic. • 1 ... Read More »

Francese style

Chef Bob Aylwin  As my summer winds down here on Put-In-Bay Ohio, I’m starting to think of the things I will miss the most when I return home to Marco Island; the absolutely incredible sunrises off the bay; the spectacular “Perry’s Monument” that towers over the island; the crisp northern air each night blowing through my bedroom window. Although I’ll miss all of these I believe that I will miss the fresh Lake Erie perch that I have had the pleasure of cooking each and every day. If you have never had Lake Erie perch then you are unfortunately missing ... Read More »

Cooking up a love story

By Chef Annie  It’s been over a month since we closed doors at The Chefs Express in Olde Marco. In our quest to get our new restaurant opened at The Beach Club, I have been working on creating new menu options….and thus a Love Story is born. Have you wondered how great it would be married to a chef? I am certain, at one time or another, whether a long day at work, hectic schedules, your birthday or guests dropping in unexpectedly… you imagined your chef husband or chef wife using his or her talents to dream up that special meal. ... Read More »

Let’s make some cookie icing

By Chef Annie Have you ever wondered how the bakeries make such beautifully decorated cookies? You enter the store on Valentine’s Day…and those soft sugary cookies are decorated with those beautiful reds and pinks or the 4th of July with the red, white and blue. Well, here’s a great cookie icing recipe that you’ll use again and again. This decorating icing is so easy to make and the icing flows on and hardens just right. There’s nothing like a homemade sugar cookie with icing to tempt everyone’s sweet tooth. Not only does the icing add delicious yumminess and richness to ... Read More »