First Thanksgiving held in Florida?

Long before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, America’s melting pot was St. Augustine, where Spaniards, free and enslaved Africans and Native Americans lived in the late 1500s. Find out more at “First Colony: Our Spanish Origins” at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. Make it part of a Road Trip to Gainesville, featured in our fall issue.

Left: A mural by Michael Rosato depicts the First Thanksgiving held in St. Augustine in 1565. Photo: Florida Museum of Natural History.Read More

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Holiday Bake Recipe: Sugar and Spice Cookies

One of Grandma’s greatest hits, this simple drop cookie delivers a properly spicy, crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth burst of holiday goodness. Make sure your spices are fresh and, in the case of pepper and cloves, freshly ground.

Makes 4 dozen cookies

12 oz. (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup molasses

4 cups unbleached white flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Powdered sugar for dusting


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add molasses and beat well.

Sift together dry ingredients. Add at low speed to butter and sugar mixture and beat just until combined.

Drop batter by rounded spoonfuls onto baking sheet 2 1/2 inches apart – cookies will spread. Bake 9 to 11 minutes, rotating cookie sheets from back to front once midway through baking. Cookies should be golden brown and slightly darker around the edges when done. Watch carefully during final minutes of baking because they … Read More

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Roast Your Olives! and Other Holiday Entertaining Tips

Fresh and dried fruits, cheese, charcuterie platter

Maybe you’re new to entertaining. Perhaps you’ve been invited to lots of holiday parties. What should you serve or bring? We talked with Joey Wells, specialty coordinator, Whole Foods Market, Florida region, who’s passionate about fine foods and all things cheese:

All-British cheeses

We’re throwing a party on a budget. What should we look for? Keep it simple. Two or three cheeses and one simple accoutrement is plenty. Know how many people you’re serving, and keep in mind that you will have other food there as well. A delightful cheese board can be a beautiful slice of brie, a cheddar and some gouda. Our Private Label cheeses come from small family farms or co-op dairy farmers. They taste incredible and are a great value. Also, don’t be afraid to ask our cheesemonger for a smaller piece of cheese. Finish off your presentation with your favorite jam or jelly or our Dalmatia Fig Spread.

Double creme brie stuffed with fig spread and topped with caramelized walnuts

Our guests are extreme foodies. What new discoveries can we show them? Theme your platter and choose about four cheeses. Your theme can be country of origin, a … Read More

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Show Love at Give Miami Day

It’s the time of year for giving! One of the easiest ways to support causes you believe in is Give Miami Day, Thur., Nov. 19. With the click of a mouse, you can donate to worthy South Florida causes. Last year, more than 19,000 donors gave $5.2 million for 520 local nonprofits.

There are many worthy groups seeking donations, from animal causes to youth services, and you can check them all out here. Below, we’ve listed some of the food, sustainability and community groups we have written about and worked with, and can wholeheartedly endorse. Thanks for showing your #locallove and generosity on #GiveMiamiDay!

Urban Oasis Project  – You’ll find Urban Oasis Project stands with local produce (and EBT/SNAP benefits) at many South Florida markets. From its inception, Urban Oasis Project has steadfastly supported its mission in making clean, healthy food accessible to all, through farmers markets, Verde Community Farm and Market, planting gardens and more.

Common Threads – We’ve watched students wield impressive knife skills thanks to Common Threads! By teaching kids cooking skills, plus practical life-skills in health and nutrition, Common Threads meets a critical need in educating and inspiring them to lead healthier lives.

FLIPANY – Read More

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Show Us Your Cookies (& Cakes & Pies …)

Mmm … rugelach!

Do you make the best brownies, the greatest gingerbread, the flakiest rugelach? We want to see them on Instagram! Join Edible South Florida (@EdibleSoFla), Instagram queen of comfort food Cari Garcia (@FatgirlHedonist) and guava bakers/vintage cookbook fans Samantha Narvaez and Jorge Zaldivar (@PastelGuayaba) as we post our holiday baking photos of cookies, candies, cakes, pies, pastries and other festive desserts of the season. Follow us on Instagram and hashtag #EdibleSoFlaHolidayBake through the end of the year to see what we’re baking. And show us what you’re baking, too – family favorites, cookbook classics, your own creations. Just use hashtag #EdibleSoFlaHolidayBake. Let’s inspire each other this holiday season!

Cari Garcia

Jorge Zaldivar

Samantha Narvaez

Cari Garcia is the voice behind, a local food blog centered around gluttonous and delicious food.

Samantha and Jorge founded PG Bakery, sourcing local rare and exotic subtropical fruits for their preserves.

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New Farmers Markets to Open

As the South Florida growing season kicks into gear, new farmers markets are sprouting up. Whole Foods Market North Miami joins its counterparts in Pompano Beach (Wednesday), Fort Lauderdale (Tuesday) and Pembroke Pines (Thursday) to host a weekday market on Wednesdays 4-9pm. At Coral Gables’ Shops at Merrick Park, look for a new Sunday market 9-3 starting Nov. 15 between Nordstrom and Tourneau. Visit FloridaFreshMarket for details.

The Coral Springs Farmers Market begins Nov. 8 and runs on the second and fourth Sundays of the month through May 22, featuring produce from Brothers Farmers Market Produce and artisans Naughty Nutty Love, Crackerman Crackers, Mozzerita, Smart Girl Foods, Lip Smakin’ Good Honey and other vendors. Find them at the Art Walk at 9405 NW 31 Ct. Visit Coral Springs Farmers Market.… Read More

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Robert Is Here for Another Season

New t-shirts bear images of vintage signs the family discovered

Under the Robert Is Here roof, outlined against the fast-fading pink-and-blue fall sunset, the only fruits in sight are a pile of green and orange papayas. It’s a few days until the iconic Homestead fruit stand is opening, and Robert Moehling and his family and staff are unloading boxes, coordinating deliveries, sprucing up and getting ready for another season.

New this year is a tropical fruit tree nursery

“We get everything cleaned up and ready to go,” explains Brandon Moehling, one of Robert’s sons. This year, he says, there’s a new order system at the shake and smoothie counter, aimed at improving efficiency and alleviating the long lines. The family discovered some vintage fruit stand signs and turned them into campy t-shirts. Also new is a nursery, where visitors can buy trees and grow their own tropical fruits sold at the stand during the year, including various mango cultivars, avocado, sugar apple, caimito, lychee, mamey sapote, jaboticaba, jackfruit, sapodilla, dragonfruit and guava. There are more picnic tables. “Everything we do is to make things more enjoyable,”  says Brandon.

And then there’s the book.

The book is available at the store,

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Michael Pirolo Makes Tortellini

This past summer, Italian cuisine master and all around bad-ass chef, Michael Pirolo, prepared a private Italian feast filled with Prosciutto di Parma for some very lucky guests.

The ham is almost as old as Italian cuisine itself with the earliest references to Prosciutto di Parma dating back all the way to Roman times around 100 BC. The ham has a very strict certification. By law it can only be produced in the gently rolling countryside surrounding the city of Parma in north central Italy. The ham must use Italian-born and bred pigs raised according to the highest standards on which they are monitored, inspected and traced.

Once the ham is ready to be cured, a highly experienced maestri salatori (aka salt master) applies a minimal amount of sea salt necessary to produce a ham with the desired savory-sweet flavor profile. This is also the reason why Prosciutto di Parma tastes less salty than other ham varieties. At the end of the curing process, every leg of Prosciutto di Parma is checked for quality and then fire branded with the five-pointed Parma Crown, signifying its guarantee of authenticity and quality.

In the above video, Pirolo makes one of the … Read More

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Food Day 2015 in South Florida

This October, are you ready to change your diet to a healthier one? How about hosting a healthy potluck for friends and neighbors? What about volunteering for an organization like Share Our Strength? And are you willing to work to change policies so that healthy food is available to all?

Not to be confused with National Candy Corn Day, or other marketing ploys, Food Day (Oct. 24, 2015) is a national day each October aimed at inspiring and encouraging us to resolve to make changes in our own diets and take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state and national levels. Across the country, thousands of events are taking place to build the food movement by:

  • Promoting safer, healthier diets
  • Supporting sustainable and organic farms
  • Reducing hunger and improving food access
  • Reforming factory farms to protect the environment and farm animals
  • Supporting fair working conditions for food and farm workers

Here in South Florida, through the University of Miami’s office of sustainability, Green U, a two-day program will showcase those initiatives through discussions, a film screening and a Fair Food Fair Wed., Oct. 21 and Thur., Oct. 22. Here are highlights:

Wed., Oct. 21

9am-2pm: … Read More

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Taste Paradise during Key Biscayne dining promotion

Miami’s beach getaway, Key Biscayne, is enticing visitors with Taste Paradise, offering diners at participating restaurants prix-fixe menus from Oct. 9-25. Restaurants are classified as Casual Dining or Fine Dining and offer these special prices:

Casual Dining: Breakfast $10, Lunch $15, Dinner $25
Fine Dining: Breakfast $15, Lunch $20, Dinner $35

“Key Biscayne’s dining culture is just as diverse as its residents and visitors,” says Nora Camejo of the Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, sponsors of the new gourmet event. You can find Indian, Mexican, Peruvian, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, Argentinean and French cuisines represented among participating restaurants.

One unique aspect of Taste Paradise is the addition of specially priced breakfast menus. “You can have breakfast and then head to the beach,” says Kathye Susnjer, the chamber’s executive director. Also, many restaurants may not be familiar to those who don’t live on the Key, she says. One is Boater’s Grill Seafood restaurant in No Name Harbor in Bill Baggs State Park. “After sundown, you can get in free to the park. People don’t know that.” Other gems include Parties by Pat at Fairways on the Key overlooking the 18th hole of Crandon Golf Course, the Peruvian restaurant Francesco … Read More

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