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Fresh From Florida in Four Courses

Stephen Brown

   The growing season is in full swing, with harvests of just about every vegetable and fruit ripening in our backyard. We want to recognize the hard work behind this natural and man-powered bounty with a meal fit for a Floridian—from native conchs to snowbird, tourist and transplant alike—with four courses coming fresh from Florida.

   Chef Justin Timineri offers up a number of recipes made with ingredients sourced from this peninsula in hopes of showing a new epicurean view of the Sunshine State. Who better to tap for these recipes than Timineri, a Florida native and the official state chef of Florida, employed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services? His cooking style and tastes touch on Southern comfort foods, Caribbean flavors, haute cuisine and all points in between, transforming the menagerie of Florida’s cultural influences into easy-to-make dishes.

 

Click on the images below for the recipes.

 

First Course Recipes

Vegetable Potstickers - Fresh From Florida Recipe - Chef Justin Timineri

 

Vegetable Potstickers

 

A vegetarian’s delight, these crispy, fried goodies are low-cal and plant-based.

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Crispy Prosciutto and Avocado Crostini - Fresh From Florida recipe - Courtesy of Chef Justoin Timineri

 

Crispy Prosciutto and Avocado Crostini

 

Light and crunchy, these Florida-based bites are great for a starter or tapas-style dining.

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Second Course

Grilled Florida Peach Salad with Candied Pecans - Fresh From Florida courtesy of Chef Justin Timineri

 

Grilled Florida Peach Salad with Candied Pecans

 

This unique salad incorporates so many sweet ingredients you amost forget you're eating healthy.

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Chilled Florida Wildflower Honey and Carrot Soup - Fresh From Flroida Recipe - Courtesy of Chef Justin Timineri

 

Chilled Florida Wildflower Honey and Carrot Soup

 

When the weather outside is not so frightful, this chilled carrot soup recipe hits the spot.

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Third Course Recipes

Florida Pesto Pasta with Tomato-Basil Relish - Fresh From Florida recipe courtesy of Chef Justin Timineri

 

Florida Pesto Pasta with Tomato-Basil Relish

 

Old World flavors break through with a Sunshine State twist with this pesto pasta recipe.

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Wine-Steamed Clams - Fresh From Florida Recipe with fresh clams - Courtesy of Chef Justin Timineri

 

Wine-Steamed Clams

 

Fresh Florida seafood takes center stage in the steamy clam recipe.

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   After being fully feted with the last three courses, indulge your guests with a savory dessert and some sangria, Florida style. Little known fact: Florida is a pretty prolific grower of highbush blueberries. These tart little berries are sold either fresh in bundles, turned into preserves and jams, and even into some pretty tasty wines. Though season primarily runs through spring, unseasonably warm winters for the past few years have bounced harvest times up a bit, and they are starting to roll into market early. The next two recipes take their cues from the blueberry. Enjoy.

Dessert and Sangria

Florda Blueberry Sangria - Fresh From Florida Recipe with Blueberry Wine - Courtesy of Chef Justin Timineri

 

Florida Sangria

 

Blueberry wine never tasted so good as when stirred in fruity Florida Sangria. This drink is great for lazy afternoons or poolside get-togethers.

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Rustic Florida Blueberry Cobbler - Fresh From Florida Recipe with Blueberry - Courtesy of Chef Justin Timineri

 

Rustic Florida Blueberry Cobbler

 

Save room for dessert. Chef Justin Timineri's blueberry cobbler is sweet and flaky, a true Southern favorite.

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Chef Justin Timineri - Florida's Executive Chef - Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

   The official chef of Florida, Justin Timineri, shares some of his recipes with us. A proponent of eating healthy, locally grown and harvested produce and seafood, Timineri creates recipes that imbue that Fresh From Florida flavor. For more on Chef Justin, click here.

 

Recipes and images courtesy of Chef Justin Timineri and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. For more recipes from Timineri's kitchen, click here.

 

 

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