Friday, December 11, 2009


Pie deliciousness like this has never conquered your tongue until you try this one! I'm tellin' ya, your taste buds will surrender to this mango pie it's sooo good! In case you were wondering, I'm back on the wagon and excited to continue my apprenticeship under Chef Doug...

****Wifey gave it 4.5 spatulas!*****
Here's the video of WEEK 8:
If you're crazy about pies or food in general, I recommend Chef Doug's page at
Mango Pie
9-inch graham cracker crust
1/3 cup lime juice
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
2 very ripe mangos, peeled and seeded
whip cream (optional)
Place lime juice in small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin granules top. Cook on low for about 2 minutes, while stirring to dissolve gelatin. Remove from heat and add milk. In food processor, puree mango. Stir mango into milk mixture. Pour into crust. Chill until set. Serve plain or with whip cream on top...Allow those taste buds to now surrender.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

wisdom nugget

this is one of the most profound things i've ever read:

“Ecstasy and delight are essential to the believer’s soul and they promote sanctification. We were not meant to live without spiritual exhilaration, and the Christian who goes for a long time without the experience of heart-warming will soon find himself tempted to have his emotions satisfied from earthly things and not, as he ought, from the Spirit of God. The soul is so constituted that it craves fulfillment from things outside itself and will embrace earthly joys for satisfaction when it cannot reach spiritual ones… The believer is in spiritual danger if he allows himself to go for any length of time without tasting the love of Christ and savoring the felt comforts of a Savior’s presence. When Christ ceases to fill the heart with satisfaction, our souls will go in silent search of other lovers… By the enjoyment of the love of Christ in the heart of a believer, we mean an experience of the “love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us” (Rom. 5:5)… because the Lord has made himself accessible to us in the means of grace, it is our duty and privilege to seek this experience from Him in these means till we are made the joyful partakers of it.” John Flavel (1630-1691)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

heart check

thank God my Creator has his pulse on my heart. Cuz Lord knows that my thoughts and actions leave me a bit embarrassed...
And ya know what... there are many days where your weaknesses are so obvious to you that it makes you think you are hopeless and you'll never do great things...
I think it's a lie. A very tasty and believable lie but one none the less...

Before David of the Old Testament slays a giant and before he takes over as king God saw his heart that was warm towards the Creator.
Even though God knew David would one day become an adulterer and a murderer ... God saw the heart:

When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD's anointed stands here before the LORD."
7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, "The LORD has not chosen this one either." 9 Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, "Nor has the LORD chosen this one." 10 Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, "The LORD has not chosen these." 11 So he asked Jesse, "Are these all the sons you have?" "There is still the youngest," Jesse answered, "but he is tending the sheep." Samuel said, "Send for him; we will not sit down [a] until he arrives."
12 So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the LORD said, "Rise and anoint him; he is the one."
13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Gourmet Fridays Leek and Potato soup

Leek and Potato Soup

A nice soup. For a potato soup it has a nice flavor.
Easy to make as a nice appetizer.
enjoy the video... it has little sound and lots of subtitles!


Leek and Potato Soup

1 large potato
1 garlic clove, minced
½ medium onion, chopped fine
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 medium leeks(white parts only) Halved lengthwise, sliced thin crosswise, and washed.
2 ½ cups chicken broth
3 Tbsp. heavy cream
2 Tbsp. chopped flat leaf parsley

Method: peel potato and dice. In a 3 ½ qt. saucepan cook garlic and onion in butter over medium heat, stirring until onion is softened. Add potato and leeks and cook, stirring occasionally , 2 min. Stir in broth and simmer, uncovered, 15 min., or until potato is tender. Puree in a blender, until smooth. Transfer to the saucepan. Stir in cream, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste and heat over moderate heat, stir occasionally, until hot

Serves 2

Friday, November 13, 2009


WEEK 6, a very festive "Maple-Pumpkin Pots de Creme"
Well... for Halloween this dish was a very nice dessert. It may not be on anyones top 10 favorite desserts all time but it fit the evening. Reactions came in slow but i think everyone that tried it was quite intrigued with the blend of the maple and the pumpkin. It was easy to make as well.

***Wife gave it 3 spatulas***
Here's the video of WEEK 6:
If you're looking for a festive dish to show off for Thanksgiving, this one is sure to stand out. I'm no expert so for extra tips I highly recommend Chef Doug's page at
Now let's get down to business:
Maple-Pumpkin Pots de Creme
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup whole milk
3/4 cup Grade B maple syrup
1/2 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
7 large egg yolks 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
Special equipment: 10 (2 to 3-ounce) custard cups or ramekins
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Whisk together cream, milk, syrup, and pumpkin in a heavy saucepan and bring just to a simmer over moderate heat. Whisk together yolks, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl.
Add hot pumpkin mixture to yolks in a slow stream, whisking constantly. Pour custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a large measuring cup, then divide among custard cups (you may have some custard left over, depending on size of cups). Bake custards in a hot water bath pan covered tightly with foil, in middle of oven until a knife inserted in center of a custard comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer custards to a rack to cool completely. Chill, covered, until cold, at least 2 hours.

Garnish with the Maple Brittle and voila!

Friday, October 30, 2009


Amazing dessert!!! Almost like a Chocolate Volcano cake but with a hint of coffee! Went off with out a hitch and made our taste buds dance!

***Wifey gave it 4.5 spatulas****
All you chocolate-lovers, this one is a must for your recipe book! For extra tips, check out Chef Doug's page at
Alright, now it's your turn:
Chocolate Espresso Torte
1# Butter
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Espresso
1# Chocolate Chips
6 ea. Eggs
6 ea. Egg yolks
Melt together the butter, sugar and espresso. Then add the chocolate, stir until melted. Remove from the heat. Whisk together the eggs and add to the chocolate mixture. Pour into well greased pans, bake in a water bath at 325 degrees for 75 minutes.
And voila! Espress'o self! ;)

Friday, October 23, 2009



This was an amazing dish to make and eat! So good it was requested the next day. ALTHOUGH… I’d cut the butter in half. Day 2 I used half the butter and it made the dish perfect. Throw some shrimp, steak, or chicken on top and you’ve got an amazing meal!

****Wife gave it 4.5 spatulas**


If this dish made your mouth water like it did mine, find out how to make your own by checkin' out Chef Doug's page at

To start you off on this journey to gourmet goodness, here's today's recipe:


2 1/2 cups packed fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
1/4 cup packed fresh sage leaves, chiffonade
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
5 1/2 cups chicken broth (44 fluid ounces)
2 ea. medium onions
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice (about 10 1/2 ounces)
1/2 cup dry white wine
8oz brown butter

Finely chop onions. In a 4- to 5-quart heavy kettle cook onions in 1/4 cup oil, covered, over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until soft but not browned, about 10 minutes. Add rice and cook, uncovered, over low heat, stirring, 10 minutes. Increase heat to moderate and add wine. Cook mixture, stirring constantly, until wine is absorbed. Stir in 1 cup simmering broth and cook at a strong simmer, stirring constantly, until broth is absorbed. Continue adding broth, about 1/2 cup at a time, and cooking mixture at a strong simmer, stirring constantly and letting each addition be absorbed before adding the next, until rice is tender and creamy-looking but still al dente, about 18 minutes total. (There may be broth left over.)
Remove kettle from heat and stir in herbs, and brown butter, and salt and pepper to taste.
Serve risotto immediately. :)

Friday, October 16, 2009



This dish was tough and interesting at the same time. Nearly threw in the towel but the tastes and the smells at the end made it all worth it. Only problem... i didn't cook it long enough. t'was a bit runny.

***Wife gave it 3.5 spatulas****


if you'd like to get more tips on creating these delicacies, just check out Chef Doug at

Okay, here's the recipe:


3 each large heads garlic
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 ½ cups milk
1 each medium onion, sliced
3 each large thyme sprigs plus 1 tsp. thyme leaves
1 each bay leave
1 each whole garlic clove
1/8 tsp. black peppercorns
7 Tbsps. unsalted butter, divided
1 ½ Tbsps. fine dry bread crumbs
5 Tbsps. all purpose flour
4 each large eggs, separated, plus 4 additional egg
1 ½ cups grated parmesan cheese
¼ tsp. grated nutmeg
¾ cup grated gruyere

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


WEEK 2 "Chilled Tomato Soup with Chipotle Cream"
Well... i think it was way spicier than it was supposed to be... some how. I also did not add horse radish and i also did not chill it atleast 4 hours.
But the dish snuck up on me. I actually really enjoyed it and I am not a "tomato guy".
Great side dish to do! It was fun and made my tastebuds dance!!

**** Wife gives 5 Spatula's out of 5!! ***

Before I give you the recipe let me remind you that you can check out Chef Doug at
Chilled Tomato Soup with Chipotle Cream
yield: Serves 6
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 green onions, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 jalapeño chili, seeded, chopped
4 cups tomato juice
1 1/2 pounds tomatoes, seeded, chopped
3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon minced seeded canned chipotle chilies
1/4 cup whipping cream
Heat oil in heavy large saucepan over low heat. Add next 4 ingredients. Cover; cook until vegetables are tender, stirring often, about 20 minutes. Add tomato juice, tomatoes, 3 tablespoons lime juice and horseradish. Increase heat to medium-high; boil, uncovered, until flavors blend, about 10 minutes. Cool slightly. Working in batches, purée soup in blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Chill at least 4 hours or overnight.
Mix sour cream, chipotles and remaining 2 teaspoons lime juice in medium bowl. Gradually whisk in whipping cream. Season with salt and pepper.
Divide soup among 6 bowls. Drizzle generously with chipotle cream.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Gourmet Friday's - Week 1

"Tomato Red Onion Bruschetta"

Friday Afternoon's on THE JOYFM

*** Jayar's Wife give's 4 SPATULA'S ***

Enjoy the video of my journey on Week 1!

Tomato, Red Onion and Basil Bruschetta

Serves 4

2 cups Assorted cherry, grape and teardrop tomatoes, halved
½ each Small red onion, finely chopped
3 Tbsps. Olive oil, plus additional for brushing
3 Tbsps. Fresh basil, chopped
1 ½ Tbsps. Balsamic vinegar
1 each Large loaf focaccia, halved horizontally
1 each Garlic clove, peeled and halved

Combine halved tomatoes, finely chopped onion, 3 Tbsps. olive oil, chopped fresh basil and balsamic vinegar in a medium bowl. Season tomato topping with salt and pepper. Let mixture sit several hours for flavors to marry, toss occasionally.

Preheat broiler, place focaccia half, cut side up on a baking sheet. Brush bread with olive oil. Toast bread in broiler until top is golden brown, do not burn. Immediately rub cut side of bread all over with halved garlic, then cut focaccia crosswise into 4 equal pieces.

Chef Doug's Website

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

NON Gator Fan loving Tebow

A lot of sports fans have a list of teams that they root against. (for whatever reason) For me it's the Yankees, Gators, and Manchester United....
But Tim Tebow puts me in a tough position... lovin' a guy that plays on a team you root against...

check this amazing story out:
(Naples News)
Posted September 10, 2009 at 9:01 p.m.
It isn’t everyday that a 7-year-old boy with cerebral palsy has the opportunity to meet his real life hero.
Fortunately for my grandson Boomer, he had the opportunity to meet University of Florida head football coach Urban Meyer at the Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation annual banquet last May where Meyer was the keynote speaker.
In March, Boomer had undergone extensive surgery on his legs which required him to be in a full-length cast (which they applied in orange and blue). Boomer’s goal was to be able to get out of his wheelchair and walk up to shake Meyer’s hand when they met at Winged Foot. Boomer did not want to be in his wheelchair when he met his favorite coach.
I had explained all of this to Meyer prior to the event but I’m not sure he was emotionally prepared to watch Boomer struggle to get out of his chair and painfully take the two or three steps necessary to approach him. Meyer got down on one knee in order to meet and speak to Boomer and you could tell immediately he was moved by what he had just witnessed.
While speaking to Boomer, Meyer asked him if he would like to come up to Gainesville to meet his favorite player, Tim Tebow, take a tour of the athletic facilities, and then attend the football game the following day. Of course, Boomer was thrilled with the invitation as was the rest of his family, especially his mother who attended UF and is a huge Gator fan.
Plans were made for Boomer and family to travel to Gainesville for the season opener against Charleston Southern on Saturday, Sept. 5. Meyer’s assistant, Nancy Scarborough, made all of the arrangements and we met her at the stadium at 11:00 a.m. on Friday. Scarborough explained that Tebow would be in the coach’s office at 11:15 in order to meet Boomer, have some pictures taken and sign a few autographs before having to leave by 11:30 for media commitments.

During those 15 minutes, Tebow treated Boomer like he was his best friend. The attention and kindness he showed to Boomer was priceless, and the experience that was created was something that Boomer will never forget.

Tebow had to leave, but Meyer and Scarborough continued to show us around the office area. At one point, we went into Meyer’s office to take in all of the memorabilia on display. The coach was at his desk when he picked up a picture of him and Tebow hugging after the national championship game and proceeded to take it out of the frame and autograph it.
Suddenly, Tebow reappeared and also signed the picture before presenting it to Boomer as a memento of his trip. What happened next astounded all of us, with the exception of Meyer, when Tebow took control of Boomer’s wheelchair and proceeded to give us a guided tour of the entire stadium himself. Over the next one and a half hours, we visited the workout facilities, training room, locker room and the football stadium, all with Tebow pushing Boomer and leading the way.

We returned to the coach’s office to say goodbye to Meyer. As we were talking, Tebow turned to Boomer and said, “How would you like to come on the field with me tomorrow for the pre game warm-up?”
Meyer added, “And how about after the game you join us in the locker room to be a part of the post-game activities?”
It was no surprise that both offers were readily accepted with one of the biggest smiles you have ever seen.
Friday night, Boomer’s grandmother asked him if today was the greatest day of his life. Boomer replied that tomorrow will be the greatest day and today will be the second best. I’ll be darned if he wasn’t right.
As promised, as the team entered the Swamp for their pre-game warm-ups, Tebow ran on the field pushing Boomer in his wheelchair. As the team lined up for stretching, Tebow wheeled Boomer up and down every row of players so that he could shake all of their hands.

Boomer stayed on the field throughout the warm-ups watching his hero prepare for the game. Boomer was then escorted to a private box reserved for the coach’s wives and families to watch the game.
Towards the end of the fourth quarter, Boomer was taken down to the locker room where Tebow brought him in to celebrate the Florida victory along with the rest of the team. A football was passed around for every player to sign for Boomer, and then he was wheeled to the center of the room where he was surrounded by the entire team for their post-game prayer.
We will remember this experience for the rest of our lives and we will all be forever Gator fans for what we were so fortunate to have been a part of. We are so grateful to Meyer and Scarborough for all they did to make these two days the most special days in Boomer’s life, but we will never forget everything that Tebow did for Boomer.
Tebow did not need to take one and a half hours out of his day to spend with a 7-year-old boy who he had just met. Tebow did not need to invite this same boy to join him on the field for the pre-game warm-up or bring him into the locker room. Tebow did these things out of the goodness of his heart so that our grandson would have the experience of his life.
Meyer said, “It was just Tim being Tim,” and believe me, that is exactly what it was. Tebow wasn’t looking for recognition or a pat on the back for himself.
All Tebow wanted was to give a gift to a young boy who has struggled through many physical hardships and who has endured more than his share of pain.
Many Florida fans refer to Tebow as “Superman.” I used to snicker when I heard this.
Not anymore.
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Bud Hornbeck is the president and CEO of Naples-based Lutgert Insurance.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Poetry With My Momma

Every Wednesday afternoon on The Joy FM...Here's one for da ladies:

Thursday, August 13, 2009

8 months of note taking

i doodle thoughts during Church.
i rarely get a moment to put them all together.

Here's 8 months worth:

· Spirit is willing Body is weak
Like 2 dogs in a fight. The one I feed will eventually over power the other


I am BLESSED for saying no: James 1 12 12Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

· Gentle quiet spirit is prescious to God the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight

· SIN IS SO INVITING AND PLEASING… but there’s a catch… it leads to death!

· Minimize TEMPATION

· GUARD YOUR EYES: "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.

· Ruuuuuuuuuunnnnnn!!!!!!! Be radical when it comes to sin. It’s like cancer. Run!

· Guard your mind. Security tighter than the airport. Cuz if someone gets in with a bomb. Bad things happen

· This is just great… especially the end of it: 7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

· Here’s a thought: a Holy God could not stand to be away from us. So He fixed the problem.

· The Holy Spirit … is a helper to aid you as you battle to choose the Spirit over the flesh you were born into.

· Sinning doesn’t make the Holy Spirit leave you. The Quenching of the Spirit is basically like throwing water on a camp fire… it’s still there… it’s just been quenched.

Being in fellowship and communion with Jesus is going to lead to an abundance of the Spirit present in your day. Sin and an abundance of sin “quenches” the spirits work and ability to work through you

· For now… I am glad I can’t figure God out. Leaves me dependent on Faith

· In Hebrews 11 Moses and Abraham are described as amazing men of Faith who moved their families around… pursued promises of a God they’d never laid eyes on. Wow. I’ve never seen him either!

· Choose PURPOSE over FEELING every time

Test God on his principles 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.

· I am free. But it is good to assemble with other believers

· I’d like to be more concerned with finding more Truth rather than I am about bring right.

· Live a life of Worship

· Psalm 39:5 5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath.

· Get to know Jesus More every day. Then Be salt. Then Shine.

· Serve. Give.

· Make deposits into stuff that lasts forever. Not earth.

· RACE TO THE BOTTOM! NOT THE TOP! Serve. Servant of all.

· The disciples showed “our” nature. “who will sit at your right hand in heaven Lord? Which of us?” Jesus shocked them by serving.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Emeril watch out!

So my quest to become a gourmet Chef is underway!
Well, at the core, it's a 32 year old guy in a desperate search to find a hobby that doesn't have to do with work, home, taxes, church, ect.

Last year Saltwater Reef's crept into my life but in 09 It's all about cooking.
Ok so i've only taken 1 class so far. A group that was formed by a Chef that attends our church in Bradenton. Chef Doug leads a class called "Fun with food".

20 of us got together in 1 kitchen. That's the miracle of this all. Fitting all of us in one kitchen.
My first job on the quest to become a master chef. Dusting mushrooms!! Which i don't eat!
By the end of the night i learned that the giftings God has blessed me with are not in the mushroom field but rather with rice. I am a changed man after learning what onions and chicken stock can do for rice!

More in a couple weeks..... here was the main course

Chicken, Mushroom, and Bok Choy Kebabs
yield: Makes 6 servings
3 large garlic cloves
1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup dry Sherry
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon finely grated peeled ginger
2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
1 1/2 pound skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 pound baby bok choy (5 to 6 heads)
1/2 pound large cremini mushrooms, stems trimmed flush with caps
1/2 cup vegetable oil
14 (12-inch) wooden skewers, soaked in water 30 minutes.
Marinate chicken:Mince and mash garlic to a paste with a pinch of salt.
Boil soy sauce, Sherry, and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until reduced to about 2/3 cup, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in garlic paste, ginger, and sesame oil, then cool to room temperature.
Pour half of marinade into a large sealable bag and chill remainder for basting. Add chicken to bag and marinate, chilled, turning bag occasionally, at least 3 hours.
Make kebabs:Prepare grill for direct-heat cooking over medium-hot charcoal (medium-high heat for gas).
Meanwhile, halve bok choy lengthwise and blanch in a large pot of boiling salted water (2 Tbsp salt for 5 qt water) until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Immediately transfer with tongs to an ice bath to stop cooking. Pat bok choy very dry, then, bending leaves, thread 3 or 4 halves (through bulb and leaves) onto each of 3 or 4 skewers. Put on a tray.
Toss mushrooms with vegetable oil. Thread mushrooms (through sides) and chicken (discard marinade) onto remaining skewers, alternating them. Put on another tray.
Oil grill rack, then grill chicken-and-mushroom skewers, covered only if using a gas grill, 6 minutes. Turn over and baste with some of remaining marinade, then grill, turning and basting occasionally (but not during last 3 minutes), until chicken is just cooked through and mushrooms are tender, 6 to 8 minutes more.
Lightly brush bok choy with oil and grill, covered only if using a gas grill, turning once, until grill marks appear, about 2 minutes total.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


The conversations with Tampa Bay Ray Outfielder/Infielder Ben Zobrist are now posted here:


Using Zobrist as a pawn to get another fantasy baseball opponent to trade Zobrist to me

Plus the call to little James who got surprised at day care with a call from Zoriilla