Chef James Petrakis' new cookbook, The Ravenous Pig: Seasons of Florida, is full of Old Florida charm, as is his riverside cookout.
"It's extremely important that we spend time around the table. Being out here is the perfect spot to relax and catch up,"
says James, chef/owner of The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park, Florida.
Butternut Squash Soup
Grilled Rib-Eye Steaks with Béarnaise Butter and Onion Relish
Grilled Fingerling Potato Salad
Cocktail and Dessert:
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
A favorite fall produce stars in this comforting and creamy soup.
Take advantage of fresh seasonal greens that play up classic autumn flavors.
When selecting steaks for grilling, make sure they are at least an inch thick so that you end up with the perfect sear on
the outside and tender bite on the inside.
This worry-free side dish is prepared on the grill and tossed together with vinaigrette, shallots, and herbs before serving.
Kumquat and whiskey come together to create this sweet-and-sour refresher.
"My wife, Julie, is also a chef and creates our desserts," says James. "This is a terrific fall dessert--a real crowd-pleaser.
The flavors of the caramel and pineapple are perfect together."