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I was strolling through, the Whole Foods market, when this display of a whole wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano caught my eye. Oh yeah, the sale sign too! Right behind this display is a wall of cheeses from around the world, I mean that literally! There are cheeses from all over the world, and I’m planning on trying, a few of them, in the near future.

The most amazing moment was watching the process of opening of an eighty pound Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese wheel.

It turns out, this is a pretty big undertaking, and definitely takes some time to complete. Once that wheel is cracked open, it’s pretty awesome! I bought myself a couple of big wedges. When I returned home from the store, I placed one in the freezer and one in the frig. I think it’s going to be a pasta night!




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Winter Park Farmers’ Market

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There is nothing better than getting up early on a Saturday morning and heading out to the local Farmers’ market. This one is located a little north of the College Park area. They are amazing local farmers and just regular people who make an artisanal cheeses, breads, and other products who are ready and willing to sell their products to the community.

Let me take you on a tour of this fabulous outdoor market, where there is something for everyone!

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Petty’s Meat Market


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Whenever I’m looking for inspiration, I know exactly where to go, Petty’s Meats. Located at 2141 W State Rd. 434, Longwood, FL. 32779, north of Orlando. They’re open from 10 am-7 pm, Monday- Saturday.

I found some beautiful boneless- skinless chicken and I new right then I wasn’t leaving the store without them.

Petty’s offer everything for the “Foodie”. Whether you are a beginner, home cook, or a gourmet chef, you’ll find it here. All natural beef and chicken, custom made in sausages, and deli meats, made in house. They have pork, seafood, desserts, cheeses, sauces, craft beers, and a variety of wines. The knowledgeable staff at Petty’s are ready to help with all you food needs. If you just want to bring home a ready to make meal, they will customize one just for you.

To some up, I’d say that Petty’s is eye candy for the foodie in you.

I couldn’t wait to get home and start cooking. Growing up my grandmother always taught me to keep a stocked pantry, and buy you produce and protein the day you’re going to cook. So that’s exactly what I do. I went earlier to the Farmers market and found some fennel, and blood oranges. I already had, on hand, some San Marzano tomatoes and fresh blueberries. I decided on a fennel and blood orange salad topped with the Petty’s chicken. I made a simple vinaigrette using the juice from the blood oranges and just drizzles that over the top.

The chicken, I decided to grill. I brushed them lightly with a little Canola oil, and simply seasoned them with Kosher salt, and fresh cracked black pepper. Once the chicken was cooked, I let them rest for a minute, then sliced them on the bias. I spread the warm grilled chicken over the cool crisp fennel and blood orange salad. Along side, some of the tomatoes, sliced avocado, and fresh blueberries. Garnished with a few fennel fronds. I’d say dinner was a success. Thank you Petty’s!!

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East End Market

East End Market

East End Market is Central Florida’s Food and Culture Hub that’s totally inspired by local farmers. A vast array of artisanal vendors in one market place. Bakers, pasta makers, all the way to coffee roasters.

There is also a couple by the name of Brittany and Patrick Lynn who own Farm-Haus. A farm-to-table delivery service in Orlando. There are other delivery services in Orlando but this one specifically focuses on the farm-to-table experience. They off chef created dishes with same day delivery to homes as well as businesses. Visit East End Market at their location 3201 Corrine Dr. Orlando, Fl.32803 or at eastendmkt.com for more information.


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