Guy Fieri Invites His Chef-Friends Over For A Sunday Cook-Off On A New Series ‘Guy’s Ranch Kitchen’ On The Food Network

 

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Guy Fieri invites some of his chef-friends over for Sunday cook-offs on Guy’s Ranch Kitchen beginning on Sunday, November 12th at 12pm ET/PT.  Each week, Guy and a few of his best chef pals come together for a Sunday meal with big flavors and delicious dishes. On the premiere episode, Guy hosts a mouth-watering Friendsgiving to celebrate Thanksgiving.

With “too many cooks in the kitchen,” friendly competition sparks as they try to outdo each other with the most flavorful and delicious dishes.  Alex Guarnaschelli creates a delicious hot brie sandwich with a tangy cranberry vinaigrette and Eric Greenspan reinvents a traditional holiday dish with his crispy sweet potato latkes and marshmallow crème fraiche. Aarti Sequeira prepares samosas, an Indian food favorite, stuffed with the flavors of Thanksgiving, while Carl Ruiz takes a Latin approach to his dish filling empanada pastries with cranberry and turkey.

It’s not a celebration without libations and dessert, so Aaron May pours a Portuguese-style sangria with cranberry and cinnamon to go with delicious handheld pumpkin and pecan pies. As the chefs add their own personal flair, each recipe prepared in Guy’s Ranch Kitchen can be recreated in anyone’s kitchen at home.  Fans can head to FoodNetwork.com/GuysRanchKitchen to browse behind-the-scenes photos of your favorite chefs, watch video extras and get the recipes.  Tell us which dishes are your favorite using #GuysRanchKitchen.

Because this Love is a Shore thing: Chef Burton Peterson of the Cast Iron Pot in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Just like many days and nights before, the aroma of Conch Butter Sauce, Souse and Potato Salad, and many, many, other traditional Caribbean dishes wafts through the air. Like magic, the aroma beckons you, leading you to the heart of Estate Princesse, right off Northside Road to the Cast Iron Pot in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

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And the man behind the magic, no other, then award-winning, Chef Burton Peterson. Peterson who once worked in the famed Waldorf Astoria in New York, is no stranger when it comes to creating eventful and intricate dishes for U.S. Presidents, Celebrities, Royalty, and Brides. This is probably why the Cast Iron Pot possesses an air of seclusion that makes you feel like royalty from the moment you enter the main dining area. You know you have officially arrived to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, when you’ve had a meal or two, at the Cast Iron Pot.

Like so many before him, Peterson traded in the city that never sleeps, for island breeze, beautiful sun, and a celebrated agriculture that has enable him to create a farm-to-table restaurant that takes you on an amazing journey filled with bold flavor and the richness of the island’s history and culture.

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A significant feature of the cuisine at the Cast Iron Pot is the method on which each dish is prepared. Each dish is cooked inside a cast iron pot, cooked to order, with the freshest ingredients the land and sea in St. Croix has to offer. Food like photographs, stir emotions and evoke forgotten memories while simultaneously creating new ones. And at the Cast Iron Pot, Peterson has been creating and re-creating memories with his authentic and traditional Old World Caribbean Cuisine.

As a writer, I am often not lost for words, but in this case, it’s was really hard to capture the right words. I could use every adjective in the dictionary and it still would not give the diversity and flavor of the cuisines at Cast Iron Pot justice, the cuisine here is Phenomenal with a capital “P” matched with exceptional service from its staff.

However, what I had a lost for words for, was describing the feelings that was associated with each dish. There is something to be said about consuming really good food after it has been made to order especially for you. The euphoria you will experience at the Cast Iron Pot cannot be simply explained. I guess if I had to compare this feeling, I would compare it to the feeling of knowing the love of friendship, or falling in love, or simply finding the peace within. Love is hard to describe, and there is so many levels to it, but we’ve all experience it, and definitely don’t, or cannot, live without it.

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The cuisine at Cast Iron Pot not only tells the story of the people of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, it tells the story of every Caribbean family and the story of friendship. It tells the stories of traditional recipes passed on from generation to generation, it evokes memories of Sunday dinners past and Sunday dinners to come, it speaks the universal language that brings us together at the dinner table. The experience here is quite unlike anything else you will experience on the island. You will also find plenty of local favorites at the bar, along with some non-alcoholic refreshers that uses ingredients like passion fruit, limes, tamarind juice, and of course, you will find local favorites, Maubi and Ginger Beer.

However, if you’re looking for an adult cocktail, then try Peterson’s specialty drinks like the Cast Iron, Crucian Confusion, and Calypso Zackary, just to name a few.
For dessert try my favorite, Homemade Cruzan Rum Cake. But don’t forget to try the Old Time Red Grout dessert, a favorite of many locals on the island, the main ingredient in this favorite dessert is guava. And if its ice cream you’re looking for, the Cast Iron Pot also serves Armstrong Homemade Ice Cream.

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But no matter what you decide to have during that romantic dinner, family dinner, or happy hour, “the food at Cast Iron Pot is cooked with love” said Peterson. If you have only one chance to visit this laid-back island and want to visit a restaurant that speaks to the soul and spirit of St. Croix, Cast Iron Pot is it.

Cooking with love and with only the freshest and finest ingredients source from the island is the key to an unforgettable dish” says Peterson. And since my palate feels that it was just involved in a world wind love affair, I think Peterson might be on to something here.

You will find no shortage of love, good food, warmth, and hospitality at the Cast Iron Pot. If this was a romance novel, then the Cast Iron Pot and the Executive Chef and Owner, Burton Peterson, would be two lovers seducing all five of your senses in this love story. This is a restaurant that everyone should at least experience once in their lifetime

House Rules: A New Taste of St. Croix with Chef Digby Stridiron

After years of playing the rules, Celebrity Chef Digby Stridiron has put his cards on the table and has changed the game and the status quo of what is considered fine dining in the Caribbean with his new restaurant balter in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.  And yes, the cliché is true, Virgin Islanders don’t really need a reason to have a party. As long as there is good food, music, and people… it’s a party. So just in case you were wondering the meaning behind the name balter, it means to dance artlessly, without particular grace or skill but usually with enjoyment.

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Stridiron who is well-known to the global community of food enthusiast around the world, has orchestrated eloquent events for a client list that includes, but not limited to, celebrities like NFL star Kerry Rhodes, Vivica Fox, and Basketball Wives of LA. Stridiron who eventually went on the road with recording artist Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry, ultimately succumb to his true calling of becoming one wicked Caribbean Chef, as well as, the Culinary Ambassador to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Stridiron, who once upon a time had humble beginnings as chef de partie of the highly acclaimed upscale restaurant Luma in the Park located in Orlando, Florida, returned to his native land of St. Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands with a culinary bag full of tricks. Trading in the hustle and bustle of the mainland for the tight-knit community of St. Croix, Stridiron brought with him a new way of dining that illuminates a dimension of Old World Caribbean cuisine with a modern twist, along with a farm-to-table and farm-to-glass concept, taking the concept of farm-to-table to an entirely new level in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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And although the concept of farm-to-table may not be new to some, the concept of farm-to-glass will be new to many. Signature cocktails at balter use only the best local vegetables and fruits grown on the island. Together with his co-owner, Sommelier Patrick Kralik, both Stridiron and Kralik are determined to use the best of what the land and sea has to offer, creating a forever changing menu both in the kitchen and at the bar that reflects the current season in St. Croix. So if it’s not in season… then it’s not on the menu.

 And when it comes to the past greeting the present, Stridiron is no stranger, balter  is located at the intersection of Company Street and Queen Cross Street in Christiansted in a 250-year-old build with a unique history of its own, and has been reinvented to meet the needs of the restaurant, while still conserving the key elements of the history of the building. The dining room at balter has a view into the kitchen, making you feel like you’re a part of the family and the culinary experience. The art hanging gracefully on the walls pays tribute to the people of the island, the mesmerizing culture, and local artists.

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Stridiron produces culinary experiences that are so alluring, and unique, there is probably no other chef that can lay claim to the charismatic culinary experience paying homage to Spain, England, Holland, France, the Knights of Malta, Denmark, and the United States; representing the seven flags of those who once governed and currently governed the U. S. Virgin Islands, while still preserving and honoring the diversity and richness of the Caribbean, African, Indian and Latin American people of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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balter should not be considered just your ordinary Caribbean restaurant, it’s an experience, not just simply a place to dine.  Eating is a necessity but cooking is an art, and you should think of Chef Digby Stridiron as your artist, and your plate…Your Masterpiece.  You have to experience balter with an open mind and an empty stomach ready for an gastronomical journey. The menu has an eclectic take on traditional Caribbean dishes with a fine dining setting, as well as, a less formal setting with a separate menu in its courtyard, which makes the culinary experience even more exciting for us food enthusiasts.

Stridiron’s signature fusion speaks loud and clear and is well reflected in balter’s menus. Order a bowl of  the popular dish kallaloo and fungi, a soupy stew that gets its roots from West Africaand you will receive a dish that takes you beyond the limitation and boundaries of the traditional kallaloo and fungi found in the Caribbean. Kallaloo and Fungi served at balter will leave you filled with love, pleasure, and guilt. Why guilt? I’m glad you ask. This is not your grandmother’s traditional recipe, even the local favorite pork belly gets to be the star of the show and is served with a modern twist.  And what can be better than grandma’s recipes passed on from generation to generation? Well… stop by balter in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and find out.    Just don’t tell Grandma.    Or better yet…take Grandma to balter for a special night out.  And don’t worry, balter aims to please with their made to order dishes, so I guarantee you,  Grandma will love balter just as much as you do.