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How to Make Paella, Caribbean Style

 So much of the seafood we eat today is farm raised on crappy diets with all kinds of additives, hormones antibiotics etc. that when I saw some wild shrimp from the ocean along with some octopus from Spain available, I …

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Nigel Spence: A Holiday Brussel Sprouts Recipe

 With the holidays upon us once again my thoughts always turn to new and improved recipes for the many dinners to be hosted during the season. Lately I have been on a mission to update side dishes that usually don’t …

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A Great Caribbean Mushroom Recipe

 By Nigel Spence Mushrooms are generally not high on the list of foods that Caribbean folks hold in high regard. That may be because we are not and have never been a mushroom growing or consuming society. What I was …

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 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor Shifting toward a whole food plant-based diet requires quite a bit of changes in the way one eats and presents quite a challenge in keeping the dishes interesting. Bold flavors along with great eye appeal go …

caribbean beachy salad

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor Finally, a breath of fresh air coupled with new beginnings, signifying another season of Spring. With renewed energy and vigor, we start to clear out the old and refresh with the new – usually reserved for …

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 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor Many years ago, back in Culinary school, I can never forget this particularly hardcore instructor who trained me in fish fabrication and cooking. Every day upon arrival at 6am for class, he would add just a …

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor It’s funny how suddenly we New Yorkers have to be paying attention to the fact that the hurricane season began June 1st. It’s as if we became tropical overnight and no-one bothered to update us. Now …

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor As the Thanksgiving Holiday rolls around, with it comes a flurry of activity and excitement as families prepare to master the most important of all meals – the Thanksgiving Feast. Supermarket shelves fully stacked with boxes …

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor Landing in the heart of Tel Aviv was certainly not part of my normal playbook, but became a reality when I accepted an invitation to attend a wedding ceremony. After thirteen hours of travel with my …

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor As you may have read, multiple times I am sure, my favorite time of year is December, my favorite month of the year is August but my all time favorite weekend event of the year happens …

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor Have you ever woken up with a particular craving and nothing you eat or drink throughout the day satisfies you until you get exactly what you are craving?  Well, that was me the other day. I could picture …

 A Jamaican odyssey By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor Every time I find myself in Jamaica, it never fails to amaze me that despite its economic woes, sprinkled with crime and violence, there is a vibe that infects me upon arrival that …

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 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor It is said that China is the world’s largest pork consumer, housing about 476 million pigs, according to the Earth Policy Institute.  What I know is if they took stats for Jamaica alone, my Dad, I …

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor Bwoy, I hear seh Jamaica slowly a fret again! No sooner than dem get hit with the mosquito-borne disease Chik-V, which according to the song, “mek a bag a young people walk ole” is as quick …

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor There was great excitement in Jamaica last week as President Barack Obama paid a visit to our island paradise. He was the first sitting US President in over 30 years to have made an official visit …

 Above: Chef Nigel Spence By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor This New Year 2015, like many years past, offers a chance of renewed energy to fulfill failed resolutions, achieve newly set goals and to live your dreams. For years, my New Year’s …

 Above: Chef Nigel Spence’s Ripe Kitchen and Bar By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor Recently, I’ve been hearing about more and more people in Jamaica contracting a new disease called Chikungunya which has been making its way throughout the Caribbean and elsewhere. …

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor As a kid I remember very well my brother teaching me to drive my grandfather’s old beat up blue stick shift Vauxhall Viva that was always parked in the driveway at home, while my grandfather was …