Episode 601


Show Description: Kristy, Chad’s wife, surprises him with a camping experience of a lifetime!

Experience camping like never before as Florida camping becomes a 5 star luxury experience!

Where: Palm Coast, FL on the Mantazas River

When: Spring or fall/winter. Summer camping includes summer showers which can make a fire starting effort difficult with soggy wood.

How Much: Technically, anyone can glam up a camping trip, but if you want the pros, we went with Get Local, with costs starting at $299-450.

What you’ll need: Clothes appropriate for weather conditions, closed toed shoes, medications, and recreational gear (football, fishing poles, etc.).


Resource Links: Get Local

Florida Cooking: Florida Rib eye with Salted Caramel-Brandy Sauce and Snap Bean, Mushroom Sauté


Yield 2 Servings



  • 2 five to eight ounce Florida Rib eye steaks
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 cups Florida snap beans, rinsed and trimmed at the vine end
  • 1 cup Florida mushrooms, rinsed and quartered
  • 1/4 cup Florida sweet peppers, sliced thin
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped fine
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Brandy
  • 1 teaspoon natural Florida sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream



  1. Preheat two medium sauté pans over medium high heat.
  2. Season the rib eye steak with salt and pepper on both sides.
  3. Place one teaspoon of olive oil and one teaspoon of butter in the first sauté pan and carefully add the steaks.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the second sauté pan and carefully add the snap beans.
  5. Place 3 sprigs of thyme on top of each of the cooking steaks.
  6. Add the sweet peppers, chopped garlic and mushrooms to the cooking snap beans.
  7. Stir the snap bean mixture and continue to cook until the snap beans are crisp and tender.
  8. Cook steaks for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until desired doneness.
  9. Remove steaks from pan and let them rest, but keep the pan on the heat.
  10. Carefully add the brandy to the hot pan that the steaks were cooked in. (Be extremely careful when adding brandy to a hot pan; always have fire safety measures in place.)
  11. Cook the brandy while scraping the pan to release any caramelized bits that were stuck to the pan.
  12. When the brandy is reduced by half, and most of the alcohol is cooked off, add the sugar and butter.
  13. Work the butter around the pan to evenly distribute it.
  14. Add the cream to the brandy mixture and stir to combine.
  15. Add a good pinch of salt to taste and bring the cream to a quick boil, then remove from heat.
  16. Serve the steaks with the brandy sauce and the snap beans.