Grilled Blackened Grouper Sandwich

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We're having a great time on vacation on Sanibel Island, Florida.  One of the benefits of being near the Gulf of Mexico is the availability of fresh seafood.  We found fresh Grouper at Bailey's so these Grilled Blackened Grouper Sandwiches went on the menu!   We love the condo here at Point Santo de Sanibel owned by Pat & Lee Olson.  The complex is situated on the beach . . . Continue Reading

Frozen Fuzzy Navel

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We've run off to the beach for our summer vacation so for the time being, you won't find any pumpkin recipes here.   Since 1992 we've occasionally vacationed on Sanibel Island located on the southern gulf coast of Florida.  We don't come every year, but from time to time, we like to completely unwind, read books, lay under the palm trees and nap whenever we want.  I posted about our trip . . . Continue Reading

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Cucumbers & Onion (garden-to-table)

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This represents the last of our cucumbers but the tomatoes are enjoying a second spurt of productivity.  This year's growing season has been good but the heat is settling in now so I can't speak for tomato futures.  Fingers crossed!  So ... guess who has never posted a simple Heirloom Tomato Salad with Cucumbers & Onion (served with a bonus)?  Better late than never!   I . . . Continue Reading

Fig & Goat Cheese Tart

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Yeasted Pastry - these two words piqued my interest in this classic Ottolenghi styled recipe; mixing savory with sweet, and fruit with herbs.  I made several minor tweaks so if you want the original - check out  his vibrant cookbook Plenty More.  You may want to buy it just for the pictures ... pages and pages of gorgeous recipes and photos.  The simplicity and creativity of the recipes . . . Continue Reading

Banoffee Pie

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 Banoffee Pie is one of the easiest desserts I've ever made.  But don't equate easy with "dull and tasteless" because that would not be true!  We made mini Banoffee Pies for a dinner party a long time ago and hoped to make it again one day ... so I could share with you!  Banoffee Pie (a portmanteau or combination of the words "banana and toffee") was invented sometime in the 1970's by a . . . Continue Reading

Spicy Summer Tomato Jam

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I'm not ready for summer to be over!  Once fall arrives, our wonderful homegrown tomatoes will slowly sneak away, and we'll be left with bland hot house tomatoes from the grocery.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE fall; the colors, the crisp air, pumpkins, sweaters, and camping are some of my favorite markers indicating summer is gone and winter is on the way.   Until that happens . . . Continue Reading

Grilled Cheese with Heirloom Tomatoes and Pesto (garden-to-table)

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During the summer months, when the tomatoes are plentiful, we eat a lot of tomato sandwiches a/k/a ... lycopene overload.  Our sandwiches are usually very simple with just tomatoes, mayo and bread.  I often ask my husband what he wants for dinner and he often replies "a tomato sandwich."  Traveling husband is very easy to please, especially when it comes to homegrown tomatoes.    For . . . Continue Reading

Homemade Sweet Pickle Relish (Garden-to-table)

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We've got cucumbers ... lots and lots of cucumbers.  I eat them everyday for lunch with no complaints!   I need to make pickles but thought Homemade Sweet Pickle Relish might be a nice change.  My husband planted about 4 different varieties of cucumbers so I can't even tell you what kind they are, other than the good kind!   Aside from a little chopping, relish is super simple . . . Continue Reading

Peach & Almond Shortcake

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Do you think it means I'm weird because I get excited about seasonal fruits and recipes for things like Peach & Almond Shortcake?  Maybe I'm just a serious foodie, or maybe I'm just a big fan of the great outdoors and all that nature has to offer.  Could be all these things are true ... but weird is a good guess.   Shortcakes are fun and easy to pull together, usually . . . Continue Reading

Meatless Monday Taco Salad

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We're still on our "bold flavors" kick and this completely qualifies as a bowl of "not-at-all-boring."  I really enjoyed this Meatless Monday Taco Salad and find it interesting and fun when a recipe exceeds expectations.  I guess anything with taco chips gets an automatic pass with me - and salsa too!   Our garden tomatoes are doing great and we eat them at least twice a day. . . . Continue Reading