It’s the new year and with remembering to write 2015 on my checks also comes a wave of personal goals that I want to accomplish. My family purchased a gym membership in December so we could all do more exercising. My husband has requested that I serve more fish and seafood for dinner. For my own personal health, I am stepping closer and closer to a grain-free lifestyle. With an eye still on my food budget, I am adding meals of seafood without grain by using Bumble Bee® seafood products like their Fancy Lump Crab and Tiny Shrimp Continue reading →
Welcome to Day #1 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. With the big football game coming up, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25.
I live a short drive from Mayport, FL, one of the state’s best shrimping towns. There is a fleet of fishing boats that brings in fresh shrimp every day. I was not surprised when the guy behind the fish counter at my local Publix told me that the fresh shrimp I was buying came from there. I sort of expected it. The Florida waters abound in wonderful shrimp.
There are four kinds of shrimp harvested off the coasts of Florida, brown, white, rock and pink. This time of year, we are mostly eating white shrimp. Brown shrimp is more plentiful in the summer. Rock and pink shrimps are found in the deeper waters farther off the coasts.
I often make shrimp dishes for dinner. There are so many great ideas for using Fresh from Florida shrimp for main dishes. This time of year, though, as the holiday parties are in full swing, my thoughts turned toward appetizers. With their handy little tails, shrimp make great finger food, whether they are plain with sauce or wrapped in something as wonderful as bacon.
This is a simple dish that goes together with little effort. Once your shrimp is clean, simply wrap it in par-baked bacon that has been brushed with honey and sprinkled with garlic powder. Once it’s crispy, you are in for a wonderful treat. Use thin cut bacon, not thick, as you don’t want to overpower the shrimp.
Locovore: the practice of eating foods grown locally. Depending where you live, you may or may not find it easy to be a locovore. Antarctica residents might be hard pressed to find anything but seal and penguin. However, living in Florida, I am surrounded by abundance year round. I look for the little signs in the produce section that say the fruit and vegetables came from local growers. Continue reading →
This month’s Improv Challenge theme is Fish and Chips. I opened it up to all chips from potato to chocolate. I also said that any product that is even shaped like a fish (i.e. crackers, pretzels, candy) was also allowed. That being said, I was envisioning creating something really fun and kid friendly along the lines of a blue jell-o with white chocolate mousse waves filled with gummy fish. It’s pretty obvious from the photo that my edible fishbowl did not happen. Continue reading →
Summer has officially started for our family. Wednesday was the last day of school. I now have kids in 11th, 9th, 8th and 2nd grade, as well as a college freshman. Tropical Storm Andrea hit us yesterday, putting a little bit of a “damp”er on the first day of vacation. When my son, The Comedian, came home from a day with friends and was told at 8:30pm that he could not do one more activity, he told us that we were ruining his summer vacation. This doesn’t bode well for the remaining nine weeks. Continue reading →
When I was at the Food Blog Forum a couple of of weeks ago, one of the speakers was an imagineer from Disney. I was impressed by his suggestion that we not be afraid to find inspiration in things that surprise us. In other words, think outside the box and go for it! Continue reading →
I rarely pay full price for a magazine subscription. In fact, if I have to pay more than $5, I have to really think about how much I want that magazine. I have been known to stroll down the aisles at the grocery store looking for magazine offers on boxes of popcorn! My favorite online source for magazines is Best Deal Magazines. When I feel like pampering myself, I head over there and subscribe to a new magazine for $4.69. I know, I really go all out when I splurge! Continue reading →
It’s the 28th of the month, so it must be time to join in Kita’s Cookbook Challenge. This month, we were given three recipes from Guy Fieri’s newest book. We had the choice of a Cherry Cobbler Pizza, an Asian Fried Quinoa and Snake Bites. I chose the last one, but as a dyed-in-the-wool snake phobic, there was no possible way that I was going to call my food Snake anything. I think that the moniker came from the heat of the sandwich, which I lessened exponentially. Therefore, I feel no remorse in renaming them Spicy Shrimp Sandwiches. As it was, they were still on the edge of too spicy for my family. When I make them again, there will be even less ‘bite’ to them and they will end up being simply Shrimp Po’ Boys.I never realized until this post that I am not much of a sandwich maker. I can fling peanut butter and jelly on bread with the best of them, but as a family, we do not eat many sandwich meals. My gluten free-ish-ness may have something to do with it (I served my Shrimp filling on top of a baked potato, thank you), but that doesn’t seem to be much of an excuse for the other 20+ years of not serving them to my family. I will have to ponder on it and see what I can come up with. You may see more sandwiches here in the future, but I am not promising anything.
There is a division in my family amongst my children. Three of them adore shrimp. I mean the Loooooove shrimp. The other two hate shrimp just as strongly. Because my husband and I also enjoy eating it, those sad dissidents have to eat plain pasta with Parmesan or pick out the offending seafood. Continue reading →
I followed through with my promise. Here is a super simple fish dish which came about because I had about 30 minutes to get some dinner into my family and an entire day had been unavoidably wasted. My husband and a business partner own a few rental properties in Jacksonville. We spent a few days getting some repairs done the last time he was in town. I was supposed to drive him over and drop him off, but the stars didn’t align the right way and I ended up having to stay with him. The bright side is that I got to spend time with him. The dark side is that I had chores and errands that didn’t get done. (We have watched Star Wars too many times….is the other side of the bright side really the dark side?) Continue reading →
I absolutely adore New England clam chowder. I have to admit, I have never had a Manhattan style that I like. I still have hope, though because it’s been decades since I tried the latter style. I am always swayed by the cream in the former. Who can resist heavy cream? Continue reading →
I have long looked at this blog as a place to record family history as well as recipes. For a long time…over a year, I dedicated each Saturday to a story. I have long since run out of old family lore, but daily there are funny things that my kids do. If I don’t write them down here, I won’t write them anywhere and I would hate to have some gems lost to my posterity. So, indulge me, if you will, while I tell you about my eldest’s experience with having his wisdom teeth removed.
You all know what the week before a move means….Clean out the freezer and refrigerator!!!
Because ours will be a local move, if I don’t use the 25 pound turkey in my freezer, I won’t be too worried. I can take ice chests from one site to the other without too much trouble. I am, however, trying to use up the fish and seafood. The bounty of the sea makes me a little nervous when not properly cold. Our hot humid weather can melt things in minutes! Continue reading →
Having tile put into a house is harder than I thought.
Saturday, we rented a 5’X8′ trailer from U-haul. My eldest son and my husband spent the day hauling 5,000lbs of tile, mortar and grout to our house. It rained twice that day. Not much else got done.
Monday, the tile installers showed up. They made a few plumb lines and then went to work. Tuesday morning, my husband called me from the house and told me that none of the lines were straight. Continue reading →
My second son, The Thinker was sitting at the table, eating a late night snack while he, my husband and I watched a movie (we have a big great room type layout which allows for eating and watching). All of a sudden, he turned around, looking at me and asked, “Mom, why did Betty Crocker go to jail?” Continue reading →
I love living on a coast. I love driving down a street and seeing homemade signs saying “shrimp” where local fisherman sit on the side of the road with a ton of ice filled coolers and sell to the public. I love that there has been a bumper shrimp catch recently in the Jacksonville area. I love shrimp!! Continue reading →
I wanted to make a pantry meal the other night. Salmon pie sounded really good. I found a few that had puffed pastry crusts, but that wasn’t an option. Finally, I decided to punt and combine a crust from somewhere else and my own filling. I found a great Cheddar Black Pepper pie dough on Coconut and Lime. Originally, the author paired the crust with a fruit filling, which sounds fabulous, but it lent itself so well to a savory pie, that I couldn’t resist. I think I would actually add a bit more black pepper next time. Continue reading →
These fajitas almost didn’t make it into this post. I had been meaning to make them ever since I drooled over Jennifurla’s post on her blog Indigo’s Sugar Spectrum back in April. Then, when I finally did, it was a comedy of errors on my part. First of all, I neglected to read the package of shrimp in full detail. Yes, they were deveined. No, they weren’t shelled. That little bit of information would have saved me quite a bit of frustration a few hours later if I had paid attention. So not only did I learn that I should read shrimp packages very, very carefully, I learned that marinating shrimp in the shell is a little like salting an unpeeled egg. Yeah. Doesn’t really work. Continue reading →
Have you ever made shrimp scampi and been left with just shrimp…no sauce (because everyone wanted more than their fair share of buttery yum on their pasta)? Well, I had just such a case happen to me. I had another unexpected leftover, too. Bacon. When in the history of my family have we ever made too much bacon for breakfast??? So there I was; bacon and shrimp sitting forlornly in the fridge. You can see where this is going, I am sure. Yup. The title gave it away. Continue reading →