Spicy Stacked Watermelon, Feta And Arugula Salad

spicy stacked watermelon feta and arugula salad

A stacked watermelon, feta and arugula salad is a great summertime starter. Sweet, slightly spicy and a little salty, it makes a delightful presentation served as a salad, either tossed or composed or it can be put on skewers and served as a cool and refreshing appetizer at your next party. I believe that you […]

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Mount Dora, 30 Miles From Orlando Yet A World Away

Mount Dora light house

Mount Dora, less than 30 miles from downtown Orlando, seems a world away from the crowds gathered at Disney World. The small historic lakefront town, in the heart of the rolling hills of Central Florida, was once a popular winter destination for Northerners in the early twentieth century. I’d heard of Mount Dora, as it’s […]

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Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Mexican shrimp cocktail

Sometimes less is more, especially in the case of simple Mexican shrimp cocktail. The light and refreshing summer appetizer consists of poached shrimp marinated in a lime and spicy tomato juice base along with tomatoes, onions, celery, cilantro and creamy cubes of avocado that create fresh flavors similar to ceviche. I would call this appetizer a […]

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Whipped Feta And Olive Crostini

whipped feta and olive crostini

Whipped feta and olive crostini remind me of my travels in Europe. Order a cocktail or glass of wine there and you might be served a couple of crostini and some olives to enjoy with your drinks. Usually no more than a couple of mouthfuls, it is a delightful tradition that I enjoy. The whipped […]

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Treasure Coast of Florida

storm approaching treasure coast

While visitors often plan a trip to the beach with thoughts of seashell hunting, there is bigger treasure occasionally found on the beaches in Vero Beach, Florida. After a big storm passes during hurricane season, remnants from shipwrecked Spanish galleons are sometimes washed ashore along the Treasure Coast of Florida. On July 24th, 1715, a […]

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Beet, Orange And Arugula Salad

beet orange and arugula salad

Roasted beets marinated in a honey citrus vinaigrette are served with sweet juicy oranges, creamy goat cheese and crunchy pistachios on a bed of arugula. This easy to make, Moroccan inspired, vibrant colored salad makes a delicious first course, side salad or a light and healthy main course. This contrasting burgundy red and orange colored […]

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Fully Vaccinated, Am I Ready To Travel

Florida tropical white sand beach

Over a year ago, travel was put on hold around the world due to COVID-19. After months in lockdown, many people are now fully vaccinated and travel restrictions are starting to ease. If you’re vaccinated, will you feel comfortable going ahead with anticipated vacation plans that you had to cancel last year? It’s been over […]

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Linguine With Shrimp, Cherry Tomatoes And Capers

linguine with shrimp, tomatoes and capers

What could be better than a quick weeknight dinner of shrimp and pasta that can be cooked and on your table in less than 30 minutes. Called Linguine con Gamberi in Italian, shrimp are sautéed in olive oil with fresh cherry tomatoes and capers and then tossed with linguine pasta. My husband and I love […]

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A Maine Summer Getaway

maine cottage

Maine is the perfect destination for a summer getaway and is known for its small vacation homes called camps, cabins or cottages. They are where you can spend an idyllic summer and enjoy a feeling of simpler times, or as the Maine slogan states, “the way life should be.” As I celebrate 10 years of […]

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Panko And Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders

panko and almond crusted chicken tenders

Whether feeding a crowd or serving dinner for two, adults as well as children will love these double breaded crispy chicken tenders made with Japanese Panko and almond flour that seals in all their natural juices. One bite of these crunchy, flavorful chicken tenders will have you going back for more. Breaded chicken cutlets or […]

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