Monthly Archives: May 2010

Cheddar-Chives Scones

I love scones. When we lived in Westwood, NJ there was a scone shop in town and I was introduced to a variety of scones that could easily accompany a soup and salad type lunch. This is a delicious, fluffy, savory scone recipe that can be served for breakfast or any meal. They are deceptively easy to make and you are guaranteed rave reviews. If you prefer, you may substitute other herbs for chives. I’ve heard of people adding rosemary or basil. Others like to add some crumbled bacon to the mixture. I don’t think you can go wrong as long as you use high quality cheese.

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The Big Top and Culture in Sarasota

Since early April Bob and I have been in Sarasota County, exploring job and investment opportunities and looking for a place to live. It hasn’t been total drudgery by any means. We are the kind of people who follow Mary Poppins’ advice and have “a spoonful of honey to make the medicine go down” and in this case it has consisted of mornings and evenings at the beach, walks through parks, attending the Unitarian Universalist Church, and in general visiting various areas of Sarasota. We’ve probably eaten out more than is good for our physique and our cholesterol numbers but we have offset this with daily laps in the pool, walks along the shore, and swimming in the ocean. We finally visited the John and Mable Ringling Museum Estate located on 66 acres of Sarasota bayfront property which is actually home to four attractions and several gardens. Continue reading

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Mango Smoothie

Who can resist the sweet tropical taste of mango? We are all being encouraged to eat at least 3-4 cups of fruits and vegetables per day. This is a refreshing smoothie, perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon snack and a great way to include a fruit into your diet. Children and adults love smoothies and it’s chock filled with vitamins. I never add ice cream to a smoothie but do add yogurt. Mango and yogurt are the makings of the traditional Indian lassi.

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Kamakaze Caterpillars and Pelican Alley

On Mother’s Day we walked through the Oscar Scherer State Park near Osprey and later went out for a bite to eat at Pelican Alley on the Intracoastal Waterway in Venice. Continue reading

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Tomato Basil Chicken with Fingerling Potatoes

Doesn’t food taste best when one uses fresh seasonal produce? This dish takes advantage of the tastebud popping flavors of summer tomatoes, basil, and sweet fingerling potatoes, all in a fruity Pinot Grigio sauce. The fingerling potatoes remind me of those I ate in Ireland. I made this for Bob the other night and we had the leftovers for lunch. I don’t have a fancy name for it as it’s just something I whipped up from what was in the refrigerator. Here’s my Chicken Tomato Basil with Fingerling Potatoes dish Continue reading

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Slipping into History at Spanish Point Museum

Historical sites provide the opportunity to slip into the lives of those who have come before us. Spanish Point Museum and Preserve overlooks Little Sarasota Bay in Osprey, just south of Sarasota. Touted as a 30 acre archaeological, historical, and environmental museum, it was the first place in Sarasota to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a delightful place to spend a few hours. Continue reading

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Pollo (Chicken) Enchiladas Suizas

The word “suizas” means Swiss style and this Mexican recipe combines the traditional flavors of the cuisine with a rich sauce. It’s the perfect way to use up leftover chicken. This is a crowd pleaser for 4-6 people. Serve it with a green salad, Spanish rice and refried beans, and beer. Bowls of chopped green onion, chopped cilantro, and sour cream should accompany the food so that each may add according to their personal tastes. This is a tangy and flavorful comfort food. The sour and whipped cream help to mellow the heat of the Jalapeno peppers. It’s delicious!

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Everyday Cinco de Mayo in Downtown Sarasota

Downtown Sarasota was one of the reasons we chose to move to this area. It’s an approachable, walkable downtown where tourists and residents can safely stroll enjoying the multitude of opportunities to shop in the small stores, to dine in an ethnic restaurant, or to listen to music in a nightclub. There are special events, festivals, and parades all year round and each Saturday morning there is a Farmers’ Market. It’s a vital hub for this city of approximately 50,000 residents. Continue reading

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Art and Tea in Circus Town

I read that at its heart Sarasota is a circus town. This is evident everywhere in the town. The Ringling Brothers Circus would winter here and the fortunes of John Ringling have contributed to the surprising amount of culture one finds in such a relatively small city. I’ve always been attracted to artist colonies and it is one of the draws of this city. Yesterday was May Day and we decided to celebrate by visiting a creative arts community nestled in downtown Sarasota – Towles Court.

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