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The BEST Grilled Salmon

This is the best grilled salmon recipe I’ve ever had. Even people who don’t like fish love it served this way. This is a very easy recipe but it does take some advance planning so that you have time to marinade the salmon for at least an hour. It can be marinated longer if you wish, but I find it you marinade it for over two hours the salmon is too sweet. Continue reading

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Real Men Do Eat Chorizo Quiche (at least in Florida)

We’ve finally settled into Nokomis, Florida and I am inspired to cook again. This evening I decided to mix a couple of cultures – French and Mexican – and created a Chorizo Quiche for dinner. The spicy chorizo blends perfectly with the egg and cheese. Continue reading

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Seafood Newburg (Lobster, Scallops, Shrimp or All Three)

Want a rich and creamy yet super easy recipe for seafood? This one is absolutely delicious! It can be served in a puff pastry (traditional) or with rice, fettuccine or mashed potatoes. I recently made it with leftover lobster (one of the joys of living on Deer Isle, Maine) and shrimp but don’t let this limit you. It’s great with one of the seafoods (lobster, shrimp or scallops) or any mixture therein. Continue reading

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Quintessential Tapas – Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Omelet)

Tortilla Espanola roughly translates into Spanish omelet. It is one of the mainstays in my cooking repetoire. One can hardly go wrong with a dish that calls for potatoes and eggs! I am told that in Spain one can go to a bar and order drinks and the tapas are free. Tapas (or appetizers) can be a variety of things but frequently tortilla Espanola is on the menu.
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My Favorite Tapas – Gambas al Ajillo (shrimp in garlic)

The word “tapas” means a cover and it is said that it derives from Spaniards who wanted to protect their beverages from the flies so they would cover them with a bit of bread. Today we use the word to describe appetizers or morsels served with sangria, beer, mojitos, or the beverage of your choice. I like to order a bit of this and a bit of that but my favorite is gambas al ajillo (shrimp in garlic).
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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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A Mystery, Wicked Good Blueberry Coffee Cake, and a B&B

My favorite book genre are whodunits and I love to cook. Can there be anything better than combining the two? Karen MacInerney writes the Grey Whale Inn series set on Cranberry Island. The protagonist trades in Texas (where Ms MacInerney lives) for a Bed and Breakfast Inn on the Maine coast. It’s a fun read and the recipes are delicious. Wicked Good Blueberry Coffee Cake is my favorite and is found in the book that earned her the Agatha Christie Award – “Murder on the Rocks”. I don’t know if they serve blueberry coffee cake but can attest that no inn has a better view than our own Inn on Ferry Landing. Continue reading

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Shrimp Ceviche (Ceviche de camarones)

A favorite way to eat fish is a dish that I first ate in Mexico, then in the Dominican Republic, and finally all over Panama – ceviche. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this delicacy, it consists of raw fish which is marinated in lime or lemon juice which “cooks” the fish until it turns white. The acidic juice tones down the fishy taste. It can be kept in a covered container for a week providing plenty of appetizers for the evening cocktail hour. Continue reading

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Cioppino for Two

A Christmas tradition started in New Jersey was to have a huge pot of Cioppino on Christmas eve. Cioppino is a fish and shell-fish stew in a tomato broth. It is said to come from the Italian fishermen in San Francisco. I would serve it before we started in on the other dishes and there would always be a huge pot leftover that we would dip into throughout the next week. Continue reading

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February is the Longest Month – have a lemon-lime bar

I know what the calendar says but ever since I moved to the northeast from California I’ve been convinced that February is the longest month.
This weekend we have two events that we are looking forward to. Lily’s Cafe in Stonington is having a Valentine’s Day bash complete with all you can eat tapas, live music, and beer and wines. We also have a long awaited event – the opening of The Seasons of Stonington Restaurant. Continue reading

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Let Them Eat Cake – Apple Cake!

I know many of you wonder what we could possibly find to do on a remote island in Maine with a population of approximately 2,000 inhabitants. The answer is we are having an absolute blast. We have plenty of opportunities to bring something and I always bring something made of local produce (in this case apples). We’ve met some interesting and open hearted people and there are more things to do here than one would imagine.

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Winter Haddock-Corn Chowder

Is there anything more comforting during the winter than a bowl of delicious soup? One of my favorite New England soups is a simple haddock chowder. Continue reading

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