Friday, June 24, 2016

Homemade Mahi Mahi Quesadillas

I mentioned in past posts how we have fallen in lust with fish tacos (or quesadillas). We tried Mad Anthony's at the waterfront and Mahi Mahi Tacos at The Riverside in St Marks.

We decided to try our hand at making some at home. Doug grilled fish on the charcoal grill....with some help from Aja.

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We wrapped it in regular tortillas and served cheese grits and avocado. I chopped some avocado onto the tortilla and wrapped the fish in that too.

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For the sauce we used this fantastcially delicious sweet chili sauce. It's sweet with just the right amount of kick, not spicy hot. I think I could use this sauce on sandwiches, burgers, chicken and maybe even biscuits. Funny, I always associated Thai food with intense heat and so I have avoided it.

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Here is a peek at the inside of my quesadilla. You can see the fish, the condiments and avocado. It was wonderful!

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A taco or quesadilla is just like a sandwich to me, loosely defined but there it is. So, I am linking up to Deb at Kahakai Kitchen for her Souper Sunday. HERE is the link to this week's Souper Sunday. Have you made soup? Sandwiches or salad? Link it up with me !!

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Also linking up to Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Tupelo's Bakery in Monticello Florida

We visited Tupelo's Bakery in Monticello this week. That's Monticello Florida, not Virginia. Tupelo's is an organic bakery serving up amazing offerings of freshly baked pastries, breads, sandwiches and quiche. What a place!

It's laid back and you can sit and enjoy lunch or a pastry or just hang out, enjoying small town living with no one bustling about, nobody is in a rush, no shouting. I love it. First I'll tell you about the food but then check out the Full Moon Farm store attached.

Ok, here's lunch, check out the Deluxe Pizza Panini: Ham and pepperoni layered up with sauteed mushrooms, roasted red peppers, olives, mozzarella and parmigiano cheeses, with Italian herbs and our homemade tomato sauce. Leave the meats off for a great veggie option! Whole $8.00 Half $4.50

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Pity I didn't get a clear shot of this sandwich. It was amazing. It honestly did taste like a pizza.

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The quiche is very filling, This one is prosciutto, Gouda and green onion. There are many other varieties available, all freshly baked. This photo doesn't do it justice,it was honestly a huge slice.

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Desserts are plentiful and it's very difficult to make a choice. We opted to split a triple chocolate brownie and oh my, it was rich and moist and everything you could want if you are a brownie lover.

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The Full Moon Farm store is attached to the bakery, it's inside the shop. You can buy honey, candles, crafts and a variety of hand made items.

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Here is a seed exchange.

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Handmade items make great gifts. I love the quality of the things they sell.

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This pottery is gorgeous. I plan to buy some one day and haul it home in the tour pack of the trike. Carefully packed of course.

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This painting is one of many hanging on the walls if the restaurant area. Lots of paintings done by local artists, most are for sale. I was struck by the detail of this one. While we ate I kept glancing up at this one, noticing more detail each time, the brush strokes, the tiny hairs on the steer's chin. Looked better in person.

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More vacation wanderings and eats coming up. Couldn't ride yesterday as it rained off on on all day long. We went out to dinner at Bonefish Grill in Tallahassee for our 32nd wedding anniversary though. Love our vacation week off!


I am linking up to Deb in Hawaii for her Souper Sunday. HERE is this week's link, you don't have to post on Sunday. Also linking up to Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ouzts Too in St Marks Florida
{Oyster Bar and Grill}

It's vacation time this week. We always take off the week of our anniversary. I want to share some of the places we have visited while riding and what has been going on.

Ouzts Too. We have been meaning to try this place for quite a while. It's off the St Mark's River; a local place with colorful characters.

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The prices are good and the food is excellent. It's very local......complete with a friendly and chatty oyster shucker and lots of southern decor, redneck style that is :-)

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Notice all the dollar bills stapled to the wall, bar, tables and elsewhere in the photo above and this one here? If you have a dollar and want to write a message or just sign your name, the waitress will bring over a cup of colored markers and you can have at it.

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Here is a little history about the place. Very interesting to read. It's a forgotten part of Florida.

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I had a shrimp Po Boy and Doug had the oyster Po Boy sandwich. Both of which I neglected to photograph so I could link up with Deb at Kahakai Kitchen. Next time....

I passed this giant wooden cowboy on the way to the restroom. He had a dollar stapled to him too. Some places along the coast have giant pirates, it was nice to see a cowboy.

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Here's our dollar. We stapled it to the bar and will look for it next time we ride there for oysters and beer. I saw one dollar with "Off to Coast Guard Boot Camp!!" and the date some 3 years back. I wonder if the woman is still in the Coast Guard.

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Can't wait to come back here and eat oysters, mullet dip and more!

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Time to gear up and head home.

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The ride back home was almost punishingly hot. Hot doesn't cover it, especially when you have to sit at a traffic light on that steamy asphalt. The temperature was 100 F but I couldn't get a clear photo.

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By the time we got home we were ready to jump in a cold shower and let me say, that was very welcome. Our rides will mostly be in the early morning while the heat is this excessive. It's still a blast to go riding on vacation though and I look forward to many more trips.

More later!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Slow Cooker Sticky Drumsticks

I saw this recipe quite a while back on Vicki's site, I'd Rather Be at the Beach. Have you ever printed a recipe with intentions to make it the following week or two? Yeah, I do that and then the recipe sits in a folder while I madly hunt for it weeks later. Obviously, I found the recipe.

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The simple process is - make a rub, place on chicken, ball up some aluminum foil and place in the base of the slow cooker and then place chicken legs atop foil. I had leftover homemade cole slaw and black beans and rice mixture to serve along with the legs.

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I'm glad I cut back on the number of legs I cooked as it's just the two of us. It would dry out too quickly if I made too much. But these were juicy and the spices weren't overpowering. We enjoyed the drumsticks for a few dinners and leftovers for lunch at work. Thanks Vicki for sharing the recipe!


Slow Cooker Sticky Drumsticks

2 tsp salt
1 TB paprika
2 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp pepper
3 pounds chicken legs
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Combine spices. Rinse the legs and pat them dry. Now rub spice mixture onto the legs. Take a few pieces of foil and ball it up, place in the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the legs on top of the foil.
Turn to low heat and cook for 6 hours or more if needed.

This recipe calls for Low heat for 8 to 12 hours but I can tell you, that would overcook the legs. Mine were done in 6 hours, just as Vicki stated on her blog.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Vacation at last!!!!!

When we walked out of work on Friday we were officially on vacation. What a relaxing feeling, I have been looking forward to this for months. Our anniversary is next week and we were still bantering around ideas about cooking at home and having a nice wine. You know, no driving or worrying about getting home from a restaurant.

We decided on combining things. Go to Bonefish Grille and enjoy a dinner someone else makes. Have food brought to us and stick to one glass of wine of cocktail. Then get home, have another glass of wine and maybe a dessert, listen to music or sit on the patio if the weather is nice. Updates later.

Lots of rides planned, if the weather cooperates. We'd like to go to a local bakery and eatery in Monticello called Tupelo's Bakery. Also ride to The Pearl along Highway 98, maybe Dothan Alabama for BBQ.

For now, I am just chilling out with my little notebook of lists of books to read, what I am reading, movies, meal planning, goals....stuff like that. I hope to catch up on all the posts I want to share, photos I have taken both from the back of the trike and elsewhere.

But right now......no time constraints and that, my friends is a lovely feeling.
Off to have more coffee and will visit soon.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Mad Anthony's Waterfront Grille
{Panacea Florida}

It's official - we are on the hunt for the best fish tacos within riding distance. The Mahi Mahi tacos we had at The Blue Parrot three weeks ago were fantastic. Just enough kick and spice.

I had forgotten we tried Grouper Tacos at The Blue Parrot in 2012. Why hadn't we taken up the quest after that meal, I wonder? We still had the Road King then.

Anyway.......we recently tried the Mahi Mahi Tacos at Mad Anthony's Waterfront Grille and so far - these are the absolute best. Packed into a soft and hard taco shell, loaded with fat chunks of fish and a dollop of sweet chilli sauce. I could hurt myself.

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But that's not the only thing special about Mad Anthony's Grille - it's worth the trip just to order the hearty serving of cheese grits. Last time we asked about the cooking method. You can tell they aren't instant grits. The cook simmers them all day long. A Southern classic.

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Did we have enough food? Why yes, yes we did. But the temptress waitress mentioned a Devil's food cheesecake dessert and we had to have it. Fortunately common sense prevailed and we only ordered one piece to split. Lovely display.

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Look how fat this is. Decadently cheesy and chocolately and iced with a sweet fudge topping.

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This trip definitely set the bar high for future taste tests, looking for that perfect fish taco. We will be eating at Mad Anthony's again soon....maybe on vacation. I can't wait!

Hope all is well in your world.

Linking up to Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series.


Friday, June 03, 2016

Healthy choices when traveling
{Salads Galore!}

This title is misleading....this is a post about making good choices - not just when traveling, but when you are out running errands and need to grab a quick lunch. The junk available for a cheap and fast lunch is overwhelming. Sometimes it's hard to find places to make a healthy choice. Lately we have been grabbing salads when we are out and about.

Because I love Deb at Kahakai Kitchen and her Souper Sunday series, I am inspired to share a few good lunches we enjoyed recently and link up this week.

Greek Chicken Salad at Panera. This is one of my go-to salads when Doug is out of town.

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It's a good mixture of greens, feta, red onion, olives, tomato and a heaping serving of grilled chicken. They have just the right balance of all ingredients and you aren't left with a soggy bowl of lettuce.

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Next is a local place we like called Hopkins Eatery. They have a great selection of soups, sandwiches and salads. They also make delicious Congo Bars and a completely wicked carrot cake. I almost hope it won't be there when we go to Hopkins as we are weak, weak people. This time we had salad and waited to see if there was any room for dessert. Happily, I was full!

Doug ordered the Chicken Tetrazzini Salad. This concoction has cashew chicken salad with linguine, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, fresh lettuce, tomato, onions, and green peppers. I think he had the house dressing. Oh my, that was a good salad.

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I ordered the Cobb Salad (apologies for the blurry photo) This is served on a bed of fresh lettuce with grilled chicken, crumbled bacon, boiled egg, artichoke hearts, red onion, tomato, Gorgonzola cheese and croutons. This was good except you can tell the bacon and cheese weren't the healthiest options here. But, the quantities of those items didn't negate the overall healthy benefit of this choice.

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We did not order these but - check out the Congo bars!

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On weekends we have something like the salads above or eat fish if we ride to the coast. Ok, sometimes it's BBQ but this post is about healthy choices, right? :-)

What healthy lunch choices are available to you when you travel or are out and about running errands?

Linking up to Deb at Kahakai Kitchen for her Souper Sunday.


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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Brazilian Chicken: It's colorful, flavorful and super easy!

The theme this week at I ♥ Cooking Club is Local and Seasonal. Curtis Stone's recipe for Brazilian Chicken fits the theme perfectly.

In Florida we have a longer growing season so peppers and okra can be had for months on end. I did not grow my own peppers but we are having some luck with tomatoes this time! Look at this beauty of a meal. It's so colorful.

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The prep time is minimal, just a few minutes, chopping a few veggies for sauteing.

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I had most of the prep done prior to loading Aja in the car and taking her to the park. Once we got home, I was ready to stand at the stove top and make magic. These veggies look great sizzling in the pan, all natural ingredients and a burst of fresh flavor. Tomatoes, onions, peppers, okra and garlic.

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We served this chicken dish over couscous and had a side salad. (Meh - blurry photo!)




Brazilian Chicken

INGREDIENTS
 2 tablespoons/30 ml olive oil
 4 chicken legs
 4 chicken thighs
 Salt and freshly ground black pepper
 1 onion, thinly sliced
 1 red bell pepper, seeded, thinly sliced
 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded, thinly sliced
 2 plum tomatoes, seeded, thinly sliced
 1 or 2 jalapeno chili peppers, finely chopped
 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
 10 okra, thinly sliced on the bias
 1 cup/225 ml dry white wine

PREPARATION:

Place a large, heavy-based saute or frying pan over a medium-to-high heat. Score the skin atop the chicken legs and thighs with a sharp knife. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and black pepper. Drizzle the olive oil over the hot pan and place the chicken skin side down into the pan.

Cook for 5 minutes or until the skin is golden brown on the bottom. Turn the chicken over and cook on the other side for about 5 minutes longer or until the chicken is golden brown.

Transfer the chicken pieces to a plate and drain all but 1 tablespoon/15 ml of the oil. The chicken will be golden brown on the outside but will not be cooked through at this point. Add the onions and saute for 2 minutes.

Add bell peppers, tomatoes, chili pepper and garlic, and saute for a further 4 minutes or until the peppers have softened slightly. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

Return the chicken to the pan and drizzle with white wine. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the okra. Turn the chicken pieces over, then cover and cook for a further 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

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Check out I ♥ Cooking Club and see what others served up. Also linking up to Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series.