September 12th, 2020

Fig Fried Green Tomato Stack, Recipe, Time for Figs, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches, SoDel

There is my fig tree. Isn’t that a beauty? Once you see their leaves, you recognize them everywhere. Too bad they lose the leaves during the winter. They are so pretty.

My figs start ripening in September and once they start they seem to do it quickly. So my friends with Italian ancestry always are there to help me out in the consumption of this delicious fruit.

I picked those figs a couple of days ago. Wait until you see the recipe. If I must say so myself, it turned out so well.

My love of figs started over 20 years ago. In Southern Delaware there are plenty of us with fig trees. I know where they are. Shhhhhh, a secret!!

I love them fresh the best. They are just so sweet.

A few years ago I went with friends to Italy. In the town of Terracina which is to the southeast of Rome and a vacation spot for locals I immediately spotted one growing on the side of the street. Check it out.

Of course I had some. They were there for the taking. In the Island of Capri I had a Fig Smoothie. Loaded with figs and very refreshing during hot weather.

So now you know that I do like them.

In 2013 I developed my Fig and Fried Tomato Stack. If you want that recipe you can go to http://www.aboutmybeaches.com.

On the search put Fig Stack. The recipe is very easy. Last night I decided to make the recipe again and here it goes.

A couple of green tomatoes (or as green as you can get them this time of the year)

A couple of ears of corn

4 slices of thin bacon cut in half

Corn starch

Salt

Pepper

Butter

Honey

2 cups or more of figs cut in half (I like a lot of them)

Balsamic reduction (you can make your own or buy commercial one)

Cook the bacon in a large frying pan. Place on paper towels. Keep the drippings.

Cut the corn off the cob. Set aside.

Cut the two green tomatoes in slices. This recipe served 2. You need to have 3 slices for each person.

Get a plastic bag and put about 1 1/2 cups of Corn starch. Season with salt and pepper. Place tomatoes in the bag and shake gently to coat.

Heat bacon drippings and add some vegetable oil. You do not need a huge amount of oil. Fry the tomatoes, turning them over once. You want them to have a nice honey color. Place on paper towels.

In a small frying pan put a little bit of butter and cook the corn for a few minutes. Take them out and put in a bowl.

In the same pan put another tablespoon of butter and add the figs. You want them to cook some but not to let them get mushy. Add about a tablespoon of honey or even a bit more. Check the photo above. The figs are in the back burner after the cooking process.

Get two pretty plates to start making the Stack. First put corn on the plate. Spread it a bit in order to place the first fried tomato. Then 2 pieces of bacon, then spoon figs with juice on. It can drip to the sides. That adds to the allure of the dish. Repeat the process, finishing with the third fried green tomato on the top. Spoon figs around the corn. The final touch is a drizzle of the reduction of balsamic vinegar. Yes, I did make this reduction some months ago.

Voila!! This is Fig, Fried Green Tomato Stack. This dish has the texture, the tang, the finish; yes, the everything. It is totally delicious and you just need a nice cup of wine and enjoy!!

September 11th, 2020

Stewman’s Lobster Pound, Restaurant, Review, Dine-In, Take Out, Waterfront, Bar Harbor, Maine, Wheelchair Accessible, Casual Dining, Accepts Reservations

They call it Stewman’s and it is located on the waterfront at 35 West St., Bar Harbor, Maine. Tel. 201-288-0346. Website? http://www.stewmanslobsterpound.com

From the West Street Hotel, and our balcony, we had an advantage view. Around 11:30 a.m. or so the line begins to form. It goes quickly and we were there on Labor Day. An ideal setting to be able to sit right on the water.

Early in the morning we took a walk around the area. Not open yet but you were able to get the idea of what they would be serving there. It has a full menu and of course many of the delicacies that you come to experience in Bar Harbor.

You can watch them make the lobster bisque and the clam chowder. Pounds and pounds of this delicious soups with an addition of Sherry.

It was quiet but not for long.

Then look at it as the afternoon progressed.

We stopped for a tasting of soup. Both completely different, but my bisque was truly delicious.

I’ll be honest, I thought, originally, that it was going to be a tourist trap. Yes, tourist do come in but, boy, was I wrong. It is definitely worth trying. It stays open until 9 p.m.

So if you are thinking of a quick get away this Fall, Maine has captured my attention.

Posting from Maine’s trip, I remain.


September 10th, 2020

West Street Hotel, Bar Harbor, Maine, Waterfront, Reviews

For so many years every time we have a hot summer in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, I say that I would love to visit Maine. Had never been until just last week, on Labor Day weekend.

I wanted something not too big, waterfront, and accessible to everything in town. The West Street Hotel fit that to a tee. Located at 50 West Street, it is located downtown on the waterfront.

Nothing better than word of mouth for advertising. Tels. 207-288-0825, 877-905-4498 Website? http://www.theweststreethotel.com

Getting to Bar Harbor was pretty easy if flying from the Philadelphia airport. You fly into Bangor. Only about 1 hour and 20 minutes if that. Then rent a car and drive one hour to Bangor. Perfect for a quick get-away trip.

The hotel has about 84 rooms. There is parking in the property but if by any chance it is full they will valet your car. This hotel is part of the Opal Group and they owned a lot on the Bar Harbor waterfront.

Easy checking in with a friendly staff and you will see a greeting pooch, as well.

We arrived Wednesday, 9/2 and were greeted by a fire in the fireplace. The weather was beautiful.

The room had a balcony and our view was gorgeous. Check these photos.

Things that caught my eye were that Bar Harbor is so clean. Never saw any trash whatsoever. Did not see any police around either. Did finally see the police station.

It did catch my attention finding these mailboxes with free masks inside and a hand sanitizer pump.

The tides in that part of Maine change fast. Every day they are so significant, ranging from 8 to 11 feet of water ebbing and flowing, and up and down the shoreline, the beach and in the rivers that flow to the ocean. Check out the next 2 photos. From our balcony we could see how low the tide was across. People walk and drive the cars during low tide. But, there are some that have been caught in it and that fjord has no ramp. In a matter of a few hours it completely fills up again. Very interesting.

There are more posts from Bar Harbor coming up….Lobsters, Out and About, tune in.

The West Street Hotel was perfect for us. And it will be perfect again some other time.

August 24th, 2020

Meatless Monday, Fresh Tomato Tart, Recipe, Easy, Healthy Eating, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

I started putting recipes under the heading of Meatless Monday some time ago. No, I did not start this movement. But in 2003 Sid Lerner, the Founder of The Monday Campaigns, in association with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future did.

It is a way to give us one day of healthy eating where you can leave all meats behind. It is for Monday since we all see it as the beginning of a new week. Basically, you can do it any time.

Sharing the Fresh Tomato Tart recipe because at this time of the year the tomatoes are amazing. Delaware is known for its tomatoes.

The recipe was given by the late Debbie Meinhardt from Ocean City, Maryland. At the time, I was the Chairperson for a cookbook from the Worcester Country School, now known as the Worcester Preparatory School, located in Berlin, Maryland.

The Title was A Collection of Recipes II. It was back in 1997. I use the book all the time. The recipes are good and best of all is that the contributors were all friends.

Fresh Tomato Tart

1 refrigerated pie crust (1/2 of a 15 ounce package)

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup of chopped fresh basil

3 medium sized ripe tomatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2″ slices

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Pie: Crust:

Fit pie crust into a 10 inch tart pan or pie pan according to package directions. Trim excess pastry along edges.

Generously prick bottom and sides of pastry with a fork.

Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes. Cool.

Filling:

Sprinkle cheese evenly into pastry shell and top with basil. Leave a few leaves for garnish.

Arrange tomato slices on top. I used 2 big tomatoes. Brush or sprinkle liberally with olive oil and also sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place tart on a baking sheet. Place baking sheet on lower rack of oven.

Bake for about 40 minutes.

Remove from oven. Top with leftover basil as a garnish. Let it stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Just assembled and ready for the oven.

Out of the oven, ready to eat after garnishing it.

Enjoy!!

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August 23rd, 2020

Our Harvest, Fenwick Island, Delaware, Restaurant, Review, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, The Art of Wining and Dining, Delaware Beaches, Good Food, Will Travel

I call it the Art of Wining and Dining. There are 5 elements that are key to food presentation. There is color, shape, texture, arrangement, and garnish. Using the best local ingredients is a must.

First time this summer, just last week, we went to Our Harvest located at 1106 Coastal Highway in Fenwick Island, Delaware. They are open 7 days per week. There is parking and they accept reservations. Awesome!!

Website? http://www.ourharvestde.com

Even though we decided to eat inside, the outdoor seating on these trying times was very cute and complemented the restaurant’s aura. Inside the restaurant is very spacious and tables are placed according to the new regulations.

I knew what I was going to eat. They have a chicken that is to die for. It is a shareable dish but think about it, you can take the leftovers home. We had enough for 2 extra dinners.

Doesn’t it look amazing? Believe me, it is. Usually people don’t go to a restaurant to eat chicken but at Our Harvest this is a very popular dish. Even a signature dish I would dare to say.

This chicken is called the Whole Amish Air Chilled Chicken. It is Arnold Palmer brined, and wood fired with lemon and rosemary. An explosion of flavors.

Baywater Blistered Shishitos, sambal butter and sesame salt. I have always been told that in a group of Shishitos there is usually a hot one. I have yet to found it. Also a shareable Small Plate.

Baywater Farms Stuffed Squash Blossoms. Got great reviews and the squash blossoms were crispy and stuffed with ricotta, local crab meat, and creamless cream corn.

This is the Grilled Calamari with charred bead, and warm tomato bagna cauda. To tell you the truth, they were not the favorites. A little overdone and probably I would have preferred olive oil, capers and garlic.

This was another winner. The Crispy Rice Flour Soft Shell, paprika aioli, pea shoot salad, and a celery seed vinaigrette. Nice size soft shell and delicious combination of flavors.

Our service was perfect. We had enough time to talk and there was no rushing us.

If you have the opportunity to go to the restaurants that are in all our beaches, please do so. It is not a long drive. My motto? Good Food, Will Travel.

Have a great week. Enjoy the Season!!


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June 27th, 2020

My Sister’s Fault, Bakery, Take Out, Milford, Delaware, Puerto Rican Bakery, Empanadas, Sandwiches, Cubanos, Pastries, Southern Delaware

My Sister’s Fault a Puerto Rican “antojitos” delight. The 2 sisters are from Puerto Rico and have been in the area for some time. One bakes and that would be Rous and one cooks; that would be Angie.

Puerto Rican cooking is full of flavor and spices. And yes there is a lot of fried food, as well. As I am Puerto Rican myself, I can tell you that when I visit Puerto Rico I love eating the food…..fried plantains, pastelillos or turnovers made with meat, chicken or chapin which is a small fish.

The cooking can be very simple or it can be very exotic depending what local ingredients, fruits and veggies you use.

My friend Susan called me the other day to see if I wanted to visit My Sister’s Fault in Milford, Delaware. It is right in town on 10 SW NW Front St. Their telephone is 302-503-7446. And the website is http://www.mysistersfault-milford.com. Take Rt. 1 North and from Rehoboth Beach it is only about 25 minutes or so.

The menu is on the board and desserts are in cases. You can also order cakes for any special occasion.

We had 2 empanadas (turnovers) Puerto Rican style. The real deal. Flavorful, reminding me how good they truly are. We ate them there but you can take them to go and fry them in the comfort of your own kitchen.

We decided on a Cubano or Cuban Sandwich. The bread was warm but not pressed. The pork was delicious, homemade. This Cubano was very big so we had them cut it in half and as you can see it was definitely shareable.

Puerto Rican desserts like flan, pastelillos (pastry) de guayaba which is guava are also available.

It is a small place and the sisters are so friendly. They are open Wednesday through Saturday. They cook and bake on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday through Friday the hours are 8:30 to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

We only had a tasting but they offer Puerto Rican rice dishes, slowly cooked pork, stuffed deep fried potatoes and so much more. Check their Face Book Page or give them a call to see what they are offering on a particular day.

Their custom cakes are amazing.

Who’s fault is it? It is My Sister’s Fault.


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June 16th, 2020

Good Earth Market, Organic Farm, Restaurant, Review, Food Store, Party Events, Ocean View, Delaware, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches, The Art of Dining and Wining. Good Food Will Travel

“That’s My job, to lift people up with great food.” paul prudhomme

The opening of the restaurants in Southern Delaware I could not wait for. Don’t get me wrong, when you like to cook it does not matter. But what matter is the ambiance of a restaurant full of people, having fun and enjoying beautifully prepared food using local products. This part of the country is full of amazing chefs….it is a foodie’s destination in case you did not know.

I am enjoying the fact that so many people have taken cooking during the lockdown. There is nothing better when you put food in your mouth that has been cooked with love and not rushed.

It has been some time since I visited Good Earth Market located at 31806 Good Earth Lane on Rt. 26 in Ocean View, DE. Depending where you are coming from you turn on Rt. 26 in Bethany Beach, west, and go about 3 or miles and after you pass the Rt. 17 intersection continue a bit longer and it will be on your left hand side. Tel 302-537-7100 Website? http://www.goodearthmarket.com

It was the perfect evening. A full moon, low humidity. Al Fresco dining does taste better. At Good Earth Market dining outdoors is taken to a different level. You are among nature. If the weather does not cooperate, they do have an enclosed screened in porch where you can dine and still get a good view of the gardens.







Get your drinks and walk around the property. In making the reservation I called the restaurant and they gave me Sue Ryan’s number. She is the owner and so nice and friendly. At this time of limited reservations she is taking such calls.

A new menu but also their traditional menu was offered. Good wine list and attentive service.

For a first course their Crab & Avocado Salad with a side of corn tortillas was plentiful and delicious.

I had the Shrimp & Scallop Ceviche…chiles, coconut, citrus, Baywater Bibb Lettuce Roll ’em Ups. Spicy!! But I like that heat.

For our second course we had their Good Earth Wedge. Romaine, Heirloom cherry tomatoes, smoky Benton’s Bacon (so crispy), pickled shallots and creamy blue cheese. As you can see a photo says a thousand words and at Good Earth their presentation climbed up to a different level.

I love beets and can roast my own. So choosing their Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad with toasted walnut and hemp seed granola, whipped feta and a lemon vinaigrette gave it a light summery taste.

A dining experience for sure with the Strawberry Moon watching.

What to choose for our third course. Scallops I enjoy so much. This particular offering of Good Earth was awesome. Look at this photo. Pan Roasted Dayboat Scallops with smoky bacon asparagus and black garlic vinaigrette.

Shrimp & Grits…. I do have a weakness for this dish. Having it in Charleston gives it a different meaning but here in Southern Delaware they can really also prepare it well. Full of flavor and spice, Good Earth’s was delicious and enough to take a doggie bag; not really. Sadie would not like it. Haha. It had aged chorizo, tomato broth and creamy corn grits.

We did not have dessert. I think we were very satisfied. But their desserts looked very good. A sweet ending definitely.

This was such an enjoyable evening. I hope you do visit them while you are at the beach. And if you are a resident, please go.

So until next time remember “one cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”…


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January 28th, 2020

Painting, Pet Portraits, Handpainting, Oil Portraits, Lisa Miller, Artist, Lewes, Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

You see that photo above? That was my dog Addy. She was a rescue and one of those dogs that you will remember always. She was in my life during happy times but also on sad times, as well. Such a great comfort to have. Rescues give back so much.

At some point a friend must have been in my house and took a different photo from her and for Christmas she gave me the following Christmas ornament, handpainted. I love it and every year it takes a special place on my Christmas tree, which by the way, as I write this post, it is still up. Coming down today for sure.

What do you give someone for Christmas or any other ocassion that is meaningful? If you have a pet maybe something relating to them would be perfect. They would love it.

I don’t give a gift just for the sake of it. I want that person to know that I was thinking of them when a decision for giftgiving was made.

I was in Dallas this past Thanksgiving and taking photos, as usual, I took a photo of Ragnard (Raggie) as they all know him. Did not think anything of it until I got back to Rehoboth Beach and saw on Facebook a post from Lisa Lorelli Miller. In it she was showing that she was back into painting pet portraits. A lightbulb went on. I private messaged her asking her to see if she could do Raggie. She paints in oil now. Wait until you see what kind of work she can do. The first photo you will see is the one I took in Dallas and the second photo is her painting. You be the judge.

I am sure you are impressed. Look at those eyebrows!! Lisa can frame the paintings, as well. I had her do that too and off to Dallas it went. They loved it.

My next commission to Lisa was for her to do 3 pets. I sent the photos. She also came to the house to take photos of one of them so that she could capture what she wanted. If you are local this works great, but if not I am sure you and her can work it out somehow.

The first one is Karma.

His name is TC. He has beautiful features. It has been some time since Lisa had done a cat. She told me the whiskers are usually the hardest. But following you will see my photo and her painting.

Her third subject was Lucky. He is spunky, loves to chase and at times even wonders around his neck of the woods. For him, Lisa came to the house to take a better photo.

First impression was that Lisa truly captured the soul of these pets. The eyes are the windows to the heart and soul and she was able to embodied such a feeling that when you see them you know it is them.

Word of mouth is the best advertising. You can Private Message Lisa Lorelli Miller on Facebook. She is working on a website.

You may also leave a message on my AboutMyBeaches Facebook page as well.

She is very talented and whoever you decide to give this personal gift would love it and treasure it forever.

Have a great day!!

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