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October 3rd, 2019

Pickled Shrimp, Recipe, Easy, A Collection of Recipes II, The Art of Wining and Dining, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches

In 1997 my children went to Worcester Country School in Berlin, MD. Since then the school is now known as Worcester Preparatory School.

Over the years a lot of parents were involved in the school and I was one of them. Book fairs, galas, Christmas Programs, Reading Programs, Teacher Appreciation Luncheons, etc. etc.

Years before my time the school had published a cookbook called A Collection of Recipes. It was as I mentioned above 1997 and the Parents Association decided to do another cookbook called A Collection of Recipes II.

As you can see the book has been used over the years. I was the Chairperson on this journey that took many months with parents giving us their best recipes. It took a school not a village to complete this project.

I don’t think the book is available anymore. Parents supported this book and it was a great success. The book is probably in your cabinet, but I keep my handy because the recipes are really good. I still feel strong about those words in the dedication that said “But food not only nourishes our minds and bodies. Food serves as a way for people to come together — sharing ideas, experiences and cultures”.

Tonight I made a recipe from this book called Pickled Shrimp. I was invited to a friend’s house. Pickled Shrimp is an easy recipe and it is usually liked by everyone. You can serve it year-round.

1 pound medium shrimp, uncooked

1 tablespoon pickling spices

1 tablespoon Dijon style mustard

1 teaspoon prepared horseradish

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon celery salt

1/2 white wine vinegar

2 green onions sliced, including the greens

Pull shrimp from shells. Discard shells. I bought shrimp already peeled and I just pulled the tails out. Make sure if you buy frozen shrimp to defrost them.

In a 2-quart saucepan, cover shrimp and pickling spices with water. Bring to a boil; simmer over medium heat about 2 minutes. Strain water leaving spices on shrimp. Set aside.

In a small bowl combine mustard, horseradish, oil, salt, celery salt, vinegar and onions. Pour over drained shrimp. Cover and refrigerate 6 hours or overnight. The longer you marinate it the better they taste. Pour in a pretty bowl with the sauce and enjoy. Serve cold.

This recipe could easily be doubled, as well.


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August 26th, 2019

Ratatouille, Meatless Monday, Recipe, Vegetarian, Easy, Southern Delaware

My late mother in law, Louise, was a great cook. Many years ago she made a cookbook just for the girls and boys in the family. Every Christmas we would get an insert. She called this cookbook: Recipes, Begged, Borrowed, & Stolen. The Ratatouille is from her cookbook and it is prepared skillet style.

This is one of those dishes that you can prepare year round. But, in the summer vegetables are so beautiful and delicious that it is probably the best time of the year to make it. Those bright colors shine in this recipe.

Some people consider it a stew. Olive oil, garlic and herbs add so much flavor to the Ratatouille.

Following is the recipe. Hope you like it.

RATATOUILLE

1eggplant, peeled and cut into cubes. (I did not peel mine)

3 medium squash – zucchini, sliced

2 large onions – chopped

1 clove garlic – minced

1 large can tomatoes – or several fresh ones ( I used the fresh ones)

1 green pepper – chopped

1 small jar of pimiento, juice included

1/3 cup olive oil

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. oregano

1/2 tsp. marjoram

1/2 tsp. dill seeds

In olive oil saute onions for a minute or so, and add rest of the vegetables and spices. Stir well and simmer vegetable mixture for as long as you wish, stirring occasionally.

It is good to cook it for a long time to get those veggies to soften, but do not let them stick.


You can eat the Ratatouille as a side dish, main dish, over pasta, over polenta like I did, as an appetizer with crackers. Add a dash of hot sauce for some kick. In other words, make this recipe your own.


You can double the recipe. Enjoy!!

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February 7th, 2019

Mary’s Touch, Moving, Packing, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Sussex County

A few months ago I needed a mover. As it is usually the case a friend gave me the name of Mary Nicholson who is the owner of Mary’s Touch. Her company, Mary’s Touch Moving & Packing, LLC specializes in new homes, storage and retirement homes. Tel. 302-745-1272.

Word of mouth is the best advertising you can get. You are happy with the work, you will definitely, pass the word around. I have been meaning to write a post on Mary because they were true professionals. At some point or another everyone needs a mover that will pack and move your treasures to either another home or to a storage unit.

Totally recommend this company. Please give Mary a call.


Remember to check AboutMyBeaches FaceBook Page!!

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September 24th, 2018

Meatless Monday, Delaware Beaches, Recipe, Spinach Pie, Easy, 5 Ingredients, Southern Delaware Eats, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Bethany, Fenwick Island, Healthy Eating, Recipes Begged, Borrowed & Stolen

 

I got into not eating meat on Monday.  Following the Meatless Monday campaign if you want to know.  This is an international campaign nonetheless.  It is just a way of not eating meat one day of the week to improve your health.  This organization was founded in 2003.  There is also a Facebook Page called Meatless Monday. To know more about it, please visit http://www.meatlessmonday.com.

A few years ago I was visiting my cousins on the island of Culebra.  Gorgeous beaches, beautiful scenery.  On the photo a look at Luis Pena from their balconies.  One of the recipes they prepared was a Spinach Pie.  Not only was it good, but it was so easy with 5 ingredients.  The chopped frozen spinach I was buying for this recipe had a lot of water but I found a few months ago a spinach that is steamable and to tell you the truth it is so much better.  You can get it in all supermarkets.

 

I have shared this recipe on my website before so I decided to do it again as I remembered that this summer, here in Rehoboth Beach, Sharon, Amantha, Debbie and I would have impromptu dinners on the beach. This is one of the recipes I took.  You can eat it hot, warm, room temperature or even cold.

Recipe – Spinach Pie

1 package or bag of spinach – 10 ounces

1 block cream cheese.  You can use the less fat one or regular one.

1 onion (Cut in chunks.)

4 eggs

1 cup Parmesan cheese

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease lightly a pie dish.  I use a glass one.  Let spinach defrost and squeeze it to get all the water out.  Take the cream cheese out of the refrigerator and let it soften a bit.

In a blender put eggs, spinach, onion, and cream cheese.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  I usually add just pepper since the cheese has plenty of salt.  Blend.  Pour into a pie dish.

Place in the oven for about 10 to 12 minutes. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top to cover.  The cheese will make a crust and will add taste to the pie. Don’t be shy and sprinkle on.

It will take another half hour or so to be ready.  Test it with a knife and if comes out clean then it is ready.  It should have a nice rich crust.

You can really use this spinach pie for breakfast, lunch or dinner. And even for an appetizer.  I would cut in squares instead of wedges if that is the case.

When I joined my friends this summer for our Rehoboth Beach dinners, I think they loved it.  Don’t you think?  They are smiling!

Remember that these recipes are begged, borrowed, and stolen…..please make them your own.

Until next time!

 

 

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June 2nd, 2018

Fenwick Island Eats, Our Harvest, Delaware, Small Plates, Shareables, Large Plates, Bar, Gluten Free, Vegan, Southern Delaware, Restaurant, Review, Relaxed Dining, Casual Atmosphere, Delaware Beaches, Good Food? Will Travel!!

 

When we share a meal with friends, it is so much more than food (really?)…and, when we share it with girlfriends, and for purposes of this post, like the Swirl Girls, then it is really priceless.  Some of us have known each other for years while others, are getting to know each other very fast.  Here we were trying to figure out which table would be the best one.  Right after Memorial week-end we had the place to ourselves since we arrived early.  We did not want a big table.  We like to be cozy in order to get that conversation going.  The group had just gone to watch the Book Club, if you get my drift.

The majority of us had not yet dined at Our Harvest.  This restaurant located at 1106 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, DE 19944, opened last year.  Every day, at 5:00 p.m., you can come in and experience a way of eating that has become so popular in the U. S.  Telephone is 302-581-0377.  No reservations are accepted.  The website is http://www.ourharvestde.com.

As the season progresses please have in mind when you would like to eat.  You have to have a plan because it gets crowded at the Delaware Beaches.  If you arrive and there is a wait, you could have cocktails, relaxing in their bar or in any of the very comfortable leather sofas.

There is an open concept kitchen.  You really can see how the kitchen is running.  I have to tell you that I probably should have come to try Our Harvest last year.  I love their sister restaurant, Liquid Assets, in Ocean City, MD, and I did not want to like this one more.  Guess what?  They are completely different.

The menu was presented and our server knew the menu well.  She explained the concept of eating small plates and shareables.  At that moment all we wanted was some wine.  Having watched the Book Club, wine was very much consumed by the characters.  It was time to relax.  The wine that you see at the table was from South Africa.  A full bodied Merlot called Immortal Hero.

At first you are a bit overwhelmed because you, actually, do not know how much to order for the table.  And, we all have our likes and dislikes.  We managed to do a good job and we were all very pleased with how the evening was progressing.  Could not believe Jane Fonda looks that good at 81… I know, I know.

We all decided to have a small plate to start our dining experience.  Every time I see the offering of a Grilled Caesar Salad, I order it.  Years ago I had it at a restaurant in Hagerstown, Maryland.  Since then, a few have gotten close at how good that one tasted so I wanted to see how this one would be, more so because it had Boquerones which are white anchovies.  They are very mild and usually they are marinated in vinegar.  It gives the salad a kick.  I will have to say that this Caesar was excellent.

Others ordered the Salt Roasted Beets & Two Cheeses.  Served on a wooden plank it had whipped ricotta, Stracciatella, local greens, black pepper and beet vinaigrette. Stracciatella cheese is produced from Italian buffalo milk in the southern Italian region of Apulia.  They use a stretching and shredding technique.  This particular small plate could have been shared by two people.

We ordered the Spring Harvest Flatbread.  A crispy crust filled with local peas, ramps, morel mushrooms, local asparagus, ricotta, gruyere mornay, green garlic pesto and crispy capers.  Ramps are a special type of wild onion, found in eastern Canada and U.S.  And a Gruyere mornay is a bechamel sauce that has Gruyere cheese added to it.  It was delicious but to tell you the truth we probably ordered too much.  Not that we did not eat it, by the way.

“Friendship is a delicious meal to be shared off one large plate.”  So, we decided to order our large plates.  This particular dish I truly loved.  It was called the Vegan Feast.  It was a whole wood fire roasted head of cauliflower, benne cashew crumb, and a lemon garlic vegan aioli.  At first we thought it was cheese but it was the benne cashew crumb. Cashews are lower in fat than other nuts. You can find online a lot of recipes for this vegan seed.

A very popular dish at Our Harvest is a whole Amish air chilled chicken…Arnold Palmer brine, (sweet tea and lemonade brine chicken, I believe), wood fired with lemon and rosemary.  Liquid Assets has an amazing chicken, as well.  Both chickens are completely different and delicious in more ways than one. We ordered TWO.

Needless to say, no need for dessert.  We decided that definitely we would be back.  Thanks to our server and also to the hostess that so graciously explained to me how the restaurant worked.

And so I end my post with this quote from John Lanchester….”Hospitality is central to the restaurant business, yet it’s a hard idea to define precisely.  Most, it involves being nice to people and making them feel welcome.  You notice it when it’s there, and you particularly notice it when it isn’t.  A single significant lapse in this area can be your dominant impression of an entire meal.”

Until next time….

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March 30th, 2018

Rooster’s Nest, Bayville Shopping Center, West Fenwick Island, Shopping, Fine Gifts, Jewelry, Home Furnishings, Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Locally Owned, Tax Free Shopping

In 2006 Rooster’s Nest opened its doors and it has become a must stop kind of a shop.  It is located at the Bayville Shopping Center on 37244 Lighthouse Rd., #108 in West Fenwick Island.  Easy to get to from all Delaware Beaches and Ocean City, Maryland.  Tel 302-436-1848.  Website?  http://www.roostersnest.com.

The Propietors are Sally Welsh and Bill Shoemaker.  You can find find gifts, home furnishing and one of a kind pieces.  All under one roof with very good price points.

So the other day I took a trip from Rehoboth to see what they were showing for Easter.  Weather is getting warmer, thank God, and Spring is here!!  That means a lot of us might want to refresh that certain room in the house, or buy something for friends’ birthdays; plenty of weddings are coming up.  Sally told me that they had just finished redoing the store.  The calm colors on the walls and the repositioning of furniture, it actually, makes it look bigger.  They have so many neat things.

Sally pointed to me these birdhouses she had just gotten in. And the little shoes that could be displayed in so many ways.

Love the forever greenery.  This is new to the store.

Paper placemats and table runners.  Are they are trend or are they here to stay?  They are sold in pads and there is so much to choose from for every occasion.  They look great and they are not that expensive, either.  You can use them daily, for small gatherings or big affairs.  And, they can transform a table from boring to super fun and elegant, as well.  And when finished, just throw them away.  Rooster’s Nest has some really fun ones.  They also have table runners.

Rooster’s Nest has a new line of bags….Katie Loxton from London. So affordable. Good looking too.  Fun, small bags that convey a message to a special friend, a mother, and for bridesmaids.

I toured the store with nothing in mind to buy but ended up getting a few things.  You cannot resist the tempetation.  Love the colors of blues for the summer.

The line of jewelry by Julie Vos is beautiful.  It is a little bit more pricey and the reason for that is that they are made of semi-precious stones, pearls and imported glass.  It is hand-set in 24k gold plate so it will not tarnish.  Made in the U.S.A.  The right accessory can make of break an outfit.  Keep that in mind.

Wishing you a very Happy Easter!!

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May 4th, 2016

Nuevo Mundo Alpaca, Alpaca Farm, Selbyville, Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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Here we are.  We are fairly new to Selbyville.  We are Alpacas.  Along with LLamas we are family members of the camels but we do not have that hump.  We are natives to America and we are known as animals of the new world.  Get it?  Nuevo Mundo.

I arrived at Jose Palma and Elizabeth Ferguson with my friend, Jody.  She has known Liz for some time.  Jose and Liz moved to Selbyville from Kentucky.  When asking them if it was because of low property taxes, they said no.  It was just a random choice after looking at several properties.  Both are extremely friendly and generous with their time.  This is a new business for them but they are thoroughly enjoying this new journey.

You can check Nuevo Mundo Alpaca on Facebook.  The website is http://www.nuevomundoalpaca.com.

On the website Liz is going to be introducing their Alpacas.  The first one being introduced is Tempest.  She is a 5 year old female.  On the photos that I took I am not sure which one she was but on the following photo it might be the one on the right.  The brown cria was a doll.

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Alpacas and Llamas are natives to the Andes.  The Llama is the bigger one.  The Alpaca is smaller and compact.  Here is Liz feeding them.  They are friendly but cautious.  And like I told my friend Jody….they do spit.

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Jose and Liz are introducing their Alpacas to shows and competitions.  Something completely new to them.  On the farm their rescued Great Pyrenees keep watch over the Alpcas.

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During beautiful weather the Alpacas enjoy the gorgeousl Southern Delaware sunshine.  But during inclement weather they have their barn for much needed shelter.

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There is more to Nuevo Mundo Alpaca…..chickens!!  Their chicken coop is precious.  And Jose and Liz’s pooch thinks he owns them.

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Liz and Jose are learning everything Alpaca.  The fleece is the natural fiber harvested from an alpaca.  It is soft, durable and luxurious; a silky natural fiber.

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If you have any questions please email Jose@nuevomundoalpaca.com, 502-767-9543, or Elizabeth@nuevomundoalpaca.com, 502-235-4543.

In the area there are now about 3 alpaca farms.  Lewes/Rehoboth, Berlin, and now Selbyville.

Jose:  Fue un placer conocerte.  Espero cuando venga tu Mama pueda saborear algo de su cocina.  Gracias a ti y a Liz por habernos recibido tan amablemente.

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March 23rd, 2016

Freeman Stage, Arts, Entertainment, Open Air Entertainment Venue, Selbyville, Bad Hair Day, Award Winning Spa, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Delaware Beaches

“Music is a moral law.  It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”  plato

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No, Patti Grimes, Executive Director, was not getting her hair done by no other than Drexel Davison, owner of Bad Hair Day in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Actually, Patti was very well coiffed.  The Freeman Stage came to have a little wine, beer, hor d’ouvres, and to chat about what is very dear to their hearts….the Arts at The Freeman Stage at Bayside.

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I thought that The Freeman Stage needed no introduction.  Everyone knows by now that this outdoor entertainment venue has been giving Southern Delaware memorable performances.  It is like Patti was saying….the first time you hear opera, the first time you see a ballet, the first time you see a live concert, it transforms you.  The legendary Bob Marley so well stated “One Good Thing about Music, when it Hits you, you feel no pain”.

Have you attended any of the peformances at The Freeman Stage?  It is located about 4 miles west of Fenwick Island.  The actual address is 31556 Winterberry Parkway, Selbyville, DE 19975.  Tel. 302-436-3015 Website? http://www.freemanstage.org.

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The Big Reveal for what is coming up to The Freeman Stage Summer 2016 will be Thursday, March 24th.  Check out the website above mentioned or visit their Facebook Page.

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Summer nights at the beach are unforgettable, more so if you attend one of the concerts at The Freeman Stage.  The Stage is quiet at times during the day, but at dusk it takes a life of its own.  People dance and how could they not?

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This summer seeing Melissa Etheridge who is such a Superstar.  Blondie, and icon from the 70’s.  And, The Wailers, entertaining us with Reggae, the music, which is influenced by mento, which is Jamaican folk music, calypso, and American Jazz.

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Summer 2016 promises to be an exceptional year, so please check the website to see who is coming to perform on this amazing stage.  You will see the performers up close and personal.

Bad Hair Day is located at 20 Lake Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  Tel. 302-227-4247.  It is a full service salon and barber shop.  Website? http://www.badhairday.biz

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I want to thank Virgina and Jose Somalo who invited my friend, Jody and I.  On the photo you will see Virginia Esteban on the left, Jody, on the center and Jose on the right.  Virginia Esteban is the Editor, and Jose is the Publisher of Hoy en Delaware.  This is a completely Spanish newspaper, sold throughout the state of Delaware.

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Great to have met Leah Reynolds, right, Development Director, and Denise Allen on the left.

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It was a very nice time to be able to mingle and meet new faces.  Drexel, chatting with his guests.

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Debbie Killeen, Leah Reynolds, Virginia Esteban Somalo

Debbie Killeen, Leah Reynolds, Virginia Esteban Somalo

Have you been to Bad Hair Day?  Let me show you a bit of it while there are no customers.  Have in mind that this is an award winning spa.  They moved this past year to this new location across the street from the previous one.  They are also open 7 days a week….no excuse for not looking your best!!

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Drexel's Dad's Bike

Drexel's Dad's Bike

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It was getting time for a presentation by Patti Grimes.  She has a soft voice that commands attention.

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The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  It was established in 2007 to honor Josh Freeman after his passing on 2006.  Even though in Southern Delaware there is a lot of entertainment, this company set the tone for what is happening in the area.  Last year visitors to The Freeman Stage were in excess of 50,000.

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Many sponsorships are available. Please visit http://www.freemanstage.org, and http://www.freemanfoundation.org.

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The Freeman Stage is helping the community enjoy national class acts as well as regional and local ones.

In the meantime……

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