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October 1st, 2018

Meatless Monday, White Onion Soup Chablis, Recipe, Easy, Comfort Food, Soup, Delaware Beaches, The Beach Eats, Southern Delaware, Recipes Begged, Borrowed and Stolen

 

Meatless Monday is a trend.  In reality you can do this any day of the week.  One day or more than one.  But it is catchy to say “Meatless Monday”.  Leaving the meat behind and for one day enjoy the many dishes that usually revolve around meats.

I have roots in Baltimore.  My husband was from Baltimore.  My sister in law lives there.  I worked in Baltimore for years before moving to the Delaware Beaches.  Way before I started this blog too.  Baltimore is a city of many firsts.  Museums, churches, hospitals, neighborhoods.  Many times it gets bad reviews but I really enjoyed my time there.

Private Collections:  A Culinary Treasure is a cookbook that contains timeless recipes put out by the Women’s Committee of the Walters Art Gallery, a one of a kind museum located in Baltimore.  Beautiful art treasures are displayed in its pages, along with amazing recipes from soups to nuts.

I have posted this recipe before, but just in case you missed it, here it is again.  It is a different type of onion soup but the combination of ingredients makes it a winner.

ONION SOUP CHABLIS

1 lb. white onions, sliced very thin

1/4 lb. butter

2 cups chicken broth (your choice of unsalted or salted, or even a mixture of both)

1 cup Chablis

1 tsp. salt

pepper

2 cups medium cream (half and half will do too)

Swiss cheese, freshly grated

In a large soup pot saute the onions in butter until soft and transparent but not brown.  Add chicken broth and simmer until the mixture is reduced somewhat.  To tell you the truth, I skipped that step.

Add the Chablis, salt, and pepper.  Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer for about 2 minutes.

Stir in cream, heat, not boil, and serve.

Garnish with plenty of cheese.  The marriage of flavors is awesome!! You’ll see. Enjoy!

Serves 6.

Remember that with any recipe you can always make it your own.

 

 

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….

March 8th, 2018

Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Orchid Extravaganza until March 25h, Events, Flowers, Gardens, Day Tripping

Finally the sun has come out.  Buds are on the trees, weeping willows are getting greener.  Some signs and hints that Spring is around the corner.  Well, you know, we had a few nor’easters to take care of but, hopefully, we should almost be finished with winter.

My young second cousin, Natalia, stayed with me for some time after the devastation of two hurricanes in Puerto Rico.  Right before she lef Southern Delaware the weather in Southern Delaware was gray and miserable, so I took her to Longwood Gardens.  Their Orchid Extravaganza is going on and it is gorgeous.  If you get a chance, it is there until March 25th.  The address is 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square, PAQ 19348.

When you think about it, it is very accessible, only a couple of hours away.  You can spend the day.  The area offers so much, plus a little bit of a change of scenery.

Flowers have a positive effect on humans.  I try to fill my vases with flowers as much as I can.  When I see them I have a different disposition altogether.  Longwood Gardens open year round.  Please check their website, https://www.longwoodgardens.org

It is that time of the year, so if you are ready to get into the spirit of Easter, make a visit to these beautiful gardens.

Discover your own backyard.  Have a great day!

May 22nd, 2016

What’s Going On? Puttin’ On The Ritz, Event, 23rd Year Anniversary Celebration, Fun-Fundraising, Atlantic General Hospital, Meet Me at the “Speakeasy”, Berlin, Maryland, Maryland’s Eastern Shore

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I could not believe it!! No rain! Can you imagine?  We have been so inundated with rain that I was not sure how this event was going to turn out.  But, as it happens, on Thursday, May 19th, the skies were clear, the moon and the stars were out and the location was mesmerizing.

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It was going to be a celebration of the 23rd year anniversary of Atlantic General Hospital located at 9733 Healthway Dr., Berlin, MD 21811.  Tel. 410-641-1100.  Website?  http://www.atlanticgeneral.org.

We were meeting at the “Speakeasy”, where the event was taking place.  This is the farm of the Host and Hostess, Mr. & Mrs. Buddy Jenkins.  Atlantic General has been celebrating its anniversaries with an annual event.  Fun and Fundraising for the hospital.  This year’s theme was the Roaring 20’s and with 500 people of their supporters, family and friends in attendance it was certainly a memorable evening.

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Most of the attendees wore 1920’s dress code…..long pearls, fringes…it was a time of excess.  Games and crafted cocktails.  You picked your own glass at the entrance and fill it to your hearts desires.  The tent was huge and it was very well appointed.  The center pieces were gorgeous, as well.  No detail was left out.

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LA Catering from Liquid Assets located at 94th & Coastal Highway in Ocean City, Maryland did a spectacular job with their catering.  Besides their restaurant in Ocean City their catering side of it can work magic for any of your events, small or large.  As you can see they fed 500 and there was no shortage of food throughout the evening.  Tel. 410-524-7037  Website?  http://www.ocliquidassets.com.

We are located on the eastern shore so seafood is regarded as a main staple at events.  Surrounding the Speakeasy there were stations where attendees could fill their plates and come back for more.

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Oysters on the half shell, shrimp, smoke scallop salad, smoked salmon, crab claws!!

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Softshells!!  My favorites!

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Cheeses and Charcuterie!!

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Lisa & Cindi checking it out!

Lisa & Cindi checking it out!

Seafood Paella.

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Sushi!!

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Dessert!!  That sweet ending that completes a meal….Have you had the doughnuts made in house at Liquid Assets?  They are to die for.  At the event they gave them a little twist.  You could customize them.  They were warm, perfect to hold in one hand or on your plate and then the sweet condiments on top.

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I took a look at the cakes….could they possibly be the cakes that have been the talk of the town?  Yes!!  I could not believe it.  I am going to learn more about the two guys that are from Brooklyn and call themselves the Brooklyn Baking Barons.  The cakes featured the other night were Honey Whiskey Cakes, accompanied by local strawberries.  They were so good that at the table we all went back for seconds.  They are the perfect size…guilt free shall we say?  They will be opening a store front in Berlin, I believe on or around Memorial Week-End.  Check them on Facebook.  From their website they ship nationwide.  http://www.bkbarons.com.

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Cannot wait to taste a new flavor….the Limoncello Cake with homemade Limoncello….Justin Noble, a friend of theirs said this new cake is out of this world.

It is that time of the year to fund raise at the Maryland and Delaware Beaches.  People have big hearts here.  Lucky to call it home!!

January 10th, 2016

West Ocean City Eats! Bull on the Beach, Horn & Shell, Raw Bar, Canteen, West Ocean City, Maryland

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It just opened about one month ago, but already some of my friends are becoming habitual frequenters to this new place to eat in West Ocean Cit, Maryland at 12611 Ocean Gateway.  It is right next to West O Bottle Shop.  Tel. 410-213-7020.  Website? http://www.hornandshelloc.com.

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It is a casual place.  Come as you are.  It is serving Small Plates, Crafted Signature Sandwiches, Daily Soups, Greens, Oyster Shooters…a Shell Bar!! Desserts!!

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Arriving for a quick lunch, Cindi and I ordered oysters.  Salty and cold!!

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We decided to eat Tapas stye; choosing from their Shares & Tasters Small Plates.  An order of Beer Brined Wings…Brined and grilled and then dunked in the fyer to finish.  We wanted them well done!  We chose the Mojito Glaze.

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Black Skillet Corn Bread was dense, rich and warmed on the Pit.  It was served with 3 housemade spreads on the side…savory butter, sun-dried tomato pesto, and cheddar cheese spread.

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Our third taster was K.H. Beef Plank…Paper thin, super rare Pit Beef, pickled red onion, greens, shaved parmesan, chimichurri, and crisp bread.

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Thanks Nikki for your suggestions and for taking care of us so well.

Talk to you later.

October 29th, 2015

West Ocean City, MD Eats!! Fat Fish OC, Restaurant, Review, Opens Daily, Good Food?, Will Travel, Ocean City, Maryland

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It was warm, it was sunny, we probably could have eaten outside.  Arriving with my partner in crime, Cindi, to Fat Fish OC located at 12703 Sunset Avenue, Unit 7, Ocean City, MD 21842.  Tel. 410-390-5006.  Website?  http://www.fatfishoc.com.

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You can find it on Facebook as Fat Fish OCMD….please Like the page because Fat Fish is very active on FB and also they are opening other restaurants….you might not want to miss out on all the specials coming up as the Second Season continues at the beaches.  Hey guess what?  They do deliver.  Fat Fish opens at 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.

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The restaurant is not big.  It is so cute and very local, indeed.

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Meet Joe, the owner, as he was getting ready to chow on the daily special…Today’s Bruschetta Burger.  I saw with my own eyes.  1/2 lb burger, pesto, buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil on a brioche bun.

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But, get a little closer…you want to get a good look at it, don’t you?  Here it is.  Yum!!

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Cindi ordered the Blue Crab Tacos.  Their tacos are well known and one of the most ordered items, as well.

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And I ordered the Fat Fish Sandwich…Tempura battered tuna and shrimp, wasabi, mayo, red onion, lettuce, tomato and cilantro crema.  Look how beautiful it looks.  First I ate the shrimp and then followed with the sandwich.  Awesome indeed!

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Would you like to check the menu?  Please visit http://www.fatfishoc.com/menu/

So now you know about this great local place.  Worth the trip.

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September 25th, 2015

Destination? Sunfest, Ocean City, Maryland, Fall Festival, The Second Season, Arts, Crafts, Live Entertainment, Maryland Beaches

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Opening Day for Sunfest in Ocean City, Maryland was Thursday, September 24, 2015.  It is ranked the number one arts and crafts festival in the nation!!  It was filled with crafts, arts, food and entertainment.  Everything for the whole family to enjoy.

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Walking on the award-winning boardwalk the visitors were enjoying a beautiful day at the beach.

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Passing the ever popular Thrasher’s French Fries, already the line was so long.  To tell you the truth I am not such a big fan of them because I like my fries crispy.

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Hundreds and hundreds of people were checking out this first day of Sunfest.  Apparently, the weather might be a little crazy on Saturday evening, so if you get a change today and tomorrow, please stop by.

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The tent we were looking for was the Food Tent and we immediately found it.

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One food vendor after another.  If you have been at Sunfest before you probably have your favorites.

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You can sit down in the many tables available or just stand and use the tall tables as well.

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Funnel Cakes anyone?

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We decided on some Seafood Bisque with Lace chips!! Perfect combination.  They were so light.

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Ross decided on pulled chicken and regular just made chips.

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Sunfest will be opening Friday and Saturday from 10 1.m. until 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 .am. until 6 p.m.  During the day you can enjoy the live entertainment completely free, either in their open air venue or inside the tent.  In the evening the live entertainment is by ticket holder.  Depending on the entertainer you tickets could be as low as $15 to $60.  Please visit http://www.ococean.com

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Stop Mr. Elvis himself, local color in Ocean City for many years.  Known to all the residents.  Take a photo.  He loves it!!

Some of the crafts that caught our attention:

Wire Sculpture by Devin Mack of Drawn Metal Studios.

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The lady that works with clay.  She has been at the festival for years.  You can see her working the clay with such minute detail.

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The driftwood sailboats and ships were really cute.  The company is Art Sea., from Pasadena, Maryland.

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The painted ostrich eggs were very detailed.  Loved Starry Nights.

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This next company’s baking is not your usual.  It looked so real, you could taste it…The Fake Baker.

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The beautiful Adirondack Chairs, Hinkleys Chair Art….whatever you want, they will paint it.

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Grabbing beers and on our way to listen to Skinny Leg Pete.  Definitely a party band.  Their genre?  soul, funk, blues and rock.  And, yes, people were dancing.

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And then followed by Teenage Rust on the outdoor stage.

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Thanks Cindi for inviting me…It was a great time with a BFF.

Have a great week-end!!

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September 22nd, 2015

Destination? Reykjavik, Iceland, Out & About, Discovering Reykjavik

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Discovering Reykjavik was a highlight of this summer of 2015.  Was not even in my bucket list.  That was even better.  So surprising to find myself on my way to Iceland.  Make sure you take a waterproof jacket because the Icelandic weather is very unpredictable.

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The capital city of Reykjavik is so easy to maneuver.  You will learn it in not time.  You can bike, jog, or stroll. Some years ago Iceland was in financial trouble.  They have been recuperating quickly and there is plenty of new buildings going up in this quite modern city.

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The Sun Voyayer is a sculpture of a Viking ship located by the ocean on a small peninsula close to the Reykjavik center.  It symbolises the Viking past of the Icelanders and an ode to the sun.

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The Harpa is at the edge of the Reykjavik Harbour.  It is Iceland’s biggest concert hall.  It is also used for other cultural events, as well.  It opened in 2011.  If you get a chance please visit and view the 360 degree Cinematic Experience.  That stranger on my photo…no idea who he was.

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The Old Harbor.  It is the first lasting harbor in Reykjavik.  You can find shops and galleries on the eastern pier.  Whale watching tours will be leaving for this harbor, as well.

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The Einar Jonsson Museum located at Eiriksgata and Freyjugata.  Website?  http://www.lej.is

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Einar Jonsson was Iceland’s first sculptor.  His home is part of the museum and is preserved in its original condition.  No photos inside were allowed.  The museum has about 300 art works spanning a 60 year career.  The garden outdoors has about 26 bronze casts.  This location is the highest point in Reykjavik.

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He drew inspiration from the Icelandic folklore heritage for “Outlaws”.  He also used mythological and religious motifs.

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I have more to tell you but for now I think this is enough.  Maybe some Fish & Chips on the next post from Iceland.

NOTE:  From September 24th until October 4th the Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) will be taking place.  It will be showing a wide range of dramas and non-fiction films from over 40 countries and is becomming bigger and bigger every year.  Please visit http://www.iceland.is.

Talk to you later…Have a good one.

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