March 21st, 2016
It has been a while since I have posted a recipe for Meatless Monday. This is a “global movement, created in 2003 by Sid Lerner in association with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health”. It is a way to eat just one day a week free of meat….go vegetarian for just that one day will help in our overall health. For more information, and recipes, as well, please visit http://www.meatlessmonday.com.
I had a couple of good size eggplants and decided that today, being Monday, I would use them to make Eggplant Parm. I have made this dish so many times, and every time I either add something or delete something. I always make recipes my own. So should you, it is fun to experiment.
2 medium to large eggplants
Oil for frying
Italian Breadcrumbs (If manking it gluten free, please make sure you buy some of the many available breadcrumbs that are gluten free.)
Spaghetti Sauce (I tried Mia’s Kitchen Bistro Marinara from Safeway and it is all natural and gluten free, made in Sonoma, California.)
Mozzarella Cheese (I used the already shredded cheese, but you can shred your own if you are eating gluten free. Make sure to read the labels.
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese. I grated it myself, which is great if you are eating gluten free. The packaged cheeses already grated might have an additive that contains gluten.
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees
Slightly grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.
Put about a cup of the spaghetti sauce and spread.
Cut the eggplant in round slices. I do not peel the eggplant. I think the skin looks great and it is where your vitamins are, as well.
In a shallow bowl cracked the eggs and mix. In a plate put the Italian breadcrumbs.
In a large frying pan put enough vegetable oil in order to fry the eggplant. It does not have to be too deep.
Dip the eggplants in the eggs and then dip in the Italian breadcrumbs.
Fry them until lightly brown. I usually get them out and let them sit on paper towels, but you can just transfer them directly to the prepared baking dish, as well.
Arrange them on the baking dish as you wish. You will be making two layers.
Spread spaghetti sauce on them and also half of the mozzarella. Repeat the process and at this point you will also sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top. Sprinkle some Basil for color too. Then to the oven.
Bake for about 45 minutes or so until they look like this…….
This dish has so much color….it should also be the center of attention on your plate. A green salad or green veggie is all you need.
For dessert, well, it is that time of the year when you just have to think that summer is around the corner but if you feel like living dangerously, well, go ahead and maybe go visit Edie Bees on Second Street in Lewes, Delaware, and grab something sweet and sinfully delish.
September 18th, 2015
“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” booker t. washington
With that quote I begin my post by reminding you that Delaware is a Small Wonder with a Big Heart. Fundraising events happen all year round, but it seems that as the Second Season takes hold of all of us living in Southern Delaware, we set records for fundraising. It is incredible the amount of money raised to help others.
I got an invite to a Kick Off Party for the Southern Delaware Wine, Food and Music Festival which will take place on Saturday, October 17th (noon until 4:30 p.m.) at Independence Hall located at 23767 Samuel Adams Circle in Millsboro, Delawared. Even though the address is Millsboro, it is, actually, closer to the beaches.
The Kick Off Party took place at (a)Muse on Baltimore Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, on Thursday, 9/17. My friend, Susan DiMondi came with me to see what all the commotion was all about.
Let me tell you a little about What is Going On…
This event is being billed as the “ultimate wine, food and music event on DelMarVa”. It will be hosted by former Bad Company bassist, now food, wine and music aficionado, Paul Cullen. It will be a fun and refined afternoon of food, beer and wine samplings and pairings, cooking demos, and a great musical line-up.
This is a benefit for Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative and Lewes-Rehoboth Meals on Wheels.
This is an inaugural SoDelFest. The culinary Theater will host the chef showcases/demos, where you will find Neil Fuentes, The Singing Chef and Food Rewrapped Champion and 5 of our top local chefs including: Hari Cameron, Lion Gardner, Doug Ruley, Ronnie Burkle and Sean Correa.
The festival will also offer wine and food pairings with 13 local restaurants including; Abbot’s Grille, Bluecoast, Seafood Grill, Bramble and Brine, Cultured Pearl, Grandpa 9Mac), JD Shuckers, Lupo’s Italian Kitchen, Michy’s Relaxed Dining, Nage, Palate, Semra’s, Summerhouse and Touch of Italy.
You will be able to experience the Man Cave….don’t worry we are all welcome for cocktails, a raw bar and Cigars! Join Rob Bagle from Bramble & Brine and representatives from Wigle Whiskey, Dad’s Hat, Benromach Scotch, George’s Bloody Mary Mix (a new local favorite from Berline, Maryland) and 16 Mile Brewery. There may just be oyster shooters there!
30 wines will be offered by Teller Wines and the distributors for pairing and additional tastes. Dogfish Head and Mispillion Breweries will be pouring their fall favorites at the bar!
There will be 2 special wine education seminars in the Wine University; Mike Zygmonski (Level II Sommelier, Sodel Concepts) will present a blind tasting and John McDonald (Wine Columnist, Cape Gazette) will present Wine 101 for anyone who wants to learn about the art of Wine Tasting.
General Admission tickets are $75 and there is a VIP upgrade that includes two special tastings at 95+ point wines and exclusive cheeses and a seat on-stage during one of the chef showcases. The press is invited at no charge with advance notice. Please visit http://www.sodelfest.com
Presenting Sponsor: Ocean Atlantic Companies
Major Sponsors: Schell Brothers, Sysco, SoDel Concepts, Coastal Style
Sponsors: Good Clean Fun Life, Sposato Family Vineyards, Active Adult Realty
Event Chair is Stacy LaMotta
Event Coordinator is Carlene Roche
Volunteer Coordinator is Meg Gardner
Arriving at (a)Muse Susan and I were invited to taste some of the wines offered by Sposato. For 6 years the Sposato Family researched, studied and visited South America. In 2012 the family purchased their farm in the heart of Argentina’s wine country, Mendoza.
Based on their 23 years of experience in working with land, soil irrigation and plants, by running their top rated landscape company, Sposato Landscape Co., they saw this as a great opportunity to further their experience in the agriculture industry. The farm was purchased as virgin ground. A new irrigation system, electric and other improvements have been installed with more to come.
The farm is 250 acreas located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, 3,000 ft. above sea level. Sposato Family Vineyard has some of the best and most popular wineries in Argentina as neighbors. The farm is located between two notable wineries, Bodega Septima and Vina Cobos by Paul Hobbs with more just around the corner.
We tasted 2015 Chardonnay. This fruit focused Chardonnay has an attractive color with aromas of tropical fruit, apples and peaches. Also a 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, from their prize winning high elevation vineyards has aromas of grapefruit, passion fruit, herbs, species and orange blossom notes that are persistent through the finish. The 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has intense red with blue shades. Another one was their 2013 Reserve Malbec…intense violet color, typical of Argentine Malbec. And the 2014 Malbec had deep purple color, with high intensity of black fruits, raspberries and violets. Please note that you can get the wines in the Rehoboth Beach and Lewes area.
A presentation was given by all of those that are involved and making sure that this will be an unforgettable event.
Stacy LaMotta, Event Chair
Paul Culen, Host
Lion & Meghan Gardner, Blue Moon
Hari Cameron, (a)Amuse
Paul Cullen entertained us while we tasted delicious offerings by Blue Moon, Nage, and (a)Muse.
So what are you waiting for? Call your friends, pass the word, share in social media and get ready to have some fun!!
July 7th, 2015
Not sure if you got stuck in one of the traffic jams this holiday week-end. If you did, I feel your pain. Some of us that live here year-round take a road trip to other towns in Southern Delaware, where life is a little more calm during these holiday week-ends. My destination with my neighbor, Chris, was the town of Milford, Delaware, known as The Heart of Kent and Sussex. It is just less than half hour from Rehoboth Beach going north.
Milford is a community with respect for its past and great promise for the future. It is the gateway to Southern Delaware.
For some years, Downtown Milford has been going through a revitalization, which brings residential streets in small towns back to life. It has coffee shops, art galleries, restaurants, and a Riverwalk.
The Mispillion Riverwalk is a greenway space that preserves the town’s waterfront. Milford has over 2 centuries of shipbuilding. At one point there were 7 shipyards, located along this walk. And, between 1680 and 1927 they produced over 600 wooden sailing ships.
The displayed boat sculptures around town are all decorated with the theme of Milford’s “River town”, “Art Town”, “Home Town”.
The inspiration was the Augusta, a private yacht built in 1927 at Vinyard Shipyard. In 2010 it was restored to its original beauty.
I grew up in a small town on the eastern side of the island of Puerto Rico. Sundays were so quiet. You could take a leisure stroll through the town and maybe not see a single person. Sundays were days for worship and family time. Arriving in Milford on Sunday brought back those memories of so many years ago. So, I took the photos of a quiet Sunday in Milford.
CAUSEY MANSION BED & BREAKFAST
I remembered that a few years ago I stopped at this mansion to take some photos. There was a “for sale” sign. Well, let’s see what happened to this historic home. First let me tell you a bit about this home. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. The original part of the house was built in 1763. The rest in 1865. It was the former home of two Delaware governors.
The address is 1 Causey Avenue, Milford, DE 19963 Tel. 302-422-0979 Website? http://www.causeymansion.com
Delaware is becoming the place to retire. Among the many benefits of living in this small state is the fact that our property taxes are low. Jan Broulik and Joe Phillips decided that moving from the Chevy Chase area to Milford was going to be just perfect. They are the new owners of the Causey Mansion. We met Jan who took us through the gardens and gave us a tour of this historic home. Later on we met Joe. Please visit the above mentioned website for more information on the history of Causey Mansion, rates, and events happening at the Mansion. You may also find Causey Mansion Bed & Breakfast on Facebook.
They moved in and then their work has been non stop. Jan loves to work in the garden and he is laying all the stone in the property. Causey Mansion is the perfect place for a wedding so they are making it just right for that special event in someone’s life.
The Boxwood is over 150 years old, from some of the rooms you can see them.
At the present time there are 4 rooms for rent. They are spacious and with their own bathrooms. Following are 3 of those rooms.
Every nook and cranny has a story, just like every piece of furniture has one, as well. The majority of the furniture is French, Japanese, and some Italian.
The Grand Piano caught our attention. It was a 1904 Steinway Grand Piano. Jan picked the music, sat down, and began to play All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera. He brought us to tears. The sounds were amazing. It was truly so beautiful and totally unexpected.
Causey Mansion is a Greek Revival, Georgian Style home. Governor Peter Causey modified it to Greek Revival when he lived in this house from 1849 to 1871. He served as Governor of the State of Delaware from 1855 until 1859. It is still believed that he roams around the home. He is a friendly ghost
There is a dining room with a big round table for easier conversation.
And a friendly kitchen area.
The Causey Mansion is about 5,000 square feet so you will feel comfortable and at ease in any room.
Jan and Joe are so easy to talk to. They have immersed themselves in the community and are enjoying the fact that Milford is now their home!! Please stop by to see all the work they are doing to this beautiful historic home. If you feel like getting away from it all…..then, make a reservation!!
Thanks Jan and Joe for making our day!!
June 26th, 2015
Delaware Arts Alliance (DAA) is the unifying voice for the arts and arts education throughout the state, advocating for the central role of the arts in advancing dynamic communities and creative citizenry. DAA is proud to count the Delaware Division of the Arts and Amtrak among its supporters. For more information, please visit http://www.delawareartsalliance.org.
DAA will hold an arts advocacy networking event, Wine, Cheese, & the Arts, tomorrow, Saturday, June 27th from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. as part of the Second Street Players’ Movies at Riverfront Theater series. Following Wine, Cheese, & the Arts, there will be the Second Street Players’ screening of the summer cinematic classic, Jaws. The program is open to the public and all are invited to attend.
Wine, Cheese, & the Arts is part of a series of DAA learning and networking events for Kent, New Castle, and Sussex Counties, Arts Rendezvous, to engage the arts community while creating a strong base of advocates through DAA’s Free Individual Membership Campaign. Wine, Cheese, & the Arts provide an informal way to the arts community to mingle and connect.
The program will start with conversation and wine and cheese at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., DAA Executive Director, Guillermina Gonzalez, will make brief remarks on arts advocacy and the benefits of being a member of DAA. At 7:05 p.m. the seating of Jaws will begin.
Admission is $5 per person to the Second Street Players at the Riverfront Theater to offset program costs. A selection of cheeses will be served and wine is BYOB. Register at http://www.delawareartsalliance.org/events. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Riverfront Theater is located at 2 South Walnut Street in Milford, Delaware.
Have a good one!!
April 6th, 2015
I don’t even know when I decided to put recipes for Meatless Monday. Some Mondays I do not follow this global movement. But others, like tonight, made me want to construct a Bean Burger….The recipe is stolen, adding my own twist.
Meatless Monday started in 2003, launched in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. It has been catching on. The movement is active in about 36 countries. Every nation brings its uniqueness…culture, customs, and cuisine to the table in meat free dishes. To learn more, please visit http://www.meatlessmonday.com.
Monday is the chosen day because we see it as the beginning of the week. I get it, I get it….I always start my diets on Monday. It is a fresh start. Yeah, and at times is downhill from Monday on.
This recipe is so easy. A little bit of this and a little bit of that. I am sure you can make it your own, as well.
A BLACK BEAN BURGER FOR MEATLESS MONDAY
2 cans black beans, divided, rinsed and drained (I bought low sodium beans)
1 small chopped yellow onion
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 minced garlic clove
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt (optional)
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons oil for frying pan (your preferred oil)
3/4 bag of frozen peas and carrots
1 cup panko (I bought Chipotle Panko)
Puree 1 can beans, onion, parsley, garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper in a food processor until smooth. Mine looks a little chunky because I do not own a food processor. The blender was a pain, but I did it, somewhat.
To the burger mixture, add the other can of beans, the peas and carrots, the panko and the eggs. Mix to combine.
Heat a skillet to medium heat.
In the meantime form the burger patties.
Place them in two batches in the skillet and cook until browned. About 4 minutes on each side.
Serve on rolls….I chose this Pretzel Roll. Add lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard and avocado.
Or serve on a salad if you are not eating carbs.
February 10th, 2015
Here we were, the usual suspects….we do have a younger suspect, Jade!! We were ready to Chowdown for Charity, an event that took place on Friday, February 6th, at Baywood Greens Golf Course in Long Neck, Delaware. It was an evening of food tasting, voting and mingling. Much loved local chefs were cooking for a cause….Next Gen South of the Delaware Community Foundation, http://www.delcf.org. This is a non-profit board of young professionals from Kent & Sussex Counties that was founded in 2012.
Next Gen South selects an area of focus every 2 years based on what is needed in our communities. Presently, the focus is and has been for the past 2 years, Children’s Mental Health. This is one fundraising event that lets this organization award grants to local organizations on an annual basis. Next Gen South might be young but in 2014 they awarded $15,000 to: Delaware Guidance Services, Delaware State University, The Seaford House.
Chefs were ready for the guests….remember we were given 3 tickets to put on our favorites. A friendly competition would be taking place.
ABBOTT’S ON BROAD CREEK – This restaurant is located in Laurel; http://www.abbottsgrillde.com. It is a sister restaurant to Abbot’s Grill in Milford. Chef Ryan Cunningham was serving Smoked Strip Loin with a Scallop Vinaigrette & Coriander Popcorn.
Loved the addition of the popcorn to the tender beef. Ryan asked us to come to Laurel for a real treat this year.
a(MUSE.) – Located in Dowtown Rehoboth Beach, http://www.amuse-rehoboth.com. Hari was hard at work, but always explaining exactly what he is cooking. Pumpernickel Pasta? OMG!! This pasta tasted just like pumpernickel bread. You had to be there to experience it, but Hari said he has it at the restaurant, among other amazing tasting pasta flavors. It was served with Brussel Sprouts, Pastrami Beef Cheek, Charred Onion & Pickled Mustard Seed.
The pasta was cooked to perfection and the other flavors complemented already a winning central ingredient.
LUPO DI MARE – Located in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, http://www.lupodimarerehoboth.com. This restaurant is part of the family of SODEL Concepts restaurants and started by the late and much missed Matt Haley.
They were serving Rustic Meatballs, Parmesan Polenta with Tomato Gravy. I can’t make a good meatball, so always enjoy little morsels like these ones. They did tell us that this was not their signature meatball…prepared exclusively for this event.
PAPA GRANDE’S – Two locations: Downtown Rehoboth Beach and Fenwick Island. A Delaware coastal taqueria. http://www.papagrandes.com/rehoboth. Papa Grande’s is also part of the SODEL family of restaurants.
I love Scrapple!! And, this is what they were serving…House Scrapple Tostada, Hibiscus Jelly, Apple Radish Jimaca Salad, Corn Chip. Having had their scrapple taco last year….of course just by looking at these tostadas, I knew they were going to have an awesome taste.
They asked if we had had their Duck Scrapple….and that they were planning on a crab scrapple this summer….can’t wait.
THE BRICK HOTEL RESTAURANT & TAVERN – Located in Georgetown on The Circle, http://www.brickhotelrestaurant.com. The chefs were serving Black Cherry Braised Beef with a Root Vegetable Puree & Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
The black cherry flavored was detected on the braised beef. It was cooked in a 250 degree oven for 6 hours. It melted in your mouth. Totally delish!
THE WALL OF WINE – This has become very popular at events. Wine aficionados love it….more so if they get a prized bottle of wine. You pay $20 and then get to choose a wrapped bottle of wine from the wall. You might get the $10 bottle or a very expensive bottle. A ticket was also given for a raffle….a bottle of Dom Perignon at the end of the evening!!
BAYWOOD CLUBHOUSE RESTAURANT – Located in Long Neck, http://www.baywoodgreens.com/restaurant.
Stuffed Pork Pinwheel!! Pop them in your mouth. They would be perfect for a party.
NAGE BISTRO & WINE BAR – Located on Coastal Highway (Rt. 1) in Rehoboth Beach, http://www.nagerb.com.
This pastrami was made out of tuna, on a pumpernickel crouton, caraway sauerkraut, spicy mustard….definitely one of my true favorites of the evening.
Next stop? BETHANY BLUES, LEWES…Located on Costal Highway (Rt. 1), http://www.bethanyblues.com/lewes.
I love St. Louis Ribs more than any other rib. That’s what they were serving. Smoked St. Louis Ribs, caramelized in a Habanero Apple Cider, served with a Jalapeno Slaw. Got those tastebuds dancing immediately!!
TOUCH OF ITALY – A trattoria, salumeria and pasticeria….http://www.touchofitaly.com. These restaurants can be found in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, and Ocean City, Maryland.
Making mozzarella…it looked time consuming, but also relaxing. Take a look.
Smaller mozzarella balls were served with rosemary and EVOO!!
ESPUMA RESTAURANT & MARTINI BAR – Located in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, http://www.espuma-restaurant.com Chef Jay Caputo was serving Spanish Style Clam Chowder topped with Potato Foam and Scallion Powder.
The biscuits were filled with the creamy, and well seasoned clam chowder. I liked it a lot.
Love this tapas eating style….grazing here or there!! We tried them all!! Next!!
FINS FISH HOUSE & RAW BAR – In Downtown Rehoboth Beach and with a sister restaurant on Coastal Highway, http://www.finsrawbar.com. Another time consuming dish is making risotto.
FINS did a great job with their Crab & Shrimp Risotto. It was delicious!!
THE ROOKERY – Located in Milford…2 golf course locations, Milton and Milford, http://www.rookerygolf.com. We finished our Chowdown with a treat of Ahi Tuna with a Ginger Lime Soy, served over a Seaweed Salad, Cucumber & Wasabi Tobiko. Excellent ending!!
We then continued to listen to DJ Jimmy Young, who provided great entertaining throughout the evening. Plenty of items on the silent auction raising funds for a great cause.
Have a good one!!
THE WINNER? a(MUSE.) Congratulations!!
January 26th, 2015
The aroma of Indian food; coriander, curries, dry red chillies, turmeric, fennel….sooo good. Only a few Indian restaurants in Delaware and one of them, Flavor of India, is located at 348 North Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901. Tel. 302-677-0121. Website? http://www.flavorofindiade.com. It is in the same building with a separate entrance from the Motel 8. Believe me, the restaurant is really good.
They are open 7 days a week. Dine in or take out.
Stopped to pick up some take-out and gave Tony the news that my husband, John, had passed away on August 31, 2013. He was truly shocked and could not believe it. John and I enjoyed eating at Flavor of India and also enjoyed talking to Tony.
I picked up Lamb Saagwala, which had lamb pieces and fresh spinach cooked in an Indian spicy herbal sauce. I also picked up some Lamb Pasanda, an authentic dish from northern India. In northern India the curries are thick and the gravies are very creamy. The basmati rice is awesome with a rich aroma…..you cannot find that rice in Rehoboth Beach…Flavor of India have their own connections.
In the past when dining in I have ordered the pappadom, which is like a flat bread. Sauces are brought to the table for dipping. You can also eat it by itself.
And dishes like the Goat Masala, which my husband loved. Most of the goat dishes have a bone.
And, Lamb Zafrani…one of my favorites.
I took home for dessert Gajar Halwa, which is mainly made with carrots….sweet and very interesting taste. Have had it before and still like it. Served warm.
The sense of taste is so acute and amazing….trying the foods from northern India with so many different spices, each hitting at the right time. So, if you have a craving for Indian food, or just want something different, go and visit Tony at Flavor of India. I keep telling him they should open a restaurant in Rehoboth Beach.
Note: Flavor of India continues to receive awards for being a true representation of Indian food with great service, delicious food, and reasonable prices. They are also aware of customers with gluten free allergies.
January 26th, 2015
Meatless recipe….but the day is perfect for a nice hot chili!!
This recipe is totally stolen. Cannot take any credit for it. It is a recipe from Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa. It comes out so good and it can be served by itself, or, as a side dish for meat, chicken or fish. I have served it with a Turducken and I just served it for Christmas Eve dinner with my small standing rib roast from Hickman’s in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Spinach Gratin and sliced tomatoes on the side…yummy! It is by no means a low fat, low cal recipe but some adjustments can be made….substitute the butter for something lighter. The heavy cream can be half and half, and the milk can be low fat, as well.
4 tablsps. usalted butter
4 cups yellow onions, chopped
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp nutmeg, grated (I used ground)
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups milk
5 10-ounce packages of frozen spinach, defrosted
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon Kosher salt (optional)
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
Melt the butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Add onions and saute until translucent. About 10 minutes. Add the flour and nutmeg and cook stirring for a few more minutes, making a roux. Add the cream and milk and cook until thickened.
Squeeze as much liquid as you can from the defrosted spinach. Add the spinach to the sauce. Then, add 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese and mix it well. Season with salt and pepper if you want to.
Transfer the spinach to a baking dish, 9 x 13, and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 Parmesan and the Gruyere on top. Bake for about 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
Serve and enjoy!!
I made this recipe gluten free. Please grate your cheeses to make sure there are no additives containing gluten.