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March 17th, 2016

Red Truck Bakery, Guinness Stout Irish Chocolate Cake, Marshall, Warrenton, Virginia…Granola, Cranberry Orange Muffins, Cakes, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Whether you are Irish or not, most likely you will be celebrating in some form St. Patrick’s Day.  Here at the Delaware Beaches the Irish Bars are getting ready and last week-end the Annual St. Patrick’s Parade in Milton took place.  Check my little Granddaughter, Sophia, at her first St. Patty’s celebration….the hat stayed put.  In Milton she was.

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Surprise, surprise, guess what was delivered to my front door?  It is a Guinness Stout Irish Chocolate Cake!!  Sent to me by my sister in law, Susie.  The cake came from the Red Truck Bakery. The main Bakery is located at 8368 W Main Street in Marshall, Virgina.  The tel. 540-364-BAKE .  There is a Smaller Cafe at 22 Waterloo St. in Warrenton, Virginia.  Website?  http://www.redtruckbakery.com

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The question was; should I wait to St. Patty’s Day or just have a little taste right away?  I forgot to tell you that this was my birthday present, as well.  Well I opened it up.

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A little piece is all I wanted.  I had to have it. The cake was dense.  Dark as Guinness Stout and not overly sweet which is great because I thought it would go great for breakfast, as well.  It had the perfect consistency.

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Almost everyone has a passion…Brian Noyes found it.  I was so surprised when my sister in law told me that it all started in Orlean, Virginia.  I got married in Orlean at my in-law’s house, The Orlean House.  So, needless to say it brought memories.

Red Truck Bakery ships nationwide.  And everyone is talking about them.  I have not tried their granola, but I understand that it is the best.  And, why did President Obama want their pie this week?  And, how did he get it on “Pi Day”?  Please visit the above mentioned website.

Read the article by the Washington Post.  Check the reviews….they are all amazing reviews.

And it is that time of the year where we send our loved ones something to celebrate Spring!!  I am sending the Moonshine Cake….with real “Virginny hooch” to my brother for his birthday!!

I think this is a great find.  Looking forward to another piece of my Guinness Stout Irish Chocolate Cake.

March 15th, 2015

Fried Green Tomatoes, Love Them!, Fried Green Tomato, Fig, Bacon, Corn Stack, Merryman’s Green Tomato Pickle, Recipes, Restaurants Serving Fried Green Tomatoes, Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach, Delaware Beaches, Cape Charles, Virginia, Charleston, South Carolina, It’s All About Green Tomatoes

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I am crushed that Fried Green Tomatoes…..not a Southern dish.  That they, apparently, entered the American culinary scene in the Northeast and Midwest, with a link to Jewish immigrants.  I love them and when I see them on menus, I do order them.  Having been in Charleston, I tasted them everywhere I could.  But, let me tell you that, here, at the Delaware Beaches, we have some pretty awesome ones served at our local restaurants.

Looking forward to my fig tree this year.  Not just to eat figs off the tree but to also prepare my Fried Green Tomato, Fig, Bacon, Corn Stack….It is my own recipe; not begged, borrowed, or stolen.  You can get the recipe by clicking on the month of August of 2013 on the archives of AboutMyBeaches and scrolling down to the 11th.

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In Rehoboth Beach, Delaware:

FINS ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR on Coastal Highway.  I just had these the other day.  They were delicious and hopefully, they will keep them on the menu.

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BLUE MOON located on Baltimore Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  This is a signature appetizer.  The fried green tomatoes are served with herbed sheep’s cheese, onion, compote, pesto and a balsamic drizzle.  Definitely, a blending of flavors.

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In Bethany Beach, Delaware:

PATSY’S RESTAURANT in Downtown Bethany Beach.  Her fried green tomatoes are topped with roasted red pepper/Vermont cheddar cheese spread with fresh basil pesto and balsamic reduction.

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Cape Charles, Virginia’s Eastern Shore:

AQUA AT KINGS CREEK MARINA in Cape Charles serves a Fried Green Tomato BLT Salad…smoked bacon and mixed greens, tossed with a roasted tomato vinaigrette.

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Historic Charleston, South Carolina:

TBONZ in Historic Charleston had these great fried green tomatoes….they went in my burger.

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SOUTHEND BREWERY & SMOKE HOUSE, located in Downtown Charleston had never had anyone topped their pizza with fried green tomatoes.  Of course, pimento cheese was included.  The pizza did not wow me here.  But, the combination of pizza and fried green tomatoes was pretty good.

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LOWCOUNTRY BISTRO, located in Historic Charleston has a great Ambrose Farms Spinach Salad….an addition of Fried Green Tomatoes made it just perfect.

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A.W. SHUCK’S – We stopped here with our Culinary Tour (post in the making)….the praline butter on the fried green tomatoes was delish.

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TOAST, located on Meeting St. had their fried green tomatoes with sweet pepper relish.

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The following recipe is soooooo good.  You can serve it with roast beef, chicken, or even in a sandwich.  It takes some time to make but once in the jars you can store them for a long time.  Give it as presents to special friends.

MERRYMAN’S GREEN TOMATO PICKLE

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1 peck (8 quarts or approx. 20 lbs of small green tomatoes

6 red peppers

12 large onions

5 tablespoons celery seed

5 tablespoons mustard seed

1/2 gal. cider vinegar

3 lbs. light brown sugar

1 cup salt

Slice the tomatoes and onions very thin.  Cut peppers into thin strips.  Place alternatively (some tomato, some onion, some peppers) in layers in a large bowl, sprinkling salt over each layer.

Let mixture sit for several hours or overnight to draw out liquid.

Squeeze the pickle dry and place in a large kettle.  Pour vinegar, sugar, mustard seed and celery seed over pickle.

Cook slowly until onion is clear and tomato is almost transparent.  One to two hours.  Check and stir often.

Place in sterilized jars and seal.

Note:  It is usually served in my house during the Holiday Season.  It is an old Merryman recipe.

Have a good one!!

November 3rd, 2014

Meatless Monday!! Rehoboth Beach Eats! Veggie Loaf, Gluten Free, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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I have tons of cookbooks.  Not enough years to read them.  Some I like better than others.  This Meatless Monday recipe is not my own, but I treat it like it is.  It was Giada’s mother’s recipe.  It is good;  perfect for company.  A little tricky getting out of the loaf pan, though.

Veggie Loaf gives you an opportunity to leave meats on the side.  Just by itself, it is plenty.  Serve it with a fruit salad would be my choice.

VEGGIE LOAF

LOAF:

Cooking Spray

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 small white onion, chopped (finely, please)

1 shredded carrot

1 celery stalk, sliced (thinly, please)

4 cups fresh baby spinach

1 15 ounce canned cooked lentils, drained

2 cups cooked brown rice

1 cup low fat shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup canned corn

1/3 cup chopped basil leaves (If not available use basil paste by the vegetables in the grocery store.  Use about 2 tablespoons.)

2 large eggs, beaten lightly

1 large egg white, lightly beaten

1 tsp. kosher salt (optional)

1/2 tsp. freshly black pepper

2 medium tomatoes, sliced (You can use smaller tomatoes, as well.)

SAUCE:

1 box (pint) cherry tomatoes, halved

3 scallions, chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped (optional)

8 fresh basil leaves (Use basil paste, if fresh basil leaves are unavailable.)

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tsp. Kosher salt (optional)

1/2 tsp. black pepper

Make the sauce first and just put it aside.  In a blender or food processor chopped the ingredients.  Do not puree, you want them a little coarse.  I used a blender.

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Proceed with the loaf:

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.  Set aside.

In a skillet, over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, carrot, onion, celery….cook for about 5 minutes or so stirring frequently.  Put in a large bowl to cool.

In the same skillet, cook spinach until it wilts, which does not take long.  Drain and let cool slightly.  Squeeze the excess liquid.  On a cutting board coarsely chop it.  Add to the onion mixture.

Add the lentils, brown rice, 3/4 cup of the mozzarella, the corn, basil, eggs, egg white, salt, pepper and 3/4 cup of the sauce to the already cooled veggie mixture.

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Fill the loaf pan with this mixture.  Arrange the tomatoes in a couple of rows, depending on their size, covering the mixture.

Sprinkle the remining 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese and drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil.

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Bake until loaf is heated through and the topping has melted and starts to brown.  It might take 35 minutes or a bit more.  Let it cool for about 15 minutes.

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Slicing this loaf is tricky.  Do so while the loaf is still in the pan.  Do not attempt to take it out.  Otherwise, you will have to do some rearranging.

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I think 1 inch slices will be a good portion.  Arrange on plates and top with sauce.  Enjoy your Meatless…..whatever day you want it to be.

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Note:  This recipe was gluten free.  Please check the labels for canned goods, grate your own mozzarella cheese or read the label on the bag.  If using basil paste instead of fresh basil, Gourmet Garden, Basil Paste is gluten free and usually available by the produce in the local grocery stores.

September 14th, 2014

Breakfast? Cape Charles Coffee House, Cape Charles, Virginia, Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Loved the BELT!!

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I am not one to have every day that most important meal…breakfast.  But, when on vacation, I love it.  Find a local restaurant, eat like the locals.

Even though Hotel Cape Charles had coffee and light breakfast, after a walk around Downtown, we decided we wanted something more substantial, shall we say?

Cape Charles Coffee House is located at 241 Mason Avenue, Cape Charles, VA 23310  Website?  http://www.thecapecharlescoffeehouse.com. The building was from 1910 and, originally, it was the Cape Charles Bank.

Our orders of pancakes…..adding fried eggs.

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Traditional French Toast…

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The BELT is what caught our attention.  It was a classic BLT, except that when adding a fried egg….it becomes a BELT.  Cindi and I had the same.  I liked Cindi’s better.  I would have preferred the rye toast…well done.  The combination is so good that the BELT is my new “customized” sandwich for breakfast.

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Have a great day, wherever you are!!

September 9th, 2014

Blue Crab Bay Co., Melfa, Virginia, Nuts, Mixers, Soup, Seafood Appetizers, Stoneware, Apparel, Jewelry, Blue Crab Bay Co’s Oyster & Wine Fest, Saturday, November 15, 2014, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Virginia’s Eastern Shore

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I would have to say that any time you visit a gourmet shop at the Delaware Beaches….and shops that don’t really have anything to do with food, but do represent the best of our beaches, you will find products by the Blue Crab Bay Co.  But, wait, not only do they sell nationally, they also sell internationally.

The Blue Crab Bay Co. is located at 29368 Atlantic Avenue in Melfa, Virginia 23410.  It is at the Accomack Airport Industrial Park, off Lankford Highway.  Tels. toll free 800-221-2722, local 757-787-3602.  Website?  http://www.bluecrabbay.com.  You can also find it on Facebook.

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This company started in 1985 by Pam Barefoot.  When you visit the website above mentioned check the history.  It is very interesting.  Blue Crab Bay Co. offers different types of nuts and when Cindi and I found out that we were passing through it was a no brainer to stop at the actual plant.

We got good tips.  The Skipjacks, which are honey roasted. Mix them with The Surf Doggies, which are honey mustard roasted, making sure you put one of each in your mouth.  It is a totally great combination of tastes.

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Hooked on the Crab House Crunch…very easy to do.  They are sweet and salty.  Peanut squares with Chesapeake Bay Seasoning.

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Make sure you also check the recipes given on the website.  You will not believe how many and how good they sound.  Website is http://www.bluecrabbay.com.

The stoneware collection sold at the store and online is exclusively produced and hand painted for the company…designed by Eastern Shore artisan, Jose Dovis, who also designed the logo for Blue Crab Bay Co. in 1985.

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You will also find Pam’s Pantry and Home Essentials at the Blue Crab Bay Co.  These products are from other companies that are used and recommended by them.

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The mixers are to be used as part of your favorite beverages but also there are very good recipes using them, as well.

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EVENT:  FIRST OYSTER & WINE FEST – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2014 – 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.  They will be serving Oysters on the Half Shell from Shooting Point Oyster Co., Oyster Shooters by the Great Machipongo Clam Shack, Oyster & Clam Chowder by Blue Crab Bay Co……Wines by Chatham Vineyards, which I visited with friends, and a post can be found on this website on 9/4/14.

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Food tickets available at the door, while supplies last.  Parking along the side streets and in the rear of the building.  Please note that 10% of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

So, again, I say…..while traveling up and down Eastern Shore of Virginia, make sure you stop and absorb it all.  You don’t find too many places like this anymore.

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See you…talk to you later.

September 8th, 2014

Onancock Eats! Mallards at The Wharf, Onancock, Virginia, Restaurant, The Musical Chef, Onancock Bay Challenge, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Virginia’s Eastern Shore

Cindi and I stopped for a quick visit to Onancock, Virginia.  This is one of the largest towns on Virginia’s remote Eastern Shore.  I don’t know why they say remote….from the Delaware Beaches it was about 2 1/2 hours.

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Anyway, we went straight to the marina to Mallards at the Wharf, located at 2 Market St. in Onancock.Tel. 757-787-8558.  The restaurant is in The Hopkins Bros Building, circa 1842.  It is owned and maintained by Virginia’s Eastern Shore Historical Society…http://www.shorehistory.org.

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Do you see the guitar hanging on the wall?  Well, this restaurant is also owned by Chef Johnny Mo, who is the Executive Chef, along with Miguel Wiese, Chef de Cuisine.  We arrived late afternoon.  The restaurant was quiet.  But, he is known to entertain its guests frequently.  Check the menu and events at The Mallards by visiting http://www.mallardsllc.com.

You can find Chef Johnny Mo on Facebook, as well.  This chef is also the Founder of the benefit Music for The Hungry, whose proceeds go directly to the Foodbank of the Eastern Shore.  More info., please visit http://www.chefjohnnymo.com.

Being that the location is the Eastern Shore you can imagine all the fresh seafood on the menu.

Cindi and I decided on the Fish Tacos.  Fresh mahi-mahi grilled, not fried, with lime juiuce over shredded lettuce, salsa, and spicy mayo, served on a flour tortilla…truly delicious.  One of the best!!

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Event:  The 24th Onancock Bay Challenge will be on Saturday, September 20th.  Rain day….Sunday, 9/21.  A special prize and trophy will be awarded for the largest “Eastern Shore Brown Trout” (Oyster Toad) brought to the dock.  For more information, please call 757-709-8697, 757-787-4237 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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So as you travel Lankford Highway (Rt. 13) up and down….this is a great place to stop and refuel.

Talk to you later.

September 8th, 2014

Shopping Cape Charles! Moonrise Jewelry, Cape Charles, Virginia, Real Orchid Jewelry, “Reel” Fish Leather Cuffs, Studio, Handmade Jewelry, Wearable Art, Virginia’s Eastern Shore

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“Inspired by a full moon rising over the coastal wilderness of Virginia’s Barrier Islands.”

Strolling Downtown Cape Charles took Cindi and I to this whimsical looking shop.  Moonrise Jewelry is located at 22 Strawberry St., Cape Charles, VA 23310.  Tels. 757-678-0055, toll free, 866-338-9109.  Website?  http://www.moonrisejewelry.com.  It opens 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.  Sundays, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Moonrise Jewelry started in 2002 and since then it has been featured in magazines across the U.S.  Their jewelry is sold in boutiques, galleries, resorts, and jewelry stores….you can also buy online.

All jewelry is handmade.  This studio is a testament of their beautiful work.

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Their signature jewelry is:

Orchid Blossom Jewelry.  One of a kind blossom.  The orchid flowers are preserved in a durable resin coating.

You can buy orchid pendant clips and attach them to your favorite necklace.

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Or, you can also buy a full necklace with the orchid permanently attached to it.  The necklaces are gorgeous, and unique.

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“Reel” Fish Leather Jewelry is made from salmon, perch, and carp skins discarded by the canning business.  The skins are made into leather and dyed in a tannery.  The exotic scale pattern is unique to each piece.  The cuffs can be worn just as simply as you want….you can mold it to your wrist.

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Or, you can buy the cuffs with pearls, crystals and natural stones embellishments to make it a little fancier.  Definitely, a conversation piece.

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Please visit http://www.moonrisejewelry.com to learn more about Moonrise Jewelry.  Have a wedding coming up?  They have brides, bridesmaids, flower girls, groomsmens gifts….they can be customized.  Give them a call.

Besides their signature jewely, Moonrise Jewelry designs and handcrafts earrings, necklaces and bracelets, all unique to them.  Right in their studio in Cape Charles, Virginia.

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Their packaging is just as unique, showcasing the “orchid”.

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Have a great day!

September 7th, 2014

Best Nest, Home Furnishings, Cape Charles, Virginia, Art, Accessories, Linens, Rugs, Furniture, Design Services in Cape Charles, Virginia’s Eastern Shore

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My friend, Cindi, and I have never met strangers.  It ended up being that the owners of Best Nest in Downtown Cape Charles were originally from the Bethany Beach and Selbyville…Delaware area.  Small world.  We arrived at the store because we wanted to say hi to someone from back home.  Best Nest is located at 7 Strawberry Street, Cape Charles, VA 23310.  Tel. 757-331-4437.  Website?  http://www.bestnest.net.  You can find them on Facebook as Best Nest Home Furnishings.

This is a fairly new location for them….but the store already looked so pretty and it felt like it had been there forever.  They open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.  Closed on Tuesdays.  Sundays by appointment.

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John and Nikki are the owners and they offer many years of experience to their customers.   Their projects can be large or small, and both are very comfortable working with a variety of budgets, tastes and personalities.

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The store offers furniture, art, accessories, linens and rugs.  At times just an accessory here or there can really define a room.

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If you are in need of home staging, or might want to rearrange what you already have to give you a better flow, please give them a call or stop by.

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Please visit http://www.bestnest.net if you would like to read some of the testimonials and also to see photos of many of their projects.

The weather felt better today….don’t you think?  Have a good one.

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