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July 31st, 2009

Pets In The Park Adoption Fair

Saturday, August 1st, the Delmarva Association of Animal Rescuers will be holding an adoption fair from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the NorthSide Park on 125th St. in Ocean City, Maryland. Adoptable animals will be ready to find their forever homes. 

If you are ready to take into your home a pet, this will be a great opportunity.

Paws of Tomorrow will be at NorthSide Park with their adoptable pets ready for adoption from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. To get more information on this great organization, from Ocean View, Delaware, please go to their web site which is www.pawsoftomorrow.com

July 31st, 2009

Tequila Shrimp-Tonight’s Dinner, Perhaps

1/4 lb. bacon, diced

1 lb. peeled shrimp (large) cut into bite size pieces

2 oz. tequila

3/4 lb. grated cheese – jack, cheddar, mix, anything that melts

1 fresh lime, squeezed

2 tsps. fresh cilantro, chopped (You may substitute with flat leaf parsley or fresh oregano, if you don’t like cilantro.)

Cook bacon in a large skillet until lightly browned.  Remove all but 2 tbsps. of the bacon fat.  Add the shrimp to the bacon and cook until done, about 3-4 minutes.  Flambe with the tequila.  When the flame subsides, sprinkle the lime juice over the shrimp.  Add the cheese and stir until melted and bubbly.  Top with the chopped cilantro or the herb of your choice.  Serve over rice or with warm flour tortillas, fresh salsa — and a beer or two or perhaps a Margarita (recipe follows).  Add a salad and you are ready to entertain. This recipe makes 4 servings.

Tip:  This recipe can also be used as a fondue. I think fondues are coming back.  Put it in a fondue pot and serve as a dip with tortilla chips.  Just cut the shrimp into smaller pieces.

Perfect Margarita

This recipe was given to me by Arturo Pellerano, who happened to have lime trees in his yard.

Very simple: 3 parts Tequila, 2 parts lime juice and 1 part Cointrau or Triple Sec

Fresh lime juice is the secret. Mix it all and pour it into a bottle and serve it very cold.

Warning: Be prudent when driking the Perfect Margarita, otherwise you will be either under the table or over the table for that matter

I can’t wait to hear you have to say about it.

July 31st, 2009

Jimmy Lynn’s Seafood Carryout

This Seafood Carryout is the “home of the crabs with attitude!”  And that is what we wanted. Just a few of their largest crabs is all we needed. Just for an appetizer. All I can tell you is that they were big and heavy. We ate them with much gusto. When crabs are that big it is so nice not to work that hard in getting the meat out. The big lumps came out so easily.

Anyway, Jimmy Lynn’s is located on 18226 Coastal Hwy. in Lewes, DE 19958 and their tel. is 302-644-9329. Coastal Highway is also highway 1 and it is the main road for coming to the Delaware beaches.  They have parking and really, the distance between Lewes, Rehoboth and Dewey is not long so it would take no time to get there.

You can also call them on your way in, place your order and pick it up as you go by.

I almost forgot to tell you that they have other seafood too. For example, they have platters, soups, sandwiches, homemade sauces, seafood baskets, salads and desserts.

We have a few seafood markets in our beaches and they are all very good. I will be reviewing the rest of them at a later time. So, until then, have a great time, whatever you are doing this week-end.

July 30th, 2009

Happenings at the Beaches

Please check  the events under Categories to see what is going on these coastal towns this week-end that might be of interest to you.

A few additions to the ones already posted are:

In Bethany Beach, Delaware, at the Bandstand in town on Friday, July 31st at 7:30 p.m. the City of Fairfax Band will be performing.  This is a volunteer ensemble of over 120 musicians that have been performing since 1969. You may go to www.info@fairfaxband.org

On Saturday, August 1st, Capt. Quint’s Jimmy Buffet Tribute will be at the Bandstand in Bethany Beach. The performance will start at 7:30 p.m.

For more information on the events that will take place in the Bethany Bandstand, please call 302-539-5484

In Fenwick Island, Delaware at the Freeman Stage at Bayside the Fabulous Dialtones will be performing. This is a classic rock cover band from Washington, D.C. and will play classic rock songs and some originals too.  The show will start at 7:00 p.m.

On August 1st also at the Freeman Stage at Bayside, at 10:00 a.m. Giants & Leprechauns by Gary Lloyd, Storyteller will entertain young and old. For more information go to www.voicesintheglen.org/tellers/glloyd

The Freeman Stage at Bayside is located at the intersection of Rt.54 and Rt. 20 in Fenwick Island, Delaware.  You may call 302-436-3015 for more information.

In the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand you will find that on Friday, July 31st The Beatles Tribute Band will be performing. This a performance for the whole family and a journey through the early years of the Beatles. Show starts at 8:00 p.m. For more information you may go to www.liverpoolbeat.net

On Saturday, August 1st, also at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand you will find The City of Fairfax Band performing at 8:00 p.m.

They will be at the Bethany Beach Bandstand on Friday, July 31st at 7:30 p.m. as above mentioned so if you cannot catch them there, then Rehoboth might be the place to go.

The performance on Sunday, August 2nd at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand will also start at 8:00 p.m. and the performers will be The Real Geniuses. 80’s pop songs will be performed and their web site is www.therealgeniuses.com

July 30th, 2009

Chili Bean Salad

This salad is perfect to have in the refrigerator on hot summer days.  It goes well with a lot of the grilled  foods we tend to prepare this time of the year. You can also pair it with chicken, tuna, or shrimp salad.

It was donated by Mary Jo, a friend.

1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans

1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans

1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans

1 (15 ounce) can whole-kernel corn

1/2 cup chopped green onions

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 cup sliced celery

1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chilies

Dressing:

2 tablespoons olive or canola oil

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1-2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. leaf oregano

1/4 tsp.  ground cumin

1/8-1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce

Drain and rinse beans and corn. Put all dressing ingredients in a jar; shake well to mix.  Combine all ingredients except dressing in a large serving bowl.  Pour dressing over salad; mix well.  Cover and chill 6 hours or overnight, stirring several times. It yields about 10 servings

Note:  You may substitute the beans. Sometimes I put the black beans instead of either of the beans and sometimes I put the white corn instead of the yellow or a mixture of both. Also if you want more dressing, just double it. Make the recipe your own and enjoy it.

July 30th, 2009

Sushi Anyone?

Before I write my review on a fairly new Sushi restaurant in the Rehoboth Beach and Lewes area, let me tell you that even though yesterday was at the beginning of the day a good day for that grilled chicken with sweet corn salsa, well it poured rain in the early evening so that did not happen. It is a great recipe, though. And, Zumba class was great too.

Now, I want to review the following restaurant and remember this is my personal opnion.

Saketumi, 18814 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, and their tel. is 302-645-2818. They are actually located in the Midway area between Lewes and Rehoboth on highway 1, which is also Coastal Highway.

I remember that it was only a few years ago when a tiny little Sushi restaurant opened in Fenwick Island, Delaware.  All of us, local and native residents alike, fell in love with the food.  Great conversation food, by the way.  Now, it seems that we are getting more and more sushi restaurants with different Asian influences and even Latin influences too.  One of the new additions in the beach area is Saketumi.  You will not be able to miss the restaurant on Coastal Highway because it is a brand new building, very modern, and plenty of parking.  Parking is always worth mentioning because in the height of the summer season, which is now, it is very hard to find parking in the towns, not to say expensive.  Lewes is the only town, that I know, that after 6:00 p.m. the meters are not in effect.

I have been to Saketumi several times with my family. I prefer to sit at the Sushi bar in this type of restaurant because you seem to be more connected with the chefs and can ask all sorts of questions and peruse the trays going out.

I can tell you, that their presentation is bar none, the best in the area.  It is so beautiful that you just want to take a picture.  It appeals so much to your visual senses.  So colorful and artful.

Their menu is so extensive because not only do they have sushi and sashimi but they have tempuras, curries, noodles, rice and woks. So, you have plenty to choose from. I have tried their Panang Curry and it was so good. Perfect heat temperature.

Some of their starters are Crispy Crab Wontons, Satay Chicken, Coconut Shrimp and edamames.

I have also had their Hatate, which is sea scallops in sashimi and the Unagi, which is the fresh water eel, also in sashimi.  Never in a thousand years I would have thought I would be eating eel, but it is very good. I kid you not. Try it next time.

There were two interesting rolls, one being the Chunky Monkey Roll and it was a combination of fried banana, asparagus, and eel inside.  Topped with crunchy tempura flakes, eel sauce and masago. And, the other one was the Tropical Thunder which had a beautiful presentation and tasted fantastic. It had fresh mango, salmon, topped with lobster salad and tobiko (fish eggs).

Their Manager, Matthew, came over and was so nice and very happy to hear that we were enjoying ourselves.  I was writing all this information down and he was probably wondering what I was doing.

If you are vacationing in the Delaware beaches, and Ocean City, Maryland you should give it a try.  They are open for lunch and dinner and I believe they might even have music some days. Call for information regarding what kind of entertainment they might have.

Prices are very comparable to all the sushi restaurants around these beaches.  Hope you enjoy it.

Tip: If you are on a gluten free diet, please read the menu carefully and order accordingly. Also, take your own soy sauce because they do not have wheat free soy sauce as of yet.

July 29th, 2009

Today is a good Day for Grilled Chicken With Sweet Corn Salsa

This recipe is a courtesy of my mother in law, Louise. She is a great cook as well as a gracious hostess.

1 cloves garlic, minced

2 tblsps. fresh lime juice

2 tsps. salt (optional)

1/4 cup peanut or other oil

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Sweet Corn Salsa:

2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels

3 tblsps. butter, cut into pieces

1/4 cup seeded and minced tomatoes

2 tblsps. minced red onion

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1/8 tsp. pepper

1/2 tsp. salt (optional)

Combine first 6 ingredients. Marinate chicken in this mixture for 2 hours or more before grilling.   The longer you leave it, the better it is.  An alternative to the marinade is to just use Italian dressing.

Remove chicken and discard marinade.  Grill chicken over hot coals until done. I like my chicken well done so I make sure it is cooked. While chicken in grilling, prepare salsa.  Cut raw corn kernels off the cob. Really, the easier way is to get canned corn. Combine all ingredients in saucepan over high heat and stir, bringing to a boil.  When butter has melted completely and salsa takes on the look of a light butter sauce, remove from heat.

Cook rice and put the chicken a little bit on the top and side of the rice and then pour the sauce over. You can do it by arranging each individual plate or just get a platter and place the chicken and sauce over it and the rice on a separate bowl.  The idea is that you want sauce on the chicken because it is the best part. 

Serve it with a simple salad. The dish is so colorful that you don’t need anything else.

Note: As with any recipes, just adjust it to your dietary needs and change it to your taste. If it is not a good day for grilling  just cook the chicken on the stove or the oven. It will be just as good, but it is just that the idea of being outside on a summer evening  appeals to me better.

Until next time, Gloria

Note:  I usually use stewed tomatoes instead of fresh ones, but it is up to you.  Make it your own; more butter? Go ahead!!

July 29th, 2009

Are you ready for Zumba?

The day started with a smile on my face. I should say more like laughter and I knew it would be a good day when by mistake I asked my property manager, Michael, in Florida (I am in Delaware) if he wanted to go to a Zumba class at 5:30. I am not sure if you know what Zumba is, so just in case let me tell you. It originated in Colombia and it is an intense dance-aerobics workout with pulsating Latin music but they incorporate other music, as well. Feel good kind of thing. It gets you up and moving. If you go on the internet and do a search you will get a ton of information on it. It is something to add to your exercise routine. I don’t go all the time, actually, I have not gone in some time, but today is the day. You keep on moving and have fun!! My instructor is Stacey Fulton (very high energy) and you may reach her at 302-245-4262 in case you would like to get more information. She holds other exercise classes too. The Zumba class is held at the Plantations Clubhouse, at the Plantations on 18464 Plantation Rd., Lewes, Delaware. Today’s class is at 5:30 p.m.

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