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February 13th, 2021

Cuban Tomato Bread, Recipe, Easy, Recipes Begged, Borrowed, or, Stolen

It has taken me almost a week to get this recipe. Chili for Super Bowl Sunday and Cuban Tomato Bread. I said, what? I have never heard of Cuban Tomato Bread. I had been served before in Puerto Rico a tomato bread with origins from Spain but, obviously, by the look of TC’s face I was probably making all this up and wanted to give credit to my Puertorican roots. I was not thinking such a thing.

The Cuban Tomato Bread was a hit. And, since so many asked for the recipe, TC decided on Friday to show me. In regards to what kind of bread to use, that could be your choice. The photo above was a French Bread but it looked a little different from the French Bread we had on Super Bowl Sunday. The bread is going to be toasted and it will taste so good no matter what. Following is the photo of the finished bread on Super Bowl Sunday. We had guests, so obviously we had the full baguette.

The ingredients you probably have on hand. Maybe a few things from the store you will need to get.

No measurements are necessary. Bare with me.

Ingredients:

1 stick of butter

garlic salt

Red Pepper blend seasoning (Several to choose from store. Pick something you would like.)

Tomato (for 2 people one tomato will do)

1 yellow onion

Italian Parsley

Seasoned Salt like Larry’s

Mrs. Dash original

Mozzarella cheese (rounds or squares)

You will be using the broiler.

In a small saucepan melt butter, sprinkle garlic salt to taste, the red pepper blend seasoning and the chopped parsley.

Place on a cookie sheet the bread and with a pastry brush apply some of the buttery mixture above already melted. Then place in the broiler for a few minutes making sure you don’t let it burn.

The next step is to slice the tomatoes and onions. Sprinkle lightly with the seasoned salt like Larry’s and Mrs. Dash. Place in the broiler and let them cook for a few minutes, again watching that they do not burn.

Assemble the breads by placing the tomatoes and onions in a thin layer.

Put the slices of cheese on top of the tomatoes and brush with remaining melted butter/parsley sauce.

Back into the broiler until you see it coming out like the first two photos. It will not take long by any means.

Being that we were into the Cuban mode, the perfect pairing was homemade Black Bean Soup. It is cold in Southern Delaware so a soup, a chili, a stew will be great. On the other hand, by itself with a nice glass of wine would pair perfectly.

On my Begged, Borrowed, or Stolen recipes, at times you really have to beg.

Hope you like it, and make it your own, as well.

By the way the recipe was obtained many years ago in Key West, Florida.

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February 12th, 2021

Crab Meat Pie, Recipe, Easy, Coastal Cooking, Delaware Beaches, It’s Crabby!! Recipes Begged, Borrowed, or Stolen

Pies are comfort foods. When you hear the word pie immediately thoughts come to holiday pies. Apple Pie being the most popular pie.

Meat Pies and vegetable pies are very popular, as well. Some weeks ago I found a Crab Meat Pie and being that we live on the coast and crabs are all around us, I decided to make it. It, actually, makes 2 pies but if you want a pie with more height you can probably just put it in one pie plate and you will also have to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

I get my crab meat locally and at this time of the year to get fresh one you will pay the price. Thought about if it was worth to put it in a pie vs using it for crab cakes. What the heck, I wanted to do something different.

Ingredients:

1 lb of fresh crab meat (don’t like the pasteurized one)

4 eggs

2 Tbsp. flour

1 cup mayonnaise (love Duke’s)

8 ounces of extra sharp Cheddar cheese

8 ounces shredded Swiss cheese

1 Tbsp. minced onion

1 Tbsp. minced green pepper

2 tsp. pimentos

2 9 inch deep dish pie shells or any other pie shell crusts you may want

A little Old Bay Seasoning

Instructions:

Combine eggs, flour, mayonnaise and milk in a bowl and mix well.

Stir in the rest of the ingredients but do it gently. You want that crab meat lumps to stay intact as much as you can.

Bake the pie shells at 350 degree for 5 minutes. Cool pie shells.

Spoon crab mixture into pie shells. Sprinkle a little dusting of Old Bay Seasoning because what good are crabs if you don’t have Old Bay, right?

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Remember to adjust cooking if you will be using just one pie shell.

This crab meat pie goes well for lunch or dinner. It is tasty and so easy to make. Just add a salad or a green veggie and you are good to go. Enjoy!!

TGIF….Hope your long week-end is filled with fun.

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February 5th, 2021

Henlopen City Oyster House, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Restaurant, Review, Dine-In, Curbside PickUp, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

Henlopen City Oyster House is located in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware at 50 Wilmington Avenue. It is one of the few restaurants that, at this time of the year, are open for lunch and dinner. It closes on Tuesdays.

Website? http://www.hcoysterhouse.com

We sat at the oyster bar. Perfect seating watching the guys shucking oysters. We had 3 varieties….the saltier the better in my book.

You see that glass of wine there? We asked for a suggestion of what would pair well with the oysters. It was called Barbara Ohlzelt and it is a Gruner Veltliner type of wine from Austria. It was perfection with our oysters and seafood choices.

A New England Clam Chowder was ordered. It had plenty of clams, smoked bacon, potatoes and veggies. Look how good it looked.

Up and down the beaches I have my favorite restaurants for a particular food. Henlopen City Oyster House is a favorite of mine for scallops. Any which way they fix them, I love them. Always perfectly cooked. So my choice last night was Seared Massachusetts Scallops with saffron migas, tangerine-meyer lemon emulsion, butternut squash, and sage and speck. Speck is a pork fat with or without some meat in it. It is sort of a type of prosciutto. My review? Excellent!!

I usually rave about the grilled octopus in another local restaurant in town. So I was very excited when the Grilled Octopus was order at Henlopen City Oyster House. I tasted a little bite and it was up there with my other favorite one. Tender and very well seasoned. Braised in red wine, with bay water purple sweet potatoes, bravas sauce, crispy capers, olive oil and parsley. Both the octopus and the clam chowder were appetizers that were ordered as a main entree.

Even through a Pandemic, Rehoboth Beach continues to be a foodie’s destination with our restaurants offering really good food. There is something for everyone in this town.

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TGIF

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January 9th, 2021

AboutMyBeaches, The Talk of Delmarva, WGMD, Bob Yesbek, Rehoboth Foodie, Food, Radio Talk Show, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

Hello there. It is Saturday, January 9th. Life continues as it should and here in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, we continue to experience great food even through a pandemic.

The Rehoboth Foodie, our local celebrity when it comes to restaurant reviews has a weekly radio show on 92.7 FM where he invites guests and have a one on one chat. I was honored to have been invited for today’s show. It will take place at 2 p.m. If you are a local then you can tune in but you can also stream it on http://www.wgmd.com.

A podcast will also be available after the broadcast at http://www.rehobothfoodie.com/PODCASTS.

My talk with Bob included the traditions of my Puertorican heritage. It was Three Kings Day or the Epiphany when we taped so I was able to bring him some pasteles, fried plantains, mojito, arroz con gandules (pigeon peas) and Puertorican famous Coquito which the eggnog.

It was a lot of fun and I got to know Bob better and experience his sense of humor.

Also on the radio show you will hear from SoDel Concepts’ Corporate Pastry Chef Dru Tevis and Baywood’s Head Pastry Chef Ellie Keck for a behind-the scenes peek at how they keep 12 restaurants in fresh, new desserts.

Have a beautiful day. It is chilly in Southern Delaware but the sun is out!!

Remember AboutMyBeaches has a Facebook Page where you can read what’s going on and leave me some comments.

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January 4th, 2021

New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Southern Delaware Eats, Delaware Beaches, 2021, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Wining and Dining at the Delaware Beaches

I don’t know about you but I think we are becoming better cooks nowadays. I wish I could say the same about baking. It is not my forte but I can make a few things too.

I always say that Thanksgiving is a time for an overabundance of food, but, Christmas I like a more simple meal. If you saw my last post a prime rib roast is nothing simple. It makes an amazing presentation, more so if cooked right.

As New Year approached I think I had my fill of beef. Time for some lobster. It looks so pretty at a table and it is delicious. I decided to make a Lobster Newburg. I usually make recipes my own because I add a little bit of this and a little bit of that. At times a secret ingredient of saffron can make it taste out of this world. A few sweet peas….not sure if that’s even on a Lobster Newburg. Some make toast points…..Oh no, we had it over pasta. Pair it with a French 75 cocktail using Courvoisier instead of gin, believe me it is to die for.

The broth had so much taste because using the shells it is the way to go when making a seafood broth.

Save the rest of the broth. You can freeze it for another time.

New Year’s Day is a new beginning. Starting up with a decadent breakfast is always a must. Eggs Benedict, my own style too. Did not want any bread so on top of the grilled asparagus and Surry ham from Surry, Virginia, poached eggs and homemade Hollandaise Sauce.

And then came the Apple Toddy. This recipe has winesap apples which are hard to get around here, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, sugar, grated orange rind, rum, peach brandy, apple brandy, bourbon and lemon juice. You need to start this by cooking the apples then everything goes in a crok in a stoneware crock for 16 weeks. So start way before the holidays and place it in your garage in a cool place.

To drink it pour in your desired glasses and you can cut the apples up in bite size pieces. I never used to enjoy it years ago but I have acquired a liking for this old family recipe.

So in order to finish the day I wanted to get some black eyed peas. Nowhere to be found. Yeap, I went a little too late to some of the stores. I wanted that good luck everyone says they bring you. Black beans will have to do. I decided to make a black bean soup which if I say so myself was pretty good for not planning anything in advance. A little garnish here or there and it turn out as good as the photo shows.

And so another year begins. I did not make any resolutions. I will take one step at a time, enjoying every moment, every day.

Wishing you the best for 2021.

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December 28th, 2020

Christmas 2020, The Holidays, Holiday Food Traditions, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches

One thing this pandemic did not take from us was that we still were able to get together. Some had a small gathering like I did while others were Zooming or Face Timing. We all had smiles on our faces. There were so many decorations, lights and all.

In Southern Delaware homes had beautiful Christmas lights. Whites, blues, and combinations thereof. I have been driving after sunset and checking the neighborhoods.

Cooking has become a passion of many. There are so many photos being passed around of the food at everyone’s table.

Some years ago I would celebrate dinner on Christmas Eve but lately I enjoy it more on Christmas Day with my guests coming around 6 p.m.

I made my Puertorican Coquito which is the traditional eggnog of Puerto Rico. It is not thick but it is truly delicious. It is usually made this time of the year and given to family and friends.

Most years I have a standing rib roast. I have also had a whole filet, as well. This year another gorgeous rib roast from Hickmans located on Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach was a winner. So much so I fogot to take photos of the side dishes. They were simple but complemented this gorgeous prime rib. Starting with a Caesar Salad made by TC who makes the best. A spinach gratin, mashed potatoes adding Crema, and broiled grape tomatoes with a hint of homemade pesto.

Lucky that we all liked our meat rare.

Rib roasts look intimidating but they are really not hard to cook. If you have someone like TC who knows his way around the kitchen then what’s to worry. Me? I have not had an oven since October so him cooking was perfect. These were 5 ribs which left us with leftovers which is exactly what we wanted.

A successful dinner party is priceless when the food is as delicious as this. It is also successful when your dinner guests bring to the table laughter, good conversation and an acknowledgement that friendships are so important.

Not one pie but 3 pies. Once again since I did not have an oven my pies were courtesy of Pasqualini’s located at 375 Atlantic Ave. in Rehoboth Beach.

The first pie on the left was a mixed berry pie. Here is a close up.

The second pie was requested. It is a mincemeat pie. These pies were first served in the early middle ages, filled with a mixture of finely minced meat, chopped fruit and a preserving liquid. No meat is in the pie anymore. Lots of raisins and pretty good it was.

I like cherry pies so that is probably why the third pie was cherry.

Coffee, party crackers, Coquito and more laughter. I think we all had fun. The holidays come and go so quickly. With our smaller group this year we were able to spend quality time at the dinner table which to me is the center for family and friends.

From this post I will be sharing my food photos, as well on social media. Why not? It really was a delicious meal.

New Year’s? I have no idea what we will be fixing. I find that Thanksgiving is abundance, Christmas is more subdued and New Year’s could be a fun menu. Stay tuned.

Happy New Year. Wishing you the best for 2021. Health, Happiness, and Acceptance.


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December 13th, 2020

Harbour, Historic Lewes, Delaware, Restaurant, Review, Waterfront Dining, Canal Square, Mid Atlantic and Global Inspired Cuisine, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches.

Taking advantage of one glorious Sunday, probably the nicest day in the next coming week, as rain, and even some snow are in the forecast.

Lewes is totally decorated for the holidays. Being that it is a balmy weekend, so many people are visiting the Delaware Beaches taking also advantage of outlet shopping with tax free shopping as well.

Me? I have been enjoying those blue skies and thanking that living at the beaches is not to be taken for granted.

Harbour opened at 134 West Market Street in Lewes, DE year. They are now serving lunch from 11:30 until 2:00 p.m. with Happy Hour, Food and Drink Specials from 3 until 5 p.m. Dinner takes place from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Opens from Wednesday until Sunday. Reservations are required by phone at this time by calling 302-200-9522. Check out their website at http://www.harbourlewes.com

We arrived with no reservations at around 1:30 p.m. and were lucky to see that a couple was leaving the perfect table under the awning with beautiful view of the canal.

The restaurant is quaint. Has a private room for your special events, a nice bar and two indoor dining rooms.

A couple of Bloody Marys on this pretty Sunday. Checking out the menu. More than a few specials, as well.

I ordered their Farmers Market Salad to be topped with salmon. It is a simple salad, dressed lightly but the salmon is what makes it special. It is so delicious. Try it next time. Very much recommended.

Do you like Fish & Chips? A very good one it is served here at Harbour. It is craft beer battered Virginia Founder. Lightly fried and full of flavor too. Fries, coleslaw and a remoulade sauce on the side.

You love sitting outside even when chilly? Harbour also has heaters even though today was just perfect weather.

Hope your weekend was awesome. And, please continue to read my posts. Thanks.

Until then, I remain….

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December 12th, 2020

Eden, Restaurant, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Review, Monthly Wine Dinners, Happy Hour, Specials, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

Full of atmosphere, Eden is located in the trendy street called Baltimore Ave., in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. 23 Baltimore Ave. to be exact, in the beach block.

Last night this was a destination for us. How surprising to see Rehoboth Beach full of cars. It is a balmy weekend in Southern Delaware, and the beaches, tax free shopping and a foodie paradise are part of the charm of what many call the Nation’s Summer Capital. The town is fully decorated for the Christmas Holiday. It usually is but this year both, commercial businesses and homes have gone all out. Saying goodbye to 2020 in a big way.

Eden has Happy Hour every day, and specials too. Wine diners and professional service is always a plus. Their tel. is 302-227-3330 and their website is http://www.edenrestaurant.com.

Love their Grilled Caesar Salad with a sun dried tomato/olive tapenade and pecorino romano. I always order it and it never disappoints.

I don’t think you see Antelope in the many restaurants in Rehoboth Beach. It is always on their menu. Last night was my choice. I chose not to get the sweet potato mashers so only bacon roasted Brussels sprouts for me. The antelope tenderloin was cooked medium rare and topped with a berry/red wine reduction. Full of flavor and tender.

This meat comes Broken Arrow Ranch in Texas. They are milder tasting compared to the ones farther north. I found out that Texas antelope is more tender because they do not confront the same predatory threats on the ranch.


The daily fish special was the Rockfish on top of pasta and veggies. Well received. This is a local fish and it is also very mild. Looks amazing, don’t you think?

No dessert because watching what you eat at this time of the year is a must.

Have a beautiful weekend.

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