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October 11th, 2019

The Blue Hen, Restaurant, Review, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Outdoor Dining, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches, The Art of Wining and Dining

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” Nothing beats sitting around with friends and family and having meaningful conversations over a delicious meal.

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, is a dining destination. You can find almost anything, from the Boardwalk Grub to fine dining.

Outdoor dining is something you do not find in all the restaurants but The Blue Hen located at 33 Wilmington Ave. in Downtown Rehoboth has the outdoor atmosphere, and the food to boot. Their new hours are from Thursday through Monday. Their phone is 302-278-7842. Website? http://www.thebluehenrehoboth.com

Meet me at the Fire Pit is what I just told my friends. In the past few weeks I have visited The Blue Hen twice. Love being able to sit outdoor, whether is to have cocktails or even decide to eat dinner by the fire pit. Great atmosphere.

The Beet Salad was a starter and it is a shareable dish. Golden beets (I love them), pomegrate seeds, pickled onion, red beet yogurt, toasted spiced nuts and herbs. Great way to start a dining experience.

What is the original advice about eating oysters? Only eat them in the 8 months of the year that contain the letter “R”, which means September through April. I, actually, do not follow that advice and nothing has ever happened.

Cold and salty, that’s how I like my oysters.

The scallops at the Blue Hen are delicious. They are a very popular dish. They are served with trumpet mushrooms, braised fennel, sea beans, green apple dashi, and chives. Dashi is a class of soup and cooking stock used in Japanese cuisine.

Eating by the Fire Pit is perfect at this time of the year. Eating outdoors is first come first served regarding to seating arrangements. The Blue Hen accepts reservations for indoor seating.

If you are in Rehoboth visiting and decide to eat at The Blue Hen the Smith Island crab cakes are very good and the fresh Maryland crab will probably only be availabe for another week or so. These are no fillers crab cakes, roasted red bliss potatoes, ham pickle slaw, and tartar sauce.

The Pan Seared King Salmon with baby kale, roasted grapes, celery root puree, pine nuts and brown butter while it was very good, my friend thought it should have been cooked a little bit more.

Dessert…just one will do. Please bring us a few spoons. The chocolate dense cake and mint ice cream hit the right spot.

Rehoboth nights continue in the Second Season. Beautiful nights in the fall is the best time of the year at the beach.

Sitting with my friends enjoying a nice meal reminds me of my own family dinners when t.v. was off and it was time to learn about each other and what everyone had done that day.

A generous spread of delicious food is the universal unifier. Food can be dressed up or down. You can’t rush it, you have to cook from the heart.

Have a great week-end.

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October 3rd, 2019

Pickled Shrimp, Recipe, Easy, A Collection of Recipes II, The Art of Wining and Dining, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches

In 1997 my children went to Worcester Country School in Berlin, MD. Since then the school is now known as Worcester Preparatory School.

Over the years a lot of parents were involved in the school and I was one of them. Book fairs, galas, Christmas Programs, Reading Programs, Teacher Appreciation Luncheons, etc. etc.

Years before my time the school had published a cookbook called A Collection of Recipes. It was as I mentioned above 1997 and the Parents Association decided to do another cookbook called A Collection of Recipes II.

As you can see the book has been used over the years. I was the Chairperson on this journey that took many months with parents giving us their best recipes. It took a school not a village to complete this project.

I don’t think the book is available anymore. Parents supported this book and it was a great success. The book is probably in your cabinet, but I keep my handy because the recipes are really good. I still feel strong about those words in the dedication that said “But food not only nourishes our minds and bodies. Food serves as a way for people to come together — sharing ideas, experiences and cultures”.

Tonight I made a recipe from this book called Pickled Shrimp. I was invited to a friend’s house. Pickled Shrimp is an easy recipe and it is usually liked by everyone. You can serve it year-round.

1 pound medium shrimp, uncooked

1 tablespoon pickling spices

1 tablespoon Dijon style mustard

1 teaspoon prepared horseradish

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon celery salt

1/2 white wine vinegar

2 green onions sliced, including the greens

Pull shrimp from shells. Discard shells. I bought shrimp already peeled and I just pulled the tails out. Make sure if you buy frozen shrimp to defrost them.

In a 2-quart saucepan, cover shrimp and pickling spices with water. Bring to a boil; simmer over medium heat about 2 minutes. Strain water leaving spices on shrimp. Set aside.

In a small bowl combine mustard, horseradish, oil, salt, celery salt, vinegar and onions. Pour over drained shrimp. Cover and refrigerate 6 hours or overnight. The longer you marinate it the better they taste. Pour in a pretty bowl with the sauce and enjoy. Serve cold.

This recipe could easily be doubled, as well.


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September 23rd, 2019

Meatless Monday, Spanish Tortilla, Tortilla Espanola, Recipe, Easy, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches

It was early in the morning in the Island of Culebra and I was coming back to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The beautiful sunrise on this island is breathtaking and so is the sunset. We did have an advantage view.

It was over a week of swimming, cooking, and eating. A few spirits too. This recipe that I will share with you is of the Spanish Tortilla. In Spain every time you visit a tasca you will find the tortilla in their tapas menu. In different regions the Spanish Tortilla is prepared in different ways. Some tortillas have onions and potatoes only. Some are more dry than others. Either way it is a simple dish, one that works in all cases. Breakfast, lunch, dinner or appetizers.

You probably have the ingredients in your refrigerator.

This recipe was given to me without anything written.

Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees.

Peel 2 large potatoes and cut in small chunks.

1 medium onion, chopped.

In a small oven proof skillet put a little bit of olive oil and sautee the potatoes and onions until just soft, seasoning to your taste. Then, beat 4 to 5 eggs which you have added a bit of salt. Pour over the potatoes and onions and cook over low to medium heat until the borders are done.

Put skillet in the oven for 20 minutes.

Invert on a platter and this is how it should look.

To this Spanish Tortilla we added crumbled chorizo sausage. Not a lot just a bit. You don’t want to overtake the tortilla.

Enjoy. Meatless Monday is a global organization trying to inform people that eating healthy is the way to go even if it is just on Mondays.

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August 22nd, 2019

Crust & Craft, Restaurant, Review, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Wood Fired Pizza, Local Beers, Southern Delaware, The Art of Wining & Dining, Delaware Beaches

Good for the whole family. That was my first impression. Neighborhood feel restaurant located at 18701 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Tel. 302-313-5029 Check the menu at http://www.crustandcraftrehoboth.com

Love the restaurants on Coastal Highway. At this time of the year parking is hard to come by so the restaurants on this main road at the beaches have plenty of parking.

I had not been to this restaurant for a long time. New ownership by SoDel Concepts since this past year.

Crust & Craft is modern, lots of lights, open kitchen concept…..see the wood fire oven right there past the counter.

It was around 2:00 p.m. when we arrived. We decided to share a salad and a pizza. The pizzas are 12 inches; perfect for sharing. They have plenty of beers to choose from.

We ordered the Wood Roasted Brussels Sprouts. It arrived looking beautiful with butternut, Moody Blue, Apple, a maple vinaigrette dressing, pumkin seeds topping the salad. Great combination of flavors.

It was not until later that I was thinking about this salad and looked at the photo closely. I remember there was something missing. The salad was to have the brussels sprouts wood roasted. They were not really roasted. That roasted flavor was not there. We ate it and did not complain. All in all, it was really good but it would have been better if they would have been roasted.

Our choice of The Funghi Pizza did not disappoint. Parmesan Bechamel, Kennett Roasted Mushrooms, House Cheese Blend, and delicious caramelized onions. It was delicious!! The perfect size for two people.

Having had good service, good food and an affordable price, I can tell you that I cannot wait to go back.

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Hope you have a wonderful rest of the Summer 2019!!

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August 14th, 2019

The Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse, Lewes, Delaware, Tour, Review, Delaware Bay, Southern Delaware, Summer 2019

You see it out there? I love this photo showing the point at Cape Henlopen. Our destination on July 20th was the historic Harbor of Refuge. This is one of the two lighthouses located on the Delaware Bay between Lewes, and Cape May, New Jersey.

Cape May-Lewes Ferry

“The earliest lighthouses were simple bonfires built on hillsides to guide ships. The first American lighthouse came to life in 1716 at Boston Harbor.”

The Delaware Breakwater, the East End Lighthouse, and the Harbor of Refuge Light Station entered in 1976 on the National Register of Historic Places as the nation’s first offshore Historic District.

I have been touring these lighthouses for the past 6 years. When I have a guest that might be interested in something like this I go for it. This lighthouses and the breakwater are iconic. They were the first structures of their kind to be built in the Western Hemisphere.

For the purpose of this post I am writing about the Harbor of Refuge. The tour was given by The Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation. They are the caretaker of this lighthouse. Please visit the website http://delawarebaylights.org.

In the website you can check the tours. They usually give the tours until mid September. The telephone is 302-644-7046. You can also check them on Facebook. Usually they say you have to send forms in but I think if you are here at the beach, you might be able to go anyway. Just give them a call or email them.

On July 20th I invited friends from Ocean City, Maryland to this tour. I don’t know if you remember but it was so hot. We arrived at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal in Lewes. My friends had not experienced this.

On the Rocks is the outdoor restaurant and bar and Dogfish Head has its own little space there, as well.

The organizers of the tour were getting ready. We on the other hand were hiding from the heat.

It was time to go. You do have to wear life vests and make sure you wear closed toe shoes too. The tour departs from the finger pier.

Before arriving to the Harbor of Refuge we got close to the East End Lighthouse for a few photo opportunities.

Along the way you may spot dolphins and all kinds of fish. In the tour you will usually have Red and Garrett and several docents.

The Delaware Breakwater along with the lighthouses are marvels of the 19th century. They were the first structures of their kind to be built in the Western Hemisphere. The breakwater wall started construction in 1828.

On this particular day spear fishing was going on.

The Harbor of Refuge was built in 1926 to replace a previous lighthouse. The Harbor of Refuge is one of the most exposed lighthouses on the Atlantic seaboard. Just this past week, on the Cape Gazette there was an article mentioning how in need of repair is this lighthouse. I think because its precarious location, it is in need of repair at all times. The rocks on one side are coming down because of the erosion. In 2013 I took the first 2 photos and just this year I took this other photo. You can see what they are talking about.


Now you will see the difference in this one.

During this particular tour Bill Harris was with us. He was the last keeper of the lighthouse in 1973.

Each level of the lighthouse had its purpose. Kitchen, sleeping quarters, etc. etc. And throughout the tour the docents are able to answer all your questions.

I recommend this tour. The scenery and the history are just so impressive.

It did not matter if it was that hot. We made it.

On the above photo we were getting ready to go back. You can see Red giving the last instructions, Bill Harris and I think that is Garrett on the far left. And Cindi and I sitting below thinking that just about this time a beer would be wonderful.

I have plenty of post on these lighthouses on this website. Please check them out to see if this is something you might like to do. By visiting and donating to the Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation we can keep them going.

I do have a Facebook Page for AboutMyBeaches. You can leave me comments there.

Hope your Summer 2019 has been awesome.

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August 10th, 2019

TKO Designs, Jewelry, Bethany Beach, Delaware, Alice H. Klein, Designer, Shopping, Tax Free, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches

One of a kind pieces is how I can describe Alice Klein’s jewelry designs. I have known her for many years. She has been so innovative in her work. Located in the Town of Bethany Beach, Delaware, right on the beach. Address? 100 Garfield Parkway, Stores 6 and 7. Tel. 302-539-6992, Mobile 302-841-9088. http://www.alicehklein-tko.com.

Summer time is the time of the year to bring those beautiful colors out. I am talking specifically about turquoises. This past week, even though we have had torrential rains in the evening the morning skies are just amazingly blue.

I recently purchased a pair of turquoise earring from Alice for a present. She told me that this particular pair of earrings is called Sleeping Beauty Turquoise. The stones mined from this particular mine are very highly sought after because of its color. Hardly any veins or webbing. Pure blue sky color.

Fun to fine jewelry can be found at TKO. And, you may bring your dated jewelry for her to give it a new look. I have done it and can attest that her work is beautiful.

Turquoise stones have soared in prices because one of the best mines closed. The Sleeping Beauty Mine in Globe, Arizona closed. They produced breathtaking stones as I explained above.

Sleeping Beauty Turquoise got its name because “the mountain where it was mined resembles a sleeping woman laying on the back with arms crossed”.

They say that the color turquoise is associated with meanings of refreshing, calming, feminine, spiritual grounding, tranquility, serenity and loyalty among others.

Many years ago my grandmother gave me one that even though it is about 50 years old still brings a smile every time I wear it. And, in the summer I wear it all the time.

I am showing just a few things from TKO. Stop by to say hello to Alice and her husband, Bryant. Can’t leave him out. The shop is closed on Sundays.

Summer 2019 is flying by.

Check by FB page AboutMyBeaches if you want to be in the know. Have a beautiful weekend.

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August 5th, 2019

Station on Kings, Lewes, Delaware, Restaurant, Review, Lunch, Dinner, Bakery, Cafe, Garden Store, The Art of Wining and Dining, Southern Delaware

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” anthelme brillat-savarin

Everyone’s is a food critic these days. I find that the experience comes from eating out often. It is actually very personal. You might love the restaurant and then someone will come back saying; what were you thinking?

The more relaxed you are while eating, the best it will be for you and your dining companion.

Kris Etze and I chose The Station on Kings located at 720 Kings Highway, Lewes, DE 19958. Tel. 302-645-0300. You can reserve tables online and the restaurant has plenty of parking. They are open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Early morning coffee and baked goods are served. Every day you can enjoy lunch and dinner. Website? http://www.thestationlewes.com

Kris is a well known local personal chef. If you would like to know more about her…..she gives cooking classes too, please check her website http://www.abracadinner.com.

I love to see a beautiful plate full of colorful and well seasoned food. Kris can dissect how perfectly cooked a dish is. A pro at what she does.

The Station on Kings is a one stop shop. Beautifully displays of food, baked goods, home accessories.

Our server was very attentive. We ordered some wine and then jumped into the appetizers.

Have you ever had Blistered Shishito Peppers? Or, even know what they are?

Up close and personal…here is the photo. They are great for snacks. Easy to “blister” too. They are from Japan and sweet. But, caution is in order. 1 in 10 peppers are spicy. Don’t worry, nothing extreme. People that are in the know like Kris, will probably tell you that high heat and quick cooking is what you want. You want them fairly firm but with charred blisters on all sides.

My expert told me they were perfectly cooked. And me, the eating expert, will tell you that they were mild. The dipping sauce of kimchi aioli was also very good.

There is plenty to choose if you are vegetarian or have to eat gluten free.

Kris chose the Vegetarian Risotto. This dish was composed of farro, grilled corn, shaved fennel, house ricotta and chives. It was a nice portion and Kris really commented on how good it was.

I really do love octopus, so every time I see it being offered I order it. You want it to be firm but not dry and chewey and at The Station on Kings it did not disappoint. Perfectly done!! It was served with smoked potatoes, romesco, chorizo jam and salsa verde. Romesco is a tomato-based sauce that originated in Tarragona, Catalonia. The sauce was made by fishermen and should be eaten with fish.

Our choice for a sweet ending was Stone Fruit Frangipane Tart. A frangipane is made with almonds or almond flavoring, butter, sugar and eggs. The combination of cherries and roasted apricots was delicious. Cardamon almonds, brown butter caramel, and rum toffee ice cream. What can I say? Awesome!!

I am looking at these photos and I am salivating. Summer 2019 has brought the local restaurants to bring the best of what they have. Just yummy!!

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Until then, Relax, You are at The Beach.


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July 29th, 2019

Cabbage and Celery Casserole, Recipes Begged Borrowed & Stolen, Meatless Monday, Easy, The Art of Wining and Dining, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches

It was early evening and once in a while I get on the band wagon of writing about Meatless Monday. It is a global organization trying to get peopple to eat a little healthier even if it is one day per week.

Sadie, my Rescue, was sitting outside guarding. I had the ingredients to make Cabbage and Celery Casserole. I was not doing a thing. It is Monday, what can I say.

I have put this recipe in the past on my website http://www.aboutmybeaches.com.

But a few times I make it my own recipe, adding a little bit or this or a little bit of that. The recipe really belonged to my late mother in law, Louise Merryman. She was a fabulous cook. Years ago she made a recipe book for the girls in the family called Recipes Begged, Borrowed and Stolen. And, every Christmas she gave us inserts.

This recipe is an old one she had for many years and even though she said it fed 6 to 8 people, if my late husband, John, was around that was not the case. John loved it.

Tonight I fixed the recipe just like she gave it to me. If you have a gluten allergy it would be very easy to convert.

I hope you like it. Here it goes:

2 cups sliced celery

6 cups thinly sliced green cabbage

4 tblsps. butter

In a large frying pan, melt butter and saute celery over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Then, add cabbage and saute for another 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. Place in a fairly shallow bakig dish or casserole.

The baking dish I used was a Pyrex 9 x 13 inch one. You don’t want a deep dish.

Make the Cream Sauce:

4 tblsps. butter

3 tblsps. flour ( If you want to make it gluten free used a different flour)

2 cups milk ( I had non fat milk)

1/2 tsp salt

Dash of red pepper

1 small jar of chopped pimento

Dry Bread Crumbs are optional. I did use them. Again, if you want to make the dish gluten free you will have to adjust that.

Melt the butter in a pan, add flour and stir constantly for a minute or two over low heat to blend ingredients and take away the floury taste. You are, actually, making a roux. Then, gradually add milk, stirring and cook until mixture thickens but not too heavily thickened. Add salt, pepper, and pimento, including the liquid in the jar. Mix well and pour over the vegetable mixture in the baking dish. Sprinkle with dry bread crumbs and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. If you want it a little more brown on top then just broil it for a bit. But, watch it.

The exact proportions of celery and cabbage is not important. Use what you have or prefer.

I decided I needed some color on my plate. So, local tomatoes and grilled asparus was another easy thing to add.

All I had to do is serve wine and sit outside.


Deliciously good and so satisfying.

I love the following saying: “Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” How true.

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Summer 2019 is flying by!!


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