April 13th, 2021

Peacock Vegetables, Recipe, Easy, Light Eating, Recipes Begged, Borrowed, or Stolen, Southern Delaware Cooks, Delaware Beaches

The easy entertaining time of the year is about to arrive. Barbecuing, outdoor dinners, backyard entertaining. Something easy is what calls for summer.

I love the name of this recipe. Peacock Vegetables. It is a recipe from 2002 and I have made it a lot. It is so simple. Vegetables and the rest you have in your pantry already.

Pre heat oven to 425 degrees

2 purple onions, cut into eighths

2 small yellow squash, cut in 1/2″ strips

2 small zucchini, cut in 1/2″ strips

1 each red, yellow and green bell pepper, cut in 1/2″ strips

4 cloves of garlic, sliced thin

2 tbsp. minced fresh parsley ( I like Italian)

1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 tsp dried oregano or 3 tbsp. fresh oregano

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

Place onion, squash, bell peppers and garlic in a bowl and toss well.

Combine remaining ingredients in a lidded jar and shake well. Pour dressing over vegetables and toss.

Spoon into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan.

The photo above is before going into the oven.

Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

I served these veggies with my Cornish Game Hens, whose post was right here on March 28th.

Goes well with everything. Great tasting too.

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April 12th, 2021

Salad, Seared Scallops, Arugula, Tangerine Gastrique, Recipe, Easy, Recipes Begged, Borrowed, or Stolen, Meatless Monday, Southern Delaware Eats

It may be the time of the day or the day of the week. Today, Monday, it is Meatless Monday. One day per week to get away from red meat and give our bodies a rest for healthier benefits.

The recipes may be Begged, Borrowed, or Stolen. You find recipes in books and you make them your own. I always add a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

This recipe caught my attention because I love scallops any which way. I thought the Tangerine Gastrique was interesting. A Gastrique is a reduction of sugar and vinegar infused with any flavor. In this case, tangerine juice.

The recipe was posted by Emeril Lagasse but to tell you the truth it needed more additions to a plain salad. Color like roasted peppers and roasted artichokes for once.

Ingredients

1 cup sugar (you certainly can reduce this amount)

1/2 cup rice wine vinegar

1/2 cup fresh tangerine juice (could not find any so a orange/ mango juice was used)

A pound of scallops

1 tablespoon olive oil (a little more if needed)

salt and pepper

1 cup of arugula (I used a bit more)

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

salt and black pepper

2 tangerines, peeled and separated

roasted pepper cut in strips

roasted artichokes or canned ones will do

2 or 3 ounces shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Let’s make the gastrique. In a medium sauce pan, combine, sugar, rice wine vinegar, and the juice. Bring up to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Reduce until the liquid gets syrup like, about 10 to 15 minutes.

For the scallops, please dry them on paper towels. You always should do that before cooking scallops.

In a saute pan, heat the olive oil. Season each scallop front and back with salt and pepper. When the pan is very hot, add the scallops. Sear them on one side until golden brown, a couple of minutes it is only what it will take.

Toss the arugula in a salad bowl with extra virgin olive oil, along with the roasted pepper strips and the artichokes.

You can put the salad mixture in a large platter, add the tangerines to make a pretty presentation. Add the cooked scallops and drip the Gastrique all over. Sprinkle the shaved cheese.

A little bit of sweetness combined with scallops turns out to be a very nice salad.

Enjoy!!

April 8th, 2021

What’s For Dinner? Heirloom, Restaurant, Review, American Cuisine, Lewes, Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Season 2021

We had a craving for soft shell crabs. It is that time of the year when crabs have recently molted their old skeleton and are still soft, sweet, delicious; a true delicacy for all of us that like crabs. Soft shells are my favorite. After cleaning them, you eat them whole. In a sandwich, sauteed, lightly fried…Yummy.

I have had them before at Heirloom and they have been getting them this past week.

Love going out to the restaurants in our beaches on a Wednesday. It is not as crowded and I like to relax while enjoying the amazing cuisine our restaurants are offering. Sitting at the bar is our favorite seat in the house.

Heirloom is located at 212 Savannah Rd. It is in Historic Lewes in a beautifully renovated Victorian house that kept its charm.

Heirloom opens at 5 p.m. They are on Social Media. Their website? http://www.heirloomdelaware.com

The bread at the table very simple. Just a little something with delicious butter including one with herbs.

What to order as an appetizer was a challenge. You could almost make a dinner out of a few of them. I was between octopus, the Burrata or the pate.

The pate won. It was called a Shiitake Mushroom & Pistachio Pate. Sherry and soy gelee, porcini and horseradish aioli, spring herb and pickled carrot salad with sherry vinegar. It is a vegetarian pate. The combination of flavors was amazing and it was a light beginning to be followed by the crabs.

The crabs did make a presentation. They were sitting a top of a shrimp head bisque and blue corn grits. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. My first soft shells of the season and they certainly were delicious. I did not want my entree to end so I proceeded to take little pieces apart and enjoy them slowly. The salad was light and I loved the watermelon radishes.

If you like to end your meal with a sinful dessert, they do have them. But, we were very satisfied.

Hope you have a great week. Tulips are out, the trees are flowering and our beaches are considered HOT!!


April 7th, 2021

Out & About, Rehoboth Beach, Lunch, Henlopen City Oyster House, Review, Season 2021, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

What a gorgeous Easter Weekend here in Rehoboth Beach, DE. The main roads were heavy with traffic, and I was just thinking what will it look like this summer. I will have to plan to go to the grocery store either at midnight or at the crack of dawn. Not kidding.

On Monday temperatures were warm and my sister in law, Susie, and I took off to check Downtown Rehoboth. A lot of people had left and the boardwalk was just delightful for a power walk.

What to have for lunch? Indian, Pizza, Salad, or seafood? Our choice was Henlopen City Oyster House located on 50 Wilmington Ave. This restaurant I have posted before here or shared photos on my FB page. Fresh seafood, amazing salty oysters, and great Bloody Marys.

I call it the Oyster House and it is great that they are opened year round for lunch and dinner and carry out, as well. Their website? http://www.hcoysterhouse.com

An order of smelts to share. It has been some time since I have had those. Lightly fried with a lemony sauce.

New on the menu is a King Crab Salad. Very well received by my sister in law. Having seafood and salads on this day after all our Easter delicacies.

It does not fail. I usually order one of their salads with scallops. Today they were grilled scallops. There is plenty on the menu and it is all good but this is a favorite.

While in Rehoboth, check them out. You will not be disappointed.

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Have a great day!!

March 28th, 2021

Cornish Game Hens, Recipe, Easy, Delicious, Recipes Begged, Borrowed, or Stolen, The Art of Wining and Dining, Coastal Delaware Eats

I remember when I was young Sunday was a day to gather at my grandmother’s house. After church it was the satisfaction of gathering with cousins and with good comfort food. My grandmother was a very good cook; always cooking with the best ingredients she could fine.

Not sure why I think of Cornish Game Hens as a Sunday Supper dish. I have stuffed them, cooked them with prosciutto and figs as well. They have great flavor. And what are they, really? I found out that they are the product from a cross between the Cornish and White Plymouth Rock chicken breeds, that it is served young and immature, weighing no more than two pounds ready to cook.

We have a good butcher here in Rehoboth Beach. Hickmans!! I picked these Cornish Game Hens around the holidays. They were pretty big. Last week I made this recipe. By no means the recipe is my own, but I did give it my own spin.

They are easy to prepare. I usually do not serve a guest a whole hen even though you could depending on the size.

2 Cornish Game Hens

salt and pepper to taste

1 lemon, cut in half

rosemary sprigs (2 per hen)

olive oil

15 cloves of garlic and more if you do like garlic like I do

2/3 cup of white wine (it is a great additions to the sauce)

2/3 cup of chicken broth (I used chicken stock)

More fresh rosemary sprigs for garnish

honey

The first thing to do is to preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Then take gizzards and neck from the hens and put them aside. You will use them in the broth.

Rub the hens with salt and pepper. Place one of the lemon wedges in the cavity along with a sprig of rosemary. Also put one garlic clove in each of them. If you look closely you can see that I drizzled honey over the top. Very yummy!!

Arrange them in a heavy roasting pan. Take some of the rosemary leaves and spread them around the pan. Put the whole garlic cloves around the hens in the pan. In order to avoid the garlic to burn since you at first will be cooking on a high temperature, take some extra chicken stock and pour into the pan in order to cover the cloves a bit.

This is how they will look before going into the oven.

You are going to roast them in that temperature for 25 minutes.

The gizzards and neck that you took from the oven place in a pot and cook for 10 or 15 minutes. Once that is done, cut the gizzards, heart and set aside. This is totally optional. I just think it adds to the broth.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together wine, chicken broth, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the cut gizzards, etc.

Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Pour the broth above the hens and continue roasting about 25 minutes longer or until hens are golden brown. Baste with the pan juices every 10 minutes.

Transfer the hens to a platter, pouring any cavity juices into the roasting pan. You can put the pan on top of your burners and heat up the juices, smashing those garlic cloves which will be amazing combining them in the broth. I used a little bit of corn starch because I wanted the broth to be a tad thicker.

You can cut them in half or serve them whole. Cranberry looked pretty and appropriate with them. And, those veggies? I will give you the recipe because they went perfectly with the hens. Easy too. Next post.

Here is a photo of the hen in half. It depends how hungry your guests are. And please make sure to put a lot of broth in the plate.

Enjoy!! Talk to you later.



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March 20th, 2021

Chris’s Steak & Seafood House, Restaurant, Review, Travels, Fayettville, North Carolina, Steak House

On my travels, we were on I-95 going to Charleston. Tired of driving we decided to look for a steak house. A very pleasant surprised. We found Chris’s Steak & Seafood House located at 2620 Raeford Rd. (Highland Center), Fayetteville, NC. Website? http://www.chrissteakhousenc.com

A few things got my attention even before getting there. First, the restaurant has been in business for over 50 years. Originally it was built as a barbecue lodge in 1952. Later on they added their open hearth and that was the other featured that captured my attention. I love cooking over charcoal. No, I don’t own a gas grill.

When it comes to grilling there is debate over which method to use. But in my book there is nothing better than a steak grilled over charcoals. And, this is what we got at Chris’s Steak & Seafood House. The flavor was unreal. To the point that we decided it was the best we had ever eaten. One was a Rib-Eye and the other one was a NY Strip. Grilled to perfection.

I am not the only one thinking this way. In reading their reviews, the majority of them were excellent.

It was a Monday and the restaurant was crowded. A good sign, right? It is bigger than you think. We had a very nice table and our server was very friendly.

A Cobb Salad. Lately I have been hooked on those. Fresh, great dressing.


Then the beautiful steak arrived.

Not a photo of the Rib-eye but believe me it was great. I added the green beans and those onions rings were homemade and to die for.

So when traveling on the southern corridor and you feel hungry for a delicious steak, you just got a tip.

Until then….Have a great first day of Spring.

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March 2nd, 2021

Key Lime Pie, Recipe, Easy, Recipes Begged, Borrowed or Stolen

“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.” david mamet

When I am out and about trying restaurants or frequenting my usual haunts I usually do not order dessert unless someone at the table does and then share a bite here or there.

I appreciate them from afar, looking at them longingly. But, you know that desserts are loaded with calories and sugar so I abstain.

When guests sit at my dining room table they will be served from soup to nuts. Dessert will be a must and at time more than one offering.

I love the Key Lime Pie. I like it tart. I find it refreshing and the perfect way to end a meal year-round.

This Key Lime Pie recipe is so easy. Pretty much I think people enjoy it. I use bottled Key Lime juice. Those little key limes take forever to squeeze.

The recipe appeared in the school cookbook called A Collection of Recipes II that we all worked on when our kids went to Worcester Country School in Berlin, Maryland. It is now called Worcester Preparatory School.

Parents, grandparents, friends, restauranteurs, they were all so generous with their recipes. This particular one was given by Mrs. Anne Braniff. Not only is she an amazing baker but she is also a good cook.

Crust:

1/2 box Keebler Vanilla Wafers

2 ounces Macadamia nuts

1/2 stick butter or margarine

Filling:

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

4 egg yolks

3-4 ounces Key Lime juice (I put 4 ounces)

In a food processor (or blender) mix wafers and nuts until fine crumbs result. Melt butter; add to crumbs and process until moist.

Press crumbs into a 9″ pie pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Take it out of the oven.

To prepare filling, combine milk and egg yolks at low speed. Slowly add juice, mixing until well blended. Pour into pie shell and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. You may also bake the pie at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. I did not.

Garnish with whipped cream or meringue is optional.

I grated some lime to add a little green color on the top.

You may also substitute low-fat wafers and low fat or no fat condensed milk. I kept it traditional and full of calories.

Enjoy!! It is delicious.


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February 24th, 2021

Beck’s Cajun Cafe, The Reading Terminal, Philadelphia, Dinic’s, Good Food, Will Travel

Historic Reading Terminal in Philadelphia is over 125 years old. It is one of America’s largest and oldest public markets. Visiting the City of Brotherly Love, there is no way you cannot visit this amazing market. Usually is full of people. Lunch time? It will be hard to find a place to sit in order to enjoy some of the delicious food only Philadelphia offers.

The middle of the market was usually open with tables and benches and no “social distancing” because it was not necessary. Nowadays, you can still visit The Reading Terminal and as you can see from the photo above there are booths and partitions in order to avoid any contamination.

Just a few weeks ago, a little visit to have some lunch and buy a few things that here, in Rehoboth Beach, you cannot find.

Also lunch was going to be a must at Beck’s. If you like Cajun food this is the best place in Philly to get a good bowl of Gumbo.

We sat at their bar and surfaces were spotless. Look at this bowl of Gumbo. At this time of the year with Lent on my mind as well as Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras, definitely this gumbo hit the spot. A little heat, full of flavor is not to be missed.

And trying to get it all in we also had this “delicacy” from Dinic’s to go with our gumbo.

What can I say? It may not be a good combination of foods but it is best here at the Reading Terminal.

So, don’t be scared. Wear your mask, get out of town and live a little.

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