Field Trip Friday – Shrimp & Lobster Fest

field trip friday lobster fest

(Field Trip Fridays capture interesting, fun, food-related and/or fishing adventures that I like to share with you! At a minimum, you'll see one post each month). Recently, the Sarasota Farmer’s Market hosted its 2nd Annual Shrimp & Lobster Fest. My husband and I made our way downtown, happily willing to brave the ridiculous heat and humidity in order to get our hands on a good lobster roll. Ahi sliders, lobster rolls, steamed lobster, corn on the cob, spicy shrimp. . .it was all ...

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Orzo Tomato Basil

Orzo Salad with Tomatoes, Basil & Balsamic

A caprese salad (Insalata Caprese) is one of my favorite dishes — tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, drizzled with olive oil. It’s good as a starter to a meal, or even as a main course served with fresh greens (arugula makes a nice addition), crusty bread or grilled meat or veggies. It’s a classic flavor combo…

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Yellowfin Tuna, Grilled Peach & Ginger Salad

Yellowfin tuna (commonly known as ahi tuna) is a game fish readily found in Gulf waters off the coast of Louisiana, one of the few locations that offer a year-round tuna season. It’s a fast, aggressive swimmer, known to be a tough fighter once you hook it, so it’s challenging to anglers, but the rewards…

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portuguese fish stew

Portuguese-Style Fish Stew

When I was a kid my family regularly visited my grandparents in Fall River, Massachusetts — a city known for not only textile manufacturing, but also, a unique culinary history.  It all started in the late 1800s, when the Fall River and New Bedford areas attracted Portuguese folks from the Azores seeking work in the…

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Blueberry Galette 2

Blueberry Galette

A galette has to be one of the easiest desserts you’ll ever make. It’s rustic, yet elegant.  If you’re not familiar with it, “galette” is a French term for any free-form, flat, round cake or pastry.  It’s sometimes used interchangeably with “crostata” (which is Italian for a baked tart or pie). It’s made with one…

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Trout with Lemon Herb Crust

Trout with Lemon, Basil & Almond Crust

When Chicago friends told us they were coming to Sanibel, Florida, they also asked if we knew a professional guide to take us all fishing. We immediately thought of our friend Captain Bill Hammond of Endless Summer Charters! It’s nice to let a pro take you to his best spots so you can catch great…

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Boston Baked Beans

Boston Baked Beans – A Beantown Favorite

Homemade baked beans are not only yummy but, they also bring back fond family memories. As a kid, one of my favorite meals was Boston Baked Beans, Boston Brown Bread and steamed hot dogs. It certainly wasn’t the most colorful meal, but on a cold, dreary day in New England, it really hit the spot….

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