BLT anyone? How ’bout Grouper with Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato!

This is a great way to start the morning at the Farmer ‘s Market. So Good!!

Yum Food!!  Yum Art!!

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Our weekly farmer’s market trips always yield a delightful new experience for my partner and I. On this trip we tasted our first Pop Craft treat.

What a great way to cool down after a trek through the hot morning sun. They have a fantastic choice of both, creamy and icy artisan popsicles to choose from.  New flavors will pop up week to week. I chose the icy” Blueberry Lemon Basil” while my partner chose the creamy “Coconut Cream.”

Both flavors were cold, full of flavor and definitely unique. Most certainly my “Blueberry Lemon Basil” was unique, it had bits of basil in the pop, hence its’ true artisan flavor.

Donna L. Tortorice is the “Lady Pop” herself and she is getting ready to open her first bricks and mortar pop shop here in Sarasota this July. Congratulations! I love to see small local businesses like this be successful. And I certainly love to partake in tasty, local,  artisan foodie stuff.

Make sure to visit their website www.popcraftpops.com

Yum Food!! Yum Art!!

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Crepe’s To Go ! Oh Yeah !!

Our new market experience “Traditional French Crepe’s”  made to order folks!

The official crêpe maker herself, with a large funny looking pan that created the giant crispy like pancake. Here is a link that explains a bit about the history of the crêpe. www.world-of-crepes.com/historyofcrepes.html

We shared the Turkey and Cheese crêpe, and it was pretty tasty for street side dining.

C’mon, you know I investigated it up close now ! We enjoyed our crepes with our freshly whipped cappuccino’s from atop…

you guessed it, or not…The Java Dawg Bus!!

Our favorite place to enjoy our morning brew and local fare….peeking down on all of our market peeps!

aaahhhhh…life is good!!

Yum Food!! Yum Art!!

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Stir Fry is Da Bomb!

And why is stir fry da bomb ?

Because it turns the most mundane and seemingly boring fare, into a tingling spicy delight !

Stir Fried Cabbage with Ground Beef !

First I added some tomatoes and onion to the cabbage, oh and garlic of course ! Lots.

And then I created this tomatoe-y, pepper-y, slurry with the ground beef

and dumped it into the cabbage stir fry, yum yum !

stir fried it together, and adjusted the spice to SPICY enough for a kick but still able to enjoy all the flavors of yummy-ness

I threw in some leftover, whole wheat penne pasta noodles, for a complete and Dee-lish-ous dish !!

So much for hum-drum, boring, drab, bland, mundane cabbage and beef !

Yum Food!!  Yum Art!!

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Purple striped eggplants

This unusual striped variety of eggplant, the Calliope,  inspired one of my many  “veggie only night” dinners.

It isn’t difficult to forgo the heavy meat laden yummy meals, that are more suitable for colder weather indulgences during these steamy days of our hot Florida summer.

Slice and douse with a fruity olive oil, sea salt, and fresh herbs of your choice…we used parsley.

Spread on a baking sheet and roast at 300 degree’s for about 1/2 hour.

To make a complete meal I served with some bright and delicate Mizuna greens, sautéed with olive oil and fresh garlic, all from our Sarasota Farmer’s Market (as is the eggplant).

We are still able to buy some good organic/local produce for a while longer, before the hot and humid days of summer spoil the fun for us here in the sunshine state.

I baked up a couple of yams and poured some lovely, crisp and fruity white wine into some glasses to create the perfect, romantic candlelit, “veggie only night”  dinner for my fiancée and I!

Yum Food!! Yum Art!!

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Our indoor Memorial day barbecue

I was reading my monthly subscription to Bon Appetit, and it inspired me to make a Skirt steak from a portion of one of their recipes.

Of course I tweaked it to what we had in our pantry. I don’t keep ALL fresh herbs on hand, wish I could, would and did, instead I substituted the fresh oregano for dried oregano. No biggie though, still turned out delicious!

It was a luscious marinade, well more of a wet rub, with lots of smoky paprika, garlic, sweet Florida onion (instead of shallots) red pepper flakes, fresh garlic, dried oregano (instead of fresh oregano), the zest of one lime with its’  juice (instead of an orange) and a couple of tablespoons of canola oil.

I salted the skirt steak liberally with Kosher salt and marinated it at room temperature for 1 hour. Then I opted to broil it instead of grill it outside in the HOT Florida sun, well… really we don’t own a grill!

Alas, fantastic flavors, perfect for an indoor barbecue!

Red hot smoky-ness!

Yum! A perfect char and succulent taste!

This one I made up myself, easy to put together since I had some super fine produce on hand from the farmer’s market.

Peach Tomato Salsa

Peach Tomatoes with a Georgia Peach add a sweet variety to this fresh salsa

Fiery jalapeno!

Fresh organic parsley and cherry tomatoes

Chop it all up, mix it in a bowl…

Fresh squeezed lime juice

Perfect on Skirt steak!

Farm fresh and snappy green beans!

Tasty Skillet Potatoes

Taters rock!

Time to eat!

Bon Appetit!

A down home indoor barbecue!

Yum Food!! Yum Art!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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