Posts made in March, 2013

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Lemon

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 1 comment

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Lemon

You know how I know kids are dumb?  Because they don’t like brussels sprouts – clearly the most delicious of all vegetables.  But, serve them these and they may happily trade in their tater tots for a bowl of green goodness. Not only do brussels sprouts have substantial anticancer properties and boost DNA repair in cells, these little gems are just fucking delicious.  Period end. Yes, there a million ways to jazz up these babies – roasted, stir-fried, sauteed with butter, marsala wine, raisins, you name it.  But, when they taste so amazingly stupendous on their own, it’s not necessary to hide their flavor.  A touch of lemon, a pinch of sea...

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Homemade: Rainbow Handle Wooden Spoons

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Blog, Do, Make | 0 comments

Homemade: Rainbow Handle Wooden Spoons

Wooden spoons are a must for any kitchen – restaurant, home, campground, whatever.  They are sturdy and durable but don’t scratch pans and allow you to truly test if your cream sauce is done.  But, in my home, keeping my spoons pretty and oiled usually takes a back seat to watching 30Rock reruns and eating seconds of whatever recipe Charlotte sent over that week.  But, with this awesome DIY spoon project from Little Bit Funky, nobody will notice the cracks and pet hair adorning my utensils (yeah, don’t eat here) because they’ll be too busy oohing and aahing over these happy little crafts.     Little Bit Funky ( …just about the...

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Roasted Pear Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 3 comments

Roasted Pear Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Ok, so we’re nowhere near Fall – although with time moving at breakneck speed, it will be 2017 in about nine minutes – so pears may not be as abundant as they will be in a few months, which is strange to me as pears seem like such a Spring food, don’t they?  Sweet and supple, bright yet buttery, pears make meals better.  Plus, with a boat load of health benefits, pears are simply perfect every day of the year.       Pears make a wonderful fruit to have on hand as often as possible.  They’re pretty to look at.  Well, they are.  Look at that picture, it’s practically an Herb Ritts photo shoot up there.  But, more...

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Cookies & Cream Icebox Cheesecake

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 0 comments

Cookies & Cream Icebox Cheesecake

“Something this good shouldn’t be so easy to make,” Charlotte tells me, referring to this stupidly delicious looking icebox cake. “You cannot screw this up. As long as there is cream cheese filling and cookies, anything else can happen and it won’t matter,” she goes on to say, implying you can switch up the type of cookies and nobody will really give a good goddamn as long as it tastes like sugary sweet magical goodness.     It makes sense that the icebox (or refrigerated) cake is derived from the trifle and, of course, the charlotte. Introduced during WW1, the icebox cake was huge during the 20s and 30s – although,...

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Liz Thorpe: The Cheese Chronicles

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Blog, Books, Read | 2 comments

Liz Thorpe: The Cheese Chronicles

Cheese lovers, book nerds, foodies, animal lovers, humorists and travel hounds, Liz Thorpe‘s ‘The Cheese Chronicles’ has something for everyone.  Well, so as long as you’re sticking with those topics.  Looking to brush up on sailing techniques?  This is not the book for you, but want to hear a humorous synopsis of Liz’s day of cheesemaking while hungover and a beautiful description of the menu at French Laundry?  Liz doesn’t disappoint.     Here’s a little about Liz straight from her site:     ‘A Yale graduate, Liz Thorpe left a “normal” job in 2002 to follow her passion for cheese by working...

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Flagsheep Or Bust

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Blog, Cheese, Eat | 0 comments

Flagsheep Or Bust

If Steve Harvey asked his Family Feud contestants to name a type of cheese, no doubt “cheddar” would be the first word off their lips and, for sure, the number one answer on the board.  In fact, they may be hard-pressed to name any other.  ”Brie” or “Blue” maybe, but “cheddar” would certainly come without a moment of hesitation.     But, for yours truly, cheddar has always been an ‘eh’ kind of cheese.  As with most things, I blame my mother.  Most of my childhood was spent thinking ‘cheddar’ was a bright orange rectangular brick of ‘Cracker Barrel’ cheese she always had in...

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Tomato & Bread Soup

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 0 comments

Tomato & Bread Soup

“This is a cheats pappa al pomodoro. I’m sure it would make some Italian grandma turn over in her grave. But it comes together super fast and is super satisfying, so it works perfect in my house” so says Charlotte.  All I know is this super satisfying soup is fresh and delicious and vegetarian to boot.  Be sure to get some really fantastic bread – like a fresh baguette – and high quality Parm Reg…if it comes in a green can then, my friend, you are not on the right track.  Come to Artisan Cheese Company and I’ll hook you up.     Tomato & Bread Soup Recipe and photo by Charlotte Abrams serves 4 3 tablespoons extra...

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Paradise Found: Boca Grande

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in Blog, Boca Grande, Eat, Go, Restaurants | 2 comments

Paradise Found: Boca Grande

Boca Grande needs no words.     Except for these. Last weekend we celebrated our friends’ wedding in a little slice of paradise called Boca Grande.  Although I’ve lived in Sarasota for, Jesus, almost five years now – wow, that went by fast – I’ve never made the hour drive south to visit this gorgeous island.  Now that I’ve been, I doubt I’ll let five weeks pass before I visit again. Boca Grande is like a mini (very mini) Key West.  Tropical, island-y and hot, this beach town is perfect for bike rides and frozen cocktails.  Unlike Key West, this town is a bit more wealthy and less drunken boat captain –...

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