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Charlotte’s No-Bake Blue Ribbon Bars

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 6 comments

Charlotte’s No-Bake Blue Ribbon Bars

“You didn’t bake these?,” I quizzed Charlotte, gobbling down a granola bar in one bite.  ”Nope, it’s too hot to use the oven, so I just whipped up this recipe,” she said, as though ‘whipping up’ one of the best granola bar recipes I’ve ever had is just something that comes to her in her sleep.  ”The idea came to me in my sleep,” she said.  No, she didn’t.  She didn’t say that.  But, I imagine that it did, nonetheless.     I posted this pic on Instagram the other day and I was hounded by replies, texts, emails and Facebook messages (I assume I’ll be receiving written...

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Burrata, Strawberry and Avocado Salad with Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 2 comments

Burrata, Strawberry and Avocado Salad with Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette

Wow. I am really dumb. I waited until the end of berry season to share this fanfreakingtastic recipe that Charlotte sent me a month ago. Of course you can still find strawberries at the market, but the organic berries are nearing the end of their run.     Forgive me, won’t you? Bright, beautiful, tart and tangy berries with rich, lactic burrata and creamy, rich avocados with a healthy dose of lemony-garlic dressing?  Yes yes yes yes.  This salad is amazing alone or as a prelude to a good Summer dinner – anything from sauteed fish to grilled ribs. Anyway, short and sweet: Make this. Eat this. Be ridiculously happy about it.     Oh, and...

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Perq Up

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Go, Restaurants, Sarasota | 2 comments

Perq Up

Sometimes I tell Louise, “We gotta get outta here.  We need to move the shop to a place with a bit more hustle and bustle, like Miami or Palm Beach.”     “No,” she’ll remind me, gently.  ”We’ll make Sarasota even better.” This usually elicits some sort of sigh from me as I tap my foot and look idly out the window waiting for the throngs of people that will turn our town from tiny to thriving.     Of course, Louise, borrowing Costner’s beloved “If you build it they will come” notion, is right.  You don’t just pack up shop and move to where the crowds of nameless people will...

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Negley & Son Honey

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Products | 1 comment

Negley & Son Honey

History dictates that the creation of fire and invention of the wheel were what really set humans apart from their primitive ancestors.  But, if you ask me, civilization didn’t really begin until humans began hunting for honey over 8,000 years ago.  The ancient cultures of Egypt, China, Mesoamerica and the Roman Empire were hot for honey from the jump, valuing the sticky treat for its medicinal properties.  Meanwhile, honey seems to be a common denominator among Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam as these religions not only regarded honey as a health food, but also a healing agent worthy enough to offer to their respective gods.     And while that...

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Bellwether Farms – San Andreas

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Blog, Cheese, Eat | 0 comments

Bellwether Farms – San Andreas

“Once upon a time, Cindy Callahan needed a way to keep our pasture grasses under control, so she bought sheep,” explains Cindy’s son, Liam.  ”That one innocent act triggered a series of events that placed our family at the forefront of the American revival in artisan cheese making.”     Liam Callahan and his wife, Diana, now run Bellwether Farms, located about an hour north of San Francisco in the beautiful hillsides of Sonoma County.  It would be fair to say that everything relating to this farm is beautiful, from the family’s mission of creating a perfect American Pecorino to the care of their flock of 200 East Friesian...

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Cheddar & Smoked Onion Rolls with Bacon

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | Comments Off

Cheddar & Smoked Onion Rolls with Bacon

Hey, remember when I said I was a vegetarian and then I posted a pulled pork recipe followed closely by this bacon-heavy recipe?  It happens.     Especially when you take a childhood favorite – warm, buttery, cheesy crescent rolls that were always served at some adult’s holiday party that your mom would drag you to and you would hate until that little platter of meat-wrapped crescent rolls would make its debut alongside some artery-clogging cheese dip and deviled eggs.  Ahh, the 90s were the best! – and spin it with a more gourmet twist using artisanal, small batch ingredients.     Charlotte tells me, “Normally I...

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Pulled Pork & Chipotle Slaw Sandwiches

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 2 comments

Pulled Pork & Chipotle Slaw Sandwiches

Some of you may call it a weakness.  Some may call it addiction.  Some may even consider it disgusting.  Me?  I don’t care what you label my love for pulled pork sandwiches – just get one in my face.     Charlotte says “The star of this sandwich is the Chipotle Slaw.”  Which is great because, as you know, I’m a vegetarian.  Yes, I cheat for pulled pork.  And Pho Cali.  And sushi.  But that’s it.  After that I draw the line and return to my roots as die-hard vegetarian.  Ok, maybe I did eat a homemade Niman Ranch blue cheese burger last week.  But, other than that, die-hard vegetarian.  ;)     If...

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Edible Sarasota: ‘Life of Pie’

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Go, Restaurants, Sarasota | 2 comments

Edible Sarasota: ‘Life of Pie’

Sometimes I write for Edible Sarasota, a downright glorious publication (if I do say so myself) that focuses on our local gastronomic community.  Chefs and recipes are featured, for sure, but they also highlight unique stories like the power of edible flowers and one-of-a-kind chalkboard menus.     Last issue I was burdened with the oh-so-horrible task of eating all of the delicious pizza in Sarasota and her neighboring towns. What a chore! Each pizza joint had something different to offer.  Thus, if you’re moody like I am, there’s a pie to suit your every whim.  Super cheesy, authentic Neapolitan, pizza by the yard, grilled, baked, or covered...

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Snack Time: Go Raw & Somersault

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Products | 5 comments

Snack Time: Go Raw & Somersault

It’s the simple things that make life worth living. A fiery sunset, a book you can’t put down, kitten videos on YouTube and, now, seeds, grains, sprouts, spirulina and such smooshed into delectable circular snacks.     So, I picked up a couple of bags of ‘Go Raw‘ products on a whim. I was looking for an easy snack we could keep in the pantry that would have a healthier impact than the chocolate chips we’ve been eating straight out of the bag. I also noticed a bag of ‘Somersault‘ nuggets loaded with grains and seeds. I opted for the Dutch Cocoa flavor as we were obviously going to need something to quell our sweet...

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Pubbelly Miami & PB Steak

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Go, Miami, Restaurants | 3 comments

Pubbelly Miami & PB Steak

A couple of months ago, the man and I went to our favorite Florida city – Miami.       Oft portrayed as an ‘oonz, oonz, oonz’ nightclub town, Miami may wield some of its famed Art Deco Miami Vice backdrop, but the sunny city offers much more than the glitz and glam the TV portrays….         We generally skip the late night scene and opt for daylight hours where we bike around town, stopping at hidden spots, downing Acai Bowls at Pura Vida, meandering through vibrant alleys where the smell of Cuban coffee is stronger than the Cuban accents,  and jaunts to touristy spots alike – with a must-hit Lincoln Road visit to...

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