Spa Cuisine Recipes

Memorial Weekend Staycation

“Ah, there’s nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” ~Jane Austen We’re just wrapping up another five day staycation, and it was so incredibly relaxing. Lots of delectable meals out, hammock naps, and morning walks when the sun and mist are rising over the bluff… It started on Saturday when we went to our…

Ploughman’s Lunch

Ploughman’s Lunch Jeff and I enjoyed Ploughman’s lunch on the front porch today while it rained. So romantic… Ploughman’s lunch is a cold snack, or small meal much like high tea, the main difference being that ‘high tea‘ usually includes a hearty meat course. Both originated in the UK. Ploughman’s lunch is usually composed of:…

Grilled Fish Tacos

“South of the border, down Mexico way. That’s where I fell in love where stars above, came out to play. And now as I wonder, my thoughts ever stray. South of the border, down Mexico way…” ~Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Carr We first enjoyed fish tacos while vacationing in Maui. There’s a great little Mexican…

Armchair Travel & Caribbean Fare

“The market ladies sell spice necklaces–garlands of cloves, cinnamon bark, bay leaves, cocoa beans, mace and nutmeg–that are irresistible. I now have them hanging all around the boat, making it smell spicy and delicious. Mangoes are in season, and literally falling off the trees–an embarrassment of mangoes, to someone from the north. We feel duty…

Firecracker Sweet Potato Wedges & Cajun Dip

“… brings to mind a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town.” ~Diane Ackerman This isn’t your every day sweet potato recipe. These little wedges are sweet and spicy and flavorful. Perfect with grilled steak or pork chops, or as an appetizer. The dipping sauce is…

Current Crush-Piccolini Pasta-Mini Bowties

Have you seen the cutest pasta in the world? I noticed this on the shelf next to the only store bought pasta I’ll use, Barilla (I prefer homemade.). Barilla also makes this adorable ‘baby’ pasta, Piccolini. My favorite are the baby bowties, and here is a good for you recipe using them. They’d also be…

Yummy Lunch Salad

Elaine: No, no. How about if you bring me back something? George: Sure, all right, what do you want? Elaine: Um, hum, I don’t know.. . . A big salad? George: What big salad? I’m going to the coffee shop. Elaine: They have big salads. George: I’ve never seen a big salad. Elaine: They have…

bruschetta

“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; and garlic makes it good.” ~Alice May Brock Bruschetta– 8 to 10 ripe Roma tomatoes, chopped into bite size chunks (or two pints cherry/grape tomatoes, cut into…

Cooking Together ~ Cottage Cheese Dill Bread

“Here is a collection of recipes for soups, breads, sauces, dips, spreads, entrees, and desserts influenced by many different ethnic cooking styles. The recipes are all vegetarian, utilizing a large variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, grains, herbs, and spices. This cuisine is about celebrating the bounty of nature in general, and a garden-and orchard-based…

Our Long Weekend

“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.”  ~Bill Watterson John Mayer is singing in the background and I’m sipping a glass of iced sun tea. Aahhh, I love a lazy Sunday Morning. I wasn’t quite sure what to write about this morning, and then decided to tell you about our fun…