Now I usually save recipe posts like this for the colder seasons, but my family insisted on me preparing this dish for Sunday dinner. The good thing about this recipe is that you don’t have to turn on the stove! The slow cooker does it all… in a corner, on the counter, with no heat exerting from the stove in the hot summertime!
I threw 8 of these legs in my large slow cooker at 9am and went about my day. I jotted down a few more recipes (to be posted soon), brain stormed on some new ideas for the company, went to pick up my daughter from a slumber party at a friend’s home- along with breakfast and great conversation, ordered school supplies online to avoid the back-to-school rush, gave myself a mani/pedi, folded clothes with my hubby, and watched ‘Inglorious Bastards’ for the 5th time (AWESOME movie). Oh, and of course completed the Sunday dinner side dishes consisting of my Red Wine Black-eyed Peas & Green Lentils, sautéed spinach, Yellow Turmeric Rice, and a good ol’ pan of black skillet corn bread.
Aaaaaaahhhh, yes, yesterday was a good day! So much so that I’m sharing with you the fall-off-the-bone tender and delicious comforting recipe below. Stay tuned for the Red Wine Black-eyed Peas & Lentils recipe as well!
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I decided to prepare a fish dish this past weekend to take to a friend’s family event at the lake. However, I was a bit bored with the same old 'lemon and dill’ seasoned fish- primarily salmon as the fish. So the hubby picked up a few pounds of my new favorite delight of the sea, steel head trout! Now, what to add to it to jazz it up....differently?
As I glanced over at the fruit on my counter, I noticed an almost too juicy pink grapefruit that had about one more day left before I would toss it into my compost bin. That’s when the ‘AHA!’ hit me! Why not?! It’s in the citrus family but with a sweet and bitter twist at the same time. Why not try a different and complex flavor boost with grapefruit? And it did not hurt one bit for me to be reminded as I gazed out my kitchen window that fennel was growing beautifully in my garden this season- I thought it the perfect accompaniment with this fruit. What’s more, fennel greens/tops pack a similar, yet more potent punch in comparison to dill.
End result, my favorite seafood seasoning of the summer! These flavor combinations resulted in this trout being off the taste charts!!
Now, I simply adore the sharp zip in flavor I get from citrus when enjoying seafood, but all seasonal fruit is fair game!!😋
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Vacationing with the hubby is always a great time, wherever we venture! This excursion was no different. We highly recommend The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida. Our stay was simply magnificent from the moment we arrived to the bitter-sweet day we left for the airport headed home. Superb customer service upon encounter with our beautiful front desk clerk Neka, and the continual concierge love we received with every request, made each day pure heaven. But what made this stay that much more amazing for me was the fact that this was a Chef Geoffrey Zakarian culinary curated hotel! What an honor to be staying at a hotel where the Iron Chef himself has personally touched each dish we'd be devouring from the Diplomat!
Click heOur first tasty engagement occurred at the Point Royal Restaurant located right past the bar leading out to the pool and beach area. I had the Crab Croquettes accompanied with Chef GZ's infamous "Comeback Sauce" and a side of Buttered Broccolini. The hubby had the St. Tropez Turkey Club and a side of seasoned fresh cut fries.
The Verdict: I felt the crab croquettes lacked flavor. I was somewhat disappointed that I didn't taste the sea-sweetness of fresh crab in these little bites. While I was thankful they were not loaded down with stuffing/breading like some, basic bland crabmeat rolled in panko and deep fried, unfortunately allowed much to be desired. Not to mention I was saddened by the very sauce I've seen Chef make on TV. The 'Comeback Sauce' reminded me of the combination of a well known salad dressing sandwich spread and ketchup mix. Thankfully my palate was saved with the broccolini which was prepared to perfection! And the hubby's club sandwich was fresh, delicious, and exactly how I would make it!! Trust, adding sliced boiled egg and avocado to a traditional club sandwich makes everything right with the world!re to edit.
Point Royal's exquisite breakfast buffet is a thing of glory! Unique handcrafted salads, exotic seasonal tropical fruit, fresh gourmet cheeses, waffles, roasted potatoes, wide range of breakfast meats and cured meats, hot and cold cereals, fresh juices, coffee and tea. But what set this buffet off was the Omelette Bar extravaganza! I would have to love this right?! Come on, you all know 'make it your own' is my mantra- this was no different. I had a delicious veggie loaded egg white filled with scrumptious smoked salmon and herb goat cheese. Hubby's was filled with divine chicken sausage!
The Verdict: AWESOME!! I do believe my favorite part of the bar though was the amazing variety of sweet and luscious tropical fruit- truly earth's candy if I ever tasted. Our amazing server Bridgette gave us an awesome tip: Come down to dine 30 minutes prior to the end of the buffet. That way we'd pretty much be satisfied for most of the day! Boy was she ever right! And as an added bonus, Bridgette became such an insight to me as our 'culinary health' discussions regarding blood conditioning provided validation for a facet of AC Art Of Food. She was and is a true gem!
Oddly enough, we ventured off property to the popular mall in Hollywood, Aventure Mall, where we decided to dine at one of our favs, Cheesecake Factory. I had never seen the Almond Crusted Salmon Kale Salad on the menu in my previous visits here in Atlanta, but dining on the patio in balmy Hollywood, Florida convinced me that this was the 'coolest' dish to order. A lemon zest cream sauce topped this delicious piece of fish literally making my toes wiggle! Frankly, I've never been disappointed with a Cheesecake Factory meal ever, so I was not surprised! And this beautiful salad was mixed with delicate quinoa and tender sliced radish. Chunks of avocado and sweet-tart dried cranberries gave this nutty salad the sublime boost it needed. And of course, I will be re-making this some time in the near summer future- stay tuned.
The Verdict: A toe-wiggling winner!
And the highlight of our departure, a delicious bite at Point Royal before the car takes us to the airport. Are you sensing my love for salmon on this trip yet? Is it obvious? Lol!! This was the quintessential breakfast to seal the simply amazing time we spent on our vacation. Lox and Bagels is one of my favorite combinations ever! This Scandinavian/ Chinese/ Italian/ Americanized dish is so fresh, briney, creamy, and crisp and ever so refreshing as I squeeze lemon over everything! Sealing the deal with a steamy cup of coffee made this to be the perfect morning dining experience! Fresh baked bagels, cream cheese, lox, capers, boiled egg, sliced red onion, thinly sliced English cucumber, juicy Roma tomatoes, and don't forget the lemon! What more could a girl ask for!
The Verdict: The perfect ending bite to a perfect vacation!
In conclusion, when visiting Hollywood, Florida, I would encourage you to feast and reside at the Diplomat Beach Resort Hotel for a stellar experience all around! We're already planning our return- hope to see you there!
If you know anything about me, you know I really don’t care for shopping of the ‘clothing’ sort. However, when speaking of delicious vittles' ingredients, I’m all in! My whole premise behind promoting a culinary health environment is to ‘jazz-up’ healthier food items. I mean let’s face it, preparing the same old vegetables over and over, the same way is indeed both mundane and redundant, and frankly boring as hell.
All the more reason to Jazz Up The Ordinary!
I try my very best to develop and enhance recipes that are the tastiest versions of plants. While I have a few tricks up my sleeve that produce delicious outcomes, one of my favorite methods is using infused oils and vinegars- full flavor less guilt. You can always make your own collection of these tasty culinary accessories and bottle them, as I tend to do from time to time. But what I love to do (and most convenient) is pick up the delicious bottles of gourmet oils and vinegars from the foodie aisles of my neighborhood TJMaxx, HomeGoods, and Marshall’s.
From exotic herb steeped vinegars to rare truffle and fruit infused oils, you can’t beat these culinary-dream-finds that for the most part are under $10! And some for as low as $4.99! Plus the flavor enhancement it adds is unbeatable. Both my roasted green beans and grilled rainbow trout were popping with amazing flavor. The added benefit also is that these oils are healthy ones full of the 'good fat' our bodies and brains need to thrive. The general base of the oils I find are olive(virgin and extra virgin), grape seed, and avocado. Did I mention these make wonderful gifts for the foodie in your life? #WINNING
So the next time you’re out shopping for throw pillows for your couch, or that perfect dress for your vacation, don’t forget to visit the specialty foodie aisles and grab a few bottles of these treasures, your tastebuds will thank you!
Be sure to comment below and share your fav finds from these stores that you’ve discovered, I’d love to hear about them!
Once again, the 4th of July is upon us! No better way to symbolically kick-off the summer than a few fireworks, right? Well before the bombs burst in the air, but shortly after the annual Peachtree Road Race, let’s get some kabobs stacked and on the grill!
This very well may be one of the easiest, quickest, healthiest, and super delicious ‘no fuss’ way to celebrate with your tastebuds as well as your eyes! Super simple because all you need is fresh veggies (or fruit), Abstract Spice, sticks, and a fire! Now, I do generally like to add a drizzle of flavored olive oil once the kabobs are done for an extra layer of flavor!
5 KABOB KICK-OF TIPS
If you’ve ever had an apprehension to preparing kabobs or felt intimidated in any way, I am here with 5 Kabob Kick-Off super simple tips to adhere to when skewing these babies for the barbie:
FRUIT: Pineapple, Nectarines, Watermelon, and other melon are seasonal and perfect for the grill. Because of their firmer flesh they can withstand direct heat better than most other fruit, maintaining and even intensifying their flavor!**
Pretty easy, huh? Feel free to throw in marinated tofu or tempeh as well! The veggies/fruit you select to go on your skewers is completely up to you. This also goes for the order in which you stack them. Personally I always shoot for the 'rainbow' in trying to find the brightest most vibrant plants, which coincidentally are so easy to find in the summer!
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