Local sources

Great finds today @portcityproduce2 and @seaviewcrabcompany just up the road from me in little old Wilmington, N.C..  Burgundy okra roasted in bacon fat was crispy and fun to eat. Black sea bass from my favorite fish monger, broiled with a lightly browned butter sauce was flaky and moist.  Tri-color quinoa with spring onions rounded out the meal. Local is ALWAYS best! Continue reading Local sources

Holy Mackerel it’s good!

Hubby’s recent fishing expedition of the coast of Wilmington, NC netted 2 large Mackerel.  Now before you turn up your nose, just want to tell you what great success I’ve had with a couple of very simple recipes for preparing this much maligned fish.  While most of Europe is on board with Mackerel, the US hasn’t quite come around.  For the llife of me I don’t know why!  It is firm fleshed, full of good-for-you Omega oils, and takes on the flavor of many preparations easily. Day after catching the beauties, I stumbled on a fantastic recipe by Jamie Oliver … Continue reading Holy Mackerel it’s good!

The Best of Cancun

In a country Americans call our neighbor, in a state with a funny name, in a city born out of tourism, I feel at home.  I first visited Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico 34 (gulp) years ago as a college student.  On my first visit there were two !! hotels on the beach along Blvd. Kukulcan.  Yes.  Cancun has grown into a world class tourism destination. Yes. Cancun has given birth to several nearby tourist destinations. Think Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, etc. Yes. Spring breakers love Cancun. But… the heart of Cancun is still here if you are willing … Continue reading The Best of Cancun