Month: April 2011

Back to the Beach

No, I didn’t die… And I’m not mangled in some ditch. I’ve headed back to the beach this week to work on lining up suppliers for they wedding we’re catering this October. I’ll be back… I promise. Until then, rest assured I’ll be thinking about all of you (between the late mornings, the fruity tropical drinks, the glorious sunsets and the copies amounts of fresh seafood) I wish You all a safe, happy, and stress-free Easter. Big Love…Toby@ plate fodder

Simple Dinner Sunday – Citrus Glazed Riblettes & Potato Salad

 Mustard Potato Salad or American Potato Salad… or Deli Potato Salad… You know, nothing really says “low effort meal” like deli potato salad. Pop open the lid, and you’ve got a ready-made side dish. Only today is Bear On The Square here in Dahlonega… and the flatlanders have invaded the town… You can’t get anywhere. Going to the market was out of the question, so I do like I always do… (besides the cussing)… I make my own. Mustard Potato Salad Serves 6 to 8 Ingredients 5 Large Yukon Gold Potatoes – peeled and cubed 2 Eggs 3/4 Cup Mayonnaise 1/4 to 1/2 Cup Yellow Mustard (this really depends on your personal level of mustardiness love) 3/4 Cup Celery – Finely Chopped 1 Cup Sweet Onion – Finely Chopped 1/4 Cup Parsley – Finely Chopped 1/2 Cup Sweet Pickle Relish 1 Teaspoon Celery Seed 2 Tablespoons Sugar 1 Tablespoon Salt 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper 1/4 Cup White Wine Vinegar 1 Large Mixing Bowl A Couple of Spatulas Large Sauce Pan On medium high heat, place …

Son of a Straw Bale – Makin’ Hay 2011

I’ve been dancing around in the garden all day… I’m giddy with gardening glee… as it were. The bales are well on their way to being a rotted mess, the seeds are all planted, and we’ve even added a small raised bed and a couple of container gardens. In a couple of months, it’s going to be home garden nirvana here at Turtle Creek! – At least, that’s what I’m betting on . If you missed it last season, I should tell you that this is a wheat straw garden. You can find an explanation Why we are gardening this way, as well as easy Step-By-Step instructions to create your very own Wheat Bale Garden  (HERE). After the rounding success of some of the crops and a marginal success of others, I’ve more than doubled the number of bales, and adjusted this year’s crops. This season in the bales, we have: Squash (2 Full Bales) White Patty Pan (or Scallop Squash) – 12 plants Even though last year was a dismal failure, I decided to …

Week at the Beach – Bio-luminescence (and glowing breath)

Being at the beach is magical in it’s own right. The constant westerly breeze, the gentle rhythmic roar of the waves crashing against the beach, the complete absence of man-made light… it is times like these that you can almost understand someone’s decision to ditch the modern world and bat off to some remote destination… living out their life sustained by coconuts and mangoes. We arrived at the beach house shortly after sunset. And with my eyes weary after the long highway hours, it took some time for them to adjust to the post dusk light of the moon on the cresting waves. I was sure it was a trick of the night, but I kept catching glimpses of color on the waves just as they began to crest. It had to be my eyes playing tricks… but they continued. And as the evening wore on, the color grew in brightness and density. The waves were indeed luminescent. The waves were alive with dinoflagellates (typically associated with red tides). They produce electric blue light when …

Week at the Beach – Something fishy going on…

You can have your flat flounders, your haddock, your  fancy smancy sea bass… it’s just fish to me. Nothing.. and I mean nothing beats Red Snapper. The texture of the skin… the near-steak quality of the flesh… the way that slightly fatty skin crisps up like char-broiled fishy chips when its grilled… The perfectly pristine bits of  white nirvana when you flake the the meat with your fork… that salty virgin sea aroma of the snapper itself…  flounder can’t do that…. When we were kids, my dad used to occasionally go on deep sea fishing trips in Florida. When he’d come home, there would be a cooler Filled with those beautiful, bright clear-eyed, crimson kissed fish. I used to wonder why he never took us fishing with him… until I was much older and priced my own fishing trip…. Sheesh! I would  have to hock my car… and my TV…. and all my pots and pans… and the neighbor’s dog… I’m happy to pay the $9.00 a pound at the Asian Market. Red Snapper is …

A Week at the Beach

In my head, I’ve been living on beach time for almost two weeks. It’s bad… There are posts to publish, recipes to perfect, 3 bottles of exotic juice to play with… … but all I can hear is the crashing waves. Back at the end of March, I had the opportunity to go to Port St Joe and stay at a friend’s beach house. It had been years since I had spent any real time at the beach – so the offer to go crunch my toes in the sand became almost hypnotic – I was giddy – even if the trip was to be partially work related. (We’ll be planning and executing a beach wedding there this October.) Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to concentrate on anything else since. So I’ve decided to give into my inner, lunatic, railing child and spend a week at the beach here. I’ll recap some of the things I cooked while I was there, take you to a couple of places in the area,and whip up a sand …

Guest Post – From Morocco with Love ( A Moroccan Dinner)

Today is a treat. I am truly honored that I have a guest post from Jenn with Pint-Sized Pioneering. It isn’t often that I have guest posts (although, I’m wondering as I write…why the heck not?)There is something  you need to know about Jenn, actually, a couple of things.1.Jenn Raises Chickens – not the “I have a pet chicken and we call her Broody” kind of chickens (although she has named them all) She raises the “I have a city chicken coop, deal with the molting, deal with prolapse and a host of other poultry unpleasantness, and I produce more eggs than I can eat” – kind of chickens. She’s my hero.and  2.Jenn was my real first follower. It was mainly because of Jenn that I continued to post recipes – ad nauseum.  In the beginning, I was including 3 and 4 recipes to each post. The themed posts were fun, but I found I was using up a HEAP of collected recipes in record time. I slowed down the sharing a bit, but Jenn …