Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Strawberry Gin Cooler

Ah, for most of Florida, Spring has already breezed through and we're heading into Summer. But the flavors of spring are some of my favorites. This Strawberry Gin Cooler is probably one of the most refreshing beverages I have ever tried! Add a little more club soda to tame down the effects of the alcohol - only if you're not sitting on a breezy porch enjoying the warmer weather!



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Strawberry Gin Cooler


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 limes
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • 2 cups gin
  • 1/2 cup elder flower liqueur (for this recipe I used St Germain liqueur)
  • 2 cups club soda
  • Fresh mint sprigs to garnish

Directions

  1. Cut the limes into wedges. In a large pitcher (holds at least 8 cups), muddle the sugar and limes. Remove the tops of the strawberries, slice them, then muddle the slices with the sugar and lime juice.
  2. Stir in the gin, elder flower liqueur, and club soda. Fill the pitcher with ice. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with fresh mint.

    NOTE: If you want to make the recipe ahead of time, wait to add the club soda until just before serving.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Chocolate Turtle

The Chocolate Turtle is located at 47 Cordova Street in downtown St Augustine.

We came upon the Chocolate Turtle one night completely on a whim. We finished dinner at The Floridian and were about to leave for a nice evening walk. Low and behold - it was POURING!

Riley remembered that the Chocolate Turtle was just a few doors down so we rain between the raindrops to have a little dessert and a nightcap while getting out of the rain.

The Chocolate Turtle is brightly lit and traditionally decorated with small tables to accommodate a romantic dinner or a larger table to accommodate a book club (or study group!). The picture window in the front makes for fantastic people watching!





Their menu contains; slices of cake and cheesecake, tortes, cookies and bars. No cupcakes, no candies, no miniature of anything.



What really separated the Chocolate Turtle from other dessert establishments for me was the wine and beer list. It's not typical to find these items in St Augustine at a dessert stop! We loved being able to end our night of foodie heaven by sharing a slice of Snickers Cheesecake and a glass of wine.

P.S. They offer vegan and gluten-free items!


Monday, November 10, 2014

Spinach, Rainbow Chard, and Swiss Bake

In my last Local Fare bag there lots of wonderful greens. I wanted to incorporate them into a breakfast because I had more than enough yummy fresh veggies to supplement our dinners.

TIP: I made this bake the night before and put it directly in the oven the next morning. Made a great weekday breakfast that cooked while we were getting ready!


Slice onions lengthwise (not width which creates an arch, but the other way so that your onions are more "flat" when cut). Then, cook in olive oil until they are tender. Layer on the bottom of an 9 x 13 baking pan coated with non-stick spray. Sprinkle a generous amount of house seasoning on the onions. I used Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning, but any type of seasoning blend that suits your pallet is fine.


Slice the greens into ribbons, then, if you have not already washed them, use a fruit and veggie wash to spray them down. Let sit on paper towels for 5 minutes or so, then rinse with water.


In the same pan you saute'd the onion, wilt the spinach 1/2 of the mixture at a time. Do not overcook or you'll wind up with slimy greens!


Top the onions and greens with 1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese (I used a Swiss/Gruyere mix!). Beat the eggs until blended. Add house seasoning and beat again until mixed. Pour the eggs over the ingredients in the pan.


Bake at 375 for 25 minutes. Cheese should be bubbling and slightly brown around the edges.




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Spinach, Rainbow Chard, and Swiss Frittata




Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 large white onion sliced thin
  • olive oil
  • "House" Seasoning I used Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning
  • 1 bunch rainbow chard washed well
  • 1 bunch spinach leaves washed well
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Swiss Cheese
  • 8 large eggs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Slice onion in half, then slice each half lengthwise.
  3. In a medium pan over medium heat, heat olive oil and add onion. Saute onion until it just becomes soft.
  4. Remove from pan and add to the bottom of an 9 x 13 baking pan coated with cooking spray.
  5. Sprinkle with house seasoning
  6. In the same medium pan you cooked the onions, add 1/2 of the spinach and chard. Cook until it wilts.
  7. Add mixture to the baking pan on top of the onions.
  8. Add remaining 1/2 of the spinach and chard mixture to the pan. Cook until it wilts.
  9. Add mixture to the baking pan.
  10. Top the greens and onion with the shredded Swiss.
  11. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with house seasoning, to your liking. Pour over the mixture in the baking pan.
  12. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 248 | Fat: 18 | Cholesterol: 312 | Sodium: 437 | Sugar: 1 | Carbohydrate: 3 | Fiber: 0 | Protein: 18

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