Monthly Archives: February 2016



Superbowl Sunday is upon us. What do you like best? Football or Food? Here’s some possibilities.

If you’d like a recipe, comment and I’ll send it via e-mail.

Better yet, send your favorite recipe and I’ll post it.


Addictive Pimento Cheese

Parmesan Potatoe Bites Picture
Parmesan Potato Bites


Avocado Toasts

Broiled shrimp.

Broiled shrimp.


Prosciutto Wrapped Roasted Asparagus


Susie’s Famous Mushrooms

dip photo

Special Addition feta Dip

Olive Cheese Bread



From Paulette: We are lucky to be able to sit back, relax and listen to Alice talk about books and her reading habits. I feel like I am sitting beside her, comfortable and ready to read. Thanks Alice for taking us inside your reading life.

From Alice:
I am currently reading Corrupted by Lisa Scottoline –– Philadelphia lawyer turned

author. She is a diverse writer, mostly fiction, generally lawyer based for the storyi

I have just finished reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah who is one of my

favorite authors. We are doing it this Thursday for Summerhouse Bookclub. I have

to be honest; it was my favorite book read in 2015. Kristen Hannah’s books are

well-written and thoroughly researched and completely hold the readers’ interest,

page by page.

I personally like to read a book I can hold in my hand. I enjoy reading

in my sunroom in my home in Pennsylvania. I have a favorite red chair with an ottoman.

Here at the beach I sit in the great room in a comfy chair looking out at the ocean.

I like to get my books from the library but I have bought books from Amazon.

If the book is mine, I will underline a passage I want to remember for later.

Some of the books I have read recently that I enjoyed were All the Light We Cannot

See by Anthony Doerr, and Me before You by JoJo Moyes. I am looking forward to reading Me After

You, also by JoJo Moyes.

When I was a child I liked the Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew. Generally if I don’t like a book after 50 pages, I stop

reading it. My favorite authors are K. Hannah, Leanne Moriarty, and James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club Series. I’m

planning to read A Man Called Ove next. I enjoy reading and I usually try to find the time

each day to read, sometimes only a chapter.

From Paulette: It’s clear how much enjoyment reading gives you, Alice. Thanks again, you inspire me to just sit back and enjoy what I am reading, not to worry about how fast it is going, or what I think about it. I just picked up a paperback copy of A Man Called Ove and it is next for me, too.



Some blog readers are cooking at the beach. Some blog readers wish to cook like they lived at the beach. No matter who or where you are, here’s some tips for keeping your pantry ready for beach cooking.

Thanks to the October, 2015 issue of Coastal Living Magazine for some of these ideas and thanks to me for adding my own favorites. Thanks to you for commenting and letting us know what you stock in your pantry for beach cooking.
Old Bay Seasoning
Kosher Salt or Sea Salt
Smoked Sweet Paprika (Love the product sold at Columbia Restaurant in St. Augustine.)
Hot Sauce
Red Pepper Flakes
Freshly ground black pepper


Canned tomatoes, diced and whole, fire-roasted and not. Muir Glen and San Marzano.
Chicken Stock
Clam Juice
Canned Clams
Tinned Anchovies
Marinated Artichokes
Canned Tuna, preferably Italian
Canned Chick Peas


Dijon Mustard
Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I like Lucini
Vinegars of your choice. You might try O. Purchase the best quality your budget allows.
Lemons and Limes. Citrus of all kinds, essential.



Yellow corn meal
Panko Bread Crumbs
Cocktail Sauce

Sauvignon Blanc
Your favorite wine
Try a sparkling rose
Or a Spanish red

Purchase best fish you can get your hands on – talk to the fish monger where you buy fish.
If money is no impediment:
A cast iron fish pan

Go to for recipes
Two of Ina Garten’s cookbooks have great beach recipes: How Easy Is That And Make It Ahead. I’ve posted some of the pictures from those great cookbooks.

Sour Cream Cornbread in the toaster appears in Make It Ahead. I had some of this at an evening roasted pork meal last week. It was the best cornbread I’ve ever eaten. In the picture here, it is toasted. I ate it fresh from the pan, so soft and yummy.

Spanish Tapas Peppers also appear in Make It Ahead


Tuna and Hummas Sandwiches, pictured above with radishes, are a beach favorite of mine. This recipe appears in How Easy Is That? It is easy, quick, and scrumptious for eating on the deck while you watch the waves, or to bring back beach memories.

The shrimp pictured is Garlic and Herb Roasted Shrimp from Make It Ahead. Both of these cookbooks have a variety of shrimp and other fish recipes.

Made-in-Florida Clam Chowder

Made-in-Florida Clam Chowder

It wouldn’t be beach cooking without some kind of clam chowder.