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Well, as they say, “When in Rome…,” but in Naples…….Florida, it’s great fun to do as the Naples’ Floridians do….enjoy dining out on Fifth Avenue South! The epicurean choices are so incredible that dining in doesn’t always cut it. I try to justify it to myself, and Steve, by convincingly insisting that amazing meal ideas can be born from amazing restaurants. 

Actually, it’s devastating…..(slightly dramatic, I know) to eat a mediocre meal in a restaurant and know that you can have a much better dinner at home. Dining out is a treat and I’m committed to duplicating and sharing some of my faves from my recent travels to Naples, Florida.

Sea Salt is one of our favorites and the chef  nailed it on creativity and taste with his Caesar Salad Sushi Bites.

CAESAR SALAD SUSHI BITES

The first time I made these, I over filled them. Less is more, so that they are able to roll up and sit on the plate for a delicious presentation.

Caesar Salad Sushi Bites

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 romaine leaves
  • Caesar Dressing (store bought or home made)
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • Small jar of red lumpfish caviar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Wash, dry and lay each romaine leaf flat.
  2. Spread 1 T on each leaf.
  3. Sprinkle 2 T Parmesan cheese on each leaf.
  4. Carefully and tightly roll each romaine leaf up lengthwise.
  5. Cut off loose ends and and slice evenly down the middle. (Each leaf makes 2 rolls)
  6. Repeat with remaining leaves.
  7. Turn each ‘sushi roll’ flat and top with 1/2 t. dressing and a sprinkle of caviar.
  8. Serve with chopsticks!

CAESAR SALAD DRESSING

Combine + Serve
  • 6 cloves garlic, mashed and minced.
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard.
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar.
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise.
  • 1/2 cup olive oil.
  • Lemon juice, for seasoning.
  • Minced anchovy fillets, optional.

One of the new kids on the block in downtown Naples is The Bevy; a delightful, open air restaurant featuring a living wall, beautiful bar and a retractable skylight ceiling. The food and drinks here insight the senses with every sip and bite.

Steve was more than delighted with his appetizer of Deviled Oysters which include yellow conrmeal oysters, deviled eggs and candied bacon. fullsizeoutput_4113

Our friend, Bob, loved his craft cocktail, The Cedar Fire Old Fashioned which features bastille 1789 whiskey, orange bitters, maples syrup, smoked glass and candied bacon.

 

DEVILED EGGS

DEVILED EGGS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp minced shallot or onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Paprika

DIRECTIONS

  1. Boil the eggs in water 10-12 min.
  2. Peal the eggs, cut the in half lengthwise and remove the yolks.
  3. Mash yolks with mustard, mayonnaise, onion, Tabasco, salt, pepper. (For finer consistency, place in a food processor.
  4. 4 Pipe or spoon mixture into egg white halves: Pipe through a piping bag (star tip) or simply use a spoon to put the egg yolk mixture into the egg white halves. 
  5. Serve as is, or top with your favorite toppings: candied bacon, smoked salmon, caviar, jalapeño

CANDIED BACON

CANDIED BACON

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Mix brown sugar, rice vinegar, maple syrup, and black pepper in a small bowl.
  • Place bacon slices on cooling rack set over a baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, turn slices, and bake another 5 minutes.

 

 

CORNMEAL FRIED OYSTERS

  • Heat deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • Combine cornmeal, garlic powder, Cajun seasoning, black pepper and seasoned salt in a large plastic bag.
  • Place oysters in bag and shake until well coated.
  • Cook oysters 3 or 4 at a time in hot oil.

 

Dear Friends,

Recently I read a great article on happiness……stating simply that: if your happiness depends on just one thing, you are setting yourself up for unhappiness. So, for example, if your happiness depends on sunshine and warm weather, and you live in Northeast Ohio, many of your days will be unhappy. In sunny Naples, Florida, even when it’s chilly, the sunshines which is a blessing.

Walking in sunshine and sharing delicious recipes are two of my favorite things, so thank you for swinging by and I hope you enjoy these nuggets of yum! Be sure to check out some of my fun finds in The Sunshine Shop!

Until next time…

🍹Cheers! Laura

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ALL IN CLEVELAND! THE CHAMPIONS! Today’s Recipes: Shephard’s Pie Party Bites & Apps on a Stick

It was a nail biter till the bitter end! I could hardly watch the last two minutes…..and then…..WE WON! And OMG!!!!! The crowd went WILD! IMG_5017

It’s more than winning a basketball game. It’s more than beating last year’s champs.

It’s personal It’s about Cleveland. You see, Cleveland fans are the ultimate fans.IMG_5077

It was no accident that our fans sang our country’s  National Anthem at the opening of the first Finals home game. It took my breath away.  No need for celebrities to help express our love for our country. IMG_4773

All watched with great emotion as LeBron James dropped to his knees and cried. We have watched this incredible athlete grow from a boy to a man; a man of great values who gives back and has never forgotten where he came from.

I vividly recall what LeBron did for his neighbors when he announced that he would be returning to Cleveland. He hired a small cupcake store to deliver cupcakes to all of his neighbors in Akron as an apology for the paparazzi and interruption of their quiet residential street. 

So now….we can talk about

CLEVELAND EATS!

img_3533Yeah, Michael Simon!

He has taken Cleveland by storm with his amazing restaurants

and has put us on the map!

Check out Iron Chef’s Michael Simon’s Cleveland restaurants here!

This photo was taken with Michael Simon at the Food Network Show in Cleveland this year. He hosted a Tailgate Party venue which featured a variety of samplings from his local restaurants. He is definitely a carnivore! 

Well, foodville is back for more great snick snacks to keep you revealing for your favorite team or just host a small bites party! These are my  PINTEREST  favorites from my GAME DAY BOARD and my APPETIZERS AND BITES BOARD.

SHEPHARDS PIE PARTY BITES

Sheopard's Pie Party BitesI fell in love with these Shepherds Pie Party Bites from Spinachtiger.com.

olive oil
1 pound grass fed ground beef
1 clove garlic
1 onion, diced
2 cups chopped kale
1 cup frozen peas
few sprigs fresh thyme or oregano
sea salt
black pepper
dash red chili flakes
ÂĽ cup milk
â…“ cup white wine
1 tablespoon butter
olive oil, garlic mashed potatoes or any mashed potatoes
Mini tart shells using your favorite pie crust, Rolled out to 3 inches for a 2 inch cookie cutter pan and baked at 400 degrees for 12 minutes.
INSTRUCTIONS
Place enough olive oil in pan to cover bottom. Add onions and saute until softened. Season ground beef with salt and pepper. Crumble in and stir fry until meat is cooked through. Add milk and stir until milk in cooked down. Add in white wine and turn on low and cook down until alcohol is cooked off, about ten minutes. Add in a tablespoon of butter. At this point meat should be in nice wine sauce. Add in raw kale and continue to cook until kale is softened. Season as needed with salt, pepper and chili flakes.
ASSEMBLE
Spoon mixture into the mini tart shell. Top with mashed potatoes using a pastry bag. Place under broiler just until potato is golden.
Serve immediately.
When making entree, you can use individual dishes or a larger dish. Make sure it’s something you can put under the broiler, like a cast iron pan.
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CHECK OUT THESE

 FOUR INGREDIENT APPS ON A STICK!

MINI APPS

These are all from the Pillsbury website.

Ingredients

1
can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
64
toothpicks
Smoked Salmon with Dill
Dab cream cheese
Thin slice smoked salmon, cut into quarters
Fresh dill weed sprig
Shrimp and Cucumber
Very thin slice English cucumber, cut in half, folded
Fresh dill weed sprig
Small cooked shrimp, tail shell removed
Caprese
Slice small fresh mozzarella ball or string cheese
Half grape tomato
Tiny basil leaf or fresh basil leaf strip
Antipasto
Half slice hard salami, folded into thirds
Slice sweet banana pepper (from a jar)
Kalamata or black olive
Dried Fig and Mascarpone
Dried fig, cut in half lengthwise
Mascarpone cheese star (using softened cheese)
Grated orange peel
Roast Beef Roll-Ups
Rare roast beef slice (spread with below)
Garden vegetable cream cheese spread
Fresh parsley sprig or tiny dill pickle slice
Cheese and Pimiento Olive
Swiss cheese cube
Half pimiento-stuffed green olive
Turkey Club
Lettuce
Crisply cooked bacon
Turkey breast slice, rolled up, sliced
Grape tomato slice
Steps
1
Heat oven to 375°F. Unroll dough onto cutting board. Cut in half crosswise and lengthwise on perforated lines to make 4 rectangles. Press diagonal perforations to seal.
2
Starting with long side of 1 rectangle, roll dough tightly into 6 1/4-inch roll; press seam to seal. Repeat with remaining dough rectangles.
3
Spray thin serrated knife with cooking spray. Cut each roll into 16 slices. On ungreased large cookie sheet, place 32 slices about 1/2 inch apart. Place remaining 32 slices on second ungreased large cookie sheet.
4
Bake 1 cookie sheet at a time 8 to 9 minutes or until slices are light golden brown.
5
Top baked slices using all 8 toppings and making 8 appetizers of each, or choose your favorite topping options and make as many of each as you’d like. All toppings are quick to assemble, taking only about 4 to 8 minutes to make 8 appetizers.

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Thanks for popping in today! Even if basketball isn’t your thing, I hope you enjoy the recipes shared from my Pinterest board! Have a great day, and cheers to the CAVS!!

Laura 

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