Jerk Shrimp Tacos with Spicy Melon Pico

The July/August 2018 issue of Coastal Living is PERFECT. From the stories, to the picture-perfect pictures, to the recipes, it’s a feast for the senses. I was sure to jot down a few of the places I will have to sample when we hit the road next year. Meanwhile, with July 4th festivities approaching, I dog-eared some recipes to try out, including this mouth-watering looking jerk shrimp tacos with spicy melon pico recipe: Continue reading “Jerk Shrimp Tacos with Spicy Melon Pico”

Salata de Vinete – Roasted Eggplant Spread

One of my most favorite things to eat growing up (and now) is Romanian roasted eggplant spread. Similar to baba ganoush, we call it “salata de vinete” (“salata” means salad and “vinete” means eggplants). There are many versions of this recipe – some using mayo, some adding chopped onions, but I really prefer it simple. In Romania, we use sunflower oil but I go for a light olive oil instead. If you want to play with the taste some more, use a flavored olive oil (I get mine at Tree and Vine in Knoxville), such as Persian Lime or Rosemary. Continue reading “Salata de Vinete – Roasted Eggplant Spread”

Life’s a Beach: Miramar, FL

The month of May and warm weather are here, and with them the urge to cool off in the pool or even better, take a dip in the soothing ocean waves. With our furry kids safely at home this time, we embarked in Lexi, our RV, and drove to the beach. For our second RV trip and our 10th wedding anniversary, we chose Destin, Florida area – Miramar Beach, to be exact.

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