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Falling Back

Hi everyone! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted but my cousin from New York was here visiting and I didn’t get a chance to do much blogging. We ate and drank quite a bit though. The first weekend she was here we all went to EPCOT for the Wine and Food Festival. I think we drank more than we ate actually. But it was a great time for sure! Before we hit the Food Festival we took a drive the night before to City Walk at Universal Studios and went to Margaritaville for dinner and margaritas of course!

Margarita at Orlando Margaritaville

Our appetizer was a deep-fried sliced kosher dill pickle with a ranch dipping sauce. It was incredible! We should have gotten at least three orders!

Fried Pickle!

Next we had Cheeseburgers in Paradise of course!

Cheeseburger in Paradise!

The next two days were spent in EPCOT. Our first stop was France where we got the usual Pomegranate Kir and Escargot in Brioche! So decadent!

Sluggo enjoying some French cuisine!

Next stop was Germany for the usual German sausage in a pretzel roll. This year the sausage was twice the size of the roll! We also had a delicious serving of cheese spaetzel! No counting calories today! We had to wash it all down with some German beer of course!

German sausage in a pretzel roll with cheese spaetzel

Belgium was next and we had the mussels in the garlic cream sauce. I posted this recipe last week so check it out!

Mussels in Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce at Belgium in EPCOT

We drank a few Proseccos in Italy and had a baked ravioli and canoli as well. Needless to say, I forgot to take pics after a while. But I recommend that everyone go to the festival if you can. It’s a lot of fun and you get to try so many awesome things.

John and the 15th Anniversary Festival Cake

On the way home from Disney we planned to head to Cape Canaveral to see the shuttle Discovery launch on November 1. But as all of you may or may not know by now, it never launched. We planned it perfectly to be out there and we were sad when it couldn’t launch. Nov. 30 is the next date. But on the way home from there we stopped in Titusville, and had dinner at our favorite place. Dixie Crossroads. It’s nothing fancy but they have these little bites of deliciousness called Rock Shrimp. They look like mini lobsters! So cute! We have them steamed and dip in butter, just like lobster! We also had a lobster dinner as well. Why not, we were on a roll already at this point!

They serve everyone these little dough corn fritters. They are so tasty but I try not to go crazy eating too many!

You can't eat just one of these corn fritters!

Lobster and rock shrimp to fill us up for the drive back home.

Sluggo loves his lobster!

Rock Shrimp

So that was just four days of my cousin’s visit. We had many more excellent meals but I am getting full just thinking of them. She left to go back to New York today so now it’s back to normal eating. Maybe soup tonight?

Tomorrow I will be back to the regular recipes before my husband and I head to Charleston for a few days to check it out. More food! I hear their specialty is shrimp and grits! I can’t wait!

Till tomorrow!

Escargot Bourgignonne

Cruises are a wonderful thing. In the last 19 years I’ve been on 14, so far. Most of them on Carnival Cruise Lines. John and I take cruise vacations over all others for the most part. Sure we go up to my family’s summer place in Maine but that’s different. Cruises are wonderful. You get treated like royalty. No making your beds or cleaning your room! It’s wonderful. Someone cooks for you 24/7 and cleans up! Gotta love that! But one of the best things about cruising is that you get to try all kinds of food that you would normally not have. Escargot for instance. I had them on my very first cruise and I’ve been hooked ever since! I don’t care that they are really fancy slugs. It’s my way of payback for all damage slugs have done to my gardens over the years!

Anyway, I’ve had them in many different styles. This version is pretty popular. On the cruise ships you get them this way or even covered in cheese! Cheese, garlic, wine, oil…All very tasty! Every cruise we take we always look forward to the night we get to eat snails! I would eat them more if they served them more. This recipe is actually from Carnival Cruise Lines. I bought their cookbook on my 2nd cruise, which was actually my first Carnival Cruise. I’ve been on Carnival eight times now. Two more and I become a VIP! Woo hoo! The last cruise was in December 2009 and we went to the Panama Canal. Incredible! But I digress…Escargot! This recipe isn’t very hard and you can get cans of the little buggers in pretty much every supermarket. They are in the tuna aisle.

INGREDIENTS:

¾ cup butter

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 tablespoon finely chopped onion

2 tablespoons white wine

1 tsp Pernod or anise-flavored liqueur (omit if you don’t like anise)

Pinch grated nutmeg

1 can escargot, well-drained

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Cheesy Escargot on the Carnival Miracle Dec. 2009

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a large frying pan, melt butter over high heat; stir in garlic and onion. Cook until tender but not brown.

2. Stir in wine, liqueur, nutmeg and escargot; season to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Reduce heat to low; simmer 10-15 minutes or until flavors are blended. Sprinkle with parsley.

Serves 6

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