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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!

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Mussels in Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce

Well I am back from the Wine and Food Festival at EPCOT in Walt Disney World. We ate, we drank, we walked and sweated! A great time was had by all! This recipe was actually posted on Disney’s blog before the festival because it was going to be a new dish from a new country at the festival. Belgium. But before I made it or wrote about it I at least wanted to taste it. It was delicious! I would have gotten it again but we were so full we were happy to have tasted it at least once. The recipe looks long and difficult but it’s pretty straight forward. They actually call for fresh mussels that you have to scrub and “de-beard”, which is fine, but I have lots of frozen cooked mussels in my freezer so I will just cook them according to the package. Which is really just heating them up. So either way you want to do this will be fine. I can’t wait to make them at home. Maybe this weekend! If you like garlic and mussels then you will love this recipe.

Mussels in Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce at Belgium in EPCOT

INGREDIENTS:

ROASTED GARLIC PUREE:

2 large heads garlic

1 tablespoon olive oil

ROASTED GARLIC CREAM SAUCE:

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 shallots, minced

½ cup white wine

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 cups heavy cream

2 tablespoons Roasted Garlic Puree

½ teaspoon coarse salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

MUSSELS:

4 pounds fresh mussels, scrubbed and de-bearded

1 cup dry white wine

1 cup water

4 thick slices sourdough bread, toasted

2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley

2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill

2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives

DIRECTIONS:

ROASTED GARLIC PUREE:

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Remove excess papery skin from garlic, keeping head intact. Cut about ¼ off of garlic head, exposing the cloves.

2. Place each head of garlic cut side up on an individual square of aluminum foil. Drizzle each with oil. Wrap in foil, sealing edges.

3. Place pouch in oven and roast for 45 minutes. Cool for 20 minutes or until cool enough to handle.

4. Squeeze garlic from skins into small bowl. Discard skins. Mash garlic with a fork until smooth.

ROASTED GARLIC CREAM SAUCE:

1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add shallot and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add wine and lemon juice, stirring to combine. Cook until reduced by half, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.

2. Add cream, roasted garlic purée, salt and pepper, whisking to combine. Simmer (DO NOT BOIL) until sauce is slightly thickened, about 4-5 minutes. Set aside.

MUSSELS:

1. Place mussels, wine and water into a large stockpot over high heat. Cover and bring to a boil. Cook until mussels open, about 4 minutes. Remove and discard any mussels that do not open. Strain cooking liquid from mussels and discard liquid.

2. Place mussels in a large serving bowl or individual shallow bowls. Pour roasted garlic cream sauce over mussels and garnish with parsley, dill and chives. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

Mussels Ala Genua

I never knew I liked mussels for most of my life until I had them at a friend’s house about 10 years ago. Who knew I’d love them so much! We have tried mussels in most of our favorite restaurants in our travels and have found such a range of styles and tastes! In Florida our favorite place to get mussels is at our favorite Italian restaurant EVO in Tequesta. (www.evoitalian.com). And strange enough our all time favorite place for mussels was in one of the oddest places you would think, North Conway, NH at a wonderful place called The Muddy Moose Restaurant and Pub (www.muddymoose.com)! We were there at the outlets a few years ago on while on our trip to Maine and decided to get a beer, they are a microbrewery also so they have great beers. We were hungry as well so decided to give their mussels a try and they were outstanding! Go figure, a local pub serving bikers and tourists and they all loved the mussels! A full pound of Maine mussels sautéed with garlic, shallots, white wine, butter, lemon juice and crushed red pepper. Incredible to say the least! We compare everything to theirs now. EVO’s recipe is fresh Prince Edward Island mussels pan sautéed with white wine, roasted garlic, pecorino romano and tossed with a touch cream, finished with fresh basil and toasted crostini. Also to die for! But mine is my own recipe and it’s still really good. I have been actually buying my mussels frozen from Wal-Mart, no joke. I get two whole pounds for $3.50! They are already cooked and frozen! And they are really good! Go figure! I always have some on hand in the freezer for a quick snack when company comes by. They don’t take too long to cook and they are pretty low-calorie too. It’s the cream sauces and bread that makes them higher in calories. Anyway, without further ado (as my Dad always says…) here’s the recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

2 pounds of frozen mussels

2 -15 ounce cans fire roasted tomatoes with garlic and basil

olive oil

3-4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 cup wine, red or white, which ever you have open

thin sliced italian bread toasted, if you wish

grated parmesan cheese


DIRECTIONS:

1. In a large sauté pan, pour enough olive oil to coat bottom of pan and heat on medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté until lightly brown. Careful not to burn it.

2. Add the wine and sauté with garlic for a minute or so.

3. Add the tomatoes to pan and stir well. Cook for about 5 minutes until heated thoroughly.

4. Add the mussels and mix thoroughly. Cover and heat for about 7 minutes. Remember they are already cooked so don’t overcook.

5. Serve in a large bowl with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

Serves 6 (or 3 really hungry people!)

**Check out the Muddy Moose when in North Conway, NH!! You won’t be disappointed!

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