My family came to visit me in Florida and we took a day trip to St. Augustine. We went to the fort, walked through the historic area, visited the beach, and ate some great seafood.
When we went to the fort, it was funny for me to see the Spanish soldiers reenacting a marching drill. The leader spoke broken Spanish and the soldiers didn’t understand the instructions. I mean I lived in Colonial Williamsburg, so I know how to spot a professional interpreter…this wasn’t it!
After walking along the water, we ate lunch at Harry’s Seafood Bar Grille on the water. It was a New Orleans themed restaurant and they had a gluten-free menu. DONE. I ordered the cream and Parmesan cheese scallops with collard greens. It was such a wonderful lunch with such wonderful company.
Please note the wonderful iced tea…
I celebrated 4 years gluten-free on my birthday last Monday. I cannot believe that I have not (knowingly) eaten any gluten for 4 years. I am a happier individual and I feel very healthy. I am even running again…after after another stint on crutches. All is well!
So, here’s to being gluten-free and in grad school. I’m celebrating with my favorite picture of pistachio and nutella gelato from Italy. Cheers!
Sometimes I feel like I am missing all of the sweet treats that everyone around me seems to consume. For example, when you go to a super bowl party, you want to eat the little cupcakes with the decorative footballs on top, right? I know this all sounds silly, but I sometime just miss the cakey things in life.
I thought about how I could make a smaller serving and not an entire cake because I am probably the only person who will eat it. Then I thought about pancake mix. So, I greased an 8X8 baking dish and made a batch of my favorite Bisquick pancake mix and then added some orange flavored dried cranberries and chocolate chips. I baked it at 350 for about 15-20 minutes.
Now, you might think that it is not sweet enough, but I think that it is just right. You can change the extra ingredients or cover it with chocolate icing, but I like mine plain. This was an easy way for me to create a smaller serving of a cake (well short cake) and it tastes great!
I definitely neglected the blog during my first semester in grad school, but now I am ready to write again and talk about my food. So…
I am constantly on the hunt for pimento cheese. I am Southern girl and sometimes I just need my cheese! Trader Joe’s does not carry anything even close to pimento cheese, so I stopped by a local grocery store on a recent craving. They had a small container in the back of the grocery store that claimed to win awards for this recipe.
It even says that it is “an incredibly yummy and healthy take on the Southern sensation.” I am not really sure what that means, but I am willing to find out. When I got back to my apartment, I read that the main ingredient is goat cheese. I mean I love goat cheese, but WHAT(!?!?) does that have to do with pimento cheese?
Well when I tasted the toasted version, it was just too strong for me. Pimento cheese is supposed to be fattening and savory, but not tangy and sharp. I think that I would love this cheese if they didn’t label it “pimento cheese,” but it tasted too far from the original for me.
I guess I need to get cookin’
My friend and I went to St. Augustine on a Monday afternoon during her visit. It is only about an hour and a half from Gainesville, so we drove there after I finished my classes. The first post about St. Augustine is just pictures from our trip. We walked through the town and and appreciated the weather. However, since the fort is a national park and we visited during the government shutdown, we could not really tour the site. As you can see, we walked all over the ruins…only to see the sign that we were not supposed to climb on the low walls. Oops!
After walking through the town we drove 10 minutes to St. Augustine Beach and took some pictures with the over-abundant foam…?
My friend and I wanted to eat something semi-healthy, but mainly something fresh. I took her to a local Gainesville grocery store and as soon as she saw the cream peas she ran throughout the store looking for all of the ingredients to make peas and ham. First, we cooked several large slices of ham and onion in olive oil. Then we added the peas to the pot with some water and a healthy chunk of butter. We let them cook at a low simmer for about an hour on the stove. Since we already ate unhealthily earlier that day, we tried to keep the peas simple and flavorful.
The next several posts all involve my visit with one of my best college friends. She came to visit me in Florida during her fall break from William & Mary. She flew into Orlando, so after 3 hours of sleep I quickly drove down to pick her up. After the major sleep deficit, we both needed coffee ASAP. A family friend recommended that we visit Winter Park, Florida, a suburb of Orlando. This quaint town hosted a large craft/food fair in a centrally-located park, so we found the nearest coffee shop and wandered through the aisles of vendors.
The cashier at Bernie’s Coffee Kitchen recommended that we order the Turkish latte with spices throughout the coffee. It was a nice departure from the skim latte that I normally order.
After preparing myself for the heat, I arrived in Florida with more sleeveless shirts and a winter-free wardrobe. I think that I finally got rid of the glassy look on my face from standing outside. You know…when your face glistens with sweat, your eyes squint, and you feel your cheeks turning pink? All of this adjustment and preparation for classes and rehearsals left me with little food blogging time. Last night the light seemed perfect, so I took some pictures of my dinner.
I generally make dishes that mix together and fit in a bowl. I am not really sure why I do this, but my mother says that I am famous for my concoctions. Last night I baked pesto chicken from Trader Joe’s and I cooked quinoa with frozen peas. To make it wonderful, I added some goat cheese. It was very tasty, so I suggest that you try my newest concoction.
I wrote two posts earlier about working at AnnaB’s gluten-free bakery this summer. I loved the experience and I enjoyed talking about gluten-free cooking and baking. Two of the owners sent me a box filled with all of my favorite treats from their bakery. I haven’t found any baked goods in Florida that even come close to AnnaB’s. They are such kind people and I cannot wait to eat (maybe share…?) all of the cookies!