Well I'm back. I don't want make this a wordy post so I'm going to let Certain Someones pictures speak for most of the trip to Grand Bahama. We stayed at the the Westin Our Grand Lucaya. This is a wonderful resort that allowed us to just chill and do nothing. Unfortunately Certain Someone could not escape work and spent the first half of the trip working. But he did manage some beach time and a round of golf on one of their several golf courses. I was amazed at how easily Certain Someone could become a beach bum. I like to see him relax.
I like this shot Certain Someone took. It doesn't make me look fat.
My final thoughts are of the locals. The dependence on tourism is huge in the Bahamas and the economic hardships we are all facing will really trickle down to to places like this where tourism employs a lot of the island. Even though it was still coming off season, there were a lot of empty tables and shops.I loved that they really thankful for each and every guests business. You don't get that lot and it makes you feel appreciated. In same token we were conscious of where we spent to be sure to visit everyone. The high season is about to begin and hope it goes better than expected. But as one retailer told me, we are all in this together.
1 can Pigeon Peas( 1 lb)
Dear Darlings ,
I'm off to celebrate this milestone in my life. Certain Someone is whisking me to the Bahamas (Grand Bahama) where we will soak up the sun, drink, play golf, snorkel, eat,ride horses, and all sorts of other things.But mainly rest and enjoy each others company.40 is the new 30 , and my life is so much more interesting now , than it was then. Everyone needs a Certain Someone in their life. And don't despair to all those who are still looking, I didn't meet him until I was 37 and had kissed a few frogs.My only regret now, is my weight isn't what it was, but that can always be worked on (difficult when one blogs about food). People say I can pass for younger , so that's excellent.I am still "Cougarlicious" . I will catch you all later when I return all relaxed.
Marx Food always has terrific contests. I am entering this one very late and down to the wire. I had a tough time thinking of my favorite comfort food. And last Saturday night it hit me as I hurriedly put together a dinner for Certain Someone and I after a hellish week. As I peeled and chopped my apples, I though of my Mommy who always made me her "fried apples"'. Hers weren't fried but sauteed in a lot of butter with cinnamon and sugar. I could just gobble it up. I have made a more grown up version inspired by the oncoming holidays and all that Gluhwein we are about to consume.
Glamah's Spiced Apples( serves 2)
4-6 apples peeled and cut into into wedges
1/4 cup red wine
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon Maple sugar or syrup
1/4 cup boiled apple cider( you can use frozen apple juice concentrate)
3 tablespoons sugar.
In a skillet melt the butter. Add the cloves , cinnamon,and apples. Cook a few minutes until soft, but not mushy. Add the maple sugar/Syrup and sugar.As the mix starts to bubble , add the red wine and boiled cider. cook a few minutes longer. Apples should be firm, but not mushy.
I served these up with some oven baked center cut pork chops breaded in an hazelnut and bread crumb crust seasoned with paprika, salt and pepper. It was delicious served with the apples and its sauce. Try it, I know you will love it.
Pillsbury Voting – General Election Cake vs. Brownies – State Breakdown
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AMERICANS ELECT BROWNIES AS THE COUNTRY’S FAVORITE DESSERT !
This season there has been a sweet debate taking place online and in kitchens across the country. Pillsbury® asked Americans to cast votes for their favorite dessert – cake or brownies and brownies were declared America’s Favorite Dessert in the Pillsbury® Campaign for a Sweeter America. After a national campaign tour with the Pillsbury Doughboy® and an online election, it was Brownies’ undeniable richness that won the hearts (and stomachs) of the nation’s voters.
To celebrate Brownies’ victory, the makers of Pillsbury baking products want to hear how people make things sweeter with their favorite desserts at www.pillsburybaking.com/campaign. The sweetest entry will receive a kitchen makeover worth $5,000, and Pillsbury will also make a donation to Feeding AmericaTM to help end hunger in this country.