May 31, 2011

Visit Home & Trip to Joe Patti's Seafood Market in Pensacola

I took a quick trip home to Northwest Florida earlier this month to see my family:
 Mom, Dad, and Gma!
Day at the spa with Mom and Gma!
Delicious lunch with my best friend, Connie at Dharma Blue.
Enjoying our Melting Pot Fondue Dinner in Destin. 
(I was a finalist and won a free dinner in the Fondue Fanatic Video Contest-watch my video below)


 Sunday it was time to head over to Pensacola to our favorite spot: Joe Patti's Seafood!
Seriously if you are a food lover and are ever in the area you MUST stop here.
This place has been in business since the 1930s and is world famous.
Everytime I visit I bring a cooler so I can load up on fresh Florida seafood!
 
They have their own fishing fleet. When they say "freshly caught locally", they mean it!
This place is always packed. But don't worry they have
 over 100 employees so you never have to wait long!
Oh yeah my fave- lobster! 

Freezers stocked with everything from Turducken to Alligator Sirloin to Fresh Made Linguini! 
 Cheese? Yes, please!
 Foodie Central...literally anything you need, they have it!
Dad with his shrimp! 
 Gma and Mom love the unique sauces!
 Every sauce, soup, and breading mix known to man!
 Olive oil central. 
 Gourmet meats and cheeses.
 Dad and I usually camp out at the garlic section and sample their
 amazing roasted garlic and fresh baked bread!

 Yes, they have Gelato too!
 Dessert central.
Warning: do not go here hungry! You will buy everything!
(I know this from experience!)

 Joe Patti's own seasonings, hushpuppy mix, and soup.
Of course, they have a sushi bar! A dang good one too!
Yes, my friends this is the sushi menu!
 
The Volcano Roll was one of the best I've ever had! (sorry Harbor Docks!)

 
The Volcano Roll is topped with crab and scallops and spicy mayo. A-MAZING!
 Crabs just waitin' to be eatin'! 
 Choose how you want your fish prepared.
 Dad checking out the selection!  
 Local beef.
 The best Tuna around. I took home a filet, crusted it in sesame seeds,
and seared it in a cast iron pan.
Serve with soy sauce and it's a great appetizer!  
Our Joe Patti's purchases included:
  1. Almond Meal
  2. Soft Shell Crabs
  3. Grouper Cheeks
  4. Royal Red Shrimp
  5. Ahi Tuna Filets
  6. Sushi 
Time to make Fried Soft Shell Crabs!
Dip cleaned crabs in egg then seasoned bread crumbs.
Place in a deep skillet with hot Canola oil.
Fry until crispy and golden brown.
Serve alone with a remoulade or on a toasted sandwich!
 

Happy Cooking!
~Nicole

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May 30, 2011

My Five Favorite Things in May...


I came across these spicy snacks a few weeks ago and now I'm hooked!
Seriously, I need an IV drip of
 Planters New Jalapeno Flavored Pistachios!
When you eat them you have to suck the shell first b/c that's where all the spicy deliciousness is. Your lips will burn and your eyes will water but oh it burns so good!
OK, I know this isn't a food related item exactly but it is truly a product that EVERYONE needs in their home.
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is truly MAGIC and will literally make any stain disappear! I use them for everything from scuff marks on the floor, to rust stains in the shower, to making my white porcelain kitchen sink sparkle like new!

Got Buffalo?
I'm not a big beef burger eater but I sure do love a juicy, lean buffalo burger! The best Buffalo Burger I've ever had is at Seasons 52, a fantasic restaurant that features a seasonally inspired menu. They serve their Buffalo Burger oak grilled, on a fresh baked bun with crunchy veggies and I add a topping of melted blue cheese crumbles! Buffalo has a great rich flavor and is low in fat. You can usually find it in the organic meat section of your supermarket. Also try Buffalo hot dogs and Buffalo steaks!
As you all know I was involved in my second year this spring with Real Women of Philadelphia .
The food community there is truly inspiring and I've met some wonderful women! Paula Deen and Kraft are the sponsors and every week for 8 weeks they choose 2 themed cooking videos using Phialdelphia cream cheese entered by the RWOP community. The 16 cooking finalists are flown to Savannah for a cookoff with Paula Deen as the judge. 4 winners will be chosen to write a cookbook and tour with Paula and win $25,000! I've been "spotlighted" twice this year by Ms. Deen but I have yet to be chosen as a finalist!
2 weeks left so fingers crossed.
You can view some of my videos here:



Finally, Mississippi Magazine is a May favorite because they chose my recipe, Spicy Southern Fried Green Tomato BLT as a finalist in their Annual Recipe Contest! My recipe and picture were published in their May/June issue. You can view the recipe here 



Happy Cooking!
~Nicole
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May 23, 2011

Dylan's Doggie Bday~

Happy Birthday Dylan!
We celebrated Dylan's 4th b-day recently!
He loved his new stuffed monkey toy.
Dylan loves beach balls. they don't last long b/c he pops them but he was so happy!

Time for a treat!
 For Charlie's Bday he got a lobster but Dylan got a steak!
He loved his bday dinner but did manage to share some with his brother.
Happy 4th Birthday my sweet Dylan!
Congrats to our
Saucy Mama Condiment Kit Giveaway Winner~
Cheryl!
Check your email today for instructions.
You're gonna love Saucy Mama!

Happy Cooking!
~Nicole
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