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On the Water: It was a perfect week out on the water

February 21, 2018 From beginning to end, I don’t think you could have asked for better weather over the past week. more »»

 
 
 
Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: BBQ'd Lamb Chops

February 21, 2018 Ingredients 2 to 3 C olive or vegetable oil 1/4 C chopped garlic 4 tsp salt 1 tsp minced fresh rosemary 1 tsp salt-free garlic and herb dressing 1 tsp pepper 18 lamb chops (1-inch thick) How to: 1. more »»

Beacon of HOPE Wellness Committee: Learning to manage your chronic pain

February 21, 2018 Chronic pain – what is it? Pain is generally considered to be chronic when it lasts 6 months or more. Some specialists say that it is any pain that lasts longer than it is expected to. more »»

On the Water: Bite is heating up with the weather

February 14, 2018 Finally, a week of warm weather and blue skies warmed up the waters around Southwest Florida and put a smile on many anglers. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Pumpkin Pancakes with Cinnamon Brown Butter

February 14, 2018 Ingredients: 1/2 C butter – cubed 1/4 C maple syrup 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 1/2 C chopped pecans – toasted 1 1/2 C flour 2 Tbsp packed brown sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 2 egg... more »»

Beacon of HOPE Wellness Committee: Are you, or is someone you know, having memory problems?

February 14, 2018 It’s estimated that over 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease, and in the state of Florida it’s around 550,000. By the year 2050. more »»

Warmer days should boost local fishing

February 7, 2018 Up and down weather, a full moon and extreme low tides made it challenging for anglers. Despite the challenges, good fishing was reported at times over the past week. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Sheepshead Chowder

February 7, 2018 Sheepshead Chowder Ingredients: 2 Lbs sheepshead fillets 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1/3 C butter 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 C chopped onion 1 Bay leaf 1 C chopped celery 1 Clove garlic plus 1 C chopped... more »»

Beacon of HOPE Wellness Committee: So you have the flu

February 7, 2018 Here are some suggestions from WebMD that may help if you have the flu. 1. Drink up The flu can leave you dehydrated particularly if diarrhea is one of your symptoms. more »»

On the Water: Transition to spring fishing should begin in February

January 31, 2018 With strong winds bringing unfavorable fishing conditions over the past week, there wasn’t much to report. Let’s look ahead, hope for better weather and see what February may bring. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Crab Cups

January 31, 2018 Ingredients: 24 mini phyllo cups 1 Lb fresh lump crabmeat 2 C finely diced celery 2 Lg hard-cooked eggs – finely chopped 1 small yellow onion – finely chopped 1 C mayonnaise 1 Tbsp finely snipped... more »»

On the Water: Finally beginning to see warmer days ahead

January 24, 2018 After another cold week we are finally beginning to see weather typical for southwest Florida. Water temperature plummeted into the mid-fifties last week and was slowly rebounding over the weekend. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Grilled marinated Flank or Hanger Steak

January 24, 2018 Ingredients ¼ C Balsamic Vinegar 2 Tbsp reduced sodium Soy Sauce 2 Tbsp Honey 2 medium Shallots – thinly sliced 2 tsp freshly chopped Rosemary or 1 tsp dried Rosemary 1 ½ tsp dry Mustard 1 ½ Lbs... more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Grandma's Buttermilk Pot Roast

January 17, 2018 Ingredients 1 Tbsp flour 1 Tbsp dry mustard 1 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1 (3 to 4 lb) roast 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 Beef flavored bullion cube 1/3 C hot water 1 1/2 C buttermilk – divided 6 medium... more »»

On the Water: Sheepshead bite heats up around Southwest Florida

January 17, 2018 Cold fronts brought a drop in water temperature that put the sheepshead bite in high gear on the waters around Southwest Florida. more »»

On the Water: A very cold start to the new year

January 10, 2018 For the better part of the past week cold, weather shut down fishing. Strong north winds delivering the coldest temperatures we have seen in a few years made it pretty miserable on the water. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Whole Fried Flounder

January 10, 2018 Ingredients: 1 (1 to 1 1/2 LB) flounder Vegetable oil for frying 2 C flour 1 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper 1 recipe garlic-apricot glaze (recipe follows) How to: 1. more »»

On the water: Fishing can change quickly in January

January 3, 2018 January will bring us some of the coldest days of the year on the water in Southwest Florida. Just how cold often determines how and where to fish. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Creamy Garlic Mussels

January 3, 2018 Ingredients: 4 lb mussels 4 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 cloves garlic – peeled and smashed 4 sprigs fresh thyme 1/2 lemon – thinly sliced 3/4 C dry white wine 1/2 C chicken broth How to: 1. more »»

Beacon of HOPE Wellness Committee: Are you or is someone you know having memory problems?

January 3, 2018 It’s estimated that over 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease, and in the state of Florida it’s around 550,000. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Holiday Redfish

December 27, 2017 Ingredients: 2 Lbs redfish fillets 1 1/4 tsp salt – divided Black pepper 1 (10 1/2 oz) can cream of shrimp soup 3/4 C sour cream Dash nutmeg 1 1/2 C cooked rice 1/2 C slivered almonds – toasted 1/4 ... more »»

 
 

 

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Valentine's Day Special

February 16, 2018 #07-18-PIE For Valentine's Day we decided to have dinner at the best restaurant in town, our house! Our choice for the evening was Surf and Turf, and to make things extra special we combined... more »

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