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On the Water: Fish are active, hungry and on the move

September 30, 2015 October is a refreshing month for anglers in Southwest Florida. After a long, hot summer, we finally get relief with cooler days and lower humidity. more »»

Catch 'em & Cook 'em: Bourbon Glazed Pork Chops

September 30, 2015 Ingredients: 1/2 C firmly packed brown sugar 3 Tbsp Dijon mustard 2 Tbsp soy sauce 2 Tbsp bourbon 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 6 (1-inch thick) bone-in pork chops How to: 1. more »»

Local Knowledge: Cooler, drier days are coming

September 30, 2015 September. This is the time of year that Southwest Florida starts marking the transition between our hot and humid summers and our comparatively cool and dry winters. more »»

Guest Commentary: More on the proposed Pine Island Plan changes

September 30, 2015 These comments are based on the Lee Plan and LDC changes listed at more »»

Progress report on the Pine Island Plan rewrite

September 25, 2015 My progress report is that there has been little progress over the summer — and that’s good. more »»

Tame your tongue

September 25, 2015 James advises us to: “Tame our tongues for they are a restless evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8). However, we too often give in to the temptation to spread a story. more »»

Parmesan Crusted Baked Chicken

September 25, 2015 Ingredients: 4 Tbsp olive oil – divided 1 C finely chopped sweet onion 1 clove garlic – minced 2 tsp dried oregano 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes in puree 2 tsp sugar 1 1/2 tsp salt – divided 1 tsp... more »»

Fall fishing begins

September 25, 2015 With waters cooling down ever so slightly, fish are becoming more active throughout the day. more »»

Catch 'em & Cook 'em: Blue Crab Salad

September 16, 2015 Ingredients: 1 lb. white crab meat 8 eggs – hard cooked and chopped 1 (4 oz.) jar pimientos 1 C celery – diced 1 med. green pepper – diced 1 C mayonnaise 3 Tbsp. sour cream 2 Tbsp. more »»

On the Water: Rainy day fishing

September 16, 2015 Depending on whom you talked to and what day of the week, fishing ranged anywhere from great to not so good.  Over many days dodging thunderstorms and showers didn’t help either. more »»

Local Knowledge: School days

September 9, 2015 Well, it looks like it’s that time of year again. The summer is quickly winding down and island parents are gearing up to send their kids back to school. more »»

Catch 'em & Cook 'em: Easy Cajun Gumbo

September 9, 2015 Ingredients: 1 (7 oz) box Zatarains Gumbo Mix 1 lb boneless chicken or pork or smoked sausage 1 lb shrimp – peeled and deveined 4 green onions – rough chopped 1 (14 oz) can sliced okra 2 stalks... more »»

On the Water: It's a good time to fish, despite the heat

September 9, 2015 Once remnants of Tropical Storm Erika moved off, the sunshine returned just in time for the opening of snook season. more »»

Catch 'em & Cook 'em: Pork Tenderloin with Peaches & Pecan Sauce

September 2, 2015 Ingredients: 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 pork tenderloin (about 1 lb) cut into 3/4-inch slices 2 cloves garlic – minced 2 green onions – slices 1 (10 3/4 oz) can golden mushroom soup 1 (15 oz) can sliced... more »»

On the Water: September means transition to cooler days

September 2, 2015 With the arrival of September, it’s only a few weeks before we break out of the hot days of summer and transition to the cooler days of autumn. more »»

On the Water: Weather is hot, and so is the fishing

August 26, 2015 If you have been fishing recently, you no doubt felt the heat. more »»

Catch 'em & Cook 'em: Chicken Fricassee

August 26, 2015 Ingredients: 3 to 4 Lbs stewing chicken or fryer – cut into serving pieces 2 tsp salt 1 tsp paprika 2 medium onions – sliced 2 stalks celery – sliced 2 carrots – pared and sliced 1 Bay leaf 1 C... more »»

Come away with me

August 19, 2015 One of my favorite childhood jokes was about a lady who opened her refrigerator and saw a rabbit sitting on one of the shelve. more »»

Catch 'em & Cook 'em: Beaufort Shrimp Salad

August 19, 2015 Ingredients 2 qts water 1/2 C Old Bay Seasoning 2 1/2 Lbs large fresh shrimp Dressing: 6 Tbsp mayonnaise 2 Tbsp sour cream 1 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard 1 1/2 tsp prepared horseradish 3/4 C finely dice... more »»

On the Water: Last chance to get kids out fishing before school starts

August 19, 2015 As we head into our final week of summer vacation before school begins, fishing was good for many anglers and should continue. more »»

On the Water: Good snapper fishing continues in area

August 12, 2015 Fishing without much competition was what most anglers that hit the water experienced over the past week. more »»



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Norm's Tasting Notes

2014 Wild Horse Viognier

October 1, 2015 #38-15-PIE The moment the wine hit the bottom of the glass the aroma exploded and filled the room with a fragrance suggesting the nectar of the gods. more »

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