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

February 10, 2016 So far the month hasn’t exactly kicked off in favor of the outdoorsman. The trend of record rainfall has continued along with very strong wind and some chilly temperatures. more »»

 
 
 
Catch 'em & Cook 'em: Tater Dipped Oven Fried Fish

February 10, 2016 Ingredients 2 eggs – slightly beaten 2 Lbs fish fillets Salt and pepper to taste 2 C instant potato flakes 1/2 C butter 2 T lemon juice How to: 1. Combine the eggs and 1/4 C water 2. more »»

On the Water: February: beginning to the end of the cold season

February 3, 2016 Winter in Southwest Florida is no comparison to the colder climates to our north. more »»

Catch 'em & Cook 'em: Super Bowl Chili Cheese Dip

February 3, 2016 Ingredients: 1 (15 oz) cans chili with beans 1 (8 oz) cream cheese – softened 4 oz Pepper Jack Velveta Cheese – chopped 1 (10 oz) can hot tomatoes with green chilis – drained Garnish: chopped black... more »»

Catch 'em & Cook 'em: Whole Fried Flounder

January 27, 2016 Ingredients: 1 (1 to 1 ½ 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: Another week of up and down weather

January 27, 2016  So far the New Year has brought plenty of challenging days for anglers. On the water it was the same old song and dance again over the past week, trying to fish around undesirable weather conditions. more »»

The Heart

January 27, 2016 To the Biblical Hebrew mind, the heart is like the tip of St. James City, or the tip of Bokeelia. It is the place where all emotions, prejudices, moods, ideas and convictions converge. more »»

On the Water: Uncooperative weather makes fishing interesting

January 20, 2016 To say the weather was all over the place over the past week would be an understatement. We had it all — cold, wind, rain (lots of rain), tornado warnings, small craft advisories and flood tide. more »»

Catch 'em & Cook 'em: Creamy Garlic Mussels

January 20, 2016 Ingredients: 4 lb mussels 4 T butter 2 T 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 »»

Local Knowledge: Real estate market rebounding

January 13, 2016 When one year ends and the next begins, I think it’s kind of fun to look at where we’ve been and think about where we might be going. more »»

On the Water: With cooler days, fishing will change

January 13, 2016 Weather was all over the place over the past week with rain, fog, wind, warm, cool, you name it, even tornado touch downs over the weekend. more »»

Catch 'em & Cook 'em: Scalloped Oysters

January 13, 2016 Ingredients 1 qt fresh oysters 2 1/2 sleeves rectangle buttery crackers – crushed 1 tsp salt 1 C butter – melted 1 1/2 C Half & Half 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1/2 tsp ground pepper How to: 1. more »»

On the Water: January fishing — be prepared for weather changes

January 6, 2016 January should bring us some of the coldest days of the year in Southwest Florida, just how cold it gets will determine how and where to fis. more »»

Catch 'em & Cook 'em: Shrimp Fried Rice

January 6, 2016 Ingredients 4 Tbsp soy sauce – divided 1 Lb shrimp — peeled and deveined 5 Tbsp vegetable oil – divided 2 Lg eggs – lightly beaten 1 C carrots – finely chopped 1/2 C minced green onion 5 C cooked... more »»

Catch 'em & Cook 'em: Lip Lickin’ Pork Chops

December 30, 2015 Ingredients: 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1 Tbsp olive oil 1/4 C sliced onion 2 cloves garlic – minced 1/2 C Worcestershire sauce 3 Tbsp honey 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard How to: 1. more »»

On the Water: More warm weather to end the year

December 30, 2015 Christmas week brought us daytime temperatures well into the 80s and it looks like we will close out the year with well above average temperatures. more »»

Catch 'em & Cook 'em: Lucille's Meat Balls

December 23, 2015 Ingredients: 5 Lb ground beef 24 saltine crackers – crumbled 1 medium onion – chopped 2 eggs Parmesan cheese 6 cloves garlic 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp salt 2 Tbsp butter How to: 1. more »»

On the Water: Make time for some holiday fishing

December 23, 2015   You have to love fishing and boating the waters of Southwest Florida in December, heading into Christmas and our daytime highs are well above 80 degrees. more »»

On the Water: Another good week of fishing

December 16, 2015 Another week of warm weather and, for a change, light winds, allowed anglers to target a host of species inshore and safely venture to offshore waters. more »»

Catch 'em & Cook 'em: Aunt Billie's Clam Chowder (Billie Johnson)

December 16, 2015 Ingredients: 2 cans baby whole clams 1 can cream of celery soup 1 can cream of onion soup 1/4 tsp black pepper 1 can cheddar cheese soup 4 C half-cooked potatoes – diced 1/2 C milk 1 can chicken... more »»

Sing and shout

December 16, 2015 While working around the house, I often start singing. When I do, Sherl goes outsid. more »»

 
 

 

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  1. Yes, I would worry about any mosquito-borne disease.
  2. No, the state and Mosquito Control are tackling it.
  3. Not unless it starts to spread more, with additional cases.
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Norm's Tasting Notes

2014 Hahn Cabernet Sauvignon

February 4, 2016 #05-16-PIE This is the fifth article for the year of 2016, so it is definitely time to talk about a Cab, my personal favorite in the world of wine. more »

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