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On the Water: Red tide still lingering in Southwest Florida waters

November 30, 2016 Over the past week, red tide again played a factor in fishing as anglers continued to express concerns over dead fish, an itchy throat and a slow bite. more »»

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

November 30, 2016 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 »»

MOTI: Patricio Island, one of the lesser known isles in North Pine Island Sound

November 30, 2016 Not many people hear about Patricio Island. It is about 2 miles southwest of Bokeelia in North Pine Island Sound. On maps it is shaped like an upside down “J. more »»

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

November 23, 2016 While I spent the past week out of town and off the water, it appeared I returned to find a slow bite and areas of red tide. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Giblet Gravy

November 23, 2016 (Editor's note: The following recipe is an addition to the Roast Turkey & Dressing recipe featured in last week's (11-16) Pine Island Eagl. more »»

Taking inventory

November 23, 2016 When I was 12, I was hired by the owner of a small market to sweep the floor, bag items for customers and put up stock. One day, the owner said to another employee: “It’s time to take inventory. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Roast Turkey & Dressing

November 16, 2016 1 12-14 lb turkey. more »»

Grilled marinated Flank or Hanger Steak

November 9, 2016 Ingredients: 1/4 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 1/2 tsp dry mustard 1 1/2... more »»

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

November 9, 2016 Ingredients: 1/4 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 1/2 tsp dry mustard 1 1/2... more »»

Crab Cups

November 2, 2016 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 »»

Wind, wind and even more wind!

November 2, 2016 To say the past week on the water was windy would be an understatement. more »»

On the Water: Enjoying the first cool front of the season

October 26, 2016 Our first real cool front that brought a couple days of strong north winds arrived over the weekend. Fishing ahead of the front was good despite breezy days. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Sheepshead Chowder

October 26, 2016 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 1 C chopped green pepper 4 C hot... more »»

Local Knowledge: Elvis Presley, Richard P. Powell and Matlacha

October 26, 2016 Take a drive through Matlacha today and you’ll see a quirky artists’ community dotted by brightly colored buildings, folks fishing along the bridge, great restaurants and, of course, fish houses and... more »»

On the Water: Windy week creates fishing challenges

October 19, 2016 The good news over the past week was cooler weather and strong full moon tides. For the bad, the strong northeast winds that accompanied the cool down stuck around much of the week. more »»

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

October 19, 2016 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... more »»

Why bless animals?

October 19, 2016 During the last week of September and the first week of October, one of the most asked questions was:  “Pastor, why are you and other pastors blessing animals on Oct. 1? Is it just to honor St. more »»

On the Water: Fishing during and after the storm

October 12, 2016 As Hurricane Matthew ripped up the east coast of Florida, we were lucky on our side of the state. With the exception of a couple breezy days, we were pretty much unaffected. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Marnequed Lamb Chops

October 12, 2016 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 »»

On the Water: October is a great month for fishing

October 5, 2016 This is a refreshing time for anglers around South-west Florida. After a long hot summer, we will finally see some relief with cooler days and a drop in humidit. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Party Chicken Salad

October 5, 2016 Ingredients: 1 C chopped pecans 1/2 C mayonnaise 1/2 C minced sweet onion 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper 5 C chopped cooked chicken breast 4 small fresh, firm... more »»



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2014 Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon

December 2, 2016 #48-16-PIE We recently visited some old friends and took along a bottle of 2014 Coppola Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon for all of us to sample. more »

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