Our weekly farmer’s market trips always yield a delightful new experience for my partner and I. On this trip we tasted our first Pop Craft treat.

What a great way to cool down after a trek through the hot morning sun. They have a fantastic choice of both, creamy and icy artisan popsicles to choose from.  New flavors will pop up week to week. I chose the icy” Blueberry Lemon Basil” while my partner chose the creamy “Coconut Cream.”

Both flavors were cold, full of flavor and definitely unique. Most certainly my “Blueberry Lemon Basil” was unique, it had bits of basil in the pop, hence its’ true artisan flavor.

I had to eat mine quickly before it melted, so I didn’t hesitate to bite into the icy cold treat.

Donna L. Tortorice is the “Lady Pop” herself and she is getting ready to open her first bricks and mortar pop shop here in Sarasota this July. Congratulations! I love to see small local businesses like this be successful. And I certainly love to partake in tasty, local,  artisan foodie stuff.

Make sure to visit their website www.popcraftpops.com

Yum Food!! Yum Art!!

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Pop Craft Craze Arrives in Sarasota, FL!

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I love being liked by 100 people….and counting!  I am truly grateful to have created this blog. I have found a great community of creative minds here.

Bowing Down To The Universe 

(oil pastel on watercolor paper)

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Cha cha ching!

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Here are a some ink and brush drawings I created on newsprint. I am not sure where the inspiration came from.

They emerged one day as I was playing around with my ink and brushes.

I believe each character represents a particular mood or thought I had that day. Enjoy!

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The Ink People

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This is one pretty Bird!  My fiancée’ has perfected the art of roasting chickens.  We  found this great recipe (and we have tried it twice thus far) in my Bon Appetit magazine. I will post the recipe at the end of this blog post.

Mmmmmm….mmmm, they are a great looking pair of legs.

Hey, hey no picking!

Sweet Plum Tomatoes, to make us a nice salad.

Crisp and fresh!

I whipped up a fragrant and light ” Lime vinaigrette”   to toss into our salad.

Jalapeño and scallions ready to sauté with rice,  for our last side dish.

Saute scallions, the peppers, and olive oil with a fresh squeeze of lime juice toss in some white rice and season with salt and pepper.

Tasty stuff!

Finger licking’ , down home,  crispy and  succulent roasted chicken with salad and jalapeño lime rice!

Woo! Hoo! Good Eats.

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RECIPE

Roast Chicken with Rosemary, Lemon, and Honey

6oz. rosemary sprigs (about 2 large or 4 small bunches), divided

2 4-lb chickens

1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 Tbsp. honey

2 lemons, 1 halved, 1 sliced into eight 1/4″ rounds

1 lb. shallots, peeled

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large roasting pan with 3/4 of rosemary sprigs.

Place chickens on top.

Whisk 1/2 cup oil, lemon juice, and honey in a small bowl to blend.

Using your hands and beginning at the neck end of chicken, gently lift skin away from breast.

Under skin of each chicken, rub 3/4 cup lemon mixture into meat.

Drizzle remaining lemon mixture all over outside of chickens.

Place 1 lemon half and 1 shallot inside each chicken cavity; stuff with remaining rosemary sprigs, dividing equally.

Season chickens all over with salt and pepper. Place remaining shallots around chickens; arrange 4 lemon

rounds on top of each chicken. Drizzle shallots and lemon rounds with remaining 2 Tbsp. oil.

Roast chickens, basting frequently with pan juices, for 45 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees

and continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh

registers 165 degrees and skin is deep golden and crispy, about 10 minutes longer.

Spoon pan juices over chickens, shallots and lemon slices

and serve in roasting pan.

( We halved this recipe to make for two of us, and it was still delicious)

©Jay Mora-Shihadeh

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Succulent Roasted Chicken

A delicious roasted chicken recipe created by my wife.

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This is a great painting from one of the great Masters of all time!

Elliott in Gotham

[www.frick.org]  This fall The Frick Collection will present Vincent van Gogh‘s Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier). The painting has not left its home institution, the Norton Simon Museum, in Pasadena, CA, in nearly forty years, making this a particularly rare and exciting viewing opportunity for East Coast audiences. This modern masterpiece will be shown in the Frick’s Oval Room from October 30, 2012, through January 20, 2013, and will be accompanied by lectures and gallery talks. The special loan is part of an ongoing exchange program with the Norton Simon Museum that began in 2009 when a group of five works from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries travelled to New York. Other loans have followed: the Frick’s Comtesse d’Haussonville by Ingres was shown at the Norton Simon in the fall of 2009, and Memling‘s Portrait of a Man is currently on view there, remaining…

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These beauties are the start of a great summer meal, Yellow Tomatoes!

Pretty little things, aren’t they?

Slice and dip into a seasoned breadcrumb, no egg needed here.

Stack ’em all up on a plate…

beauteous!

Get out your favorite cast iron skillet.

Carefully place into hot oil, I used Canola oil.

Turn over when golden.

Drain on paper bag, or paper towels.  I then sprinkled scallions all over them!

Ribbons of collard greens.

Cut the stems out of all the collard’s.

Roll them…

Chop into ribbons of collard’s!

Chill some bubbly, we chose Prosecco…and we didn’t have ice so we improvised!

It was another fabulous “Veggie only night” dinner.

 

I also prepared a cream herb potato side dish. I made it with a little yogurt, skim milk, cilantro and salt, it was out of this world zingy, tangy, and delish !

We loved this dish so much it will become a staple at our table!

Yum Food !! Yum Art!!
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Fried Yella’s – Tomatoes that is!

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Our new market experience “Traditional French Crepe’s”  made to order folks!

The official crêpe maker herself, with a large funny looking pan that created the giant crispy like pancake. Here is a link that explains a bit about the history of the crêpe. www.world-of-crepes.com/historyofcrepes.html

We shared the Turkey and Cheese crêpe, and it was pretty tasty for street side dining.

C’mon, you know I investigated it up close now ! We enjoyed our crepes with our freshly whipped cappuccino’s from atop…

you guessed it, or not…The Java Dawg Bus!!

Our favorite place to enjoy our morning brew and local fare….peeking down on all of our market peeps!

aaahhhhh…life is good!!

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Crepe’s To Go ! Oh Yeah !!

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Edgar and Vincent

I wanted to share this post I did from a blog I joined called “20 lines a day…an exercise in discipline” it was created by Melissa Hassard a wonderful writer and blogger who wanted to challenge poets to write 20 lines a day. It is a great blog for poetry and photography. I have enjoyed the callaborative community of artist’s, and the challenge.

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And why is stir fry da bomb ?

Because it turns the most mundane and seemingly boring fare, into a tingling spicy delight !

Stir Fried Cabbage with Ground Beef !

First I added some tomatoes and onion to the cabbage, oh and garlic of course ! Lots.

And then I created this tomatoe-y, pepper-y, slurry with the ground beef

and dumped it into the cabbage stir fry, yum yum !

stir fried it together, and adjusted the spice to SPICY enough for a kick but still able to enjoy all the flavors of yummy-ness

I threw in some leftover, whole wheat penne pasta noodles, for a complete and Dee-lish-ous dish !!

So much for hum-drum, boring, drab, bland, mundane cabbage and beef !

Yum Food!!  Yum Art!!

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Stir Fry is Da Bomb!

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This unusual striped variety of eggplant, the Calliope,  inspired one of my many  “veggie only night” dinners. It isn’t difficult to forgo the heavy, meat laden yummy meals, that are more suitable for colder weather indulgences, during these steamy days of our hot Florida summer.

Slice and douse with a fruity olive oil, sea salt, and fresh herbs of your choice…we used parsley. Spread on a baking sheet and roast at 300 degree’s for about 1/2 hour.

To make a complete meal I served with some bright and delicate Mizuna greens, sautéed with olive oil and fresh garlic, all from our Sarasota Farmer’s Market (as is the eggplant). We are still able to buy some good organic/local produce for a while longer, before the hot and humid days of summer spoil the fun for us here in the sunshine state.

I baked up a couple of yams and poured some lovely, crisp and fruity white wine into some glasses to create the perfect, romantic candlelit, “veggie only night”  dinner for my fiancée and I!

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Purple striped eggplants

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