Month: October 2018

GRILLED SALMON w ORZO, FETA & RED WINE VINAIGRETTE - Great Neighborhood Cooks

Grilled Salmon with Orzo, Feta, and Red Wine Vinaigrette

It’s a great dish to prepare for a crowd.  The orzo salad can be made ahead of time and be served at room temperature.  At the last-minute grill salmon, toss orzo salad with spinach, top with grilled salmon and sprinkle with feta cheese and chives.  I’ve served this for dinner to 12 guests – Delicious & Easy

 
GRILLED OCTOPUS & VEGGIES - Great Neighborhood Cooks

Grilled Octopus and Veggies

We were at Week’s Fish Market earlier this week to pick up some fresh grouper & some of their salmon dip, smoked and made on premises.  Week’s is a hidden gem tucked into a strip mall in Old Bonita Springs.

 
grandmas sweet ketchup - Great Neighborhood Cooks

Grandma Nora’s Sweet Ketchup

This recipe originally came from my Grandma Aman and is much coveted by family members. It’s a must autumn and winter delight. In fact, I was back in upstate New York this summer visiting our daughter and grandchildren and was soon asked to make a fresh batch of ketchup. My youngest sister Mary and I made a huge batch calling for 56pounds of tomatoes which took an entire day. Whew!! Our family typically serves this with pork and sauerkraut or meatloaf but there are many other possibilities such as hamburgers or pot roast. I usually double the recipe as peeling 14 pounds of tomatoes takes some time. Just bring a large pot of water to boil, drop in tomatoes and when they start to blister remove, cool and peel.

 

Rob’s Favorite Breakfast

This is my husband’s favorite breakfast! Rob is an early riser, starting his day sometime between 2:30-4:00 AM. Way too early for me. He doesn’t have far to travel, just down the hall into his home office. Then, around 5:30AM he’s had his morning coffee and is ready for breakfast. Several times a week he prepares wonderful scrambled eggs with a side of sautéed vine fresh tomatoes and mushrooms. To dress the eggs up, he’ll add fresh herbs as a final step. So, while it’s still dark, and flashlight in hand, he snips a sprig or two from potted herbs around the outdoor kitchen. It could be sage, rosemary, chive, oregano whatever strikes his fancy. They’re all terrific!

 
GARLIC ROASTED CARROTS - Great Neighborhood Cooks

GARLIC ROASTED CARROTS

It’s a Foodie’s dream come true – homemade bread and pastries, real NY bagels, a huge variety of local cheeses, fresh seafood, BBQ, delicious New England Lobster rolls, flowers and much, much more.

 
CRASH HOT POTATOES - Great Neighborhood Cooks

Crash Hot Potatoes

I have to admit I stole this recipe for The Pioneer Woman. I had one of those awful summer colds and I was laying on the couch feeling miserable watching the Food Network.

 
CHEESY CRAB CUPS - Great Neighborhood Cooks

Cheesy Crab Cups

This recipe contains affiliate links to our favorite products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. Rob and I love to entertain! And, one of our top ten most applauded appetizers are these cheesy crab cups! They’re easy to make. Look terrific! And, taste even better! […]

 
ASIAN MARINATED PORK CHOPS - Great Neighborhood Cooks

Asian Marinated Pork Chops

Rob & I eat a lot of chicken & fish. Sometimes it’s great to grill a nice thick pork chop. We had some friends over for dinner one evening and I didn’t feel like another trip to the grocery store. Found 6- 1″ thick bone in pork chops in the freezer and gave it an Asian flair. Grilled the pork chops to medium and they were incredibly tender juicy. Served with sautéed garlic spinach and baked sweet potatoes. Yum!!