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New Foods   Leave a comment

I love new restaurants, foods, recipes, dishes, spices and I do my best to have at least new one every month in each category!

The easiest new things to have are found in grocery stores and in Fort Lauderdale we have many speciality stores from countries all over the world just as you wouldn’t be able to find a country that isn’t represented by a restaurant or a dozen or more restaurants providing dining experiences like Thai, Japanese, Mexican, Cuban, Peruvian, Brazilian, African, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Greek, Filipino, Indian, Far Eastern, Israel, German, French, Vietnam, etc., etc. 

We have practically every food franchise and variations of the same from 16 different burger places to enough Mexican restaurants to feed every Mexican!

There isn’t a spice in the world that you won’t find here or, for that matter any food you need to make a sauce, soup or main course. Desserts? Name one and I will take you to a place you can find it.

Above are just some of the new foods, spices, salsas, soups, one or two items that had no English on them with some like the cream of Asparagus soup that was all in Spanish or what I think is a spice with only what looks like Chinese characters on it.

By the way that black bean salsa is a winner!

Posted October 27, 2018 by greatmartin in FOOD, RECIPES, Uncategorized

Blue Apron Food Test 2   1 comment

Blue Apron Seared Steaks


Seared Steaks & Cheesy Mashed Sweet Potatoes:


Ingredients: 2 steaks, 2 sweet potatoes, garlic, light brown sugar, cremini mushrooms, 1 sweet onion, 2 oz. white cheddar cheese and 1 tbsp sherry vinegar


I made a few changes with the first eliminating the brown sugar. I, also, didn’t use the cheddar cheese instead using 2 measured pats of butter (setting the cheese aside to use for lunch). I did put the rest of the ingredients, except for the steaks and sweet potato, also adding a chopped green pepper and some cherry tomatoes, in a microwave pan, microwaving it for 4 minutes.


The major change I made was making it all, using only 1 sweet potato, like one meal instead of two. Raw the steaks came as 12 ounces and after making them on the Foreman’s grill, medium rare, they weighed in at a little over 8 ounces.


Adding a salad and a package of defrosted Mango cubes for dessert it was a good and satisfying meal but the price per meal was doubled.


Next, probably Saturday, when I will also be getting my second shipment, I will make the third recipe from the first: Miso Chicken Ramen.


This was definitely a good, tasty filling meal, but remember it was 2 portions combined to make 1.

Posted August 15, 2018 by greatmartin in FOOD, HOME, RECIPES, Uncategorized

Food Test 1   1 comment

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I knew just from looking that a major problem would be the portion sizes. The chicken before cooking was 3/4s of a pound and divided into 2 it might be what is recommended as a protein portion but I prefer more protein. I, also, prefer more vegetables than provided.
The positives are that the ingredients are fresh, I got to taste and enjoy Persian cucumbers for the first time. I did eliminate the  Mayonnaise and the Baguette. In their place I added a ‘baked’ potato and 1 pat of butter.
The main change was that instead of cooking it in the stove (mine, with the oven, is ‘closed’) I put it all in a crock pot. After dividing the whole thing, adding the potato (also done in the crock pot), the salad and the package of defrosted fresh frozen fruit I had a decent dinner.
The chicken dish was tasty but I think with the next chicken dish, which I will save for Saturday—Miso Chicken Ramen–I will treat it as all one portion as I will the Seared Steak and Cheesy Sweet Potato on Wednesday. To tomorrow’s portion of Chicken Panzanella I may add rice or pasta.
Will tell you about the steak on Wednesday which I will grill instead of cooking in a pan.


Posted August 13, 2018 by greatmartin in FOOD, RECIPES, Uncategorized

A new food experience for me   1 comment

Have any of you tried this? If so what was your reactions?


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For two weeks I am testing a food plan where the food is delivered and you cook the meals at home. Initially, as a special, it will cost $34 a week for 6 meals which come to a little less than $6 a meal but there are the extras I will have to buy to make it a complete meal like salad makings, dessert, etc.

I will be making/tasting 12 meals to see how easy/hard/long it takes to make each meal—will also test for portion size, nutritional value, costs, what will have to be added to make a complete meal, satisfaction, plus and negatives if any, etc., and then will see if I will continue or cancel the plan.

This is the first meal:

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Time: 25-35 minutes    Ingredients (all included in the package): boneless/skinless chicken thighs, a small baguette, 1/2 lb cocktail tomatoes, 2 cloves garlic, 1/4 grated Parmesan cheese,2 Persian cucumbers, 1 oz Kalamata olives, 2 tbs. red wine vinegar, 2 tbs. mayonnaise and 1 tbsp Italian dressing


(C&P–should work!)

Posted August 12, 2018 by greatmartin in FOOD, HOME, RECIPES, Uncategorized


Now that it has been decided that shellfish, though high in cholesterol is not bad for you because of not having any saturated or trans fat it is time for me to go back to eating it–like I ever stopped! (By the way keep in mind it is high in sodium!)

I don’t usually post recipes but this is so easy and s-o-o-o-o-o good! To think I use to take two days to make this recipe from scratch!

Actually I don’t know how or why but I had all the following ingredients so I decided to go the easy way and make shrimp and linguini in white clam sauce. I use to make it from scratch but with a crockpot this was simple.
12 ounces of cooked shrimp peeled and deveined
10 ounces frozen mixed vegetables
16 ounce portion sized package of linguini
15 ounce can of white clam sauce
Parmesan cheese topping (Though some chefs would have a fit if you put cheese on shellfish I am not one of them!)

Cook linguini in crockpot and then drain. Add veggies and after 15 minutes add clam sauce. Last 5 minutes add shrimp.

I then divided it into 4 portions, only because of the sodium, which I put in the freezer. Normally I would just eat the whole at one sitting. When I am ready to eat I’ll make a salad with Romaine lettuce, green peppers, onion, tomato and an Italian dressing.

A portion: 656 calories 952 mg of sodium 165 mg cholesterol 32 grams protein 6 grams of fiber 2 grams of saturated fat 15 grams of fat

Posted February 18, 2015 by greatmartin in RECIPES

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