Simple Meals Are Often the Best

Bo cooked tonight.  While I was outside putting those Christmas poinsettias in the ground, he was putting together a nice but simple meal of grilled swordfish with asparagus and a baked potato. Simple. Easy. Delicious.

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He called me to come inside to have a glass of wine with him and his beer on the lanai. Well, we ended up walking around the back yard after I induced him to ooh and ah over my new flowers.

About that meal.  I’m happy to say swordfish is no longer on the top 10 list of endangered fish. I suspected as much because the price has dropped drastically. Yes, that’s butter you see on the potato, but it’s vegan butter made from olive oil. Yep, it’s still 100% fat, but it’s a monounsaturated (i.e., good-for-you) fat. Just look at that beautiful lemon. My Meyer lemon trees are blooming now. I hope to have lots more lemons next November and December.

To us simple food means cozy together-time at home, easy preparation, and best of all, it’s always delicious, especially when Bo cooks. Oh, in case you’re wondering, when one of us cooks, the other cleans the kitchen — so I love it when he grills dinner.

 

Those Bananas Are Finally Ripe

Well, those 75 bananas that we had to harvest early due to a possible freeze are finally ripe. This is how they began that cold winter day:

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Today, they look like this:

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Well, okay, some of them still look like this, and are now in our freezer:

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Last night we peeled them, and put them in the fridge. Today, we doubled the recipe, and made 2 dozen larger than usual muffins. They are very healthy, as well as delicious — we used whole wheat flour, vegan butter, and Georgia pecans. To get the recipe, click right here.

Here they are again. Don’t you want to take a bite right now?

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Friend’s Granddaughter Requests Bo’s Chocolate Truffle Pie for Thanksgiving

CBM Choc Truffle Pie SliceSince relocating to Florida, we have Thanksgiving dinner with our friends  next door. (They come to our house on Christmas.) Their granddaughter came with them to our house last Christmas, where she had this special dessert that Bo makes. Last week, she asked her grandmother if she thought Bo would make it for Thanksgiving for her, because she can’t be here this Christmas. Of course, Bo said yes.  Annie, it’s chilling in our fridge now. Here’s the link to the recipe:   https://cookingwithboandmia.com/recipes/chocolate-truffle-pie/

 

 

Making Chili and Watching Football

It’s not yet cold weather here in Florida, but I’ve been in the mood for a piping hot bowl of chili for a month or so. This weekend, I couldn’t wait any longer. So I made a big pot of the stuff, and we enjoyed it while watching a not so enjoyable football game.

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Bo is an Auburn University graduate, so he enjoyed the first half, but not the second half of the game. Like most football fans, he yelled at the TV a bit, but we sure did enjoy our chili. For our recipe, click right here.

A Trip to the Farmers’ Market is Always Fun — Especially in Peach Season

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Almost every Saturday we go to our local farmers’ market where we buy almost of our produce, plus locally produced wildflower honey and my favorite hibiscus tea, and oh, so much more.  And peaches — especially those sweet,  juicy peaches. For Bo’s quick and easy peach cobbler recipe click right here.

How could I forget plants?! There are several vendors with potted herbs, flowers, and ornamental shrubs. This week, we took home this basketful of goodies:  sweet potatoes, avocados, a red bell pepper, Roma tomatoes, sweet grape tomatoes, and a fresh mango.

 

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Our town has two farmers’ markets, one on Saturdays, and one on Thursdays.  Surrounding towns have markets, too, so there are always plenty of places to go for fresh, locally grown produce. No anemic-looking tomatoes that were picked while green, then shipped 2,000 or 3,000 miles will ever be found at these markets. It’s especially important to support local growers. They provide us with fresh, locally grown, often organically grown produce. It’s especially nice to know these vegetables were picked at the peak of ripeness.

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It’s stone crab season and both of us are anxious to enjoy some.

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Each week the veggies look  prettier than ever. This photo is from a different trip to the market. Those zucchini were sliced and grilled along with some grouper filets that week. The avocados and some of the grape tomatoes will be part of my lunch in one of my favorite lunch salads. For the recipe click here.  It will add color, not to mention flavor in a stir-fry dish, but some of it will be sliced and eaten raw after being dipped into some light-ranch dressing. Yum.

These Markets Are Pet Friendly

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The weekly markets are as much a social occasion as they are a better way to get fresh, locally grown produce.

They’re also a chance for dogs to socialize not only with other dogs, but with people, too. You meet more people when you have a dog with you. We often see friends and neighbors, and we did today.

 

Daughter Cooked for Us

One of our girls, Tracy, visited us for about three weeks, and on two nights, she cooked for us. She is a fantastic cook, by the way. She is also a nurse, but maybe should have been a chef. Here are the wonderful meals she prepared:

CBM - TJ Shrimp & Asparagus

Shrimp with Grape Tomatoes and Asparagus Over Angel Hair Pasta

CBM - TJ Chicken & Snow Peas

Chicken with Snow Peas, Red Peppers, and Penne Pasta in Peanut Sauce

Both dishes were superb, and so much easier to prepare that you may suspect. Talk about delicious. I’ll see if I can get her to do a guest post on Cooking With Bo and Mia so you can have the recipes.

She also makes jewelry using semi-precious gemstones and Swarovski crystals. You can see her collections on her Etsy page at Designs By LolaBelle. In case you’re wondering, LolaBelle is her dog. I often call her Miss Belle. Tracy and LolaBelle have gone back home now. We sure do miss them.