What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Food With Soul: Old Bay Mayo! First of all, there is no substitute for Old Bay seasoning as a core ingredient in this post. It’s a sacred concoction, invented in the 1940s and respected by Southerners, containing 18 unspecified ingredients. If you try to use Cajun, Jerk, or generic blends, don’t blame me if the results are less than phenomenal. What I can assure is that it taste ah-mazing with shrimp, crab cakes, seafood, and more. Turn Old Bay Mayo into an aioli for sandwiches, dressing for salads, or condiment for meats. I can see you coming up with a dip for french fries, too. Don’t blame me; I’m just the messenger.
OLD BAY MAYO
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons fresh chives, chopped
2 teaspoons dill weed, snipped
2 teaspoons lemon zest, grated
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Old Bay* seasoning
In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, fresh chives, dill weed, lemon zest, lemon juice, and Old Bay seasoning. Stir until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for one hour. Serve as a condiment or dipping sauce for seafood.
*I receive no recompense for mentioning this product.
“You are never too old to set
another goal or to dream
a new dream.”
~ C.S. Lewis
“If you’re brave enough to say
Goodbye, life will reward you
with a new Hello.”
~ Paulo Coehlo
Dining Outside the Home: Old Naples Pub in Naples, Florida! Located in the heart of historic Third Street South, atop a winding staircase in an vine-covered brick building, is a cozy gathering place for tasty food, cold drinks, and complimentary dill pickles. That’s right, whole dill pickles. For Free. Whether you slide onto a stool along the bar, a seat near the window where dappled sunlight pours in, or a cafe table on the lush patio overlooking the sidewalk foot traffic… every spot has a jar of pickles within reach. Enjoy the relaxed feeling of an aged pub as you glance around at the historical memorabilia, including a wooden upright piano in the corner. This is definitely Old Naples. The menu has enough to satisfy every mood, especially if you’re hungry. It’s easy to see why stopping by is a favorite among locals and tourists alike.
Dining Outside the Home: Divieto Ristorante in Estero, Florida! Whenever a meal is prepared table-side, things are bound to feel a little bit different at this 1920’s version of a classic Italian restaurant. Their signature dish, Ruota di Parmigiano, is a creamy fettuccine Alfredo specialty tossed in a parmigiana-reggiano cheese wheel. The steamy homemade pasta is poured into the hollowed out cheese wheel over a layer of freshly scraped parmesan shavings. As the pasta is gently mixed in, the buttered noodles are coated in the creamy decadence causing the customers to practically drool uncontrollably. But mind your manners, take a sip of water, and wait patiently until the server ceremoniously transfers the traditional pasta dish before you as though you were royalty.
“You are never too old
to set another goal or to
dream a new dream.”
~ C.S. Lewis
“I can smell autumn dancing in
the breeze. The sweet chill of
pumpkin, and crisp sunburnt leaves.”
~ Ann Drake
“In Old Europe and Ancient Crete,
women were respected for their roles
in the discovery of agriculture and
for inventing the arts of weaving
and pottery making.”
~ Carol P. Christ
“If you fall seventy times a day,
rise seventy times and return to God
so that you will not fall too often.”
~ Johannes Tauler