Dining Outside the Home: The Shrimp Factory in Savannah, Georgia! Stroll along the thriving riverfront in Savannah, Georgia until you come to River Street’s former cotton warehouse built in 1823. Here you will find Low Country favorites that give The Shrimp Factory its claim to fame: BBQ Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp, She Crab Bisque, Fried Green Tomatoes, Shrimp and Grits, and Low Country Boil. Blueberry muffins arrive in the bread basket for savoring early on with refreshingly sweet tea. Don’t forget to inquire about the Chatham Artillery Punch. There’s quite a story about Savannah’s secret weapon. If you ask kindly, you may get a sample of the cocktail known to be “seductively smooth with the kick of a colonial cannon.”
Dining Outside the Home: Hā Coffee Bar in Lihue, Kauai! Now here is a coffee shoppe with a mission statement. Hā means “breath”, a description of island culture. It’s about the ohana community, or family, of people who choose to work together in unity. At Hā Coffee Bar you’ll find coffee, tea, and local-sourced goods. Coffee-lovers may choose between whole bean, espresso, cold brewed, pour over, and french press coffee. The atmosphere is conducive for interaction. Make yourself at home in a comfy chair, or choose a rustic table with a window view, or slide up to the communal wooden table below the vaulted ceiling fan. Sit and sip. Support the environment, support the culture, support the community. We’re all in this together. Everyone is welcome.
What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? All the Buzz: Kiwi Granita Siciliana! Everyone knows Italy is famous for its pasta, wine, and pizza. It is also known for its granitas, a semi-frozen fruit concoction that can be served as a dessert at the end of a meal or to cleanse the palate between courses. Choose a flavor that mirrors your mood. Or choose one that reflects the season. The liquid can vary from champagne to coffee. I wanted to combine the melon-like fragrance of elderflower liqueur balancing the sweetness of ripened kiwi fruit with citrus undertones of lemongrass green tea. The results, in my opinion, are refreshingly harmonious. Ease into summer with charm and grace.
KIWI GRANITA SICILIANA
6 kiwi, ripe
1 cup green lemongrass tea, chilled
1/2 cup St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lime juice
Peel kiwi fruit and place in a mini chopper. Pulse until smooth; it should appear the consistency of a purée. Transfer to a freezer-safe dish. Add green lemongrass tea, elderflower liqueur, sugar, and fresh lime juice. Mix well. Cover and freeze overnight. Using a fork, scrape icy shavings into the middle of the container until the entire mixture is in the form of flaky crystals. Keep frozen until ready to serve. Garnish with lime wedge.
What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Food Junkie Favorites: Zingy Lemon Blueberry Scones! Question: What do you get when you cross a cake and a quick bread? Answer: An English Scone, of course! Now here’s an excuse to eat something lightly sweetened in the middle of the day. Scones are popular with brunch or afternoon tea in some countries. They are made in a single-serving size and come in several variations. By adding fresh fruit and a sprinkling of sanding sugar, the results are astounding. Drizzle a lemony glaze on top to transform this beauty into a dessert as well.
ZINGY LEMON BLUEBERRY SCONES
3 cups flour
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon granulated lemon citrus peel
1 1/2 cups butter
1 1/2 cups blueberries
1/2 cup chopped almonds
3/4 cup milk
White sanding sugar, for sprinkling
Lemon Glaze Icing Ingredients:
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon granulated lemon citrus peel
1/4 cup lemon juice
Preheat oven to 375°. Line a large with sheet with a Silpat nonstick baking mat. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, sea salt, and lemon citrus peel in a large bowl. Add butter and blend until crumbly. Fold in the blueberries and almonds. Stir in the milk. On a lightly floured surface, transfer dough. Form into two 6-inch disks. Cut each disk into 6 wedges. Gently transfer wedges to the prepared sheet; brush with milk; sprinkle lightly with the sanding sugar. Bake for 25-30 minutes, rotating pan halfway through. Cool on the pan. Drizzle with lemon glaze. Serve warm.
Whisk together powdered sugar, butter, lemon citrus peel, and lemon juice until smooth. Drizzle over warm scones.