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Seems like all my entries lately have been about food; but I just couldn’t resist this one – lobster ceviche.

One nibble of this delicious ceviche and I was right back on a warm beach, sunglasses on, lathered in sunscreen, soaking up the warm rays, listening to the ocean waves, sipping on a Corona and stuffing my grill with this fresh and tangy appetizer.

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Fattie made this for me last night.

Lobster Ceviche

  • 1 whole lobster – boiled, meat removed, cubed
  • 2 avocados, cubed
  • 1 small mango, cubed
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes, cubed
  • Half of chili pepper, seeded & diced
  • Half of small red onion,diced
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Handful of cilantro, finely chopped
  • Smaller handful of parsley, finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Preparation

    1. Put live lobster in freezer for 30 minutes to allow “lobster to fall asleep”. Blanch lobster in boiling water for 6 minutes. Remove from heat. Put lobster on ice bath. Once cool, remove meat and cut lobster into small pieces. (tip: ask your fish monger to cook the lobster ahead of time if you are skweemish or this step bothers you)
    2. Toss all ingredients together in large bowl, cover with cling film, and allow to marinate in fridge for about an hour. (tip: since the lobster is already cooked, you can actually eat this straight away but it is a bit tastier when it sits among the juices for awhile. It can also be prepared several hours prior to serving).
    3. Drain some liquid & serve in martini glasses.
    4. Invite me over.
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    barefootMy girlfriend brought the most delicious roasted rosemary cashews to a shin-dig last Saturday night. After I took my third trip back over to the bowl, I noticed these tasty nibbles were just about gobbled up and everyone was raving about them. The next morning, we were delightfully surprised to find an extra stash in a ziplock baggie in the pantry! I’m adding these to the goodie baskets I give away for Christmas; they would also make a wonderful hostess gift.

    Apparently, these cashews were inspired by the bar nuts served at Union Square Cafe in New York City. The recipe is from Ina Garten’s cookbook, Barefoot In Paris, Easy French Food You Can Make at Home.

     

     

    Rosemary Cashews
    by Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa

    • 1 pound unsalted cashews
    • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
    • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
    1. Spread the cashews out on a sheet pan. Toast in the oven until warm, about 5 minutes.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the rosemary, sugar, salt, cayenne, and butter.
    3. Throughly toss the cashews with the spiced butter and serve warm.

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    According to their website, Branchhome.com is a place where you can buy products that are wholly appealing—sexy, even—but that are also manufactured and brought to market in such a way that you don’t have to feel guilty about buying—or, eventually, disposing of—them.

    At Branch, they’re all about sustainability.

    What do they mean by that? In short, they think that products should be made in the most environmentally-responsible way possible. Also — and this is equally important — they think that products shouldn’t have to look eco-friendly to actually be “green”. Everything sold at Branch qualifies as being “sustainable” in some way or another (often in many ways). This could mean, for example, that a product is made from organically-grown fiber, or from recycled- or reclaimed stock, or from sustainably-harvested wood, or from a naturally-occurring, renewable material. It’s their hope that shopping at Branch gets people thinking differently about the things they buy and where those things come from.petme

    There are certainly some fresh and intriguing products on their site.

    These squeeze and Plant-Me Pets would make a great gift for a young niece or nephew. They’re quirky sculptures made of natural latex rubber. The “eyes” are actual seeds (melon, tomato, and pumpkin seeds), and their “skin” is soft and pliable. You can squeeze their bodies and they’ll squeak.dogbone

    For Rover, there’s this RecycleBone – any pup would want to chomp. The RecycleBone is made from rubbery scraps left over from the manufacture of other chew toys. Your dog will will love that it’s super-strong and fun to gnaw.tray

    And who doesn’t need these functional 100% organically-grown, non-toxic adhesive, natural food-safe wood oil bamboo serving trays? The company, Bambu who makes these in China, manufactures several other environmentally friendly bamboo items including thick sturdy cutting boards, colorful serving bowls, useful salad utensils, and some cool handy tongs .winerack

    Or this hip SixPack Wine Rack made in the good ol’ US of A of 100% wool felt. This clever wine rack is made from naturally renewable and recyclable materials. Also available are felt coasters and a cool wine pocket for wrapping and giving a bottle of wine.blanket

     

     

    Wanna splurge? This 100% virgin wool blanket from Italy, is more formally called the “Apart-n-Together” Blanket. The design celebrates the connectedness of people, and serves as a reminder of another when they’re not around. With each blanket that the company Hiroko Kurihara Designs sells, they donate a blanket made of recycled polar fleece to a local organization that serves those who are homeless or in transition. This act of giving requires no additional purchase: it’s simply responsible, ethical consumerism.

    snpFor the chef in the family or just someone that might need a little extra flavor in their life, pick up these Tiny Basket Bowels, perfect size for salt and pepper. They have most certainly made it onto my Christmas wish list.stripes

    I also adore this AUM Shoulder Tote made from 100% reclaimed sailcloth body. Cut from naturally textured cruising sailcloth that would otherwise be discarded, this tote’s rich history is highlighted and reinforced by perfectly simple, handmade details. The AUM Shoulder Tote is a unique chronicle of voyages past, and a perfect companion for adventures to come. Also available in a circle design.

     

    Even my 100% organic mother would approve.

     

     

     

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