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Graham Nut Clusters

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Otherwise known as Chex mix with Golden Grahams, but more about that later.

Don’t call out the National Guard.  I am back.  I had every intention of posting throughout my vacation, but I guess lounging around takes more out of me than I thought.

Last Saturday we drove the four-hour trek to Savannah.  And when I say we drove that means Jake.  I originally intended to split the drive-time with him, but after I spent all day Friday making snacks for the road that went out the window.

To me it’s just not a road trip without Chex mix.  Usually I will try to incorporate a theme.  For example, when we drove from PA to MA for Thanksgiving a few years ago I made pumpkin spice flavored.  I kind of forgot about a theme this time, but since this recipe is from Southern Living and it has pecans I like to think that it’s a southern theme for our vacation in the south.

We spent the weekend in Savannah.  If you haven’t been to the Historic District you should go.  I have been a few times, but this was a first for my husband, so we did a little less shopping and a little more historical sightseeing.  We also went to Paula Deen’s restaurant.  Frankly, I wish we hadn’t.  Sunday we went to Vic’s on the River, which I would do again, even though they neglected to mention that the shrimp and grits were spicy.

After a quick stop at Fort Pulaski — I stayed in the car — we headed off to Hilton Head.  I am a Disney Vacation Club member and proud of it, so we stayed there until Friday.   It was our first time in Hilton Head.  There’s not a lot to do there, which is a perfect excuse to go to the Heavenly Spa at the Westin.  I was there from 12 to 6 so they offered me a lunch menu.  I ordered a grilled salmon salad which consisted of tangled greens, red onion, walnuts, dry cranberries, and raspberry-walnut vinaigrette.  What I got was grilled salmon on spinach with tomatoes and edamame.  It’s okay.  The edamamae was a nice surprise.  I assume the dressing was raspberry-walnut.  Whatever it was made me want to lick the plate.  Don’t panic.   I managed to restrain.  Certainly we hit a few other great restaurants and went to a Lowcountry boil at the Disney Beach House that was all-you-can-eat — enuf said.  Anyway, I mention the spa meal because the menu was entitled Eat Well.

I didn’t really take the camera out in Savannah, but we will go back again some day and remedy that.  I’m turning into a really bad tourist.  I either take a ton of pictures but never do anything with them or I only take a handful.  This trip was the latter.

These were pretty much outside our front door but unfortunately we didn’t notice them until the last day.  Great place for reading and drinking wine at sunset.

The view from the backyard.

The view from the beach house.

Eat Well and Savor.

 

 

 

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Chicken and Biscuit Potpie

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I know it’s only the middle of August and it’s still summer, but kids are back to school, Halloween decor is for sale, and last week I saw boots at the mall.  Face it, autumn days are right around the corner.  You realize, of course, that this is all just an excuse to make a nice hot dish on a lovely summer day.  That’s right.  I’m a rebel.  Stay tuned.  There might also be some apple pie in your future.

Another Comfort Food Fix from Ellie Krieger.

I know we’ve seen it before, but I just love the colors.

Personally, I would have preferred a few more carrots.

Good-for-you vegetables, fluffy biscuits with low-fat buttermilk and whole-wheat flour, and fresh thyme for my little collection of herbs.  What more can you ask for?  Oh, yeah, 400 calories a serving.

In other news:  in case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t been around.  I was in Philly for the annual convention of the National Court Reporters Association at the Marriott downtown.  Please, hold back your jealousy.  I wish I could report that I did a lot of sightseeing and ate at some fabulous restaurants.  Alas, several events were catered by the hotel and for the other meals I was not in charge of picking the destination.  I did manage to escape a few times to the spa at the Ritz Carlton.   Of course that meant that I had to have a cocktail in the lobby bar, which happens to be 10 Arts, Eric Ripert’s new restaurant.  At  least I think it’s new.   I took a picture of the lobby, but since the same one is on the Web site, I’ll let you click away.   I would go back just to have this drink again:

The Ri-Pear Martini

…A nod to Chef Ripert’s hometown in southwest France… Grey Goose La Poire, lavender, White Cranberry

On another note, I was so not impressed with downtown Philly — sorry if you’re a Philadelphian — but it was too crowded, a little stinky, and not very friendly.

Eat Well and Savor.