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  • New Fall Dessert Menu

    We've been having some fun in the Shortcake area this week.  Now that the stores already have Halloween candy on the shelves and even Starbucks has their "PSL" (Pumpkin Spice Latte) available, we figured it was time to release our new Fall Dessert Menu!

    Fall Dessert Menu

    New Fall Menu...

    Yes!  Our Pumpkin Pie Milkshake has returned.  But it brought some friends along too.  We brought back the Apple Pie Milkshake, now with some graham cracker crumbs.  My new favorite milkshake would be the "Birthday Cake" with colorful sprinkles.  Yes, I also happened to celebrate my birthday earlier this week. ;)  Dad has been asking for a caramel milkshake for a while, so we came up with two: White Chocolate Caramel and Heath.  Yep, my work here is done.

     

    Fall Dessert Menu

    But, we didn't stop there.  Next up, our new Dessert Cups!  Everyone loves a chocolate turtle, right?  You know those tasty little clusters of nuts, chocolate and caramel.  Yep.  That's what we did.  Take our vanilla ice cream, top it with hot fudge, caramel and whip cream.  Yum.

    fall dessert menu

    But what about the cheesecake lovers? We came up with two choices: our Pumpkin Cheesecake Cup or a Strawberry Cheesecake Cup.  And yet, I still wanted more.  So, thinking about all great things that go with fall, I couldn't stop there.  Next up, is our Smore's in a cup.  People, I ate the whole thing.  I. Could. Not. Stop. It was that good!  Without giving away any secrets ;) there's real marshmallows in it!  How could one resist?

    So, there you have it.  I hope you'll stop by and try one of our new creations.  Let us know how you like them by visiting our Facebook page.  Or better yet, share it with your friends!

    Are you ready for Fall?

    What are your favorite "Fall Eats"?

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  • Fish Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

    Fish tacos are one of my favorite dishes to order out.  In fact, I regularly order them from Shrimp & Co.  They are just down the street from our market.  It's a really cute Key West style building next to the Family Dollar.  If you are ever looking for fresh seafood, this is your spot.  But I digress, as much as I enjoy them, I had yet to make them at home.  Gasp.  I know. They are not that difficult to make and they are delicious.  Even my skeptical husband was impressed.  Score.

     homemade fish tacos with pineapple salsa

    I improvised on the fish tacos topping.  Normally, they are served with cabbage.  Cabbage is not something we eat a lot of at home, so I substituted with thinly sliced spinach.  And for more flare, I topped it with my homemade pineapple salsa. It truly was delectable.  Here's what you'll need:

     

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    For a little more flavor/heat, I added Flavors of Florida Key West and Clearwater Beach to my tacos.  While the Clearwater Beach hot sauce is usually my favorite, I thought the Key West hot sauce was better for this dish.  The Key West sauce is a medium spicy jalapeno and key lime hot sauce.  The Clearwater Beach hot sauce is definitively spicier.  It's made with cayenne peppers and lemon juice.  For the girls, I made "mayo ketchup", but I used vegennaise instead of mayo.  They loved it!

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    Do you like fish tacos?

    Have you tried the Flavors of Florida hot sauce line?

     

  • Roasted Okra

    Okra is one of those veggies people either love or despise.  Those who love it, can't get enough and those who despise it complain about it's slimy taste.  While I occasionally enjoy some fried okra with ranch dressing, it may not be the healthiest combination.  Having fresh locally grown okra brought to the market daily, made me realize we hadn't had it at home yet.  While my girls may not eat everything I put on their plate, I'm always encouraging them to try new things.

    Roasted Okra
    Recipe Type: Vegetable
    Author: Xiomara Meeks
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    Serves: 4
    Enjoy crisp, flavorful, fresh from the farm Roasted Okra in a few simple steps!
    Ingredients
    • 1 pound okra
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • salt and pepper to taste
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 450. Wash the okra through running water and use a paper towel
    2. to dry it. Line a baking sheet with the okra and drizzle the olive oil over it. Season it with salt and pepper to taste.
    3. Roast it in the oven for 15 minutes. Make sure to shake the baking sheet half way through. Allow a few minutes to cool before eating.

     

    Growing Tips

    Okra is very easy to grow, especially with Florida's hot  weather.  Some relatives include cotton, hollyhock and hibiscus.  If you plan to grow it in your garden, make sure you have well-drained soils in full sun.  It prefers slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soils (pH 6.5-7.5).  Okra can be grown  by direct sowing or by setting transplants.  Make sure you soak the seeds overnight before sowing.

    homegrown okra

    Selecting Okra

    When selecting Okra make sure it has a beautiful shade of green.  Preferably, you should pick them when they are about the size of a small finger or your "pinkie".  The smaller they are, the less "slimy" they tend to be.  Also, the smaller the seeds are.

    Additional Recipes

     

    What are some of your favorite ways to prepare it?

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