Mr. D’s Cafe (Deluca Toyota)

No.  Really. Bear with me for a moment.

Y’all know how I love my car, right?  Her name is Lola and she’s a lipstick red, convertible Solara.  There was a problem with the dashboard cracking and peeling and about a year and a half ago, I got a notification that it was being recalled and to register with Toyota.  I was thrilled that they would repair it at no cost to me and I proceeded to wait.

Last week, I got the call and made an appointment to bring the car in – they told me it would take about 2.5 hours.

I brought books, my iPad, my phone, and showed up at the designated time.  The dealership is beautiful, but still, who wants to wait that long?  I figured it was worth it, however and settled in.  about 1:30 I started to get hungry and decided to try the cafe in the dealership.  I’d heard nice things about it, but I really didn’t believe that I’d be impressed.

I was wrong.

First of all, the people are so friendly and inviting – the menu is very eclectic and there’s quite a lot to choose from.

I went with the Highlander Panini. Thin sliced turkey with pesto and garlic aioli, melted cheese and caramelized onions with a side of German potato salad.  The potatoes were delicious and they were seasoned perfectly with just the right amount of parsley. But the sandwich.  Oh. my.  Gooey, yummy – absolutely delicious.

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While I was eating, they were talking about the “marion berry” dressing.  Of course, I couldn’t resist in asking what that was and instead of explaining it to me, the proprietress created a small plate for me to sample it – apparently it’s their “Field of Greens” salad and it was out of this world!  Mixed greens, cucumbers, strawberries, blueberries, candied pecans and bleu cheese, with this crazy good dressing.  Apparently marion berries grow in Oregon – I’d never heard of them, but that was delicious.

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Lunch was a mere $9 – including my bottle of water and it was worth every penny!   I would absolutely go there for lunch even if my car wasn’t being worked on.  Friendly, delicious, warm and inviting.

To make things even more interesting, every Friday that have Maine Lobster Rolls – they fly real Maine lobster in over night ever Thursday night, pick it up at the airport and make the rolls that morning.  When they’re gone, they’re gone, so they suggest you call and reserve yours on Thursday.

Rest assured I will be doing just that, very soon.  I’ll keep you posted. Check them out and tell them Christine sent you.

And look at my beautiful, new dash!

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Six of My Favorite Fish Recipes

We all try to eat better and fish is a super easy way to do that.  Sometimes it can be a little intimidating, so here are six of my favorite fish recipes to get you motivated.  I hope you enjoy them!

Marinated Grilled Fish with Fruit Salsa

Full Disclosure: The fruit salsa was incredibly delicious.  I didn’t love the orange roughy, I found it a bit fishy, but this is a great dish.  I would do it again with a different fish… maybe mahi, or tuna, or any fish that you know you love.

Marinated Fish With Fruit Salsa

 

Herbed Steelhead Trout with Tomatoes and Asparagus

This fish is so delicious.  Do not miss it.  Of course you can substitute with any fish you like, but the Steelhead is out of this world.

Herbed Steelhead Trout with Asparagus and Tomatoes

Chilean Sea Bass with Lemon Butter, Capers and Parsley

I love this combination!  I hope you do to.

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Mustard Roasted Snapper and Oven Roasted Broccoli Greens

I don’t care if you make the greens or not, I don’t care what you pair it with, but the Mustard Roasted Snapper is a must.  So delicious, we made it over and over again!

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Tuna Ceviche

This one’s for the bit more adventurous!  Go ahead, try it – You’ll love it.

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Sesame Crusted Tuna with a Soy Balsamic Reduction

Ambitious, but totally doable and worth every step!  Slurp!

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CoSchedule

This is such a great resource – I’ve been using it for about a year and I just love it. Recently they made some changes and upgrades and now it’s even better! It really frees me up to create content and not spend all my time promoting it. There’s a free 14 day trial, so there’s absolutely no risk.  I thought I’d share with you, my CoSchedule review.

Content Marketing Editorial Calendar For WordPress Really simple to use, set up your account, install the plug in and get started. In your dashboard sidebar, you’ll see a link for “Calendar”. Hover over it and you have a few choices, Calendar, My Activity, My Team, Settings, Need Help and Open in Web App.

Getting Started with CoSchedule

Click on Calendar and start scheduling posts. This is a great area to brain storm post ideas, titles, series, etc., and to really commit to an editorial calendar. Drag and drop functionality makes it really easy to rearrange your scheduled posts and social media messages and have everything in such a visual format is a huge help to me! (Bonus: here’s what I’ll be writing about the next couple of weeks!)

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I love that all your previous posts show up in the calendar when you look back.  Makes it really simple to promote your awesome content again to people who might not have been following you when you originally posted it!

Teams with CoSchedule

Have a team of writers for a blog?  You can add all the different authors and control what they each see, if you’re the account holder.  Very robust settings make CoSchedule highly configurable and therefore, super useful.

Social Media

My favorite part about CoSchedule, has to be the social media settings – this app differs in how customizable it is!  Set up Facebook profiles and pages, Twitter, Pinterest, Linked In, Tumblr, and Google+ (through Buffer).  The great part is that each message can be different on each network, really allowing you to speak in your own voice for each audience.  Timing also can be set individually.  Post your article on Monday, automatically set up to Tweet on Monday, Facebook on Tuesday, Linked In on Wednesday, etc.  No more going back each day to rebroadcast your content.  Set it once and you’re done. I find that to be such a help in promoting my content, leaving me free to create more wonderful content!

Awesome Integrations

If that weren’t enough to convince you – the integrations surely will.  CoSchedule integrates with Bit.ly, Google Analytics, custom analytics, Google Calendar, and Evernote (Y’all know how I love Evernote!) – making it super easy to track your links, your page views, and more to help you really understand what content is successful, what your audience responds to, and where you need to focus to reach and connect with your tribe, fully.

Integrating with Google Calendar makes things really clear for me.  I have quite a few different calendars, color coded, and I can see my posts, and social media strategy, right next to my appointments, work schedule, client meetings, coaching sessions, family time and more.  I was surprised that by laying it all out visually, I actually was inspired by different ideas for topics and blog posts which is something every writer struggles with and I’m always looking for new ways to inspire the creativity and find topics relevant to my clients and prospective clients, readers, and tribe.

I really appreciate a good WordPress tool.  They’re are different tiers for what you need, start for as little as $19 a month.  Even less if you help to promote (which I totally did).  No contracts, cancel at any time.  I just love it.

Check out the video and go set up an account.  Let me know what you think, or if you have even more inspiring ideas to share!

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Hudson at Waterway East

Last week I took a trip to Delray to see my mother. I was road tripping with my son who is going to stay with his grandmother for a while and we were looking forward to the trip.  Google maps said it was 257 miles and I was a little apprehensive about driving so far, through areas I’d never been.  I abhor traffic.  Like, road rage abhor and I was a little worried.  Turns out I was worried for nothing, the ride was a breeze and we made it in about 3.5 hours with one pit stop. When we got there, we were starving, a little road weary and very, very thirsty.  My mother had planned to take us to her favorite restaurant, but when we called to make reservations, the message on the voice mail said that they were no longer in business.  Not sure where else she should take us, I suggested that there had to be something on the water and I’d love to sit by some salt water for a bit. We drove down to the beach and found a spot that looked very promising.

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A beautiful place, large, airy, beautiful wood bar – and a gorgeous deck with a beautiful view.  I would have loved to sit outside, but it was almost 100 degrees and the air conditioning felt too good to leave.

Our server, Amanda, was delightful, very friendly, funny, and willing to answer my 80 million questions.  The menu wasn’t very big, but there were quite a few really interesting choices.  Apparently, the executive chef is the Season 9 winner of Hell’s Kitchen, but I don’t watch that show, so I have no idea who he is.  I do, however, know that he’s a very talented, creative chef and there’s a delightful quirkiness to his food, as well as a great sense of humor.

I had the Mahi Fish Tacos (I’m obsessed with fish tacos), napa cabbage slaw · sriracha lime emulsion · pommes frites.  My only complaint was that the slaw was really just dry cabbage with avocado, I would have loved it if the lime sriracha had been tossed in there as well, but I removed a lot of the cabbage, squirted the lime and it was delicious.  The fish was fresh and firm and the Sriracha lime emulsion was delicious!!  The pommes frites were perfect!

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My son chose the French Dip which was outstanding.  The bread was the perfect blend of toasted, yet tender and it was piled high with ribeye · caramelized onions · provolone · pommes frites, served with a yummy au jus.

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My mother went for the Hudson Burger which was out of this world.  Caramelized onion marmalade · fontina · applewood smoked bacon · lime & black pepper pommes frites – easily one of the most delicious burgers I have ever tried.

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And the view!

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Travis and his Grandma

We will definitely be back!

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Easy Cucumber Salad

I love a good easy cucumber salad!

Turns out I’m not the only one.  I made this for a potluck recently and it was delicious! Super easy, easiest salad, ever, I might say.  I think the trick is really to shave the ingredients with a mandolin, making them super thin.

  • 2 English cucumbers sliced very thin
  • 1 med. red onion – peeled and sliced very thin
  • 1/2 rice vinegar
  • 2 T. honey
  • salt & pepper to taste

In a large covered bowl, add the rice vinegar, honey and some salt and pepper, whisk until well combined.

Add the cucumber and onion, toss very gently to combine. Chill for at least an hour.  This travels well and holds up for at least a couple of days.

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Seven of My Favorite Pasta Recipes

We love pasta.  Who doesn’t?  Over the years I’ve made lots and lots of pasta dishes and they’re so good, so satisfying, that I thought I’d revisit some of them here.

Seven Of My Favorite Pasta Recipes

Ravioli with a Quick Tomato Sauce, Spinach and Mushrooms

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Linguine with Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes

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Penne with Broccoli and Peppers in a Garlic Creme Sauce

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Penne with Spicy Sausage, Roasted Peppers and Sun Dried Tomatoes in a Goat Cheese Balsamic Sauce

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Linguine with Broccoli, Asparagus and Pomegranate in Citrus Sauce

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Seared Scallops over Penne with Garlic, Parsley and Lemon

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Fettucine with Eggplant and Capers in Tomato Sauce

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Chopped Summer Salad

Who doesn’t love a chopped salad? And with the surprising sweetness of watermelon thrown in, this was perfect!  Made a ton and it kept very well for a couple of days.

Chopped Summer Salad with Creamy Lime Dressing

  • 1 small seedless watermelon, peeled and chopped small
  • 4 avocados, peeled, seeded, chopped small
  • 1 2 lb. bag of frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 english cucumbers, chopped
  • 1 16 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bunch Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
  • 1.5 hearts of Romaine Hearts, chopped

Combine all the above in a large container.

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For the dressing:

  • 2 cups yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T. mayo
  • the juice of one lime
  • 4 T. heavy cream (more or less)
  • slat and pepper to taste

Whisk everything but the heavy cream together.  Slowly add the cream and whisk until the dressing has a pourable consistency.

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Pour over salad and gently toss to combine.  Refrigerate for at least an hour. Serve. Salt and pepper to taste.

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Ten Great Summer Vegetable Recipes

What the heck  are you going to do with all that (insert summer vegetable abundant harvest here)?

You know how it goes…   It’s the season of abundance – Summer Vegetables are all over the place and you are running out of ideas on what to do with them.  Well, I went through a bunch of my recipes and chose ten of my favorites for using up that Summer Vegetable Harvest!

 

Roasted Okra and Eggplant

Something a little bit different.  Roasted Okra and Eggplant with Balsamic Tomato Sauce and Rice. It was kind of like a vegan, Italian, I don’t know… gumbo?

Roasted Okra and Eggplant with Balsamic Tomato Sauce and Rice from ColorMePInk.com

Roasted Eggplant and Okra

Roasted eggplant and okra with peppers and onions alongside a grilled, local, grass fed, chemical and hormone free skirt steak and a tossed salad.  Simple, fast, healthy and delicious!

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Grilled Zucchini, Squash, and Onions

I thought Grilled Zucchini, Squash and Onions would be perfect with pan sauteed chicken and a balsamic reduction.  I was right, this was lovely.

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Squash, Sausage, and Bean “Chili”?

I honestly didn’t know what to call this… Chili?  Stew? Soup? Stoup?  All I know is that it was super yummy.  Lots of layers build on each other making it surprisingly complex.  And very satisfying! squash_chicken_chili

 

Chicken with Roasted Corn, Tomato and Watermelon Salsa

Healthy, summery, delightful dinner

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Grilled Mahi with Papaya, Pineapple and Watercress

So vibrant and sweet and colorful and it’s just so much fun!

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Zucchini and Goat Cheese Lasagna

I forgot about this one.  Now I remember and I will have some… very soon.

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Roasted Carrots, Zucchini and Squash in a Honey, Ginger, Garlic Sauce

Honey, Ginger, Garlic Sauce.  ‘nough said.

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Eggplant, Steak and Pea Stir Fry

For the carnivores!

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Portabella Pizza with Roasted Eggplant, Garlic and Asparagus

You won’t miss the carbs!

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Roasted Broccoli Pasta Salad

Wow.  Yum.  Roasted Broccoli Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Peas, Dill, and Feta in a Lemony Vinaigrette.

So, Haley has really been coming into her own when it comes to cooking. We were discussing this dish and what we would do with it – and I was pretty set on blanching the broccoli.  She decided that she really wanted to roast the broccoli and since she was doing all the heavy lifting, I decided to let her make the decision.  I have to say – she was right.  The slightly crispy, brown broccoli really made this dish sing.  This is lick your bowl, delicious!

  • 2 pounds corkscrew pasta
  • 2 heads broccoli
  • 4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 5 garlic clove, minced
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 c. olive oil divided
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 bunch chopped dill
  • 2 cup frozen peas, defrosted
  • 8 ounces crumbled feta cheese

Preheat oven to 375.  Cut florets from broccoli – peel the stalks and slice into coins.  Line a sheet pan with foil.  Add broccoli, garlic and a big glub of olive oil, toss gently to combine and roast for 20 minutes, or until the broccoli starts to brown at the edges, remove from oven and set aside.

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Meanwhile, put up a pot of liberally salted water to boil.  Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, cool with cold water and set aside.

In a large container with a cover, combine the broccoli, tomatoes, peas, dill, pasta, and feta cheese.

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and Feta

Oh Dill, how I love thee

In a bowl, whisk the rest of the olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper.  Pour over the pasta and vegetables, toss gently to combine.

Close the door, I'm dressing!

Plate. Yum.  Eat.

Slurp!



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Nine Cole Slaw Recipes

Nothing says summer like Slaw, right?  Here are some of my favorite summer dishes, nine of the best cole slaw recipes you’ve ever had!

Slaw with Grapefruit Dressing

Grapefruit Vinaigrette from ColorMePink.com

Spicy Mango Slaw

Spicy Mango Cole Slaw

Mango Cabbage Slaw

Mango Cabbage Cole Slaw

Tuna Sandwich, Coleslaw and Potato Salad with a Greek Twist

Tuna Sandwich Cole Slaw and Potato Salad

Kohlrabi Apple Slaw

Kohlrabi Apple Cole Slaw

 

Simple Pleasures Slaw

Hot Dogs, Beans and Cole Slaw

The Slaw for Fish Tacos without the Taco

FIsh Tacos and Cole Slaw

Sesame Crusted Tuna with a Soy Balsamic Reduction

Asian Vinegar Cole Slaw

And the Original.  ColorMeColeSlaw 

Color Me Cole Slaw



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