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History, Food, and Sea ~ Wilmington North Carolina

History, Food, and Sea ~ Wilmington North Carolina

Wilmington North Carolina is history, fabulous food, sea, beaches, and boardwalks. The town is celebrating 275 years of rich history of food and life in America. One of the most southeastern cities in the US is a great escape for a beautiful vacation.

Explorations

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Battleship North Carolina Wilmington NC

This ship begs visitors to come aboard. It is visible from downtown. In 1960 the ship commissioned to honor the men that served and keep the ship’s history.

Battleship North Carolina was the first to be constructed in sixteen years in New York in 1937. The history during wartime is 144 commissioned officers and 2,195 enlisted men, including about 100 Marines. This ship participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific and saving the carrier Enterprise. The ship earned 15 battle stars. They only lost ten men in action and 67 injuries.

Exploring the ship you get a sense of daily life and a feel for battle. It is cramped and you do have to go up and down stairs to see the ship so proper footwear is important. It makes you think about being out to sea for months on end with the same people, cramped quarters, and war around you. This is a must see when coming to town.

Cape Fear River Wilmington NC

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Cape Fear River Wilmington NC

This river is the connection to the Atlantic Ocean. This river brings ships from all over the world to Wilmington. There are many restaurants that have great views of the river and sunsets. It is a fun place to enjoy a good pub crawl, but most bars in the area do not have happy hours.

For centuries this port has brought Europeans to America. Cape Fear River was often used for fleeing slaves to escape slavery. Orange Street is where 22 slaves escaped to freedom by way of the Cape Fear River. Orange Street place designated in 2005 by the National Park Service as part of its National Underground Railroad Network (click link to read about the Levi home) to Freedom Program. The National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program is to preserve and commemorate the history of the Underground Railroad.

There is plenty to see and do in Wilmington for families, history buffs, and couples from:

  • Boardwalks
  • Watersports
  • Aquarium
  • Tour historic forts
  • Wilmington railroad
  • Museum of the Bizarre

Food

Kilwins Chocolate Wilmington NC

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This is a must stop when visiting Wilmington You can smell the sweetness down the street. This is just the start of the sensory experience provided. When entering the story your eyes are drawn to all the beautiful handcrafted chocolates and sweets. Located in the Historic Downtown. Ice cream is a popular treat in Wilmington. Kilwins makes bomb waffle cones, exceptional chocolates, and it is worth the wait.

They make their own ice cream from their original recipe with 40 premium, unique and delicious flavors including Mackinac Island Fudge. They use local farms for ingredients. The chocolate creations are amazing.

Mission BBQ Wilmington NC

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Mission BBQ Wilmington NC

Always looking for good BBQ traveling across the country. Each area has their own special BBQ. Wilmington’s Mission BBQ is American and traditional to the area. This place brings the flavors of the region to dinner. Enjoying collard greens made with tomatoes, mac-n-cheese, and green beans with bacon, brisket and NC Style pulled pork with the vinegar BBQ (this food tradition is from original settlers, African slaves on plantations and modern ones). This is an Eastern-style sauce that is vinegar and pepper, no tomatoes. Bar-b-que is serious here making it all the way to state Congress to declare the official bar-b-q.

Mission BBQ opened 09/11/11 ten years after 911. There is a tradition in the 52 restaurants stops at noon on Fridays to honor the military members and stars and stripes. The decor follows this continued theme with a patriotic dining room full of tributes to those who make our country great. There is really nothing more American than a barbeque.

The staff is exceptional and give a lot of insight to the food and history.  The food is a delicious find.

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Petoskey, MI 49770

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351 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

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Golden Globes Golden 75th Anniversary Dinner

Golden Globes Golden 75th Anniversary Dinner

This year the Golden Globes present their golden anniversary.  The evening is center for celebrities to honor top actors and have an exceptional party. This year’s menu is from Italy specifically where Chef Alberico Nunziata grew up, Sorrento, Italy. He brings an Italian farm to table menu to celebrate 75 years of Golden Globes.

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He wanted to create a menu that will make everyone happy. He said, “Italian food makes people happy. Many ingredients coming directly from Italy. Nunziata’s menu begins with Risotto Made with Beets and the main course Chilean sea bass.

 

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Executive Pastry Chef, Thomas Henzi. Photo: Magnus Sundholm for the HFPA.

Pastry chef Thomas Henz continues the celebration serving Efendi made with white chocolate coffee cream, coffee liqueur biscuit, Frangelico mascarpone, and hazelnuts. Henz says, “The desserts do you get eaten. The Golden Globes is a happy fun event.”

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Moet Ambassador, Charlie Farrell. Photo: Magnus Sundholm for the HFPA.

The evening cocktails will round out appetizers, main course, and dessert. There is an official cocktail of the event created by Moët & Chandon is The Moët 75. This drink created to celebrate the Golden Globes Golden anniversary.  This will take  1,500 Moët minis, 750 magnums, 500 champagne cocktails, and 125 cases of Moët & Chandon 2006 Grand Vintage Brut for the celebration.

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The decor is honoring the red carpet and Golden Anniversary. Centerpieces trimmed with diamonds to kind of represent the diamond anniversary and beautiful red and golden roses. This year’s florist Mark Held states, “I think we kind of got everything into the centerpiece. And we really worked hard on it, because we really wanted to express this is being a very special year,”

This year’s Golden Globes presented by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will be a fantastic celebration. Tune in on January 7, 2018, on NBC with Seth Meyers hosting.

Recipes for Your Golden Globe Party

The official Cocktail for the Golden Anniversary. 

The Moët 75

4 oz. Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut champagne

1 oz. Volcan de mi Tierra tequila

2 oz. fresh blood orange juice

1 oz. honey

Shake tequila, fresh blood orange juice, and honey into a cocktail shaker and mix until honey is dissolved. Pour mixture into a modern tulip glass. Gently pour chilled champagne. Serve straight up and garnish with a candied blood orange or fresh blood orange slice.

Epicurious has a perfect Beet Risotto recipe for your Golden Globe party.

INGREDIENTS

    • 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
    • 3 medium red or golden beets (about 1 pound)
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
    • 3 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided
    • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
    • 4 teaspoons white wine or Champagne vinegar, divided, plus more
    • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
    • 4 tablespoons coarsely chopped parsley, divided
    • 2 ounces fresh goat cheese crumbled or parmesan cheese (optional)

PREPARATION

Bring broth and 5 cups water to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Reduce heat to low and gently simmer.

    1. Meanwhile, peel beets, then coarsely shred using a food processor fitted with the shredder attachment or the large holes of a box grater.
    2. Heat a large wide pot or sauté pan over medium-high. Cook butter and oil, stirring occasionally, until butter melts. Add onion and sauté until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add beets, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper and sauté until tender, about 10 minutes more.
    3. Add rice and cook, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes, then add 1 1/2 cups broth, 3 tsp. vinegar, and 1 tsp. salt. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring constantly, until liquid has evaporated. Continue adding broth, 3/4 cup at a time as the rice absorbs liquid, stirring constantly and simmering until rice is tender, 30–40 minutes; season with 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper halfway through. About 2 minutes before rice is al dente, add cream, 2 Tbsp. parsley, remaining 1 Tsp. vinegar, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper.
    4. Divide among 4 plates or bowls, then top with goat cheese, if using, and remaining 2 Tbsp. parsley.

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Celebration Food & Wine Oscars® 2017 Governors Ball

Celebration Food & Wine Oscars® 2017 Governors Ball

Following the Oscars® celebrities like Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Viola Davis, and Casey Affleck will gather at the Governors Ball. This year the top in the food, pastry, and design gather to showcase their talents. This year is a “Magical Transformation.”

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Wolfgang Puck Oscars® Governors Ball

Chef Wolfgang Puck (23rd consecutive year), chef to the celebrities, will continue this year with whimsy and Hollywood glamour. He has a few traditions coming back with new additions. His executive chef works side-by-side with 300 chefs and 600 waiters to make sure that this evening goes off without a hitch. 

New menu items will include Moroccan spiced Wagyu short rib topped with a parmesan funnel cake; taro root tacos with shrimp, mango, avocado and chipotle aioli; gnocchetti with braised mushrooms and cashew cream; lobster corn dogs; made-to-order sushi, custom poke bowls and an array of shellfish; plus selections of Puck’s signature dishes such as smoked salmon Oscars®, chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles, 2,600 lb. ice raw bar with poke, sushi and shellfish, truffle popcorn, and baked macaroni and cheese. The bite-sized hors d’oeuvres and small plate entrées will pass throughout the evening. 

The cocktails and spirits the Oscar® winners and the guests will enjoy the evening theme. Piper Heidsieck champagne poured from Oscar® themed Magnum and filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola wine. There will be three cocktails designed for Oscar® Gold that includes Hillhaven Lodge (director Brett Ratner’s Beverly Hills mansion’s name) Whiskey. The perfect combination for dinner and celebration.

What is dinner without dessert? Pastries prepared by the pastry team of Kamel Guechida, Monica Ng and Jason Lemmonier will make sure plenty playful innovative desserts for the evening celebration. This will include the much sought after 24 karat gold chocolate Oscar® statues, macaroons, lava cakes, seven flavors of gelato and sorbet, vanilla and red velvet waffles and Takoyaki cake balls. The chocolate buffet includes; caramel cappuccino Oscar® lollipops, Oreo cookie s’more domes and chocolate bonbons in “movie theater flavors” like Sour Patch Kids, Red Hots, and Goobers. A perfect ending to a night celebrating. 

The Academy’s Governors Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the top-level of the Hollywood & Highland Center. Event producer Cheryl Cecchetto (her 28th year producing the Ball) along with her Sequoia Productions team will create a place to accommodate the expected 1500 guests from Oscar® recipients, nominees, and show presenters. The guest will enter the Ball, and “will transition from a dazzling sea of red to a tricolor motif of eye-popping gold and red on an infinite blanket of white. The unique design of the space has been meticulously created to celebrate Oscar® gold,” said Jeffrey Kurland.

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Academy Awards Governors Ball floral arrangements by Mark Held of Mark’s Garden. He has provided beauty for the Governors Ball for the past 22 years. The room and tables filled with beautiful white and red roses and magnolias. This will bring the final touch of glamor in the decor.

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Cynthia Erivo Oscars® Governors Ball

The Governor, Kurland, works closely to oversee the menu, décor, and entertainment. This is Kurland’s eight year as the Governor. He is a costume designer and Oscar® nominee. Award-winning singer-songwriter Cynthia Erivo is performing at the Governors Ball.

This year’s party is the celebration that is a Magical Transformation for Oscar Gold winners and guests. The 89th Oscars® will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre, and televised live by the ABC Television Network.

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Summertime is Here ~ Happy Memorial Day

Summertime is Here ~ Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the first celebration of the summer holiday. Many spend their time at the poolside, beach, or picnicking. Food, family, and fun are key to this holiday.

This holiday  celebration to honor those who have served and lost their lives protecting America. This holiday started shortly after the Civil War. We deeply appreciate the sacrifice of many and their families. This traditionally was known as decoration day. As a child I remember going to Almo, Idaho (a small town near the City of Rocks & Burly Idaho) to clean up the family cemetery and decorating the graves for Memorial Day.

Enjoying family traditions and recipes during Memorial Day weekend creates a connection between ourselves and those who went on before us.  We all have those tried and true recipes that come with no recipe card. It is fun to create your own traditions and recipes for the holidays.

This Memorial Day our menu will include Ciabatta and Cherry Almond Bundt Cake. It is one last time before the summer heat to get a few great bakes created. Ciabatta is a great, simple bread to start learning to create your own loaves of bread. The bread created by Arnaldo Cavallari, a miller, in Verona, Veneto, Italy in 1982 as a response to the popular French baguettes. This is a perfect bread for transportation.

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Cibatta Bread

Ciabatta

3 3/4 cups of White whole wheat flour 

2 1/4 Tsp. Dry Active Yeast (1 package)

2 1/4 Tsp. Salt

1 1/2 cups cold water

1/2 cups cold water

Olive oil for pans and the rising bowl

Bosch Mixer (I used the hand mixer) with dough hook(s)

Place flour, yeast (on the right side of the flour), and salt (on the left side of flour) 1 1/2 cup water in mixer bowl. Begin mixing on low. When the dough begins to form drizzle remaining 1/2 cup into the bowl and raise mixer to the next level up. Mix the dough for 5-8 minutes. You will know it is ready when it is stretchy and smooth.

Place dough in a square plastic container (enough room for bread to rise) with side oiled with olive oil. The square container assists with keeping the bread the proper shape for baking. Place lid on top. The lid keeps the dry skin from forming while bread rises. Raise dough until double in size about 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 hours at room temperature.

Dust a workspace well with flour (the dough will be sticky). Allow for it to naturally fall out of the container onto a floured surface. Coat the top of the dough with more flour. Handle the dough very carefully, don’t pat back down. You want to keep as much air as possible in the dough. Cut the dough lengthways into 4 equal sized loaves. Slightly stretch each piece lengthways and place on oiled baking trays. Let rest 30-45 min on a baking sheet. 

Pre-heat oven 425 degrees. Baked bread 25 min. until golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped. Cool completely on wire racks.

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Cherry Bundt Cake

Cherry Almond Bundt Cake 

3/4 cup quartered Natural Bordeaux Maraschino Cherries

  • rinse cherries
  • dry well with paper towels
  • toss with 2 tablespoons flour
  • set aside

You can make your own maraschino cherries (make two days in advance)

  • 1 pint of sour cherries
  • 1 cup maraschino liqueur (possible substitutes are Amaretto, Grand Marnier, or contact your local store for assistance)
  • Bring liqueur to a simmer. Turn off the heat, and add the cherries, stir, let cool, and pour into jars. Refrigerate. Make these a day or two before using. Cherries last for months.

1 Cup all-purpose white flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 cup unsalted softened butter (do not microwave)

3/4 white sugar (pulse slightly in the food processor before measuring)

Zest of 1 lemon

1/8 cup plus 2 tsp. finely ground almonds

3 large eggs

Pre-heat oven 350 degrees. Fluff flour and baking powder until well mixed in a bowl. Add all ingredients except the cherries to the mixer bowl,  mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Lightly fold cherries into batter. Place in a well butter bundt pan. Bake 25-45 min. When cooled and cake starts to pull from sides of pan remove from pan to cooling rack. Finish with Ganache and toasted almonds (place sliced almonds in a warmed pan and toss lightly until golden brown) on top.

Ganache 

1 1/2 cups of heavy cream

1 lb. semi-chocolate or bittersweet chocolate chopped (we recommend 61% cacao)

In a heavy saucepan, bring heavy cream to boil. Turn off the heat. Add chopped chocolate pieces and let it rest until melted (this is key). Use a rubber spatula to stir the mixture until all the pieces are melted. Pour it into a room-temperature bowl, cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate ganache until it is firm.

The weekend meal included trout almondine, roasted garlic green beans, ciabatta bread, and cherry almond cake. A nice pinot noir is served with the meal.

May your holiday be filled with great memories and remember your lifestyle is worth the best.

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1 lb. Land O’ Lakes butter

Natural Bordeaux Maraschino Cherries

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All-purpose white flour

1 quart Heavy Cream

1 lb. 61% cacao semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate

1 dozen eggs

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5 lbs. White whole wheat flour 

Dry Active Yeast

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Bosch Mixer

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