Sunday, August 28, 2011

Frutti De Mare

A delicious Italian meal perfect for any sea food lover. Tons of different sea foods tossed together with linguine in a light tomato sauce. You can substitute the seafood listed below with any of your favorite kinds. This is one of my favorite meals, and I hope you can enjoy it as well. 

 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Red pepper flakes (to taste)
1/2 Cup dry white wine
12 Littleneck Clams 
10 ounces Linguine
1 cup Italian seasoned tomato sauce
12 Black mussels 
8 shrimp shelled and de-veined (frozen or fresh) 
1/2 lb Sea scallops
1/3 lb haddock cut into 2 inch pieces
1/4 chopped parsley

1. Boil water in a large pot
2. Heat up a large skillet with oil, add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute
3. Add wine and clams, cover and cook for 6 minutes, until the clams have opened
4. Add linguine to boiling water, cook til al dente
5. Remove clams from skillet and set aside, add in tomato sauce and season with salt. Add in the haddock and scallops and cook for about 5 minutes, until scallops turned white and haddock is flaking apart
6.  Take the clams out of their shells and re-add them to the pan along with the mussels, cook for about 5 minutes until the mussels have opened
7. Add the shrimp and cook until pink
8. Add the linguine and the parsley and toss.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Testing 1,2,3

As you can see, I recently purchased a new Fugi camera to replace my old Nikon Digital. The camera had served me well for the past 3 years, but I was right in thinking it was time for an upgrade. I've taken some great shots with my Fugi over the past month.The night I got it I spent hours taking pictures of anything in my that house I could find. I must have taken 400 pictures that night, and while I won't post every one of them, I am going to post a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Maine View

How lucky am I to live in a beautiful region such as New England? A simple one hour car ride and I'm transported to the great state of Maine.  Also known as the vacationland.  We began our day with a boat tour of Portlands scenic lighthouses. The first lighthouse we saw was the Portland Head. You can see by the rocks why it is known as the craggy coast.
The Portland Head was commissioned by Presdient George Washington in 1791. The height of this lighthouse has been changed 5 times, each time either taking away or adding 20 feet. This creates the the ring around the top of the lighthouse, a feature that is unique to it. The lighthouse now stands at 92 feet tall.
We also saw the Bug Light, built in 1875.
And we saw Spring Point Ledge. It stands 54 feet tall and was built in 1897.

And we weren't the only ones enjoying the view of Portland...

We were joined by Portlands Mascot, the Sea Dogs; named for the way they look like black labs when they are swimming. Double click for a closer look at these adorable seals.

Although I enjoyed all the lighthouses, I enjoyed the Portland Head the best because of the amazing history behind it. Which lighthouse do you like the best?

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Old North Bridge

The midnight ride of Paul Revere. The shot heard around the world. Everybody knows the story of how the American Revolution began.If your as lucky as me maybe you also live only a few miles away from the place where it all began: The Old North Bridge.

It was on this bridge that the minute men first encountered the British soliders when an unknown solider accidently fired off his musket. The bridge has been rebuilt and restored many times since it was originally built in the 1700s. It is now part of the Minute Man National Historic Park located in Concord Mass.

Next to the bridge there is also a memorial grave of three British soldiers that died during the battle. The grave reads :
"Grave of British Soliders
They came three thousand miles and died,
to keep the past upon its throne:
Unheard, beyond the ocean tide,
their English Mother made her moan.
April 19, 1775"

Saturday, July 9, 2011


Now that I've started my blog, I couldn't help but wonder where the word "blog" originated. I did some Googling and found that it's a shortened form of the word "web-log". OMG Makes sense, considering we live in a world of acronyms.

Aside from sharing factoids of information, I'm going to use this blog to share my interests in everything from photography and cooking, to reading and writing. Hopefully it will be at least a little bit interesting.

Thanks for stopping by!