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Fine Art Daily, many exotic olive oils

Fine Art Daily - September 21, 2010

Posted: September 21, 2010 04:44 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

September 21, 2010 We continued on our merry shopping way through the Whole Foods store (we have heard it called "Whole Paycheck") in West Palm Beach on Saturday. There is a dizzying array of shiny, colorful goods to be had at WF. Who knew that there could be so many different kinds of olive oil? Here - just a small selection of their olive oil shelves - are: Toasted Almond Oil, Sundried Tomato Oil, Porcini and Truffle Oil and Lemon and Ginger Oil. When the revolution (or the big hurricane) comes, I want to be locked in a Whole Foods Store. I am someone raised on Mazola Corn Oil as...

LBD at Betsey Johnson

Fine Art Daily - September 20, 2010

Posted: September 20, 2010 05:51 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

September 20, 2010 Seemingly no computer woes! Hurrah! We escaped the bonds of suburbia on Saturday and ventured south to Palm Beach and the mercantile delights therein. We did a little window shopping, and here at Betsey Johnson saw a dress that the Pouting Princess would countenance. My, Betsey's designs have changed! When I was in high school and prowling Greenwich Village looking for second hand jeans and dance wear, I remember a shop featuring Betsey's wild (rubber) designs. It was just around the corner from Danskin, Earth Shoes and an Orange Julius. It's good to see that her...

Indian River Drive Lawn Ornament

Fine Art Daily - September 15, 2010

Posted: September 15, 2010 06:05 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

September 15, 2010 - Hide quoted text - This is a familiar yard ornament for locals - although I bet you have never seen it in its naked, natural state. On Indian River Drive, just south of Walton Road, there is an intrepid artist, bent on entertaining us passersby, according to the season. We have seen this buoy painted up to look like a red and white fishing bobber, a Pokémon character, the Earth (with cloud cover) and even a jolly Santa. A Gentle Reader recently sent me a link to an article in the New York Times about the Wurman's house in Newport:

Tasteful Yard Ornament

Fine Art Daily - September 14, 2010

Posted: September 14, 2010 05:00 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

September 14, 2010 The War Lord thought that perhaps I was a little outspoken yesterday when I illustrated the folly of our neighbors. So today I am taking a higher road, and showing you the beauteousness of another neighbor's lawn ornaments. This house has a few objets d'art including a fabulous kinetic sculpture, but I would have been trespassing if I had gotten any closer. All are very nice, contemplative, tasteful and items to covet. (Of course, given the opportunity, our yard guys would mow over everything with their usual skill and abandon!) Happy birthday to Sidney! Vis...

Black bean and corn salsa

Fine Art Daily - September 10, 2010

Posted: September 10, 2010 05:28 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Best Beloved’s Black Bean and Corn Salsa 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed 3 ears cooked corn, corn sliced off the cobs 2 large, fragrant tomatoes, chopped 2 bunches green onions, chopped Cilantro leaves, for garnish In a large bowl, mix together black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, tomatoes and green onion stalks. Garnish with desired amount of cilantro leaves. Chill in the refrigerator at least 8 hours, or overnight, before serving. Serve with chips, or as a relish for any grilled meat. Yumsters. Charles was enjoying the salsa more than he was talking...

Fine Art Daily, radishes

Fine Art Daily - September 9, 2010

Posted: September 09, 2010 05:15 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

September 9, 2010 My friends at Food52 are having a competition this week for the best recipe for radishes, so I bought a flaming red bunch for experimentation. As as we imagine the summer heat waning and hope that Fall is upon us, these tasty little root vegetables could only invoke summer days for me. Sitting on my parents' back porch, quite possibly after having shucked some corn, I can remember eating cold radishes, plucked from a little Pyrex dish of ice water. Nothing fancy, no rosettes, just radishes with their tops and bottoms lopped off. With a dash of salt to tame the hot,...

Green Market - Downtown Stuart

Fine Art Daily - September 8, 2010

Posted: September 08, 2010 05:09 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

September 8, 2010 Fall is in the air. Well, at least we are enjoying the idea of Fall. The gardening season is winding down, and tomatoes are abundant and colorful. We flitted through the Green Market in Downtown Stuart on Sunday afternoon to get our week's supply of local produce. We managed to avoid the siren song of the fragrant, freshly-popped kettle corn - it is just no fun being a grown up, I must say. (We hustled down the street to the Pelican Café for an equally aromatic burger, so there are some compensations.) The relocated Crary House has been safely nestled next door to...

Fine Art Daily, vintage Citroën

Fine Art Daily - September 7, 2010

Posted: September 07, 2010 04:56 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

September 7, 2010 Today I am going to ease you back into the work week with something amusing. This is a vintage Citroën with the Manhattan skyline in the background. Very cute, don't you think? We had a nice little cook-out yesterday, and no, it wasn't a cook-in, Ellie. We sent poor Best Beloved out into the dripping rain to char burgers and brats, and then we sat in the surprising bug-free coolth at the outside table on the back porch and chowed down with an alacrity that one would not have suspected possible, considering how many Cheetos, chips and dips and home made corn salsa,...

Labor Day Cookout with Snowy Mango Rum Cocktail

Fine Art Daily - September 3, 2010

Posted: September 03, 2010 05:38 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

September 3, 2010 The Last All Request Summer Cocktail Friday of Summer... Snowy Mango Rum Cocktail From Diane Rafaels Serves one - but you know you should be generous, so do the math. Orange juice – 2 ounces Rum - 1 ounce Mango nectar - 2 ounces Pineapple juice - 2 ounces Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake until mixed. You can make a snow coat over the rim of a long glass with powdered sugar. To do this, you must wet the top of the glass with some fruit or tip it in juice. Then dip the rim of the glass in powdered sugar. Snow! Turn the glass right side up again, add...

Blue Jay Wake Up Service

Fine Art Daily - September 1, 2010

Posted: September 01, 2010 05:10 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Rabbit, rabbit! This is cranky week - if you are looking for sweetness and light, push on. Ostensibly, now that the Tall One has flown the coop, we should be able to sleep a little later in the mornings, at least on the weekends. I don't know why I persist in entertaining that fantasy, because about half an hour before sunrise, the boys in blue are at it in our back yard. "WAKE UP! WAKE UP! WAKE UP!" They screech, squawk, scold, yap and howl! They sit on the shepherd's crook and on the bird feeder heralding the upcoming morn. Shakespeare had larks, we have blue jays. Perhaps this ...

Renegade dog - off the leash - Sewall's Point

Fine Art Daily - August 31, 2010

Posted: August 31, 2010 04:46 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 31, 2010 I warned you that this was going to be my cranky week, so if you are expecting a light-hearted dog tale - push on to your next blog... This is an open letter to the woman out walking two dogs in Sewall's Point on Saturday morning - and you know who you are. You let go of the leash on your German Shepherd and thought it was perfectly acceptable to let it chase our aged cat, who was napping in the sun on his own front porch. You thought it was the neighborly thing to do when your one hundred-pound dog ran onto our porch, chased old Hoover through the front garden, wh...

Fine Art Daily, odd gifts, Mr.  Mole

Fine Art Daily - August 26, 2010

Posted: August 26, 2010 04:55 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 26, 2010 Today we are back on track with the week's theme of oddities. We think the cats have noticed that the human head count has gone down - and maybe they are feeling a little insecure. For the past few nights both of them have corralled us in bed - and these are animals who loathe and avoid each other who are suddenly working in tandem. Given the suddenly cramped nature of the bed now, I prefer the love tokens that they have started to bring home. Mr. Mole was deposited in the driveway the other day; dead, fluffy and intact. (One of our gift givers usually vivisects ...

Fine Art Daily, National Whiskey Sours Day, John Cheever

Fine Art Daily - August 25, 2010

Posted: August 25, 2010 05:32 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 25, 2010 No oddities today because the stars would not align properly - today we are having an All Request Summer Cocktail submission because August 25 is National Whiskey Sour Day! Thanks to a Gentle Reader from Sewall's Point, for whom Whiskey Sours will forever be known as John Cheevers. John Cheever Whiskey Sour 2 parts blended Irish Whiskey 1 part fresh lemon juice 1 part simple syrup 2 dashes bitters Shake all the ingredients vigorously over ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain and pour into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange sl...

Fine Art Daily, odd fruit, Dragon Fruit

Fine Art Daily - August 24, 2010

Posted: August 24, 2010 04:51 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 24, 2010 More mysteries! These are Dragon Fruit, which retail at Publix for $3.99 each. I am sure my friends at Food 52 and Crimes Against Food would have all sorts of recipe ideas at their fingertips (or at least in their extensive data bases), but to an ordinary cook like me they look much too exotic and off-putting. The skin of the dragon fruit is a thin rind and the center of the fruit is made up of a red or white, sweet-tasting pulp. Thought to come to South America, it traveled to Viet Nam with the French and now is cultivated in tropical regions all around the world. Ap...

Fine Art Daily, odd bananas

Fine Art Daily - August 23, 2010

Posted: August 23, 2010 05:04 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 23, 2010 In our part of the world this is the first day of school! Hoooray! I have just heard the high school bus chug past, probably loaded with one or two freshmen who haven't figured out the system yet... I though this would be an excellent week to explore the odd and peculiar - things that have just stuck out and looked weird. This being Florida means I have a lot of material with which to work! I was hunting and gathering at Publix the other day when I saw these weird bananas. I don't think the illo gives an accurate sense of their size - but in the background on the le...

Fernandina's Fantastic Fudge

Fine Art Daily - August 18, 2010

Posted: August 18, 2010 05:26 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 18, 2010 One of the windows at Fernandina's Fantastic Fudge. The shops in downtown are mostly housed in historic and architecturally pleasing buildings. There are a couple of independent bookstores, ice cream parlors, the usual T-shirt shops and lots of restaurants. It was a pleasant place which we ambled about while doing our best for the economy: several lunches, four ferry tickets, books, post cards, ice cream, a sun dress, scented soap...

Fine Art Daily, Fishing Fleet in Fernandina Beach

Fine Art Daily - August 17, 2010

Posted: August 17, 2010 04:50 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 17, 2010 This is part of the fishing fleet in Fernandina Beach. This was the view from our porch last week. It was an extraordinary place to sit and watch the world go by. The unionized dolphin showed up just before the sunset show every night, while murmurations of roseate spoonbills flocked to perches on nearby Rattlesnake Island. Sometimes we would turn around to look at the water only to see a city-block-sized cargo freighter gliding by! Just amazing.

Fine Art Daily, Bellini in Edinburgh

Fine Art Daily - August 6, 2010

Posted: August 06, 2010 05:53 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 6, 2010 It's All Request Cocktail Recipe Friday with thanks to Nancy Taylor Robson. "Mine is a Pear Bellini I had in Edinburgh last year with one of my longest-term (not oldest) dearest friends, Anna. Anna, who is Welsh, and I were roommates in a big old house of flats in London before either of us was married. I was Anna's only bridesmaid and she would have been mine the following year, except she was too pregnant to fly. I went over last October to spend a week and we made a foray into Scotland's capital to buy books and visit her daughter, who was about to deliver Anna's first ...

Lady Abundance, Stuart, FL

Fine Art Daily - August 5, 2010

Posted: August 05, 2010 05:42 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 5, 2010 Our Lady Abundance. In all her glory. She does not smile coyly, but rather goes about her business of pouring water in the middle of Historic Downtown Stuart in her skimpy little outfit with singlemineded determination. Brava! Don't forget about Hot Summer Nights tonight at Harbour Bay Plaza in Sewall's Point. It's your chance to mingle with some of the area's coolest artists, photographers and sculptors. Who knows who will be sitting at the Prawnbroker's outside bar? For more info visit

Juicy Plums

Fine Art Daily - August 4, 2010

Posted: August 04, 2010 07:00 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 4, 2010 The Good Cooks at Food52 are exploring plums this week. A perfect summertime snack. I can remember times in my childhood, sitting with a book in the wicker chairs on the front porch contemplating plums. It was probably easier to use a knife to cut one in half to remove the stone, but where would the fun be in that? There was lots of time on hand, and efficiency needn't always rule the day. And would one be ladylike about the disposal of the pit? Hardly. There is and unwritten front porch challenge about pit projectiles - points if you cleared the porch, extra points i...

Concy Joes, Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach FL

Fine Art Daily - August 3, 2010

Posted: August 03, 2010 05:50 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 3, 2010 An iconic eatery on the Indian River. Forget Rick's - everyone comes to Conchy Joe's. Even the Red Hots have had a memorable dinner here. This is where you bring out-of-town guests so they can get a snapshot of old Florida - with the demise of Kodachrome you had best stock up some colorful memories. Conchy Joe's drips with atmosphere and signs, fish nets, floats - and then there was the poster in the men's room that opened the Tall One's eyes! This is also a nice place for the locals - there is nothing like a tall cold beer while the little ones toss bread to the cat...

Kreuger Creek, Stuart, Florida

Fine Art Daily - August 2, 2010

Posted: August 02, 2010 05:15 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 2, 2010 We are back home - temporarily - here is a Stuart sight. I love this super secret pocket park at the east end of Osceola Street. I never see a soul here except for some fat, chattering squirrels and moody, introspective waterbirds. This is Kreuger Creek. You can sit on the bench and watch the tree rats scamper about, or you can walk down to the water's edge and peer through the mangroves at this little flotilla of sail boats. Bring your lunch.

Champagne Cocktail á la Bob

Fine Art Daily - July 30, 2010

Posted: July 30, 2010 06:24 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

It's All Request Cocktail time! Neighbor Bob was the first Gentle Reader to send me a recipe for All Request Cocktails, and for this he will be receiving the original watercolor used in today's Fine Art Daily. If you want an original Fine Art Daily, send me a deelish cocktail recipe, perhaps with a little story so all the Gentle Readers will want to try it. This is the Annual Summer All Request Month. Get cracking! Champagne Cocktail á la Bob In a Champagne glass add a teaspoon of sugar and enough Angostura bitters to melt the sugar. Add a tablespoon of Grand Marnier or cognac ...

Queen Street Grocery, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 29, 2010

Posted: July 29, 2010 05:27 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 29, 2010 Here was a missed opportunity, the Queen Street Grocery. Apparently it is the be all and end all - good local and organic foods, excellent crepes and wine! Who could ask for anything more? This should be a fixture in any downtown, a nice corner market where you can stock up on a few groceries from the CSA, buy a newspaper, have a coffee, catch up on the gossip and oh, maybe buy that nice bottle of wine for dinner. Their slogan is "Local Fresh + Organic Deliciousness." I just liked it for the beauteous "Q" on their window. People who get the typography right might be s...

Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 28, 2010

Posted: July 28, 2010 05:41 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

When you go to Charleston you must tear yourself away from the glories of the gardens and window boxes and your new friends, the gardeners. You simply have to visit Blue Bicycle Books at 420 King Street. The facade is narrow, but the shop itself telecopes and extends magically back from the street for miles! The Tall One and I had to make two visits because we were overcome with Stendahl's Syndrome after the first go round: the sheer number and array of books was too much for us. We had a restorative lunch at The Pita Pit (351 King Street) another little, narrow, crooked-fence sor...

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