Musings on Floridian food

When working men homesteaded in Key West… “The wives they imported from Northern states to help build the family stakes in the fruitful land would remember forever eating their first mangoes and making them into pie, as they had made apple pies back home. These women and railroad wives everywhere in Florida developed countless ways to use guavas, carambolas, fresh ginger, and local seafood. They left their mark on the cookery of Florida…”

From The Florida Cookbook: from Gulf Coast Gumbo to Key Lime Pie, an educational book on the evolution of Florida’s gastronomy I found at our Destin beach house. 

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Beach eats

It appears we left DC just in time, hours before yesterday’s damaging storm took out power across the region and at our house in Alexandria (according to our neighbors). After our poorly air-conditioned taxi ride to the poorly air-conditioned airport on the 104-degree Friday, I can only imagine how unbearable it is for all our … Continue reading