Oh Happy Day!!! They are here!!! I just picked up our brand new Junior League Cookbook, Capture the Coast. It is the fourth and last book in the Culinary Collection and it is truly wonderful. This cookbook features all kinds of different flavors that are true to the communities and neighborhoods of the West Coast of Florida, so there is a little something for everyone.
Although I can’t even begin to imagine the time and effort that went into this project…I am proud to say I did get to participate in the tasting and one of my recipes was even selected and published. If you’ll turn your attention to page 82, you will find…Grouper Piccata! Now, my dear friend Sara Evans (who is on the Cookbook Committee) mentioned a while back ago that she had seen a copy of this new cookbook and it was with great restraint that I didn’t harass her about its contents. But I am glad that I didn’t peak because instead I parked my car in the shade at the JL Headquarter’s and smiled as I slowly flipped through every page absorbing what is going to be some of the most delicious dishes. I was in complete bliss. It’s time to have a dinner party…who wants to come over! :O)
My husband loves fish and I am constantly trying to think of new ways to cook it for him. A while back ago we came upon one of the best “straight off the dock” fish markets while having lunch in Bradenton at The Cortez Kitchen, the Cortez Fish Market. They are located in the same parking lot and the prices are very very reasonable for the fish being so fresh. So we wandered into the market, and in addition to the fish they have a full array of spices. I spotted the lemons and I knew that we were going to make Piccata. Since then I have made this dish for my mother, my father-in-law, my next door neighbor and everyone has loved it…so that is why I submitted it to the committee last fall. They did tweak the wording just a tiny bit, but it was for the better…. :O) Bon Appétit!
If you are interested in purchasing the cookbook you can find it on the website… Tampa Junior League :O)