Dreaming of Curacao

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I'm sad to say that I'm starting off the new year in vacation withdrawal. I know vacations are supposed to rejuvenate and energize you, get you ready to jump back into your life.

It just reminded me of how much prettier the rest of the world is.

Don't get me wrong, New England is great. Especially in the fall. But not so much during the winter. I get all claustrophobic and cold, and pretty much just mope around in my pajamas trying to pass the time.

Fried whole red snapper

And when you just got back from a cruise where the food was all free...you forget how to feed yourself. I've been living on cereal since I returned two weeks ago. But I DID finish the first draft of my second book, and as I work on editing it I will start cooking through some of the recipes in it and post them to get you pumped for it's summer release. 

But until then, let's just swoon over Curacao, shall we?

It's absolutely stunning there. The colors are breathtaking, and the food aint bad, either. Especially when you consider the delicious gouda! Which I bought.

So I decided to recreate an awesome panini I had in a tiny little restaurant in Otrobanda.

Honestly, I just adapted the recipe from here, which turned out awesome.

Yum. Wasn't as good as the authentic sandwich, but I think that's because the snow and grey clouds here in Rochester just bum me out. I miss the sun :(

And the colors.

 

All in all, it was a wonderful trip that I'm sure I'll talk more about later. Hopefully I'll get back into the swing of cooking soon, because I'm getting sick of cereal! Happy New Year everyone :)

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