Clams with Brussels Sprouts, Bacon + Angel Hair

Eat Well Edibles Recipe

Though our Midwestern constitutions don’t always feel at home in the South, we fully appreciate just how lucky we are to live on the Atlantic shore where seafood is not only abundant but caught-that-morning fresh. Today’s bowl of goodness features briny sweet NC littlenecks, but takes its inspiration from memories of travelling to two other coastal areas.

First are Roaring Water Bay mussels that we steamed in a heady Sligo County brew with bacon and cabbage. A feast taken watching the moon rise over the inky black waters of Baltimore, County Cork, Ireland. The other, cherrystone clams cooked with garlic, chillies, lemon and a splash of a local white wine. In the postcard village of Lubec, ME, perched at the northeastern tip of the US, it was a meal prepared in the shared kitchen of our inn and enjoyed in our room overlooking the Quoddy Narrows and Canada in the distance.

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Whole Grilled Mahi-Mahi with Lemon and Herbs

Eat Well Edibles Recipe

I consider myself lucky to be an early riser. It grants me a calm head start to the day, and an opportunity to pause and reflect as the sun climbs up over the horizon.

Like watching birds, one of the easiest ways to keep a finger on the pulse of the changing seasons is to watch the gradual movement of the sun. Standing in the same window every morning, I see it in a slightly different position, literally inching across the sky toward due east ahead of the equinox later in the month.

It’s a subtle signal that summer and its generous edible offerings have a deadline, and each year this ticking clock lights a fire beneath me. I scramble to gather as much of the remaining fresh, seasonal flavors as I can, then light an actual fire to turn them into a few last gloriously summery meals.

Mahi-mahi pre-stuff

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Savor the Flavor of Eating Right + Chipotle Vanilla Smoked Salmon

Eat Well Edibles National Nutrition Month Recipe

We all need food to survive. But food is about more than just eating.

In my opinion, life is better with food prepared with a focus on freshness and flavor, made with love, and taken in good company — even if the food is repurposed leftovers and the company is your cats. It’s about pleasure as much as fuel, embracing nourishing options and healthy practices, not restriction or austerity.

All of these things bring me great joy. To me, this year’s National Nutrition Month® theme Savor the Flavor of Eating Right matches my own beliefs that if you relish the present, you nourish the future. With a focus on making healthy eating synonymous with eating well, the theme encourages creativity and exploration of new foods, cuisines, and cooking techniques to keep taste buds happy.

Brined chipotle vanilla salmon

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An Ireland Travelogue + Beer-Steamed Mussels with Cabbage, Leeks and Smoky Bacon

Eat Well Edibles Recipe

There’s something magical about Ireland.

Dun Briste

Dun Briste, Downpatrick Head, County Mayo, Ireland

We fell madly in love during our holiday earlier this year, gaining a special fondness for the country’s western coast affectionately known as the Wild Atlantic Way. Its fresh sea air, bracingly powerful winds, fields of scrubby heather, near-daily rainbows, and millions of scruffy sheep. Its rugged shores, dramatic cliffs and breathtaking views. Its universal small-town feeling and general friendliness graciously extended to wayfaring strangers.

Unsurprisingly we frequently found ourselves deep in conversation with the locals – typically about eating and drinking, preferably over a bowl of something steamy or a pint of something dark and frothy. In addition to their excellence at preparing their bounty skillfully and serving it generously, the Irish speak with intense pride about the things they grow, raise, harvest, make, brew and cook. There is literally a story behind every mouthful, and we attempted to unravel each.

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