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Dad’s Bourbon Balls – A Sweet Taste of Kentucky

21 Feb

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We have tried a lot of delicious bourbon-laced candies in our day, but none can compare to Dad’s Bourbon Balls. Frankly, I had never even heard of this product until I recently saw their display ad in a Bourbon trade publication. I reached out to Mike Aldy (aka the “Son of Dad”) and Mike kindly sent us a container of 16 bourbon balls to sample. The box hit our FL mailbox today and I wasted no time in tearing open the box, which encased an attractive circular gold tin.

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When I bit into the first pecan-topped candy, my mouth literally exploded in pure bourbon bliss. My main gripe with most bourbon candies and/or cakes is that the bourbon flavor is either too faint or too artificial. This is not a problem whatsoever with Dad’s fine product. They use only 90 proof premium KY bourbon (our order was made with Makers Mark) and the quality shines through loud and clear in each bite. Now listen, this is the best — I repeat — the best bourbon ball you will likely ever taste. I really can’t imagine anything topping this. Equaling this? Maybe, but doubtful. Topping this? I just can’t see that happening. But be careful, these babies are seriously potent and you may be buzzing after popping 2 or 3 of these delectable candies. So why fight it? Treat yourself to a little bit of the Bluegrass State and you’ll soon be floating around in Blue Heaven.

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Here’s a picture of “Dad” at work on a Habitat for Humanity project

Get crackin’ and order some now at  www.dadsbourbonballs.com

Kermit’s Key Lime Empire

21 Feb

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We enjoyed meeting this friendly gentleman when we visited the Fruitville Farmers Market in East Sarasota earlier today. He is set up there 3-4 days a week this time of year — you can also find him at the Siesta Key Farmers Market on Sundays. He claims to be 75 years-old, so the key lime juice must be something of a fountain of youth. I was so impressed that we purchased a 16 oz. bottle of pure Key Lime juice and a jar of their very zesty Key Lime Citrus Salsa. I will be making a couple pies with the lime juice and dipping my tortilla chips in the latter. The salsa is a perfect blend of sweet & spicy … thanks to ingredients like oranges, pineapple, key lime juice and, of course, chopped jalapeno peppers.  

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If you don’t have time to make your own pies, Kermit’s sells it by the slice at the farmers markets or you can take home a whole frozen pie for $15. One rather unique specialty they offer is a slab of Key Lime pie dipped in fine Belgian Chocolate (photo below). Now that’s about as decadent as a deep fried Twinkie, but I’m guessing it tastes even better. Did I just say that???

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“For pie that dances on your tongue,” visit www.keylimeshop.com

Fruitville Farmers Market

21 Feb

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We drove over to the Fruitville Farmers Market this morning. It is a beautiful day here in SW FL and the market was fully stocked with farm fresh fruits & veggies. It was also quite crowded thanks to all the snowbirds in town this time of year. I couldn’t resist buying a big, beautiful FL sweet onion. We picked up some green squash too, so I guess we’ll be having some squash casserole for dinner tonight.

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Plant City Strawberries, grown just about an hour or so up the road from us,  are pretty much the best that FL has to offer. They are huge, brilliantly red, and very juicy. I had a few of them for lunch today and, boy, were they good!

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Honeybelle oranges are often referred to as the “Queen of Citrus.” They are bright orange and simply bursting with tangy flavor. The market was sampling slices today and I must confess that I slipped back into the line a couple extra times. So sue me already!

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FL limes are always super tart and tasty. Anyone for mojitos??? 

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Green tomatoes, ready for frying, alongside plump red “maters”

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Cubano peppers are mild & beautifully colored – 3 for just $1