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On the Water: Fishing good despite Hurricane Michael

October 17, 2018 Weather dictated the fishing over the past week as conditions were all over the place. more »»

Catch 'em & Cook 'em: Overnight Coffee Cake

October 17, 2018 Ingredients: 3/4 C sugar 1/4 C shortening 1 tsp vanilla 1 1/2 C flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 egg 1/2 C milk How to: 1. Cream together the sugar, shortening and vanilla . more »»

Why bless animals?

October 17, 2018 During the last week of September and the first week of October, one of the most asked questions was: “Pastor why are you and other pastors blessing animals on Oct. 6? Is it just to honor S. more »»

Beacon of HOPE Wellness Committee: It is time to get your flu shot

October 17, 2018 Vaccines protect us by working with your body’s immune system to prevent serious disease. more »»

On the Water: Good start to October

October 10, 2018 Overall fishing and fishing conditions appear to be improving in many areas around the islands. more »»

Catch 'em & Cook 'em: Pine Island Crab Salad

October 10, 2018 Ingredients: 2 C Mayonnaise 1 1/2 Stalk Celery – chopped medium 1 Oz Capers – chopped 2 Hard Boiled Eggs – minced Juice of 1 Lemon 1 small jar Pimientos – drained and diced 1 Can Crabmeat How to: . more »»

On the Water: October presents good fishing opportunities

October 4, 2018 As the water temperatures of southwest Florida begin to drop large schools of bait fish make their migration south into our waters from the northern gulf. more »»

Catch 'em & Cook 'em: Hash Brown Casserole

October 4, 2018 Ingredients: 1 (32 oz) pkg shredded hash browns 1 onion – chopped fine 1 (16 oz) container sour cream 8 oz shredded cheddar 1 can cream of mushroom soup Enough cream to bring the soup to 3 cups Salt... more »»

On the Water: It’s still hot, but fall fishing season is here

September 26, 2018 Summer is over but it’s still hot, however, you can feel the change of season. It may be ever so slightly early in the mornings, but cooler days are on the way. more »»

Catch 'em & Cook 'em: Black Bean Soup

September 26, 2018 Ingredients: 1 lb dried black beans 2 Qts water 2 medium onions – chopped fine 1 bay leaf 2 sweet green peppers – cut in strips 1/2 C olive oil 1 tsp oregano 4 cloves garlic – minced 1/4 tsp ground... more »»

Catch 'em & Cook 'em: Hot Crawfish Dip

September 19, 2018 Ingredients: 1/2 C butter 1 bunch green onions – sliced 1 small green bell pepper – diced 1 (1 lb) pkg frozen cooked, peeled crawfish tails undrained 2 garlic cloves – diced 1 (4 oz) jar diced... more »»

On the Water: Fishing conditions are up and down

September 19, 2018 Fishing reports were good and improving over most inshore waters over the past week, then a change came for several areas over the weekend. more »»

On the Water: Fishing is on the rise in local waters

September 12, 2018 Water quality and fishing both improved around the islands over the past week. more »»

Catch 'em & Cook 'em: Creamy Garlic Mussels

September 12, 2018 Ingredients: 4 lb mussels 4 T butter 2 T olive oil 2 cloves garlic – peeled and smashed 4 sprigs fresh thyme 1/2 lemon – thinly sliced 3/4 C dry white wine 1/2 C chicken broth How to: 1. more »»

On the Water: Temporary closure for snook and redfish

September 5, 2018 Reports were improved over the past week as steady easterly breezes appear to be pushing red tide toxins into the Gulf and away from our islands. more »»

Catch 'em & Cook 'em: Barb's White Chili

September 5, 2018 Ingredients 1 lb. ground chicken 1 jar salsa 2 cloves garlic – minced Chicken broth (at least one box) 1 can corn 2 cans kidney beans or navy beans Chili powder 8 oz. more »»

On the Water: Some areas fishy while others suffer

August 29, 2018 As we close out the month, the waters along are coast still have high concentrations of red tide in areas and algae blooms, plus fresh water releases from Lake Okeechobee continues to plague... more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Slow Cooked Carnitas

August 29, 2018 Ingredients: 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3-4 lbs) 3 cloves garlic – thinly sliced 2 tsp olive oil 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1 bunch green onions – chopped 1 1/2 C minced fresh cilantro 1 ... more »»

On the Water: Fishing in the area was good for some

August 22, 2018 While some areas around the islands are still suffering from water issues with red tide and algae blooms, other areas are the complete opposite, offering good fishing and plenty of positive signs. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Blue Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

August 22, 2018 Ingredients: 12 large fresh mushrooms 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil 1 1/2 Tbsp butter – melted 4 Med. more »»

On the Water: Getting back to fishing — good and bad

August 15, 2018 This week we are getting back to fishing reports, good or bad. Yes, red tide is still affecting many areas, but there are also unaffected waters and anglers bending a rod. more »»



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2016 J. Lohr Chardonnay

October 12, 2018 #39-18-PIE One of the best wines I have sampled this year was the 2016 J. Lohr Arroyo Seco Chardonnay, which I scored a 94, back in February. more »

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