At Easter time last year Ilise and I were in South Florida visiting my father at his retirement community, to which he had downsized and relocated about six months previously. The campus includes several acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and common space, including resident-designed rose gardens, two duck ponds with water features, and the lush tropical vegetation that abounds everywhere. Spring is the perfect time to appreciate all this natural beauty before summer’s sweltering heat and oppressive humidity take over, driving us back indoors to the air conditioning. We really enjoyed taking morning and evening walks around the property, camera in hand.
In an effort to eat a more healthy diet, and in support of a friend's new business, we've begun receiving weekly deliveries of fresh, sustainable fish. Hooked on Fish is local to Chicago and is run in a similar fashion to the Community Supported Agriculture model, where subscribers pay upfront for a regular delivery of fresh vegetables from a local farmer ... except in this case the delicious delivery is responsibly-caught fresh fish.
I never used to like the taste of fish but over time have come to enjoy it more and more. I still don't have much experience cooking fish, other than shrimp skewers and planked salmon on the grill. Our subscription to HOF began in the dead of winter, so alternatives to grilling became at first a necessity and now a fun, self-imposed challenge -- how will we prepare this week's seafood bounty? -- which will be explored as a recurring feature here at Entertain the Possibilities.
In the early 2000s, eight hungry souls convened as a group of friends to cook, feast and make merry together in each other's homes from time to time. We called it our Supper Club, although the name has been in debate ever since. To some, the phrase connotes too much of the 'Wisconsin lodge with wood paneling and fish fry' motif but I have no issues with that. (Let's load up the car and go right now. I call shotgun!) Other names have been tested -- Food Geeks, Souped Up Shenanigans -- but none were universally embraced, so the Supper Club remains our default. I'm thinking of suggesting The Diners. We'll see.
Welcome to Entertain the Possibilities, a lifestyle blog in which we will share recipes, music, stories and pictures about parties and travel, tidbits about books, the creative arts and pop culture, and random other things.
I’m not 100% sure exactly what a lifestyle blog is, and Googling for answers results in more confusion as it seems to be a catch-all for “Look at my perfect life!” Perfection is not something you’ll encounter very often on this site (although some of the music might qualify). It’s a concept that I find intimidating and elusive, so I’d rather focus on meaningful moments, heartfelt connections and the satisfaction that comes from everything being just right for right now.
A little open-ended? Why yes, that’s where the “possibilities” part of the name comes in.
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