The funniest new book that focuses on Marco and many of its residents is a cookbook, full of recipes by locals and their friends.
It is the Sunrise Rotary Club’s “Marco Island Cooking Secrets, a Collector’s Cook book.” The chairman of the project is John Kenney, a club past president.
“It’s a wonderful book, our best one ever,” John says.
Most of the recipes are serious, such as Nantucket baked clams, chicken ragout and a quick and easy sausage pizza, to name a few. This handy, clever book contains almost 500 recipes.
Other serious information includes guidelines for losing weight and for food safety, how to read food labels, a lot of good suggestions on how to reduce dietary sodium and how to employ heart-healthy substitutions. It even contains a brief history of Marco Island and the lyrics to the “Marco Island Song,” by Frankie Ray and Maryellen.
Our favorite items in the book, however, are some recipes we have to believe require the chef and the diners putting their tongues in their cheeks, both cheeks if possible. Example:
Elephant Soup: Ingredients – “One elephant, one rabbit, 100 stalks celery, 20 pounds of carrots, 50 pounds of potatoes, water, salt and pepper.
Instructions: “Cut elephant and vegetables into small pieces. This should take two to three months. Pace in large pot and add water. Cook on medium over fire for about three weeks or until elephant is tender. Serves about 3,000 people. If more are expected, the rabbit may be added, but only as necessary, because most people do not appreciate finding hare in their soup.”
And here’s a bonus in this cookbook, “A Vegetable Love Song.”
“Her face some people cauliflower, her beauties never cease;
“She beets all other girls by far, Oh dear! Lettuce have peace. Her radish cheeks and turnip nose make my love sprout anew; She’s been a memory dear to me and I feel pumpkin blue.
“She is so very popular I cannot even date her, But cheese the girl for me, I know and I’d sure like to-mater.
“I’d give the world if she could see, but squash! goes every hope! She’s eighteen carrot gold to me, Too bad we cantaloupe.”
The book is available at Sunshine Book Sellers, Emily’s Shell Shop, the Keep in Touch shop and at various other island locations. Or you can phone John Kenney at (239) 394-6057.
Proceeds help the Rotary club in its generous donations to many good causes over the years.
An evening of encores and entrées at House of Mozart
Go ahead, try to enjoy this upcoming event at House of Mozart without ever tapping your feet, clapping your hands or even humming along with your favorite Broadway tunes.
You will be unable to resist getting involved; that’s how much fun audiences have when Will and Anthony Nunciata show up and sing.
After sold-out performances at Mozart’s a month ago, these men, billed as New York City’s “hottest singing duo” will entertain for five nights, March 11-15, starting at 6 p.m. The evening includes a five-course menu with choice of entrée and the show, all for $65 per person. If you’ve not yet dined at House of Mozart, be assured the food is very good and Chef Alfred’s menu is always imaginative.
Performers Will and Anthony have enjoyed good reviews, including this from the Wall Street Journal: “Blessed with strong voices and leading-man looks, they are exuberant and upbeat.” And the New York Times critic says, “They display an engagingly brassy professionalism.”
For reservations, call (239) 642-5220. Bravo!
Check out trendy fashions while helping a good cause
Here’s a reminder of a popular event upcoming on Marco.
It’s the Cancer Society’s fashion show, Thursday, March 8 at Bistro Soleil. It’s always a fun time, with nice people showing off some great fashions, exclusively from Marco Island Clothing Company. And there’s lunch too, all for $50 per person.
For tickets, phone the American Cancer Society at (239) 642-8800, ext. 0.
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