February in Bloom

It’s time for the annual Tampa Tabebuia Tour. That’s not really a thing, but it should be. Every time I drive by one in full bloom I have to pull over and take a picture. They thrill me!We went to a memorial service in Massachusetts. It snowed.We came home and suddenly it felt like summer.
I’m overwhelmed by tiny tomatoes right now. In a good way.And the mango trees are flowering beautifully. A lot can happen between now and summer, but there’s potential.My Valentine was working this year so I had no plans to celebrate. Somehow I found myself at an Andrea Bocelli concert with family and friends. What a night!
On Saturday I went to a Collard Green Festival in St. Pete and entered the cook-off. My cousin and her boyfriend went along to cheer me on. 
I picked a bunch of my beautiful, tender collards and made a collard and cornbread pot pie. It’s vegetarian, but between those super-fresh collards and my bag of tricks, I thought I might have a shot.It didn’t get a blue ribbon. 
The winner owns a popular barbecue restaurant. Those were too salty if you ask me. I overheard a woman say “I only like my collard greens,” and I thought, lady, I feel the same way.
I’m cooking up lots of recipes to share with you in March, including that collard & cornbread pot pie, despite its lack of accolades.

See you back here soon.   

xo

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14 Comments February in Bloom

  1. Matt McGraw February 26, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Love it!!

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    1. suwanneerose February 26, 2018 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks, Matt. Hope to see you guys next week.

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  2. Jennifer February 26, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Love your tiny tomatoes!
    Looking forward to the Collard and Cornbread pot pie recipe.

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    1. suwanneerose February 26, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      Eat ’em up and enjoy! I need to make another pot pie to perfect the measurements and photos. I’ll get to work on it soon.

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  3. fred moore February 26, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Tomatoes look awesome! I do not eat collards but I would try yours. UF

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    1. suwanneerose February 27, 2018 at 10:38 am

      I bet you’d like ’em in the pot pie, Uncle Freddie.

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  4. Herman Bkps February 27, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    another nice job. Looking forward to recipes for florida grown vegetables. . Thanks…..

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    1. suwanneerose February 28, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      Thank you, Herman! Glad you’re looking forward to the vegetable recipes. I’d like to throw in more fish recipes but we haven’t had time to catch much lately. Hopefully soon…

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  5. Evangelia February 28, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Stunning vibrant colors on the blooming trees. Love your little tomatoes they sure look tasty…and you have so many!

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    1. suwanneerose February 28, 2018 at 5:48 pm

      I think you caught the tail end of all the blooming tabebuias. I always wish they’d last a little longer. They’re a sight to behold!

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  6. Sarah March 3, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    I feel the same way about collards, I only like my own! Stoked to try your collard & cornbread pot pie though!

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    1. suwanneerose March 4, 2018 at 10:12 am

      🙂 You can put your own collards in that pot pie, too.

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  7. Craig Hepworth March 22, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Hi Danielle, I followed your Instagram to your blog, and I am LOVING it!! Such a wonderful celebration of Florida living: the fruit, veggies, sea, land, seasons, history, traditions, the good stuff, and the, um, distinctly Florida stuff, haha. Your deep affection for this place shows through it all – very fun and inspiring. Also I enjoy the bits of stuff from Massachusetts, my home land. I’m now following your blog in my blog reader. Looking forward to more great posts!

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    1. suwanneerose March 22, 2018 at 9:47 pm

      What kind words, Craig. So glad to have you following along. I just started a book last night called The Food Explorer by Daniel Stone about David Fairchild. Have you read it? It reminds me so much of what you write about on Floridafruitgeek.com. Our blogs are very complimentary. Thanks for reaching out!

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