I'm a retired executive turned writer & food columist. Currently I write a food column, “From My Carolina Kitchen,” for my local newspaper.
I have entered three recipe contests and was a winner in each:
Won the state of Mississippi's Chicken Contest in 1993 and participated in the 40th annual National Chicken Contest, one of the "big three" national competitions. It is the oldest contest of its kind.
I wrote a food column for The Abaconian newspaper when my husband Meakin and I lived in the "Out-Islands" of the northern Bahamas in Abaco on the tiny tropical island of Lubbers Quarters. I am a member of North Carolina Writers Network.
Welcome. My name is Sam Hoffer. I am in the process of writing a lively memoir, Living on Island Time, Retirement in Abaco Spiced with Food, Friends and Rum.The book is a travel adventure filled with zany characters, funny stories, jokes, and all of the wonderful friends we made. It includes building a home, boating and fishing tales, gardening, entertaining, food and recipes, as well as all of the trouble we managed to get into. Life isn't always perfect in paradise.
My husband Meakin and I followed a dream and retired to Abaco, in the out islands of the northern Bahamas, and lived there year-around for ten years on a tiny private cay (cays are smaller than islands) called Lubbers Quarters. Our home was Lazy Days and we also had a vacation rental Sandy Bottoms. Also I wrote a food column for The Abaconiannewspaper, From the Kitchen of Lazy Days, while we lived there. It was a very special time in our lives and one we won't forget. I currently write a food column for the Cherokee Scout newspaper in the mountains of western North Carolina From My Carolina Kitchen.
Sam & Meakin celebrating at Wally's Restaurant
Photography by Meakin Hoffer
Catching a big tuna
Aerial of Lubbers Quarters in the Sea of Abaco
Our home in Abaco. Lubbers Quarters is surrounded by the Sea of Abaco and protected from the Atlantic. In the top of the picture you can see Tilloo Cut, the entrance into the Atlantic. It's less than 5 minutes from Lubbers.
To make Tuna Tartare, cut 1 lb of best quality tuna into 1/4" cubes. Combine with 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce or more if you like it spicy, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice from a half of lemon, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, Kosher salt to taste, and a tablespoon of minced fresh chives. Garnish with a chive blossom. Serve on neutral tasting cracker such as Carrs or Stoned Wheat Thins. Serves 4 as an appetizer or 2 for a light dinner.
A great cookbook for seashore recipes with lots of pictures & entertaining ideas. From Coastal Living Magazine.
The Beach House Cookbook by Barbara Scott-Goodman
Recipes for the weekend traveler or a year-round beach house dweller. Healthy, easy-to-prepare recipes.
An Embarassment of Mangos by Ann Vanderhoot
An excellent book to take with you on your beach vacation
Old Bahamian Saying
"Don't put mouth on it."
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