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Recipe of the Month – Lorraine’s Inspired Chicken

The following recipe is inspired by our lunch in Café Longet and now I have had plenty of time to test and refine this VERY EASY RECIPE INSPIRED by our day trip to Venice.

Lorraine’s Inspired Chicken

4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

1 Package 4 Oz. Boursin Cheese or Herbed Goat Cheese

½ Cup Shredded Mozzarella

4 Slices Prosciutto

Preheat the Oven to 400 degrees.

Use a meat tenderizer and pound the breasts until they are about ¼” thick. Pat dry and season with Salt and Pepper. Please a spoonful or two of Boursin on one end of each chicken breast, top with a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese and roll the chicken up starting at the cheese filled end. Wrap a slice of prosciutto around each piece of chicken and place in a baking dish with the seam side down. Repeat. This recipe serves four. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear when pierced with a fork.

I have been serving this delicious chicken with sautéed green beans, topped with roasted slivers of almonds or with sautéed spinach with garlic. This is easy and delicious, perfect for a weeknight meal or a tasty meal for company, when we are again entertaining in our homes.

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Seeing Florida One Town at a Time

In January before the shutdown, Lee and I spent a great day in Venice, Florida. A nice little town with a friendly downtown area, good shopping, a busy, local restaurant scene, a farmer’s market, and a quiet public beach. We shopped a few of the boutiques and purchased some Italian imported ceramics. The restaurants were spectacular, and our meal did not disappoint.

We had quite a few restaurants to choose from, so instead of enjoying just one restaurant, we enjoyed a “Moveable Feast”. Appetizers in Bodrum, a Middle Eastern Restaurant, Escargot and Salad in Café Longet the French Bistro, and Homemade Gelato at Ciao Gelato. A delicious, beautiful day in the Florida sunshine. The beauty of life in Central Florida is we are central to it all. Venice is only about 15 minutes south of Sarasota. This was the first time Lee and I spent any time on this part of the Florida Gulf Coast and we enjoyed the day and the community. We spent the morning stretching our legs with a beach walk before our afternoon feast and then shared a leisurely drive home through the farmland that spans the Central Florida backroads.

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Reopened and ready!

If you had planned to visit Solivita, but the Coronavirus has delayed your visit, Bella Verde Realty wants you to know you can visit us on the web and purchase your piece of Paradise remotely. We are fine here, staying #SolivitaStrong, praying for folks working to keep us safe, fed and healthy, praying for the unfortunate souls throughout the world who are sick, and the souls of those who have passed. We continue to pray for safe medical intervention and a vaccine. Times are trying for everyone, everywhere, but we are all in this together and together we will get thru this. During the last 60 days, for our safety and yours, many homes were Temporarily Off the Market (TOM), but we are happy to announce that since the state of Florida has opened, homes are back on the market and selling quickly!

Our website lets you take a Virtual Tour of any home in Solivita. If you do not want to wait, the time is now, wait no longer, Bella Verde Realty has you covered. Walk through our website and visit every home available for sale in Solivita. If, after visiting our site, you find a home you want to see, we will be happy to meet you, show you around the neighborhood, and personally walk you through a home, or virtually visit with you and walk you through homes on Facetime, WhatsApp or Skype. The market is moving quite briskly, as many folks are re-locating from the densely populated cities to a more relaxed and peaceful lifestyle.

Looking back at life in Central Florida before the Pandemic and all the fun we miss. We can assure you that fun times are returning as we are starting to see small groups of folks enjoying time together while maintaining a safe distance. Our friends and neighbors are being creative and hosting small gatherings in their driveways, on their lawns, or while parked in their golf carts. Our pools have reopened, our golf courses are green, and balls are again flying, and our walking trails are a great way to stay in shape. In Solivita, we have no excuse to not get out and enjoy a bit of Florida sunshine.

The good news is that our air is less polluted around the world, our roads are safer due to less traffic, gas prices are down and the pollution that flows daily from our factories into our rivers, streams and oceans has been reduced. Every coin does have two sides, and sadly the shutdown left a tremendous number of our fellow citizens unemployed and struggling. Solivita is a great community of folks and I am happy to report that together our neighborhoods have pitched in and helped to raise food and awareness for our local food pantries. We surely have a lot of caring folks in this community, thank you Solivita for making us proud to live, work and help lots of new folks find their perfect home in the Solivita sunshine.