Episode 511

State Parks/Geocaching

Show Description: Chad Crawford and son Cooper take on the great outdoors when they learn geocaching. Armed with only coordinates, a GPS device, and their somewhat misguided sense of direction, they set out in Lake Louisa State Park to experience first-hand what geocaching is. Then, take notes! Chef Justin shows you the perfect, pint-sized party treat when he puts together Grouper Sliders. And don’t forget our quick look back at wreck diving!

When: Thanks to Florida weather… year ’round!

Where: With 171 parks, Florida State Parks offers you a Florida nature experience usually within an hour of your home.

How Much: A couple of bucks to get in and then, let the hunt begin. Other activities might cost rental fees.

What You’ll Need: Geocache coordinates (either provided by the state park or found at geocaching.com), a GPS device (phone’s work just fine), snacks, water, sun tan lotion, and a sense of adventure.

 

Resource Links: Florida State Parks Geocaching.com

Florida Cooking: Florida Grouper Sliders with New Potato Salad

 

Yield 4 Servings

 

Ingredients:

  • 8 three ounce grouper fillets, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 8 smalls rolls
  • 1 small head romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 2 Florida tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon oil for cooking
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon, paprika
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

 

Preparation:

  1. Preheat a large sauté pan over medium high heat.
  2. Lightly season the grouper fillets with Cajun seasoning and salt and pepper.
  3. Put the cooking oil in the preheated pan, and carefully add the season fish fillets to the pan.
  4. Cook fillets for about 2 minutes on each side, depending on thickness, until golden brown and cooked throughout.
  5. Place fillets on cut open rolls.
  6. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, paprika, and cayenne.
  7. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  8. Assemble sliders using lemon mayo, lettuce, tomato, and red onion. Use a bamboo skewer if needed to keep sliders standing.
  9. Serve with potato salad.

 

Florida New Potato Salad

 

Yield 4 Servings

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups Florida new potatoes, quartered, cooked, and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup assorted color Florida bell peppers, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

 

Preparation:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  2. Stir ingredients to completely combine.
  3. Taste potato salad and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve cold.

how to Do Wreck Diving

Where: The most popular areas for wreck diving in Florida are the Keys and certain locations in the Panhandle.

When: Wreck diving can be done year round, as long as the water visibility is good.

How much: To dive on the Vandenberg, it costs around $100 plus gear rental if need be.

What you’ll need: Besides open water certification and standard SCUBA equipment, you’ll need…

–       Wetsuit
–       Underwater camera
–       Knife
–       Safety sausage

Resource Links:

Watch the Full Episode – how to Do Wreck Diving Dive Key West – Bob Holsten