Fish Tacos with Strawberry and Corn Pico de Gallo

Fish Tacos with Strawberry and Corn Pico de Gallo

If you caught yesterday’s post you’ll know that my wife and I have found ourselves in the middle of a seafood binge. I mean, you cant blame us. The simplicity and bold flavors associated with great seafood dishes are hard to pass up, especially now as the weather is getting warmer. And duh, it’s Tuesday, so obviously “fish week” (like Shark Week but way less scary), had to include tacos! And I betcha never had a fish taco like my Fish Tacos with Strawberry and Corn Pico de Gallo.

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Charred Vadouvan Octopus with Grilled Watermelon and Salsa Verde

Charred Vadouvan Octopus with Grilled Watermelon and Salsa Verde

For whatever reason, my wife and I have been on a heavy (and delicious) seafood kick lately. I suppose all of these bright and refreshing dishes are thanks to the beautiful Summer weather we’ve been having. The countdown to our Key Largo/Miami beach vacation the end of this month might also be to blame. I CANNOT wait for all of that fresh ceviche and stone crabs! But since that trip is still a few weeks away, we are finding respite from our daily schedules in these tasty seafood dishes. And man oh man, one of my faves is this Charred Vadouvan Octopus with Grilled Watermelon and Salsa Verde.

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Slow Roasted Salmon with Spicy Fennel-Asparagus Salad

Slow Roasted Salmon with Spicy Fennel-Asparagus Salad

You know I love a good salmon dish, but this Slow Roasted Salmon with Spicy Fennel-Asparagus Salad is a doozy. Not in the overly complicated, spend all day in the kitchen, with a bazillion techniques and steps kinda way. No, its a doozy in the I-got-dinner-prepped-so-fast-I-was-able-to-take-a-nap kinda way. I even mentioned to my wife during the meal that I was shocked it tasted so good. “Why wouldn’t it taste good??”, she asked. Because I barely did anything to it! Just goes to show you that as long as you have great ingredients, and handle them with care, you dont need to do much to make them taste great.

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Grilled Turkey Burger with Basil-Peach Compote

I dont know about you but I’ve been really jonesing to pull out the grill for good. I know I’ve tinkered with it a little already this year but nothing screams Summer more to me than having that grill as a key focal point of my yard. And is there any better way to christen the grilling season than a burger?? OK so maybe a turkey burger doesn’t hit that sweet spot for you initially but wait until you try my Grilled Turkey Burger with Basil-Peach Compote. Seriously, it’ll change your view of turkey burgers for good.

Yes, I know that dry turkey burgers dont get you into the warm Summer, beach going, outside-all-day spirit like a juicy 80/20 beef burger does. But maybe that’s because you haven’t had that juicy, flavor-packed turkey burger that all turkey burgers aspire to be. All it takes is a few more steps and a little more attention to detail and I guarantee you’ll have the turkey burger that you thought was only possible in your dreams.

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Basil And Olive Oil Macerated Raspberry Ice Cream

Basil And Olive Oil Macerated Raspberry Ice Cream

It is officially the beginning of Summer!!! And you know what that means? Lots and LOTS of ice cream. And since I live with two ice cream enthusiasts, making homemade ice cream is not only a joy but a monthly (if not weekly) occurrence. If you haven’t made ice cream from scratch before, you’re really missing out! Homemade ice cream has a texture unlike anything you get from a store. Plus you get the opportunity to play around with all kinds of unique flavors!! Like this Basil and Olive Oil Macerated Raspberry Ice Cream.

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CBD Chocolate Chip Cookies

CBD Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yesterday was my wife and daughter’s birthday (yep, baby was born on Mommy’s birthday!) and with every birthday comes the time to reflect on the past year. And man, we’ve experienced a lot! Our tiny munchkin grew into an energetic, verbal, challenging, sweet, goofy little person; my wife received her graduate degree and accepted her first professional doctoral position; We started planning our move to the coast of Maine; I cooked and baked more recipes than I knew was possible in one year; …and the legalization of marijuana really started to make its presence everywhere.

Hokay so that last one isn’t necessarily a milestone we celebrated this year but you have to admit that progression, especially in today’s political landscape, is worth a few cheers. But what this new development DID bring me was a new discovery: CBD! And naturally I had to find a way to bake with it. Enter: CBD Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Old Bay Black Eyed Peas, Peach Chow Chow, and Collards

Old Bay Black Eyed Peas, Peach Chow Chow, and Collards

I have a confession: I’m a closeted Southern food fanatic. And not because I’m ashamed or embarrassed. Quite the opposite actually! I say I’m closeted because, despite my in-depth search, I continue to find it difficult to access Southern food. Think about it, how many Italian restaurants are available within a 10 mile radius from your home? Or what about Thai food, or Mexican, or a classic French restaurant? I bet most of you could name 5 restaurants in your town and not one would be Southern. And I bet you don’t come across many Southern inspired recipes like my Old Bay Black Eyed Peas, Peach Chow Chow, and Collards recipe often. That needs to change. There needs to be more Southern food!

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Blackened Pork with Lime Corn and Avocado Salsa

Blackened Pork with Lime Corn and Avocado Salsa

I used to hate corn. My only positive memory of it comes from meals spent with my grandparents. My grandfather ate corn like it was going out of style. Anytime it was on the menu, he passionately devoured that cob of corn so ferociously that it was inevitable to spot one or two (or 10) kernels on his face… which was hilarious to 6 year old me. I think we even found kernels in his ear once. But even though I could see how much he loved corn, I still couldn’t understand why. My disdain for corn was matched by his love of it.

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Vietnamese Noodle Salad with Shrimp and Blueberry Nuoc Cham

Vietnamese Noodle Salad with Shrimp and Blueberry Nuoc Cham

If you remember yesterday’s post, I’ve started to sift through our kitchen pantry in an attempt to jump start packing for our move to Maine. It’s quite amazing how much stuff actually piles up in those dark crevices. But the upside is that I’m scoring a bunch of interesting ingredients that I forgot I had! This Chilled Vietnamese Noodle Salad with Shrimp and Blueberry Nuoc Cham came to fruition after discovering some tasty rice noodles that were hanging out next to the soba (future post?). So thanks to that great find (and Chef Stephanie Izard), here is today’s easy and refreshing recipe.

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