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Saturday, June 30, 2012

AMAZING grilled shrimp scampi!

First of all, let's just start by telling everyone that I HATE shrimp.  I mean, I try my very best to like it, and I want to like it.  But I can't even bite into it due to that bouncy "shellfish" texture.  On that note, I made a special supper for my man tonight.  Shrimp scampi!  Not any shrimp scampi though.
Here's how it goes:

slice up half a garlic bulb and put it in olive oil and saute until the garlic is golden brown.  Transfer the oil to a bowl, reserving the garlic in a seperate little bowl.  Then add juice of 2 lemons, zest of 2 lemons, crushed red pepper flakes, and salt.  Slice up yellow squash and zucchinni and brush them with the lemon mixture.  Grill the slices for a couple of minutes.  Meanwhile, put almost all the rest of the lemon mixture in a big bag with the thawed shrimp and let it marinate at least 5 minutes.  When the squash is done, grill the shrimp.
While that's grilling, cut up the reserved garlic really small and add butter to it.  Butter baguette slices.
Take the shrimp off the grill and put in bowl with the rest of the lemon mixture.
Grill the bread for a couple of minutes.  Serve with parsley and slices of lemon.

The squash was soooo delightful!  And the bread was pretty good too.  What I loved about this dish was the clean flavors that popped.
Mike loves this more than the regular pasta shrimp scampi I've made him in the past.

Let's just say "I think I'm gettin' lucky tonight!"  (for you younger readers, please don't read that last part.)

Friday, June 29, 2012

The best tuna ever!

I put my creative juices together in my brain today.  I was sooo hungry at night since I didn't have a big supper, so I got a pouch of tuna out, the albacore white kind, and put it in a bowl with coleslaw mix, a chopped tomato, fresh shredded parmesan, chives, salt, pepper, a splash of vinegar, little bit of olive oil, quarter of a lemon of juice, chili powder, garlic powder, and fresh chopped cilantro.
I guess I love tuna now!  With all those flavors it doesn't even taste like tuna.  I guess what I hate about tuna is the tuna itself.  I'm not a fan of fishy fish so much.
Try it in a grilled corn tortilla or with Tostitos Lime and Salt thins.

SO GOOD...and good for you.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Fish tacos with watermelon salsa

I haven't cooked in awhile again...nothing adventurous anyhow!  So I found this recipe in the food network magazine.  Grilled fish with a salsa made of diced watermelon, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper.  I also took coleslaw mix and put the juices from the watermelon on that.  Grill the corn tortillas, and assemble the tacos, adding sliced avacado at the end.

So I think I picked the wrong kind of fish.  The recipe called for Wild Striped Bass.  We, of course, living up here in the Northland, have no such thing.  So I thought maybe Pollock would be a good guess.  But the fish is far too soft.  It almost mimicked the texture of the watermelon, which made for a very squishy taco.  The fish was actually even mushier than the watermelon.  So I didn't love that.  Maybe another kind of fish next time.

To trying things out....

Little Chocolate Devils

Little Chocolate Devils
These were a treat I made for superbowl 2011. Thanks for the picture, Lynz!