Cinco de Mayo Recipes 2012

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Cinco de Mayo is this Saturday!Are you celebrating?Either way, we certainly don't need an excuse to indulge in scrumptious Mexican food! Right?!  Right.Some of my favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes are pictured above with the recipes linked to their titles listed below.  So whether you're having a big festive … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mayo Recipes: Tomatillo Shrimp Ceviche

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Do you have a friend who -- no matter how much time goes by without talking -- you still feel totally connected?My dear friend Pilar lives in Madrid, Spain.  I lived there for a year and -- just by chance  my study abroad program placed me in her apartment.  We became close friends instantly and we felt like … [Read more...]

Spicy Cilantro Shrimp

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Have you ever seen a "secret sauce" on a menu?If I had a menu, the sauce for this shrimp would definitely be my "secret sauce!"  Just calling it that makes it so much more alluring, doesn't it?!Here's the deal. . . this sauce has essentially three ingredients, takes about two minutes to prepare, and it tastes … [Read more...]

Cannellini Bean-Tuna Salad Recipe Recipe with Lemon-Caper Balsamic Vinaigrette

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My sons are in a Lego phase.My husband's in a rowing phase.And, my friends, I am in a Cannellini bean phase.  I know, it's sort of funny.  The rowing, that is. ;-)I'm really having fun experimenting with these super delicious beans.Cooking dried beans is the perfect weekend cooking project!  Cook a ton … [Read more...]

Smoky Tomato Fish Stew Recipe

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I want to clarify something . . .  comfort foods do not have to be rich and heavy! Comfort foods can also be light, refreshing, and healthy!  No question about it!My comfort food of choice varies from day to day really.  One day, my comfort food could be a super yummy salad, the next it could be a spicy noodle … [Read more...]

Ginger Ahi Tuna Tartare

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Almost ten years ago, my husband and I honeymooned on the island of Huahini in French Polynesia.  It was an incredibly amazing vacation -- in every way.We ate a ton of fresh fish and tropical fruits, all delicious.  However, the most memorable dish we ate was an Ahi Tuna Tartare at a small, charming restaurant in … [Read more...]

Seared Sea Scallops with Minted Peas on Wonton Crisps

Seared Sea Scallops with Minted Peas on Wonton Crisps

It's really a shame my husband doesn't eat shellfish.  Really, it is!(His reason has to do with something about them being in a shell -- don't ask.)Scallops are one my absolute favorite things.  When they're cooked to perfection -- please don't overcook them! -- they're sweet, buttery, rich, and beautiful.And … [Read more...]

My Seven Links

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I was delighted to have  Jeanne of Jolly Tomato pass me the torch for "My Seven Links."  My Seven Links was originally started by Trip Base.  The idea is to encourage bloggers to share links to their older posts that deserve to see the light of day again, in seven categories.  The blogger selects their posts that best … [Read more...]

Silvia’s Summer Seafood Paella

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As you know, we recently took a family vacation to New York.  We planned the trip around the wedding of our close friends, Ed and Danielle.  The wedding was at Danielle's family home in Woodstock, and it was gorgeous!  I could write forever about all the exciting details of the fun wedding -- but, for now I'm focusing … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Hibiscus and Pineapple-Quinoa Berry Salad With Shrimp

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Hibiscus flowers will always remind me of my beautiful and relaxing honeymoon. The biggest decision on the blissful island of Huahini in French Polynesia, was whether to lay on the deck of our bungalow in the ocean, or on the warm sand with ocean waves splashing over me.  Rough, I know.Hibiscus flowers remind me of … [Read more...]