Grilled Greens With Shrimp And Grilled Pineapple Salsa

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Grilled Shrimp, Romaine and Pineapple Salsa Salad

Summer Summer Summertime…….time to kick back and……well I will let you insert your favorite activity. When I was growing up in the Northeast, summer was my favorite season which may explain why I moved to Southern California the first chance I got!  Summer in my childhood meant two things.

1. Downthashore.  Translation for those not from New Jersey or Philadelphia… it means: Going to the beach. If you are from the garden or keystone state, this must be said as if it is one word: Downthashore. It’s a rule.

2. The foods of summer!  Jersey tomatoes and corn, crabs and lobsters, salt water taffy and ice cream, and of course cooking on the grill…. 

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Cinnamon Port Cranberry Sauce

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THANKSGIVING!

I have to make this brief as I am working on my Thanksgiving dinner (this is MY holiday in the family) and I will share details of the meal in my post feast/food coma state.  However I would be remiss if I didn’t post at least ONE of my favorite recipes pre-game day. I have been making this for years, it is a huge hit every year, even loved by those who say they don’t like cranberries!  It is currently simmering on my stove top right now and smells amazing. A spicy fall-type smell.  Yum! I make this 2 days ahead of time to make life a little easier on T-day.

Just so you know this ain’t your mama’s cranberry sauce.  Although, if it is…I want to eat at your house sometime!… 

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It’s Time To Stuff It

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Stuffing, it’s not just for Thanksgiving!

A few weeks ago I was in some sort of “stuffed foods” mood.  Not entirely sure why, but I went with it.  First up was the stuffed burgers.  I won’t spend much time on that, as everyone makes stuffed burgers. A friend bought us almost 6 pounds of ground beef from Costco.  Not sure why he got us so much, but a had a bit of burger making to do so we could freeze them, and I looked at some of the things we had in the house and thought “Stuffed Burgers”

Next up were the gi-normous, ridiculously big and beautiful mushrooms he brought us.  PERFECT for Stuffed Mushrooms! Except, well as silly as it sounds and simple as they are to make, I had never made stuffed mushrooms before.  So I thought, oh what the hell, I will make it up!… 

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Zucchini Chips

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Zucchini.

As a kid I HATED it.  I don’t know if I ever even tried it, but you couldn’t get me to go near that or any other kind of squash, which was weird because I was generally not a picky eater.  Now one of my favorite foods.

Some days Littledude LOVES it.  Others, well lets say that one of these days I need to take a photo of what the floor looks like post-dinner when he is in a “no food mood”.

This is a quick and easy little recipe that my family really loves when I make, and when I say simple, I mean simple. I have a very specific way I do it, but you can get creative with spices and flavorings…. 

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Overnight Tomatoes

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Organic Tomatoes

I have been making Overnight Tomatoes for years now.  So long I don’t need to look at a recipe. Of course the recipe is so simple I memorized it after the first time, and you will as well.

It’s important to note that I did NOT make this recipe up.  I have made little changes at times, but the original recipe (named Moonblush tomatoes) is from the cookbook “Nigella Express” by Nigella Lawson. I dig Nigella.  Maybe it’s that even though she is beautiful, she seems so normal.  Maybe it’s the accent….whatever it is I asked for and I received that cookbook many years ago as a christmas gift and I am SO happy I got it back after the “great cookbook disappearance fiasco of 2012-2013″ .  There are a handful of recipes in the book I make time and again, along with many I have not tried.

Yet…. 

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Fish Taco Tuesday

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Or it could be called Taco Tuesday Madness.  Madness because of the undertaking of this meal when you are making (almost) everything from scratch and dealing with 2 kids under the age of 2. A mad undertaking it was, but it was for Mama Sis’s birthday and truth be told I LOVE LOVE LOVE a good fish taco and I have learned to make them pretty decently.

Ok there was a lot to this meal, a few things were store-bought like the corn tortillas for example – I’m not COMPLETELY mental in trying to make those.  I also bought a Pico de Gallo and black bean dip this time because I really didn’t have the time and there is already a crazy amount of chopping involved in this meal. The rest however was made by little old me…. 

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Getting Figgy With Your Mushrooms

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Figs, glorious figs!

I love when figs are in season.  Well I love seasonal anything, but figs are one of my favorites.  Black Mission Figs to be precise. I’ve loved figs ever since I was a kid.  I am sure Fig Newtons had something to do with it.

So this is another quick and easy Gluten Free and Vegetarian dish that is wonderful for fall.  Even when you live somewhere where it’s currently in the 90’s, humid and fall doesn’t really exist…Ahem, Florida.  So I turn up the air condition and pretend. So I invented this recipe while i was staying with my godfather in Northern England a few years ago. Ok “invented” is I am sure technically untrue
as I am pretty sure I am not the first person to create this 3 ingredient dish, but I had never heard of it so I invented it in my little world…. 

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Red Chard and Beans

Last Night’s Dinner

Pistachio Crusted Flounder, Red Burmese Rice and Sautéed Red Chard with Cannelini Beans.

Nom Nom

First admission.  I didn’t make the fish.  I COOKED the fish, and perfectly well I might add <pat self on back> but the fish was pre-crusted and NOT Gluten Free.  I got it from The Fresh Market when I did a huge “protein shop” at the butcher last week.  I pick a bunch of things, order 4 of each as it’s normally Nonna, Mama Sis, myself then the munchkins split one, and have the butcher wrap it all to freeze. Wrapped, labeled and perfectly portioned – it SO speaks to the inner OCD freak in me.  I’m a 20 plus minute customer but my butcher John is the BOMB and I walk out so happy.  Completely broke but happy and with enough quality meat and fish for a few weeks…. 

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